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Cowan vs. McMorris Rodgers, Income Taxes

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and businessman Rich Cowan, a Democrat, give their position on letting income tax cuts expire.


Ethics Commission quickly dismisses complaint against McLaughlin

The Spokane Ethics Commission ruled quickly on Wednesday against a complaint filed against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin. Rev. James CastroLang, who leads the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Colville, filed a complaint alleging that McLaughlin violated city ethics rules when her campaign…



Listen to McMorris Rodgers and Cowan make case on pot

Both candidates for Congress in Spokane’s 5th Congressional District oppose the initiative that would legalize marijuana under many circumstances. But they differ on an issue over which they may have some say. That’s the proposed reclassification of the drug to allow it to be prescribed…


Inslee makes ad touting connections to East Side

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is attempting to make points with Spokane voters with a new television commercial that touts his ties to Eastern Washington and features several local scenes. Standing on the Cliff Drive overlook to downtown Spokane, Inslee tells viewers “my wife Trudi and I raised our three boys here in Eastern Washington, and as governor, I won’t forget about this side of the Cascades.”


Cowan vs. McMorris Rodgers, Marijuana

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and businessman Rich Cowan, a Democrat, discuss their thoughts on federal marijuana rules.


Inslee ad features Spokane

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is attempting to make points with Spokane voters with a new television commercial that touts his ties to Eastern Washington, and features several local scenes. Standing on the Cliff Drive overlook to downtown Spokane, Inslee tells viewers “my wife Trudi…


Debates will feature county commission candidates, Biviano

Candidates for Spokane County Commission will face off Wednesday evening in student-led debates hosted by the Central Valley High School’s Government Club. The club also has invited the candidates in the hotly-contest Spokane Valley race for state House between incumbent Republican Matt Shea and Democrat…



Non-scientific surveys in the presidential race

Every four years at this time, businesses of almost every stripe try to piggy back on the presidential race to get a little publicity. Thus do we have the quadrennial report from the Halloween costume industry announcing which candidate is selling more masks. Right now,…


Fact-checking Prez Debate III

President Obama and former Gov. Romney kept the fact-checkers busy last night in their final debate. Here’s some of the analysis: Politifact found quite a few partial truths, but called the Romney claim that Obama went on an apology tour a “pants on fire” lie….


Think, Drink, talk politics (not necessarily in that order)

Do you think today’s political campaigns are more negative than “the good old days”? Do you recall a really nasty commercial or mailer from a previous election? Come down to the No-Li Brewery this evening and join the discussion for “Dirty Business: A History of…


Donors keep the big checks coming

With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into some Washington campaigns for top offices and measures that propose major changes to state law. The state Democratic Party reported a $350,000 contribution Monday to its gubernatorial candidate, Jay Inslee, who a local poll suggests is tied with Republican Rob McKenna, and who campaign disclosure records show is running behind in the money race.


Small donations add up in state races

At a time when big money is flooding into campaign coffers, Washington state leaders are seeing another trend: small money. In the race for the governor’s office, a Seattle social worker donated 49 cents. A woman in Elma, Wash., donated 2 cents. A Spokane woman chipped in $2. Dozens of citizens across the state have donated $1, $3 or $5.


Cowan vs. McMorris Rodgers, Transportation

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and businessman Rich Cowan, a Democrat, discuss what they believe should be the federal government’s role in funding the North Spokane freeway and the proposed electric bus system in central Spokane.


Big money continues to roll in to campaigns

With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into some Washington campaigns for top offices and measures that propose major changes to state law. The state Democratic Party reported a $350,000 contribution Monday to…


Today’s fun video: A warmup for tonight’s debate

SNL’s take on last week’s town hall debate.


WA poll: Gov race tied, ballot measures ahead

Washington’s gubernatorial race was tied in a recent poll of state voters, while ballot measures for same-sex marriage, legalized marijuana and charter schools were all leading. The poll of 500 voters last week as the ballots hit the mail had Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat…


Cowan vs. McMorris Rodgers, Guns

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, and businessman Rich Cowan, a Democrat, discuss their stance on the Federal Assault Weapons Ban. The two are running for Congress in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District.


Sunday spin: Times wades into McKenna, Ref. 74 campaigns

OLYMPIA – The biggest news in the state’s political campaigns last week probably was not made by a politician or group working for or against a ballot measure. It was made by the Seattle Times Co., with a decision to run a full-page ad in…


House race an uphill battle: Cowan faces McMorris Rodgers

In just about any profile of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the national media, the Spokane congresswoman is inevitably labeled “a rising star” of the Republican Party. Especially this year, it’s hard to argue with that label, and unless Democrat Rich Cowan can manage the difficult feat of defeating her in November, she’s expected to continue to climb.


Doug Clark: Amy Biviano vs. Matt Shea, the race that keeps on giving

The tipster called me midday Friday with two eye-popping political developments, namely that 4th District state legislative candidate Amy Biviano appeared topless in a 1995 Playboy magazine spread. Five words immediately came to mind.



Races
Governor, State of Washington
U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5
U.S. Senator, State of Washington
County Commissioner, Dist. 2, Spokane County
County Commissioner, Dist. 1, Spokane County
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Senator, Legislative District 3 (central Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 6 (West Plains and western Spokane)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 7 (Northeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 1, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Representative, Pos. 2, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
State Senator, Legislative District 9 (Southeastern Washington)
Attorney General, State of Washington
Commissioner of Public Lands, State of Washington
Insurance Commissioner, State of Washington
Lt. Governor, State of Washington
Secretary of State, State of Washington
State Auditor, State of Washington
State Treasurer, State of Washington
Superintendent of Public Instruction, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 2, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 8, State of Washington
Supreme Court Pos. 9, State of Washington
Measures
Cheney Prop. 1
Cheney Prop. 2
Fire District 9, Prop. 1
Spokane Valley Fire Dept., Prop. 1

About the results: Primary elections in the state of Washington utilize a “Top 2” election system. The two candidates who receive the most votes in the Primary advance to the General Election, regardless of their party preference. Both “winning” candidates (and uncontested candidates) for a given race are denoted with green checkmark in the Spokesman-Review Election Center results. (Judicial races are an exception to this rule; see below.)

Supreme Court races: As per Washington election law, a judicial candidate who receives more than half of the votes in a primary election wins the seat and does not have to run in the November general election. A judicial race between only two candidates will therefore decide that race. If a candidate in a race of three or more people wins with over 50% of the vote, they will win the seat; otherwise, the top two candidates will advance to the November general election.



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