Elections we’re covering right now

Choose an election for the latest information on races and measures, headlines and voting results.

All politics and election news

Democrats face dilemma in Spokane County commissioner race

Democrats face a dilemma in next month’s primary election for Spokane County commissioner. That’s because among the candidates they can choose are a Democrat and a high-profile former Democrat who chose to run as an independent. Read more

Idaho state treasurer defends record, calls critical state audits ‘politically motivated’

In his 16 years as Idaho’s state treasurer, Ron Crane has built up the state’s credit rating, launched…

Read more

Eight migrant kids from border surge have come to sponsors in Idaho; Otter not happy

Eight migrant children from Central America apprehended at the Mexican border already have been sent to Idaho, according to a…

Read more

County on track for 35-40 percent turnout in primary election

Slightly more than 30,000 ballots for the Aug. 5 primary had been returned to the Spokane County elections office by Thursday, pushing turnout to about 10.5 percent countywide. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the county is on track for a predicted turnout of between 35 percent and 40 percent of its more than 285,000 registered voters. Read more

Spokane County turnout nudges past 10%

Slightly more than 30,000 ballots for the Aug. 5 primary have been returned to the Spokane County elections office…

Read more

Two new Idaho GOP chair hopefuls emerge in two days

Two new candidates for Idaho Republican Party chairman have emerged in the past two days: Cassia County Republican Chairman Douglas…

Read more

Otter: Idaho won’t help with immigration crisis on Mexico border

BOISE – Idaho is off-limits to any plans to ease the growing humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter declared Wednesday in a letter to federal officials. Idaho, which borders Canada, had not been targeted to help with the influx of children entering the United States illegally. But Otter’s spokesman, Jon Hanian, said, “The governor felt it was important to act pre-emptively.” Otter’s letter said he wants “to immediately eliminate the chance of the federal government using Idaho as a destination or a staging area for the influx of unaccompanied and illegal immigrants entering the United States through our southern border.” Read more

Used practice targets left at League office

The League of Women Voters of Washington wants supporters of a gun-rights initiative to denounce the unknown group that left…

Read more

Feds never asked Idaho to take captured immigrant kids; Otter was acting ‘pre-emptively’

Asked if Idaho has been contacted by federal officials about housing or staging unaccompanied minor immigrants captured at the southern…

Read more

Otter fires off letter to feds saying Idaho won’t take any immigrant kids captured at southern border

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter today fired off a letter to three top federal officials declaring that he wants “to immediately…

Read more

Sheriff’s race centers on jail debate

Debate over the need for a new Spokane County Jail has become a key issue in this year’s campaigns for sheriff and county commissioner after a candidate in the sheriff’s race produced a radio ad pegging the potential cost at $300 million. Doug Orr, who is challenging incumbent Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, has won the endorsement of former Sheriff Mark Sterk. In a radio ad, Sterk says, “Now is not the time to be promoting a $300 million jail.” Read more

Shawn Vestal: GOP shies from criticizing Matt Shea publicly

Did you know Matt Shea was an Oath Keeper? Did you know he likes to sit around with other Oath Keepers – self-declared patriots and apocalyptic prophets – and check out night-vision goggles and talk about guns? Read more

Eye on Boise: Idaho parks board picks new director

BOISE – Idaho is getting a new state parks chief, and a Democrat is joining GOP Gov. Butch Otter’s Cabinet. David Langhorst, a former Democratic state senator from Boise and a current state tax commissioner, was selected as the new parks director by the state Parks and Recreation Board; he’ll start work Monday, replacing the retiring Nancy Merrill. Read more

Editorial: GOP’s Kuney best-qualified for Spokane County treasurer

Four years ago, Rob Chase was a write-in candidate who finished second in the primary and then knocked off incumbent Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg in the fall. Now, it’s Chase who is being pursued, and his challengers are both better qualified for the position. Oddly, treasurer is a partisan position, though all of the candidates agree it should not be treated that way. Read more

Peterson says he’s filed lawsuit against GOP officials

Embattled state GOP Chairman Barry Peterson announced today that he and six backers have filed a lawsuit in state district…

Read more

Balukoff offers 3-1 match for donors to his campaign against Otter

A.J. Balukoff, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is matching contributions to his campaign by putting in $3…

Read more

High-profile challengers in race for Washington’s 4th District state House seat

State Rep. Leonard Christian is an incumbent in the unusual position of facing two primary opponents who have as much or more name recognition as he has. Christian, who was appointed a state representative early this year to fill a vacancy, is challenged by Diana Wilhite, a former Spokane Valley mayor who has been active in local politics for decades, and Bob McCaslin, who shares the name of his late father who served in the state Senate for more than 30 years. Read more

Q&A with Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin

4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers. Read more

Three vie in 3rd District; Riccelli finishing first term

In the August primary, two candidates are challenging the newest legislator representing central Spokane. But Libertarian Randy McGlenn II and Republican Tim Benn could have an uphill battle in the Democratic-leaning 3rd Legislative District against incumbent Marcus Riccelli. Read more

Q&A with central Spokane House candidates Benn, Riccelli and McGlenn

All three candidates for 3rd Legislative District state representative, position 1, were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers. Candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot. Read more