Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has apologized and said the incident was a wake-up call that caused him to quit drinking entirely. In the August primaries Ormsby collected a commanding 64 percent of the vote against his opponent, retired Marine Lt. Col. Dave Lucas, a Republican and a political newcomer. Ormsby also holds a substantial lead in fundraising, collecting nearly triple the cash Lucas has.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push toward universal coverage in remarks Thursday afternoon to assembled industry heads and education experts in downtown Spokane. The Republican congresswoman appeared via teleconference at the sixth gathering of The State of Reform, a conference that has brought together local lawmakers, health insurance executives and care providers to address critical changes in the industry. Addressing the conference on camera from Washington, D.C., McMorris Rodgers said Republicans had not adequately provided their “full vision” for health care reform in the lead-up to the unsuccessful reform bill last year that would have made sweeping changes to the Affordable Care Act.
Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to block it. Washington regulators, however, said the laws Chase cites don’t apply to the sale.
A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding federal spending on veterans and taxes. The ads have yet to show up on traditional broadcast networks, but they’re being shared on social media by political groups opposed to the incumbents in this year’s midterms.
Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking the city with jutting spires and an impressive, protruding tower, the attorney likens it all to a medieval stronghold – the judges the elite royalty, the attorneys perhaps like barons and baronesses, and everyone else: commoners, servants, and at the bottom, detainees.
A program to consolidate the region’s emergency communications services drew fresh criticism this month following the hiring of an executive director to oversee the transition.
Spokane Valley is planning to appoint a five-person citizen salary commission to evaluate a pay increase for city council members.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said this week she has not ruled out support for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in his bid for Speaker of the House.
Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown made the case for her candidacy to an audience of about 300 potential voters Thursday night at the Spokane Valley Event Center, listening to audience concerns about Social Security and health care.
A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday night. The congresswoman answered questions about the Russia investigation and future plans for Medicare and Social Security.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a man in the Spokane River on Aug. 6 near the Denny Ashlock Bridge.
Two Republican candidates are vying to become the newest Spokane County assessor following current assessor Vicki Horton’s retirement announcement earlier this year.
The city of Liberty Lake, the Central Valley School District and the Spokane Valley Fire Department have banded together to hire a state lobbyist with one goal in mind – build a Henry Road overpass over Interstate 90 in Liberty Lake.
The Spokane Valley Fire Department has bid farewell to a respected leader. Joe Dawson stepped down in May after 20 years as fire commissioner.
The Vistas at Belleaire, a proposed 226 lot development in south Spokane Valley, is moving forward despite concerns from residents about increased traffic in the neighborhood.
The free event will be part of the Northwest Passages Book Club’s Pints and Politics series, which has previously featured Gov. Jay Inslee and candidates for Spokane City Council and school board.
Upgrades to Spokane’s venerable arboretum are going to be guided by a new master plan under development by the parks department.
Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?
Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s new district court judge after Judge Vance Peterson announced his retirement at the end of the year.
A day after a video surfaced showing her defending a 22-year-old white nationalist, Cecily Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party.
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