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Politics Northwest

The Seattle Times political team explores national, state and local politics.

October 3, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Wednesday briefing: Debate-o-rama; using — over-using? — women in political ads

Good Morning:

Women all over political ads: From Brian M. Rosenthal.

Each of the major independent groups in the governor’s race (one pro-Democrat Jay Inslee, one pro-Republican Rob McKenna) released new TV ads in recent days. The ads are similar in that they go pretty hard after the opponent, they have been criticized for the accuracy of their claims and – perhaps most strikingly – feature a woman delivering the criticism. The pro-Inslee ad tries to tie McKenna to the national Republican Party on a variety of issues, while the pro-McKenna ad attacks Inslee for a long-dropped proposal to invest the state pension fund in business start-ups. Why are women delivering so much of the bad news?

This is the anti-Inslee ad

This is the anti-McKenna ad

Debate fever: So, who won Tuesday night’s gubernatorial debate between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna? Did either candidate strike a memorable blow? Did either shine — or persuade anybody to switch allegiance?

Moving right along, debate watching parties are happening in different communities across the state Wednesday night for the presidential debate. We are having our own festivities, live-streaming tonight’s -first-of-the-season presidential debate from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. What are you looking for? What would help you make up — or change — your mind?

Anyone notice how both candidates and their cadre of handlers love to lower expectations? That way, if no one blatantly stumbles, fires a zinger line, or stares inappropriately at his watch, maybe the debate can be called a draw or a win. Join us Wednesday night at seattletimes.com at 6 p.m. for our live chat with David Domke, chairman of the University of Washington Department of Communication, Elizabeth Wiley, a contributor to the blog, UW Election Eye, Richard Wagoner, Times political editor and myself. We will be live-streaming the debate and discussing it in real time. Join us and tell us what you think.

My what a busy political calendar: October is the absolute busiest month in politics around here. Click around on the calendar below. Live chats. Debates aplenty. Something for almost every political geek.

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