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Seattle Times political reporter David Postman makes an interesting point about Evergreen Progress PAC's latest two TV ads attacking former Republican State Senator Dino Rossi. The ads allege that Rossi "voted to freeze teacher pay" and "voted to cut state funds to reduce class sizes" when he was in office. But, as Postman notes, "so did a majority of the Legislature that year in budget-cutting moves originally proposed by Democratic Gov. Gary Locke." In 2003 the Washington Education Assocation "actually had some good things to say about Rossi's role in budget negotiations." ...


Seattle Times political reporter David Postman makes an interesting point about Evergreen Progress PAC's latest two TV ads attacking Republican former state Sen. Dino Rossi. The ads allege that Rossi "voted to freeze teacher pay" and "voted to cut state funds to reduce class sizes" when he was in office. But as Postman notes, "so did a majority of the Legislature that year in budget-cutting moves originally proposed by Democratic Gov. Gary Locke." In 2003 the Washington Education Assocation "actually had some good things to say about Rossi's role in budget negotiations." ...

Looking out for number one: The Idaho Statesman reports independent U.S. Senate candidate Rex Rammell has donated $390,000 to his own campaign, while his supporters have sent him only while $20,000. ...

Looking out for cheaters: Our Oregon has asked the state to investigate allegations of forgery by conservatives activists leading initiative petitions. ...

Looking out for Janet Jackson's nipple pasties: A federal appeals court tossed the Federal Communications Commission's $550,000 indecency fine against CBS for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show's breast-baring "wardrobe malfunction." ...

No child left inside: The Tacoma School Board is considering adding more recess time for elementary schools. ...

No stoner left unburned: The editorial board at The Seattle Times says the Seattle Police Department should return the 12 ounces of marijuana it seized in last week's raid of a legal clinic in the University District. ...

Getting it for free: Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist Joel Connelly says incumbent candidates who do cameo appearances in TV ads — à la Attorney General Rob McKenna — get free election publicity. Really? Duh. ...

Which is it? The News Tribune editorial board says voters are ready for Sound Transit's second bid at mass transit. But the The Seattle Times's op-ed board says they're not. Weigh in, voters. ...

Why had'st thou voted so? The folks at Horse's Ass wonder just what motivated U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, to vote for impeaching President George W. Bush last week. ...

How hath thou voted recently? Oregon Senate candidate Jeff Merkley gets interviewed by the award-winning political bloggers at Talking Points Memo. ...

Hath thou touched a woman's bustle? Warren Peterson at Sound Politics says when it comes to sexual harassment, voters should be careful before branding "a public official with a scarlet letter, especially just before an election." ...

And finally, Eli Sanders at Slog makes his choice for best presidential candidate image of the day. (Hint: It's Obama.) ...

Clark Fredricksen is a Crosscut staff writer. You can reach him at clark.fredricksen@crosscut.com.


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