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Pro-gay marriage ads start airing statewide during Olympic Games’ opening ceremony tonight

A Northwest gay-advocacy group is airing television ads statewide tonight in support of same-sex marriage during the local televising of the opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympic Games from London.

The ads, sponsored by the Seattle-based Pride Foundation, feature former Washington state senator Cheryl Pflug, a Republican from suburban Maple Valley who talks about gay and lesbian couples she has known and the need to let them marry.

Pride Foundation and New York-based Freedom to Marry released copies of the 30-second ad exclusively to The Olympian and News Tribune late Thursday.

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Dino Rossi a possible fill-in for Pflug

Dino Rossi may go back to public office, and he won’t need to get elected to do it.

Republicans are considering recommending the three-time unsuccessful statewide candidate for a temporary appointment to his old state Senate seat, which GOP Sen. Cheryl Pflug vacates June 30.

“I told them, if you need me to do it, I’ll do it,” Rossi told me. “It’s not something I’m seeking.”

He would serve just 18 weeks in the Legislature, and wouldn’t even take part in a session — unless state revenue forecasts go south, in which case the budget-writing skills Rossi has been touting for

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How many votes did your state lawmaker miss?

You can find out below, courtesy of a count by Washington Votes. But the more interesting part of the report out today might be the excuses lawmakers gave for missing votes.

Some are pretty compelling: illnesses, surgeries, disabilities. Others, not so much. Read them below, too.

Living near Olympia didn’t help attendance records. Four of the six most frequently absent House members were from the South Sound. Led by Rep. Christopher Hurst of Enumclaw (163 missed votes), whose wife has been recovering from brain surgery, the list also includes Reps. Geoff Simpson of Covington (91), Cary Condotta of Wenatchee (80), Reuven Carlyle of Seattle (75), Jeannie Darneille of Tacoma (67) and Dennis Flannigan of Tacoma (67).

The most frequently absent senator was Sen. Bob McCaslin of Spokane Valley (491), who was hospitalized during session, followed by Sens. Darlene Fairley of Lake Forest Park (96), Janéa Holmquist of Moses Lake (85), Cheryl Pflug of Maple Valley (78) and Dale Brandland of Bellingham (69).

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