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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…


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…


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.


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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