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Initiative 591

Option Pct
No 55.30%
Yes 44.70%

Initiative 594

Option Pct
Yes 59.30%
No 40.70%

Spokane Riverfront Park Bond, Proposition 2

Option Pct
Approved 68.60%
Rejcted 31.40%

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Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers clash on Obamacare, casino

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas clashed over Obamacare, minimum wage, the best ways to bring jobs to the region and a new West Plains casino in their second debate of the campaign. In a taped debate broadcast Thursday evening on…

Baumgartner will refund unintentional MAC contribution

Republican state Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s campaign will refund $63.48 to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Foundation after the nonprofit organization learned that a check it thought was simply to cover the cost of breakfast for two employees had been recorded as a political…

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…

Editorial: McMorris Rodgers in best position to serve Eastern Washington

A decade into her service as 5th Congressional District representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers is anchored firmly in the House Republican hierarchy. Although we admire the business achievements and community and tribal contributions made by Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas, the attention McMorris Rodgers can bring to the concerns of Eastern Washington – the survival of Fairchild Air Force Base, support for the Veterans Affairs hospital and more medical education and research – require her continued presence in Washington, D.C.

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…

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