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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2016

TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014

U.S. Senate confirms Mendoza as federal judge

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly confirmed Salvador Mendoza Jr. for the federal district court in Eastern Washington. Mendoza is currently a Benton and Franklin County Superior Court judge. The son of migrant farm workers, he will be the first Latino federal judge for the Washington's Eastern...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 9, 2014

Midterm grades for Inland Northwest lawmakers

We're halfway through the 113th Congress, and legislative watchdog has handed down its marks for lawmakers based on multiple indicators of legislative success. Inland Northwest legislators had their fingers in several pieces of sweeping, high-profile federal legislation enacted in 2013, including an update to...

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More congressional reax on Syria speech 

After President Obama gave his speech on Syria last night, there was a scramble to get reaction from the region's congressional delegation, and fit it into the tight space in this morning's Spokesman-Review. We wound up with a shortened version of the reaction. For a...

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FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2013

Felts tower to stay open

Remember how Congress moved almost like greased lightning to keep stop the slowdown in commercial flights that the sequester was going to cause? And remember how the jaded among you said that was just because they were getting to leave on recess, and didn't want...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2013

Murray announces Senate budget hearings

WASHINGTON — The first official steps toward passing a Senate budget will be taken next week, Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray said today. The Democratic senior senator from Washington announced two sessions scheduled for Feb. 12 and 13. Murray has vowed, amid rebukes from House...

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Crapo: GOP said all along it was a tax 

The Republicans said all along that the individual mandate was a tax, Sen. Mike Crapo said this morning after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act on that point. Democrats had insisted it wasn't. "It's an incredibly big irony," the Idaho Republican said....

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TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009

Obama speech reax: Bipartisan support for now 

A generation after serving in Vietnam, Rep. Walt Minnick sat in the auditorium at West Point Tuesday surrounded by men and women in cadet gray uniforms being told by a president their lives could be sacrificed in another Asian country.“It was an honor to be...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 10, 2009

Obama reax from WA & ID delegations 

When a president talks, congresspersons listen...and then they talk, too.Such was the case Wednesday night when Barack Obama talked about health care reform, and members of Congress talked about Obama's talk.Go inside the blog to see what the honorables who represent the Inland Northwest had...

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For the record, Patty Murray's favorite word is "help." Maria Cantwell's is "oil". Cathy McMorris Rodgers' is "students."In the Idaho congressional delegation, Mike Crapo's fave is"energy". Jim Risch's is "guard". Walt Minnick's is "Idaho".That's the conclusion of Capitol Words, a new Web site that combs...

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Left wing, right wing, middle of the bird? 

The National Journal has developed a great resource for figuring out where your congressional delegation stands on on the political spectrum, an interactive graphic that combines the scores of several rating groups, then ranks the honorables with their photos.Rating systems aren't new, of course, but...

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