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Cantwell, Hutchison get down to details at Spokane Community College debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican opponent, Susan Hutchison, sparred on tariffs, housing and health care during a debate Saturday afternoon at Spokane Community College.


Up for debate: Are political debates really debates?

Are political debates really debates? In the strictest sense, not exactly.


Editorial endorsement: Vote for Maria Cantwell for U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell has been a solid, hard-working, reasonable, pragmatic senator serving the interests of her constituents across Washington state since 2001. We support her as


U.S. Senate candidates debate taxes, guns, civility

Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison clash on taxes, guns and the Kavanaugh hearings during their first debate.


U.S. Senate passes legislation to compensate Spokane Tribe for losses from Grand Coulee Dam

Legislation to compensate the Spokane Tribe for lands lost as a result of Grand Coulee Dam’s construction passed the U.S. Senate on Thursday.


Washington, Idaho legislators react to Ford’s and Kavanaugh’s testimonies

Following on the heels of Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings into allegations of sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, local legislators were prompt in offering their own reactions.


Maria Cantwell seeking fourth term in U.S. Senate in race against Susan Hutchison

Republican challenger Susan Hutchison has a tough assignment in a campaign against three-term incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell.


Sen. Cory Booker to Democrats at Cantwell rally: Stand up to adversity

Sen. Cory Booker urges Democrats to stand up in this “moral moment.”


Susan Hutchison challenges Sen. Maria Cantwell to 10 debates

Republican candidate Susan Hutchison challenged incumbent Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell on Friday to a series of 10 debates to be held in each congressional district throughout Washington.


Murray sees ‘cloud of corruption’ around Trump after developments in court cases

Paul Manafort conviction, Michael Cohen guilty pleas show “growing cloud of corruption” around President Donald Trump, Sen. Patty Murray says.


From Spokane to Seattle, Democrats’ strong primary showings a warning to Republicans

In towns along Washington’s Pacific Coast, there are tsunami zones with sirens to warn of an approaching wave and marked routes to take to higher ground. Tuesday’s election results are not proof of a blue tsunami about to wash over the electorate, but the siren is blowing.


Cantwell tops U.S. Senate field, faces Hutchison in November

Three-term Sen. Maria Cantwell is headed for a general election showdown against former GOP State Chairwoman Susan Hutchison after the two finished far ahead of the field in Tuesday’s Washington state primary. At a campaign gathering in Redmond with U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene and State Sen. Manka Dhingra, Cantwell thanked voters and campaign workers and launched into a travelogue of cities around the state where she’d been to campaign in the past week.


Bill allowing more sea lions to be killed clears key hurdle

A bill that would make it easier to kill sea lions that gobble endangered salmon in the Columbia River has cleared a key committee in the U.S. Senate.


28 hopefuls chase Cantwell in U.S. Senate primary

A wide array of personalities and philosophies want Washington to send them to the U.S. Senate.


Cantwell calls on Justice Department to resume Affordable Care Act defense

Sen. Maria Cantwell called on the U.S. Justice Department to resume defending portions of the Affordable Care Act in court, at a Tuesday event at Deaconess Hospital.


Inslee, Ferguson call separation policy cruel, accuse Trump of lying about it

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Attorney General Bob Ferguson demand answers about asylum-seekers being held in Washington and accuse the Trump administration of lying about the policy.


U.S. Senate primary: Cantwell and 29 challengers

U.S. Senate race draws a near record number of candidates and Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race grows to five on final day of filing week.


Senate race gets 11 hopefuls as candidates file for office Monday

Washington’s U.S. Senate race got crowded in a hurry Monday, as 10 challengers filed to run against incumbent Democrat Maria Cantwell.


Cantwell rallies net neutrality supporters in Spokane stop

U.S Sen. Maria Cantwell, small business leaders and members of tech startup companies rallied Friday afternoon at downtown Spokane’s Washington Cracker Co. building to voice support of a congressional resolution to restore net neutrality.


Sen. Maria Cantwell says governments should not be on the hook for coal mine cleanups

WASHINGTON – Congress should end a practice that puts the federal government and states at risk of paying for expensive coal mine cleanups when mining companies go bankrupt, according to a new finding by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office. The GAO, an investigative arm of Congress, is recommending that lawmakers eliminate the ability of coal mine owners to self-certify their financial wealth, known as “self-bonding.” The controversial process lets owners avoid putting up collateral or getting third-party surety bonds – a requirement of companies in every other energy sector.