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October 8, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Monday briefing: season of political ads, scary and otherwise; aggressive panhandling redux

The  New Yorker cover combines Clint Eastwood’s memorable speech from the Republican National Convention with President Obama’s “no-show” in the first presidential debate. (Barry Blitt / The New Yorker)

Good Morning:

UPDATED TO INCLUDE LINK ON A.G. AD

The New Yorker cover speaks loudly. The latest New Yorker cover sums up the first presidential debate in biting fashion.

No hiding places: It’s that time of the year, October, the month of ghosts and goblins and political ads scarier than the most spider-covered, creaky-floored haunted house.

Check out some of the newer ads on TV.  Watch and write a comment or two.

Friday, a new ad by the Republican State Leadership Committee, was released, in support of the Republican candidate for attorney general, Reagan Dunn. It features a vigorous attack on the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Bob Ferguson.

Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell, many points ahead in the polls of her Republican challenger, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, has a lot of money in her till. She, too, released an ad. It was one of the more gentle ones.

The folks advocating that voters approve Referendum 74, the gay marriage measure, have a relatively new ad out that features religious people — heterosexual religious people — advocating for gay marriage.

Street disorder redux:  Remember when Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn really didn’t want anyone to get too exercised about street disorder or aggressive panhandling. He fought his soon-to-be nemesis Councilmember Tim Burgess on his proposal to limit aggressive panhandling in Seattle. Publicola has an interesting tidbit on that subject,  — a few years after the fact.

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