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Tag: Maria Cantwell


Sen. Cantwell: ‘fiscal cliff’ deal includes sales-tax break for Washington taxpayers

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says the “fiscal-cliff” tax bill that passed by a vote of 89-8 early this morning includes the sales-tax deduction for taxpayers in Washington and a half-dozen other states. Cantwell had said the deduction, which covers 2012 and 2013 returns, would be a top priority for her after the November election.

The tax break has previously been estimated to have a value of up to $500 million yearly to state taxpayers, who are unable to deduct state income taxes because Washington does not tax income. Cantwell said the deal should save 850,000 taxpayers who itemize their income

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Michael Baumgartner ad criticizes Maria Cantwell for supporting Afghan War. Also blames “cowardice from both parties in D.C.”

It remains a low-budget campaign, especially compared to his opponent, but Michael Baumgartner’s U.S. Senate campaign has produced an add called “Afghanistan” that lays out his opposition to the war and his criticism for those in government who haven’t ended it.

The ad targets U.S Sen. Maria Cantwell, the Democratic incumbent, for voting in favor of the war and for subsequent funding resolutions. But it also takes on “cowardice from both parties in D.C.”

“Cantwell Can’t Do It,” the ad claims. “Michael Baumgartner Will.”

Campaign spokeswoman Jami Herring said the ad will run on cable in “targeted markets throughout the

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UW Poll: Obama, R-74 winning; Inslee-McKenna is toss-up

Voters in the Evergreen State are backing President Obama and same-sex marriage by wide margins, while giving Democrat Jay Inslee a very slight edge over Republican Rob McKenna in the Washington governor’s race, according to the latest Washington Poll released today.

Go here for the full results, which carry a strong-blue tint on most issues except for the clear support for limiting taxes and allowing charter schools.

The poll release this afternoon comes after Secretary of State Sam Reed said he expects turnout in the high-stakes election to reach 81 percent, a bit less than in 2008 but stronger than average.

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Did an “embarrassed” Maria Cantwell tell U.S. Senate debate audience that she wouldn’t work across political aisle? Nope.

Campaign fundraising appeals have even-lower truth standards that campaign advertising. So it usually isn’t worth our time to try to fact check them. The audience, after all, is usually the already decided voter who might write a check (or another check).

But when the appeal uses language that not only claims accuracy but puts words in the opponent’s mouth, it makes it worth a look.

Like over the weekend when Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Bumgartner spun the results of what might be his only debate with incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell.

“Cantwell Embarrassed by Baumgartner Debate Victory,” read the

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner promotes penny gas tax for health care for veterans

After touring facilities at Madigan Army Medical Center and Joint Base Lewis-McChord, U.S. Senate candidate Michael Baumgartner this week proposed a new federal gasoline tax of one penny with proceeds going toward health care for veterans.

Baumgartner is a Spokane Republican and first term state senator. He calls the proposal the “Veterans Care Gas Tax.” He said the tax would have two purposes: raise $2 billion a year to help make sure veterans get the care they need and remind Americans who pay the tax of the wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“…this small tax will remind each

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Tacoma’s Martinac shipbuilding is the setting for latest campaign ad for U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell

It’s the kind of ad a candidate does when they have a sizable lead and lots of money – a positive spot that touts the incumbent’s work on the economy.

In this first ad of the general election season, two-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell features Tacoma’s Martinac Shipbuilding on the Foss Waterway.

“Good ideas and great people are the keys to a company’s success,” she says before talking of her work on legislation to give tax breaks to companies that hire veterans. According to the ad, half of Martinac’s 50 workers are veterans.

Cantwell will face Republican Michael Baumgartner

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KCTS and League of Women Voters will sponsor first (and so far only) U.S. Senate debate between Maria Cantwell and Michael Baumgartner

The first debate between incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner has been agreed to by the two campaigns.

KCTS and the League of Women Voters will cosponsor the debate Oct. 12. It will be taped before an audience and aired on public television and radio stations.

Baumgartner has been making an issue of the lack of debates in his challenge to the two-term Democrat. He recently announced that an empty chair had agreed to debate him, a la Clint Eastwood’s performance at the Republican National Convention.

Cantwell’s campaign denied that it was refusing debate invitations, saying

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