U.S. Representative, Congressional District 5
|Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R)||175,422||54.76%|
|Lisa Brown (D)||144,925||45.24%|
* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. The pair discussed health care, whom they aligned with in their party and took questions written by their opponent.
Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Rotary 21. The pair discussed health care, whom they aligned with in their party and took questions written by their opponent.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown spar on taxes, economy and health care in second Congressional debate
The two candidates took the stage for the second time in the closely watched contest Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, in a debate focused on the economy and jobs in the region. That included discussion of the two major GOP legislative initiatives of this Congress – health care and taxes.
A televised debate will air Wednesday night live from the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane beginning at 7 p.m. on KXLY-TV. A second debate will take place the following afternoon at the Spokane Club and will air later on KSPS-TV.
Democrat Lisa Brown reported taking in $2.2 million in a feverish two months of campaigning following her second-place finish in August’s blanket primary. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers added $1.4 million directly to her campaign, including money raised through a joint fundraising committee. The total amount of fundraising is approaching $10 million for the seat.
Democrat Lisa Brown emerged on top of the latest money contest for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress, besting Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a race that is now pushing $10 million.
In September, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to fund much of the government to the tune of $854 billion. I voted for it in order to avert a partial government shutdown and because the bill funds Eastern Washington priorities like a pay raise for troops, money to rebuild our armed forces, and funds to care for our veterans. But despite securing these priorities, our budget process is broken – and it has been for a long time. We continue to see deficits and rising debt. Something must be done to turn the tide and bring fiscal restraint back to Congress. The previous administration said the “new normal” of economic growth was 2 percent. We cannot pay down the debt and reduce the deficit without strong economic growth. That’s why I’m proud that our Republican tax cuts, regulatory rollback, and pro-jobs agenda have put more taxpayers in the workforce, led to 4.2 percent GDP growth, and added $19 billion in federal revenue this year alone. Washington state just increased revenue estimates for next year by $348 million. By continuing to grow our economy we can keep increasing revenues to help us pay down our debt – not to mention creating thousands of jobs here in Eastern Washington in the process.
Ad watch: Nicaraguan visits 30 years ago continue to fuel misleading ads against Congress challenger Lisa Brown
Radio ads tie Brown to the Sandinistas, a group that seized power in the Central American country in 1979. They draw from a 1990 article written about Brown’s time in Nicaragua, teaching economics at the University of Central America in Managua. Brown has said she doesn’t support the regime now, and that the visit in 1990 was not one to influence politics. The U.S. policy she was active against in the 1980s was the financial support of the Contras, a deeply divisive subject in the midst of the Cold War.
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Congress and the president have blown up the national deficit in a series of spending bills and tax cuts that no credible economist calls fiscally responsible. We are projected to have over $1 trillion more going out the door in a year, rather than coming in. Combined with reckless tariff policies of the administration and the trade war with China, Eastern Washington is facing the biggest threat to our regional economy since I moved here and began teaching economics at Eastern Washington University in the 1980s.
The state’s director of elections says their agency is watching the county to ensure compliance with state laws, which don’t require specific documentation proving residency, just a sworn statement. A student voter drive prompted concern that some ballots wouldn’t be counted in the November midterms.
From Kettle Falls to the Capitol, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers used conservative bona fides to rise through ranks
After being appointed to the state House of Representatives by the slimmest of margins in 1994, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has carved out a long legislative career in Eastern Washington.
Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the Democratic column after nearly 30 years.
Democrat Lisa Brown spent part of her birthday Tuesday speaking at the Coalition of Color Candidate Forum and answering questions and concerns of people of color.
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her challenger, Lisa Brown, discuss what they think is wrong with the VA and what can be done to fix it. KHQ’s Patrick Erickson and Peter Maxwell report.
Election materials prompt WSU cease-and-desist to Cathy McMorris Rodgers campaign; Lisa Brown’s campaign also asked to quit using university’s imagery in ads
The university has also requested the congresswoman’s Democratic challenger, Lisa Brown, remove trademarked images from her ads in an effort to remain neutral in the closely watched Congressional contest.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers talks Kavanaugh, refugees and human trafficking during stop at Lutheran Community Services
Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers met with the director of Lutheran Community Services, the Spokane-based nonprofit providing support for refugees and victims of sexual assault, on Friday morning, as the Trump administration announced it would reduce the number of legal entrants into the U.S. and the Senate prepares to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court amid allegations of sexual violence in the early 1980s.
Citing an ongoing federal review of a pollution standard the congresswoman and local interests say is unattainable by current technology, McMorris Rodgers asked the Department of Ecology this week to halt efforts to issue new discharge permits. Conservation groups argue the regulations are necessary to protect those whose diets contain significant portions of fish.
Fairchild Air Force Base will host Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie later this month as he takes part in the Congressional Military Family Summit.
The cost to the city of Spokane for providing police protection for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit likely will be in the thousands.
Vice President Mike Pence called U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers “one of the most important voices in Washington, D.C.” during a campaign luncheon for the Republican congresswoman Tuesday afternoon at the Spokane Convention Center.