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In an unusual step, Idaho GOP candidate brought a full security team to a debate

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Janice McGeachin brought multiple security guards to her Oct. 17 debate at Idaho Public Television — the first time staff there recall a candidate taking such a step.


Spokane Valley Reps. Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin debate Democratic challengers Ted Cummings and Mary May

Candidates for the two House positions representing the 4th Legislative District shared vastly different views on health care, organized labor, immigration and other issues during a pair of debates Tuesday evening hosted by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown to debate one final time in Walla Walla on Wednesday

It’s the final public debate between the two candidates for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress. Those wishing to watch in Spokane will need to find a computer with Internet access, with re-broadcasts scheduled for later this week.


Idaho GOP takes down social media posts mocking Democrat Paulette Jordan

The Idaho Republican Party has removed social media posts that added a mocking laugh track aimed at a Democratic candidate.


Spokane County reports unprecedented early returns of ballots

The first Monday after ballots were sent out for the November election brought thousands of returns, including one with a bite out of it.


Progressive groups file complaint over phony write-in ads

Groups supporting Jessa Lewis and other Democratic candidates targeted with ads urging write-in votes for people who aren’t seeking that office filed a complaint with the Public Disclosure Commission. The complaint is unlikely to be resolved before the Nov. 6 election.


GOP leader resigns after saying she would have shot reporter Gianforte assaulted

Karen Marshall, a leader within Gallatin County Republican Women, said on a radio station that she would have shot the Guardian reporter who was assaulted by Gianforte. She resigned from the organization on Monday.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown on health care, Medicare and Medicaid

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a narrowly unsuccessful Republican plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system. She says it was in an effort to give states and patients more choice in their health care options. Lisa Brown, her Democratic opponent, says the bill was bad for the district and that a government option for health care is needed to help stabilize the system, while stopping short of a fully public system that dozens of the members of her party have supported.


There are clear differences in the Idaho congressional race between Russ Fulcher and Cristina McNeil

On paper, the race for Congress in North Idaho seems lopsided, but neither candidate sees it that way.


Spin Control: Campaigns ramp up as ballots hit the mail

With ballots in the mail, expect campaigning to ramp up and stay there for a couple of weeks.


Cantwell, Hutchison get down to details at Spokane Community College debate

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell and Republican opponent, Susan Hutchison, sparred on tariffs, housing and health care during a debate Saturday afternoon at Spokane Community College.


Spokane high school students leave hate out of politics project

The young people of Spokane talked politics this week, and they managed to do it without a trace of nastiness.


Idaho Prop 1 backers claim it boosts horse racing, but opponents say it mostly benefits private owners

Proponents of Proposition 1 in Idaho claim the initiative will revitalize the horse racing industry in the Gem State and support public schools. But opponents argue it mostly will authorize gambling machines that will pump profits into the hands of three private interests.


Ads from independent group urging Pakootas write-in called ‘stunningly misleading’

Independent group mails out ads asking voters in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District to write in a candidate who isn’t running.


Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. The pair discussed health care, whom they aligned with in their party and took questions written by their opponent.


Spokane County mailed 300,000 ballots this week. Here’s how.

310,000 ballots sent out from the Spokane County Elections Office this week should be in the hands of voters by Oct. 22.


Cindy Wilson challenging Sherri Ybarra in race for Idaho superintendent of schools

Sherri Ybarra says if voters re-elect her for another four-year term as state superintendent of schools, they’ll be voting for stability.


Trump supporters gather for Missoula rally

The line for President Trump’s rally at the Missoula International Airport began forming at 3:30 a.m. Among those there to support Trump are the Blazen Divaz from Coeur d’Alene.


Idaho lieutenant governor hopefuls Collum, McGeachin clash in their only debate

The two rivals vying to be Idaho’s lieutenant governor outlined starkly different views during their statewide debate on Wednesday night, with Republican Janice McGeachin warning against “traveling down the progressive path” and Democrat Kristin Collum saying she wants to “pull us back into the middle in these divisive times.”


Brace for an ad onslaught as big money pours into initiative campaigns

Millions of dollars pour into initiative campaigns, fueling ads on television, the internet and in the mailbox.