Politico asked senators about their mortgages in light of two Democratic senators getting special deals on their Countrywide mortgages. The e-mail I received from a blog reader showed that U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. was the only one at that time who had not responded. Her office later reported that her original loan had been sold to Countrywide, then to another lender.
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In the 35th District Randy Neatherlin declared he was from the “No Gas Tax (G.O.P.)” party. Governor candidate Dino Rossi also used the tag, “G.O.P.” and said Democrats were insulting voters by insinuating they wouldn’t know what the abbreviation stood for (Grand Old Party).
David Postman at the Times, though, posts that an Elway Poll shows one in four don’t know what it means.
And in an earlier national story on Fox News Curtis Fackler, chairman of the Spokane Republican Party and candidate for state insurance commissioner, said, “There’s 30 percent of people in the state that would not vote for a Republican no matter what, and we want to go around that. We want them to read our statements and see where we’re coming from.” Fackler listed no party preference when he filed to run.
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McClatchy, owner of just about every daily newspaper in the state except ours it seems (not really), has an extensive series on how many prisoners at Guantanamo have little or no connection to terrorism, hardly the “worst of the worst” described by the president. The series is described this way:
An eight-month McClatchy investigation of the detention system created after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has found that the U.S. imprisoned innocent men, subjected them to abuse, stripped them of their legal rights and allowed Islamic militants to turn the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba into a school for jihad.
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Finally, NASCAR fans are feeling the pinch from high gas prices. Most are still going, by and large, because they bought their tickets before the costs went up. They may not be spending as much on other things and the question becomes whether the economy will have an impact on the sport’s attendance two or three years from now.