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Teetotaler or no? What you may not know about state senators’ drinking habits

State senators went into an unusual amount of detail about their alcohol habits Friday morning as they debated a measure that would allow theaters to serve beer and wine.

Sen. Jeannie Darneille, D-Tacoma, said on the Senate floor that her opposition to the theater liquor bill and similar proposals has caused some to ask if she is a “teetotaler.”

“I proudly say I do drink,” Darneille said. “I’m not a teetotaler. But I do drink in moderation and you don’t see me driving afterwards.”

Sen. Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, was the next to chime in, speaking against the bill.


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UPDATE – Cantwell, Heck appearing in Olympia today; activists asking them to sign ‘cat food pledge’ protecting Social Security

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and congressional candidate Denny Heck in the 10th district are campaigning together in Shelton and Olympia today. It is part of Democrats’ statewide “jobs” tour, and Cantwell is also campaigning this morning in Aberdeen with congressional candidate Derek Kilmer of the 6th district that includes Tacoma.

Activists wanting to head of cuts or changes in benefits in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid say they are dressing up as cats for Halloween and bringing a pledge for Cantwell and Heck to sign during their 4:30 p.m. appearance in Olympia at Ramblin Jack’s restaurant. Cantwell and Heck also

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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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