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Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on taxes, trade deals and the budget

The largest piece of legislation passed by this Congress was last year’s federal tax bill, which made sweeping changes to both individual and corporate filers. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says those changes have resulted in a more vibrant economy and is pushing for an extension of individual tax cuts that experts say will continue to swell the debt. Lisa Brown accused the GOP of “gimmicks” to keep the full financial effects of their tax cuts hidden from the American public.


Passage of Spokane Public Schools bond would ease Lewis and Clark’s lunchtime chaos

Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.


Pence says D.C. needs McMorris Rodgers during Spokane campaign stop

Vice President Mike Pence urged Eastern Washington voters to retain U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a stump speech Tuesday afternoon to push the administration’s economic policies and confirm conservative judges like embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Video courtesy of KHQ.


Protesters inflate ‘Baby Trump’ balloon outside Spokane campaign fundraiser featuring Mike Pence

Protesters inflated a giant “Baby Trump” balloon outside the Spokane Convention Center, where Vice President Mike Pence spoke during a campaign fundraiser for Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Video courtesy of KHQ.


Vice President Mike Pence visits Spokane

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. After stumping for a GOP Senate candidate in Bozeman, Montana, on Tuesday morning, Pence landed at the Spokane International Airport aboard Air Force Two in the afternoon. He then spoke at the convention center to raise money for McMorris Rodgers as she works to stave off a challenge from Democrat Lisa Brown, while throngs of protesters chanted outside.


Vice President Mike Pence to appear for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in downtown Spokane on Tuesday

The vice president, a former colleague of McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak at an afternoon fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center. Tickets to the event were still selling at $125 apiece on Monday afternoon, according to the McMorris Rodgers campaign, which expects more than 1,000 attendees.


Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where asbestos lurks behind every wall. “You’d better step away from there,” joked teacher Danial Witkowski, who teaches robotics in a classroom that dates from when the school opened in 1959.


Vice President Mike Pence to appear for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers downtown Spokane on Tuesday

A campaign swing to the West will bring Vice President Mike Pence to downtown Spokane on Tuesday to stump for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. KHQ’s Joe McHale reports.


Gov. candidate Jordan expects ‘women will be attacked’ by restrictive policies if Kavanaugh is confirmed

Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan said Friday she is worried about the state’s protections for women and minorities, especially if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.


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.