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January 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Monday politics: Nate Silver and Seahawks; inaugurations ahead; gun plan coming

Good morning.

Nate Silver, 50 states and the Hawks: Nate Silver, The New York Times wonder-math-nerd  who predicted the 2012 presidential election outcome in all 50 states, had what turned out to be an unfortunate prediction for Sunday’s football game. He said the Seahawks would win, but, oops, that did not come to pass.  His critics will probably mention that once or twice, don’t you think?

Gov.-elect Jay Inslee

Inaugurations, beginnings: Gov.-elect Jay Inslee becomes Gov. Jay Inslee this Wednesday, with a full round of festivities in Olympia. The inauguration is during the day; the inaugural ball is Wednesday night.

In Washington, D.C., President Obama’s inaugural balls are next Monday night. Politico reported on a little problem with one officiant for the swearing-in ceremony. The Rev. Louis Giglio was planning to perform the benediction. He changed his mind, or someone else did, last week because of anti-gay comments he made years ago.

Outgoing Gov. Chris Gregoire’s
formal portrait — and her new granddaughter.
Source: Associated Press

Inslee in, Chris Gregoire out. But her formal portrait will remain. Take a look.

Gun politics: Vice President Joe Biden is coming out with some sort of gun control proposal this week, and yes, he is using the term executive order to describe some of what might happen next.

Todd Akin redux: Another year, another round of rape comments. Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia causes another mild furor. And you thought the GOP was going to swear off such comments.

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