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Elway Poll: Class-size measure has strong lead

An initiative that would require smaller classes in Washington’s public schools has strong support among voters polled a month before election day. Elway Research says two of three voters surveyed last week said they were either definitely or probably going to vote yes on Initiative…

Election 2014: McMorris Rodgers faces Pakootas for Congress’ 5th District

With Congress’ approval rating plunging to single digits, being part of the leadership that controls the U.S. House of Representatives could work against an incumbent’s effort to stay in office this year. That’s what Democrat Joe Pakootas hopes as he takes on U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat. The Inchelium businessman is questioning her effectiveness after five terms in the House, where she currently serves as the majority Republican Conference chairwoman, the No. 4 position in the GOP hierarchy.

Elway Poll: Voters split on gun initiatives

OLYMPIA — Support for both gun initiatives on the November ballot is falling, but the proposal to expand background checks to most sales still has majority support, a new Elway Research poll says. Three of five voters polled last week said they would definitely or…

Election 2014: I-591, I-594 differ over gun control

The duel between gun-control initiatives is not just a high-stakes clash between philosophies; it also pits a measure that’s short and sweet against one that features in-depth detail. Initiative 591, supported by state and national groups who tout their support of the Second Amendment, is one of the shortest measures to make the ballot in recent memory. Its 191 words would bar any illegal seizures of guns and wouldn’t allow Washington to change its background check laws unless there’s a new national standard.

Spin Control: Seattle’s Indigenous People’s Day misses the mark

Monday is cause for minor celebration in Spokane as one of the few weekdays of the year in which “free parking” is not just a square on the Monopoly board. The city sets aside a handful of holidays to spare motorists the expense of plugging meters, but most are days like Thanksgiving and Christmas, during which there’s less demand for parking spaces except from the poor working stiffs who must come to the office to man the phones or monitor the computers while everyone else is home with the family.

Editorial: Horton has solid showing as assessor, deserves vote

Four years ago, Vicki Horton emerged from a field of six candidates to unseat incumbent Spokane County Assessor Ralph Baker, who was then her boss. Confidence in Baker’s administration of the office had been undermined by internal complaints about his management style and often obtuse relations with the public. There also were claims of favoritism in the valuations, or total lack thereof. Nevertheless, we endorsed Baker on the strength of his office’s performance versus those in other Washington counties, and the implementation of technology that even his foes did not fault.

Some not-too-shocking endorsements

The Spokane County Republican Party has gone waaaaay out on a limb and endorsed three incumbent Republicans running for re-election to county office The party sent out a press release over the weekend that it is endorsing Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, Treasurer Rob Chase…

Sunday Spin: Gun inits duel over cop support

OLYMPIA – Law enforcement agencies may not be getting much love in most of the country after images of heavily armed cops filled news coverage of protests in Ferguson, Missouri. But here in Washington, the dueling gun initiatives are competing for the claim of “cops…

Hastings endorses Newhouse

Rep. Doc Hastings today endorsed Dan Newhouse as his replacement for Washington’s 4th Congressional District seat. Newhouse, the former state agriculture director, is running against Eltopia farmer and fellow Republican Clint Didier in the Central Washington district. Didier replied that Hastings was being pressured by…

Gun initiatives: Where the money comes from

The vast majority of money supporting the initiative to expand background checks on guns comes from just 10 ZIP codes in the Seattle area, much of it from people with ties to the state’s tech industry. An analysis of contributions reported to the state Public…

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