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Spokane Public Schools $495 million bond proposal: An overview

The $495 million bond proposal voters will consider in the Nov. 6 election would create three new middle schools, replace three other middle schools, pay for a new


New middle schools in Spokane Public Schools bond would help lower class sizes in elementaries

The $495 million school Spokane Public Schools bond on the Nov. 6 ballot offers many things, but the biggest is a reduction in classroom size for kindergarten through third grade. By adding three new middle schools and replacing three others, the district could move sixth graders into those new buildings and free space for younger students.


Eye on Boise: Jordan unveils first ad, but it’s online-only for now

Democratic candidate for governor Paulette Jordan has released her first campaign commercial, but it’s only airing online; it may air on TV “as fundraising allows,” said her campaign communications manager, Dana Ferris.


Jeff Holy, Jessa Lewis vying for Washington’s 6th District Senate seat

A would-be newcomer to Washington’s statehouse will face a former police officer and current state representative in the race for Washington state’s 6th Legislative District seat.


Jenny Graham, Dave Wilson in tight race for 6th District House seat

A Republican-turned-Democrat and an advocate-turned-politician are vying for an open House seat in what may be Eastern Washington’s only swing district. Republican Jenny Graham views taxes as the single biggest impediment to creating a safer and more just society, and condemns any measure that smacks of a new tax.


Washington Supreme Court candidates Nathan Choi, Steve Gonzalez debate Kavanaugh, campaign finance

In their first public forum for Washington Supreme Court – a forum that at times delved into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Justice Steve Gonzalez and his challenger, Nathan Choi, answered a series of questions from Spokane voters, including how justices can address prison overcrowding, and whether judges at all levels should be elected.


East Valley School District seeks infrastructure levy in November ballot

Aging infrastructure is catching up with the East Valley School District and its sense of security for students and staff.


Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson face off for district court judge seat

Two candidates vying to become Spokane County District Court’s newest judge are on their way to the general election after escaping a close race in the primary.


In 9th District, Schmick facing first Democratic opponent in a decade

For the first time in a decade, a Democrat is challenging state Rep. Joe Schmick for his seat representing southeastern Washington. Matthew Sutherland, a graduate student at Washington State University, hopes to benefit from a nationwide “blue wave,” with Democrats hoping voters dissatisfied with President Donald Trump will vote for their party down the ballot.


Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.


Eye on Boise: Paulette Jordan campaign chief’s resignation: Was it over PAC, or on-job friction?

Paulette Jordan’s campaign released a photo Thursday of its then-campaign manager, Michael Rosenow, posing with Jordan’s opponent in the race for governor, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little, at a Little fundraiser Aug. 29 on the Basque Block.


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.


Spin Control: Wrapup from the primary: Recount challenges and the biggest loser

Recount of key precincts showed no changes. Now candidates may challenge the process.


Analysis: ‘Dark money’ claims in McMorris Rodgers, Brown debate oversimplify complicated campaign finance laws

The candidates both claimed the other was benefitting from campaign contributions that aren’t traceable. The issue has become heated in a race that has attracted outside attention from leadership groups and other nonprofits that view Eastern Washington as a battleground election in the contest for control of the House of Representatives.


Mike Pence stump speech for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tentatively scheduled for early October in Spokane

The list of top Republicans coming to Spokane to stump for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers this fall will include Vice President Mike Pence.


I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.


Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers face off in first public debate

In their first public debate, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Lisa Brown lobbed criticism on numerous issues, including health care, tax reform, gun control, the farm bill, the special counsel investigation and “dark money” in campaigns. The debate, hosted by The Spokesman-Review and KHQ, drew more than 500 people to the Bing Crosby Theater on Wednesday evening.


Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney and those whose influence grew in the last decade with the rise of the tea party who have mostly backed Chase.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown in their first debate

Join us for Pints and Politics: The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Forum and KHQ welcome Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown for a Town Hall event on Sept. 19.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown set for town hall event in downtown Spokane on Wednesday

The event, co-hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages forum and KHQ-TV, will air live on local broadcast television from the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. It’ll be the first time McMorris Rodgers and Brown share a stage in pursuit of Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress this November.