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Downtown Spokane stadium plan gets backing from boosters, maybe a second chance from City Council

City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear is working against the clock to have her colleagues reconsider their vote against a bond measure that would ask taxpayers to cover the cost of building a downtown stadium. Boosters of Spokane’s downtown and its sports offerings panned the decision Tuesday as ignoring the voices of voters.


Protesters target GOP backlash to Russia probe at Devin Nunes fundraiser for Cathy McMorris Rodgers

More than 100 protestors are highlighting a fund-raising lunch benefiting the re-election campaign of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.


Spin Control: Ballot returns lag behind 2014 primaries

For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging behind where it was in 2014, the last midterm.


6th District candidates make final push leading up to primaries

As primary election night approaches, Spokane County 6th District House candidate Dave Wilson has raised several thousand dollars more than his opponents. None of the candidates, Wilson included, thinks that guarantees a victory.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers pushes House bill targeting EPA pollution standards in Washington

The measure, which passed as part of a larger spending package approved by the House of Representatives, prohibits the federal agency from enforcing its new water quality standards in Washington state. That includes a level of carcinogenic chemicals that are imperceptible by current testing techniques, but environmental groups have argued against doing away with the EPA’s work on the issue.


Gun control initiative passes signature check, gets new legal challenge

Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.


Ad watch: Latest attack ads against Brown make questionable claims

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and the state Republican Party are stepping up attacks on Democratic challenger Lisa Brown with a mailer that suggests the former state legislator is soft on sexual predators and a newspaper ad that she claims credit where it’s not due.


Spokane City Council, school board will meet Wednesday to discuss downtown stadium, bond projects

A public hearing on planned November bond measures will be held Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Elected officials are expected to finalize the language of an anticipated $600 million bond request to build new schools, libraries and potentially a downtown stadium.


Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson, Lynden Smithson vie for open district court seat

Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.


House Intel Chairman Nunes to raise money for McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes – one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and a sometime lightning rod for criticism for the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election – will help Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers raise campaign money Monday in Spokane.


Spin Control: Is it true democracy if it takes millions to get an initiative on the ballot?

Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.


Ad watch: Cathy McMorris Rodgers spot revives attack on Lisa Brown regarding sex offenders

The Lisa Brown campaign accused U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of desperation and “scare tactics” in a new attack ad questioning the Democrat’s record in the state House of Representatives on housing sex offenders.


Questions of rule violations trail Spokane County District Court judge candidate signs

A candidate running for district court judge may be in violation of state judicial conduct rules by advertising possibly misleading information to voters.


Spokane City Council could have final say on ballot measure to fund downtown stadium

Rick Romero offered Spokane School Board members a way out of a thorny decision over whether they’d ask voters to pay for a downtown sports stadium Wednesday night. The inclusion of funding the project could be part of the city’s request of voters, but will require approval from the Spokane City Council.


Three candidates challenge Joel Kretz for Northeast Washington House seat

Two Democrats and one Independent are challenging 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz for his seat in the state House of Representatives. The Republican incumbent has gone largely unchallenged for more than a decade.


Washington primary ballots will arrive soon

Primary ballots going out by mail this week.


Ferry County decides to pay for postage for returning primary ballots

Ferry County primary voters will have postage on the envelopes to mail their ballots.


Ferry County voters will need stamps to mail primary ballot

Ferry County auditor says primary ballots won’t have postage paid, as a way to save money.


Truth testing: The negative ads from Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown

Television advertisements and campaign mailers are already finding their way to Eastern Washington voters from the two presumptive candidates for the region’s seat in Congress. What’s true, and what isn’t, about the claims in these ads?


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.