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Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

With President Donald Trump clamoring to defeat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and conservative groups spending heavily against him, the Democrat is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit of a third term: make the election about Montana, not Washington, D.C.


Shem Hanks aims to boost working class, Paul Amador stresses collaboration in race for Coeur d’Alene House seat

State Rep. Paul Amador’s re-election bid for a 4th Legislative District seat that represents Coeur d’Alene is challenged by Democrat Shem Hanks.


Control of Washington Legislature could hinge on late ballot counts

Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Washington Legislature might not be known for days, or even weeks until all the state’s bhallots are counted.


Spokane County ballot returns continue at record pace

Ballot returns continue heavy in Spokane and some other Eastern Washington counties.


Officials: Handful of Spokane County ballots wrongly marked return to sender due to equipment error

Eight ballots were scanned incorrectly and marked to return to their point of origin by postal service equipment in Spokane County, according to officials. Six of those have already been turned in to the Elections Office.


Can a non-Republican win a Kootenai County office? Dan Gookin pushes message of independence. Jim Brannon stresses efficiency.

One of the most contentious races in Kootenai County is for one the smaller profile public offices. Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Dan Gookin is running as an independent hoping to unseat the sitting Republican clerk, Jim Brannon.


Idaho ballot initiatives appear to boost early voter turnout

An unusually high number of Idahoans have voted early, and two high-profile ballot initiatives appear to be driving some of the turnout.


Avista, BNSF join list of donors seeking refunds from Shea campaign

Avista Corp. and the BNSF Railway Co. on Friday joined the list of organizations requesting refunds from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign. Both companies this year donated $2,000 to Shea’s campaign, the maximum allowed under state law. They want that money back now that the Spokane Valley Republican is under fire for distributing a document titled “Biblical Basis for War,” which spells out how a “Holy Army” should punish those who flout “biblical law.”


Trump effect? Supporters of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown weigh in on president’s role in midterm contest

The party of the president rarely performs well in its first midterm after the election. With Republicans running behind President Donald Trump, supporters of both Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown spoke this week about how his profile is affecting their vote in 2018.


AT&T, Washington Realtors seek Shea campaign refunds over ‘Biblical Basis for War’ manifesto

Two more organizations demanded money back from state Rep. Matt Shea’s re-election campaign on Thursday, while others denounced his rhetoric and said they would not support him in future elections. The latest controversy surrounding the Spokane Valley Republican also garnered national media attention, and his Democratic opponent reported a last-minute burst of small campaign donations from across the country.


In race for Coeur d’Alene House seat between James Addis and Rebecca Schroeder, Medicaid looms large

Democrats haven’t won a seat representing Coeur d’Alene in the state Legislature for a decade. But this year, with Luke Malek’s decision not to run for re-election to pursue a bid for Congress, Democrats think they have a shot, and Democrat Rebecca Schroeder has raised more campaign funds than her Republican opponent, Republican Jim Addis.


Costs of I-1631 carbon fee up for debate

Cost of the proposed carbon fee in Initiative 1631 is subject to debate and dispute.


Major projects at stake as Spokane school bond heads to ballot next week

To everyone who will listen, Spokane Public Schools officials have spent the last few months talking about their hopes for the future. Those hopes are wrapped up in a $495 million bond that’s on next week’s ballot.


Donors to Matt Shea’s re-election campaign re-evaluating their support

As Washington State Representative Matt Shea’s document “Biblical Basis For War” has gained increased national attention, some of his campaign donors are re-evaluating their support or asking for their money back. KHQ’s Patrick Erickson reports.


At least one of Rep. Matt Shea’s campaign donors wants money back

The political arm of the Northwest Credit Union Association, which represents 180 credit unions in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, gave $1,000 to Shea’s campaign this year but recently asked the campaign to return the money. On Tuesday, a spokeswoman told Spokane Public Radio the association had reviewed Shea’s social media activity and determined “his beliefs do not reflect the views and values of our organization, member credit unions or customers.”


Kootenai County commissioner candidates differ on building code opt-out

A Kootenai County Commission decision earlier this year to allow builders of new homes or duplexes to opt out of the county building code remains a top issue in the only competitive commissioner race on the ballot next week. Two county commissioners who voted for the deregulations were ousted in the primary.


Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ record shows she didn’t vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ voting record shows clearly where she has stood on protecting those who have pre-existing conditions. But it doesn’t seem to be the record she thinks she has.


Shea facing increasing criticism over “Biblical Basis for War” manifesto

Republican State Representative Matt Shea is facing some scrutiny after a manifesto he wrote outlining a Christian call to arms was released to the public. KHQ’s Patrick Erickson reports.


Democrats complaint over GOP voter guide rejected by state elections officials

A Republican voter guide in Stevens County draws complaints from state Democrats, but Washington elections officials say it doesn’t look enough like the state guide to run afoul of the law.


Ballot returns top 100,000 in Spokane County

Record ballot returns in Spokane County continue.