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McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas debate on Thursday

The second debate between Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas will air Thursday night on KSPS-TV and KXLY 920 AM radio. Pakootas, the chief executive officer of the Colville Tribe Federal Corp., is running against McMorris Rodgers, a Republican seeking her sixth…

GOP incumbents want Ebola travel restrictions, challengers say no

Republican House members from the Inland Northwest say the United States should consider travel restrictions for West African countries to guard against the spread of Ebola, but their Democratic challengers say that’s the wrong course of action… To read the rest of this…

Sunday Spin: Where does McMorris Rodgers live?

At least once a week, and more frequently during election season, the newspaper gets a call, a letter, an e-mail or an online comment alleging a scandal about Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Sometimes it comes in a conspiratorial query just above a whisper. Other times it’s…

Editorial: Choices for Washington’s top court few but easy: Stephens, Johnson

The Supreme Court’s involvement in education funding has become the No. 1 issue in the state, but none of the four justices running for re-election has drawn a serious challenger. Justices Mary Yu and Mary Fairhurst are unopposed. Justice Debra Stephens is the only Eastern Washington representative on the court. She was picked to join the court in 2007, and faced no opposition in 2008. Her only foe this time is a former attorney who is using the contest to protest his disbarment. John (Zamboni) Scannell is deemed “unqualified” by the Washington State Prosecutors Association and “not qualified” by the King County Bar Association.

3rd debate for 5th Cong Dist scheduled

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas have added a third debate to their campaign schedules, agreeing to a second match-up in Spokane. The debate, sponsored by three area business groups, will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Lincoln Center. While…

Didier drops Newhouse from lawsuit alleging campaign violations

Clint Didier has dropped his claims against the campaign of his opponent, Dan Newhouse, for Washington’s 4th District Congressional seat alleging election violations by volunteer Chris Voigt. Voigt is the executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission.

Ballots going in the mail starting today

Ballots are being mailed out to Washington voters starting today and Spokane County, which is sending out about 275,000 ballots, will mail them out over a two-day stretch through Thursday. Most voters should have their ballots by the weekend, but the elections officials said that…

Shea, Arritola fight for 4th District

There was a moment in last week’s sole debate between state Rep. Matt Shea and his challenger, Josh Arritola, that summed up the race between the two Republicans. Arritola dispensed with a question regarding his disbelief in the human impact of climate change and pivoted to a recitation of fees connected to an off-road vehicle law Shea sponsored.

4th District legislative candidate Q-and-A

Legislative candidates for the state House Position 2 in the 4th Legislative District were allowed 50 words to respond to each of five questions. The incumbent in the race, state Rep. Matt Shea, did not respond to repeated requests to participate in this candidate Q&A.

Stories on gun inits, congressional race drawing comments

People who say there’s no passion in this year’s mid-term elections don’t read the online newspaper’s comments. It’s not really a surprise, but Sunday’s story on the two gun control initiatives and Tuesday’s story on the 5th Congressional District race are generating significant comments elsewhere…

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