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Spokane GOP picks McLaughlin, Kerns and Baxter to replace Mielke

Todd Mielke’s seat on the Spokane County Commission will go to either two political veterans or an up-and-comer with wide support among state legislators. Read more

Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November. Read more

Can Ted Cruz legally be president? Ivy League scholars debate

Two legal scholars squared off in a public debate on Friday to settle whether Republican Ted Cruz is eligible to become president. Spoiler alert: They didn’t settle it. Read more

Council candidate involved in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County

Phillip Tyler, one of the people vying to replace Jon Snyder on the Spokane City Council, has sued Spokane County alleging workplace discrimination. Tyler worked in the Spokane County Jail for 15 years. Read more

New Hampshire GOP bristles at Fiorina’s debate exclusion

A top New Hampshire member of the Republican National Committee and the state’s GOP U.S. senator are blasting ABC News’s decision not to include Carly Fiorina in Saturday’s debate in the first primary state, where the former technology executive has campaigned vigorously. Read more

Fire district tries bond again after ballot printing error

A Stevens County Fire District 1 bond issue is back on the ballot this month after it was discovered missing from the ballots of dozens of residents in November. Read more

Marco Rubio is target as rivals try to block his rise

With the New Hampshire primary poised to cut down the Republican field, candidates are sharpening their knives in a desperate bid for survival that on Thursday resembled a group attack on Sen. Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida. Read more

Democratic debate: Fireworks fly as Clinton, Sanders square off

Fireworks flying in their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders Thursday night of subjecting her to an “artful smear” while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of the political establishment. Read more

Democratic debate: Fact check on the candidates

A look at some of the claims in their latest Democratic presidential debate. Read more

Kay drops out of Congressional race, supports Pakootas

David Kay, 59, announced Thursday he was dropping his bid as a Democrat for U.S. Congress and throwing his support behind Joe Pakootas. Read more

Democrats’ Thursday debate: Four things to watch

In the final debate before the New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton, front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, will look to alter her strategy after her narrow win over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses Monday. Read more

Rick Santorum follows Rand Paul in exit from presidential race

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who won Iowa’s 2012 caucuses, ended his presidential campaign Wednesday and endorsed Marco Rubio for president. Read more

Labrador issues statement on Rand Paul withdrawal; he’s ‘disappointed’

Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador, who served as western states chairman for Rand Paul’s GOP presidential campaign, issued a statement tonight on Paul’s withdrawal from the race, saying he’s “disappointed,” but remains “hopeful that we will nominate a strong conservative” as the GOP nominee. Here’s his… Read more

Trump wants Iowa election do-over

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is accusing rival Ted Cruz of stealing the Iowa caucuses and is demanding a do-over. Read more

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul quits 2016 GOP presidential race

Republican Sen. Rand Paul dropped his 2016 campaign for president Wednesday, eclipsed by other candidates who kept his base of support from growing into a viable force in the crowded 2016 field. Read more

Trump says Cruz’s win was fraudulent; Paul drops out of race

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is taking issue with the results of Monday’s Iowa caucuses, accusing contest winner Ted Cruz of fraud. Read more

Iowa Democrats face criticism over missteps at caucus sites

Four years after the Iowa Republican Party was criticized for mishandling an extremely close caucus, Democratic Party leaders faced similar scrutiny Tuesday over how they and their volunteers handled the state’s signature political event. Read more

Bill to move up Idaho party-affiliation deadline dies; voters will be able to switch at polls on March 8

It turns out that voters who want to change their party affiliation at the polls for Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary will be able to do so after all. Read more

Bill to move up party-affiliation deadline is dead

It turns out that voters who want to change their party affiliation at the polls for Idaho’s March 8 presidential primary will be able to do so after all. Legislation proposed by Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to move up the affiliation deadline… Read more

Iowa Takeaways: Trump can’t meet hype, Clinton underwhelms

Donald Trump failed to live up to his own hype and finished second to Ted Cruz, but it was a late surge from Marco Rubio that may wind up the as the biggest surprise of the Iowa caucuses. Read more