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Don Cheatham

Primary is only contest in matchup between Cheatham, Riggs for Idaho’s District 3

First-term state representative and area newcomer Don Cheatham says he was motivated to become an Idaho legislator to “give back” after a career in law enforcement in southern California and work in homeland security in Washington, D.C., and that’s also why he’s seeking a second term in the Idaho House. “I want to give something back to my community,” said Cheatham, 70, who moved to North Idaho in 2012 with his wife Lynn. Peter Riggs, 36, a North Idaho native, is running against him; with no Democrats running, the winner of the GOP primary will take the office.

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Cruz schedules Spokane rally 

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has scheduled a campaign rally at the Spokane Convention Center Wednesday afternoon. A press release from the Cruz campaign has a start time of 3:05 p.m., although that may not be the time he appears. ...

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OLYMPIA -- Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, makes a point during debate on the 2015 supplemental budget on March 29. (Jim Camden/The Spokesman-Review)

Parker won’t seek re-election 

Rep. Kevin Parker, a Spokane Republican who rose to his party's number two spot on the powerful Appropriations Committee, will not seek re-election this fall. Parker, a four-term member of the House from Spokane's 6th District, said he was stepping ...

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, speaks during a campaign event Sunday in South Bend, Ind. (Charles Rex Arbogast / Associated Press)

Sanders says he must win half remaining delegates

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says Indiana’s primary on Tuesday will be important to his goal of amassing as many delegates as possible to catch up with rival Hillary Clinton. And he’s acknowledging that’s a big challenge. In Evansville, Indiana, Sanders is telling supporters that with 10 states left, his campaign needs to earn more than 50 percent of the remaining delegates up for grabs. The Vermont senator says he will “fight hard as hard as we can for every vote.”

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The Spokesman-Review Boise-based reporter Betsy Z. Russell. (Colin Mulvany)

Eye on Boise: Idaho GOP hopes for very different state convention this time

Idaho Republican Party Chairman Steve Yates struck an optimistic tone as he announced the state party convention, which is set for June 2-4 at the Idaho Center in Nampa. "This convention will serve to unite and launch the party into the 2016 general election from a position of strength," Yates said. That stands in stark contrast to the 2014 convention, which ended in disarray without setting an agenda or doing any of its scheduled business.

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Four vie for rare open seat on Idaho’s highest court

The top race on the Idaho ballot on May 17 isn’t in either the Republican or Democratic primary – it’s the nonpartisan race for an open seat on the Idaho Supreme Court, a rare contested race that’s drawn four candidates. Everyone who votes in the primary election, regardless of party, can vote in the Supreme Court race.

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What has to be on initiative petitions, and what doesn’t 

When someone hits you up for your name on an initiative petition, how much of it do you read before deciding whether to sign? Some people probably read almost nothing, and sign just to get away from the signature gatherer. Others may read just the ballot title, or the first few lines or check out the signatures to see if there’s anyone they know.

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u 2016 Washington Special Election, April 26

This special election only has two proposals in Spokane County. City of Spokane voters will consider the renewal of an Emergency Medical Services levy and voters of the Rosalia Parks District will consider a levy.

M 2016 Idaho Primary, May 17

Idaho is holding its primary on May 17. Many state and county offices will be on the ballot. The election, however, does not include voting for president.

u 2016 Washington Presidential Primary, May 24

Washington holds its presidential primary on May 24. The results, however, only will count on the Republican side. State Democrats will ignore the results of the election and pick their delegates for their party’s National Convention based on the Democratic Caucus in March. Republican delegates for the GOP National Convention, however, will be bound to vote for their party’s nominee based on the primary outcome, though only in the first round of voting. After that, Republican delegates, selected through a series of caucuses and conventions won’t be bound to any candidate.

Presidential Election 2016

Washington's Democratic and Republican parties will use different systems for picking a presidential nominee.

Republicans will caucus Saturday, Feb. 20, but they will not be picking a candidate for president. Caucus attendees will choose delegates to the GOP county convention. Those delegates will choose delegates to the statewide Republican Convention, to be held May 19 in the Tri-Cities. There, Washington delegates will be selected to attend the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to begin July 18 in Cleveland. Republican delegates sent to Cleveland will be bound to back candidates based on the outcome of the results of a presidential primary election that will be held May 24.

Democrats will ignore the results of the May 24 presidential primary and select delegates based on a caucus on March 26 that will include voting for president.




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