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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

In Brief - August 30th, 2006

Here is today's quick news digest:
  • First, a bizarre news item - is Canada contributing to a slush fund to the Bush White House, in a midterm election year? Elliot J. Feldman of the Tyee has the details.
  • The Washington Supreme Court was asked yesterday to reconsider its backwards ruling on marriage equality. Even though it's unusual for such a request to be granted, the couples who filed the original lawsuit and their attorneys say the stakes are too high to ignore the opportunity.
  • The state Democratic Party and local party organizations in Thurston and Mason counties are so sick of traitor Tim Sheldon that they're helping contribute to a war chest for his challenger. At a news conference earlier this week, State Party Chairman Dwight Pelz called Sheldon, who supported Bush in 2004, the "Joe Lieberman of Washington state politics". Pelz also remarked that "we have two DINOs in this state and that is two too many" - referring to former state Senator Dino Rossi.
  • Keith Olbermann takes Donald Rumsfeld to the woodshed in a brilliant commentary tearing apart Rumsfeld's comparison of Iraq war critics to appeasers of Hitler. Video is available here.
  • Kudos to Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson for taking a firm stand against the occupation of Iraq. Anderson addressed between 4,000 and 5,000 protestors just hours before Dubya's arrival in Utah.
Finally, a reminder to our readers that our outstanding contributor Jason Black has posted two great interviews this week - one with U.S. Representative Jay Inslee and the other with Rodney Tom, the Democrat running for State Senate in the 48th.

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