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July 18, 2012 at 6:03 AM

Wednesday briefing: singing presidential ads; ballots out; big bucks in the 6th District

Good Morning.

Something  funny, as in, odd, is happening with presidential campaign ads that feature the candidates breaking into song.  Earlier this week, Team Obama released a powerful ad against Republican Mitt Romney that takes Romney’s singing of “America the Beautiful” and overlays it with mentions of his activities overseas that have not benefited working Americans.

Take a look.

 

Then, the Romney campaign returned volley with an ad featuring Obama singing Al Green’s song, “Let’s Stay Together,” similarly laced with accusations about Obama favoring his contributors over the middle class. I would show you that ad, but a music publishing company has withdrawn it from Youtube.com  for copyright reasons. The Romney camp wants to put the ad back up, arguing that its use is entirely proper.

The Al Green song, the argument goes, is copyrighted; America the Beautiful was published in the 1920s and so is in the public domain.

 

Well, we have been talking about this for some time. Today, Wednesday, is the day ballots start going out. Drop boxes open Thursday. This election is upon us.

Big bucks are flowing in the 6th Congressional District contest, the battle to replace longtime Congressman Norm Dicks.

News media are suckers for creative or out-of-the-box campaign events, and King County Sheriff Steve Strachan has one. “Shoot’n with Sheriff Steve Strachan” is a fundraiser scheduled for Friday. Publicola.com  has a picture of the flier.

Brief note:  If you search for “shooting” and “with the sheriff,” you will find other sheriffs or sheriff candidates have had similar events., including a recent one in Brevard County, Fla.,   and this one in Texas.

Please join Politics Northwest for a live chat Thursday, July 19, at 12:15 p.m on the proposed basketball and hockey arena. With us, answering your questions, will be Chris Hansen, the San Francisco businessman seeking to build the new arena. Also on hand, answering questions about traffic and transportation concerns in the Sodo neighborhood, will be Dave Gering, executive director of the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle. If you want to offer a question, send an email to lthompson@seattletimes.com or jbalter@seattletimes.com and we will try to include it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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