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Rotary 21 debate sees Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown take question from opponent

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 Rotary 21. The pair discussed health care, whom they aligned with in their party and took questions written by their opponent.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown spar on taxes, economy and health care in second Congressional debate

The two candidates took the stage for the second time in the closely watched contest Wednesday night at the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane, in a debate focused on the economy and jobs in the region. That included discussion of the two major GOP legislative initiatives of this Congress – health care and taxes.


Washington elections safest from hackers, state officials insist

As Washington counties prepare to mail out ballots, state officials say the voting system is among nation’s safest.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown scheduled to appear at two debates in Spokane this week

A televised debate will air Wednesday night live from the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane beginning at 7 p.m. on KXLY-TV. A second debate will take place the following afternoon at the Spokane Club and will air later on KSPS-TV.


Spokane County treasurer candidates square off over office’s role in policymaking, proper investments

The two men running for Spokane County treasurer squared off in a television debate taped Tuesday morning, disagreeing over the treasurer’s role in policymaking.


Lisa Brown raises more campaign cash than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in latest reports

Democrat Lisa Brown reported taking in $2.2 million in a feverish two months of campaigning following her second-place finish in August’s blanket primary. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers added $1.4 million directly to her campaign, including money raised through a joint fundraising committee. The total amount of fundraising is approaching $10 million for the seat.


Paul Allen backed initiatives and candidates

Paul G. Allen backed gun control and animal protection measures and was a bipartisan supporter of candidates


Advisory Vote 19 involves a tax on crude oil

Washington voters will get a chance in the November election to show their support or opposition to a tax the Legislature imposed on oil being brought to state refineries by pipelines.


Lisa Brown collects more campaign cash than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in latest reports

Democrat Lisa Brown emerged on top of the latest money contest for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress, besting Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in a race that is now pushing $10 million.


Eye on Boise: Of endorsements, education, and an event in a bar

Cindy Wilson, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent of schools, last week received the endorsement of former Republican Attorney General Jim Jones, who also is the former chief justice of the Idaho Supreme Court.


Ad watch: Nicaraguan visits 30 years ago continue to fuel misleading ads against Congress challenger Lisa Brown

Radio ads tie Brown to the Sandinistas, a group that seized power in the Central American country in 1979. They draw from a 1990 article written about Brown’s time in Nicaragua, teaching economics at the University of Central America in Managua. Brown has said she doesn’t support the regime now, and that the visit in 1990 was not one to influence politics. The U.S. policy she was active against in the 1980s was the financial support of the Contras, a deeply divisive subject in the midst of the Cold War.


Ybarra, Wilson face off in debate for top Idaho schools post

Candidates for Idaho’s top education post sparred over school safety, early education and their vision for student success during a debate Friday night on Idaho Public Television.


In televised debate with Dave Wilson, House candidate Jenny Graham says death penalty not racially disproportionate

In a debate with Democrat Dave Wilson, Republican Jenny Graham correctly said there were more white people than black people on death row and that she supported maintaining the death penalty. Wilson said he had concerns about the sentences being handed out disproportionately, a contention that has been supported by research conducted by the University of Washington.


Up for debate: Are political debates really debates?

Are political debates really debates? In the strictest sense, not exactly.


Matt Shea to join Ammon Bundy at far-right gathering in Whitefish, Montana

The “New Code of the West” conference will be a reunion of sorts for the Spokane Valley state legislator and public-lands opponent Ammon Bundy, both of whom rail against what they consider systemic abuses of power by the federal government.


State officials watching Whitman County voter registration closely ahead of November midterms

The state’s director of elections says their agency is watching the county to ensure compliance with state laws, which don’t require specific documentation proving residency, just a sworn statement. A student voter drive prompted concern that some ballots wouldn’t be counted in the November midterms.


Fundraising in governor’s race eclipsed by initiative campaigns

After a hotly contested primary race that saw the candidates for governor spend more than $4 million combined, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show much lower figures for rivals Brad Little and Paulette Jordan. Much higher amounts were raised and spent over the same time period by the campaigns for and against Proposition 1, which would authorize “historical horse racing” betting machines at Idaho racetracks.


From Kettle Falls to the Capitol, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers used conservative bona fides to rise through ranks

After being appointed to the state House of Representatives by the slimmest of margins in 1994, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has carved out a long legislative career in Eastern Washington.


Lisa Brown: From legislator to educator to serious contender for Congress

Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the Democratic column after nearly 30 years.


Lisa Brown: From legislator to educator to serious contender for Congress

Supporters say it’s a combination of academic accolades and political bona fides that make Lisa Brown the right candidate at the right time to put Eastern Washington back in the Democratic column after nearly 30 years.