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  • School reform ad’s donors undisclosed

    BOISE – Idaho’s campaign finance disclosure deadline came and went Wednesday without any word on who funded a statewide TV ad campaign in favor of controversial school reform measures – …


  • GOP chief asks Shea to pull photo

    It may have started as a joke, but the controversial photo of state Rep. Matt Shea standing on his Democratic challenger’s property has become a political hot potato for Republicans. …


  • Mager concedes race to French

    Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French …


  • Commissioner Mager concedes defeat

    Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager conceded defeat Wednesday in her bid for a second term. The election is to be certified Friday, and the latest results show challenger Al French …


  • Vestal: In judicial elections, judgment often lacking

    I have a confession: I’m not 100 percent sure who I voted for in the Supreme Court race. I’m pretty sure. Almost positive. Odds are 5-to-1 or better that I …


  • Spin Control: Pace of ballot counting sure gets the dander up

    One sure sign that fall is easing into winter is that political types are complaining about how long it takes to count ballots in Washington state. This rant usually starts …


  • Sanders says he’ll likely lose Supreme Court race

    State Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders fell further behind challenger Charlie Wiggins on Friday and acknowledged he was unlikely to turn the campaign around. Wiggins got a boost in his …


  • Latest vote count still favors Wiggins

    Voters in King County have helped Charlie Wiggins hang onto the lead in his bid to oust incumbent Justice Richard Sanders.


  • Chilberg concedes treasurer race to Chase

    Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg conceded defeat Tuesday to his general election challenger, Rob Chase. Chilberg said he called Chase to offer his congratulations.


  • Wiggins takes lead in court race

    Former Appeals Court Judge Charlie Wiggins took a narrow lead over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders in Washington’s tight Supreme Court race Tuesday afternoon. An analysis of voting patterns suggests Wiggins …


  • Wiggins takes lead in Supreme Court race

    Charlie Wiggins took the lead in Washington state’s tight Supreme Court race, inching ahead of incumbent Justice Richard Sanders.


  • Challenger Wiggins pulls closer to Justice Sanders

    Challenger Charlie Wiggins is cutting into Justice Richard Sanders’ lead in the contest for a state Supreme Court seat.


  • State leaders see tighter coffer, bipartisan tilt

    OLYMPIA – Washington politicians who had any doubt the public is in no mood for more taxes should have had that cleared up Tuesday. For the budget struggles ahead next …


  • GOP gains mean more of the same at Idaho Statehouse

    BOISE – While much of the nation endorsed a sharp change in political direction Tuesday, Idaho went its own way – the same way it’s headed for the past four …


  • Incumbent Larsen’s lead over challenger grows

    Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Rick Larsen continues to expand his lead over Republican challenger John Koster.


  • Election season had smears, jeers, memorable moments

    With the 2010 election all over but the counting – admittedly the counting still is important in a few races – it seems appropriate to look back over the campaign. …


  • Eye on Boise: Complicated or not, Idaho backs amendments

    BOISE – Here’s why it’s not surprising that all four constitutional amendments on this year’s Idaho ballot passed, and passed fairly easily: That’s our history. All 11 previous constitutional amendments …


  • Washington election turnout may top 70 percent

    Washington elections officials say a late surge in ballots will likely push the turnout for Tuesday’s election to 70 percent or higher.


  • Murray secures Senate victory

    Democrat Patty Murray won a fourth term in the U.S. Senate, building a lead of nearly 50,000 votes over Republican rival Dino Rossi as counting continued Thursday. Faced with a …


  • State Senate control hinges on tight races

    SEATTLE – Democrats were holding onto slim leads in three races in King and Snohomish counties that will decide which party controls the state Senate next year, Thursday’s ballot returns …


  • John Ahern on 10-13-2010

    Former Republican state Rep. John Ahern gives his closing statement at a debate sponsored by the Spokane Building Owners and Managers Association on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.


  • John Driscoll 10-13-2010

    Incumbent Democratic Rep. John Driscoll gives his closing statement at a debate sponsored by the Spokane Building Owners and Managers Association on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010.


  • Sam Reed on top-two primary system, Sept. 10, 2010

    Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed discusses the top-two primary system, which is in its third year.


  • Sam Reed on the effects of top-two primary system, Sept. 10, 2010

    Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed discusses the effects of a top-two primary system during a meeting with reporters at The Spokesman-Review on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010


  • Sam Reed on challenges to top-two primary system, Sept. 10, 2010

    Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed talks about ongoing challenges to the top-two primary system in a meeting with reporters at The Spokesman-Review on Sept. 10, 2010.


  • Tom Clark Murray ad

    This is a campaign commercial for Patty Murray produced and paid for by Tom Clark of Deer Park. It’s described in an Aug. 1, 2010 Spin Control column.


  • Labrador, Farris face off in lively debate

    1st District GOP Congressman Raul Labrador and Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris faced off in a lively debate tonight on Idaho Public Television. Among the highlights: Labrador called for raising the …


  • 50-Plus Crowd Dominates Idaho Vote

    Remember when voters were concerned that irresponsible youth would decide important matters at the ballot box after the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 way back when? Well, …


  • GOP won the right precincts

    Compare the map of voters above with the maps below of the way votes stacked up in key races.Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers …


  • Mapping the 2010 vote: U.S. Senate

    Data from Spokane County Elections Office/Computer analysis by Spin Control


  • Mapping the 2010 Vote: County treasurer

    Data from Spokane County Elections office/Computer analysis by Spin Control


  • Mapping the 2010 Vote: County Commissioner

    Data from Spokane County Elections Office/Computer analysis by Spin Control


  • Mapping the 2010 vote: County auditor

    Data from Spokane County Elections Office/Computer analysis by Spin Control


  • State turnout record? Missed it by that much

    OLYMPIA — Turnout for the 2010 mid-term election will be about 71.18 percent of the state’s registered voters, the Secretary of State’s office said today.That’s shy of the record in …


  • Bragging rights go to Washington Poll

    OLYMPIA — Remember all those polls in the U.S. Senate race that were all over the place in the last week of the election?Democrat Patty Murray was up by 4. …


  • Wiggins up by nearly 7,800

    OLYMPIA — Ballot counting continues, if somewhat sporadically, around the state and the margin in the Supreme Court race grew slightly Monday.Challenger Charlie Wiggins has 955,298 votes compare to incumbent …


  • Democrats want probe of AFPWA spending

    Washington state Democrats want the Public Disclosure Commission to go after a group that spent money against some of their legislative candidates but hasn’t revealed where the money comes from.They …


  • Otter on election results: Forget the sour grapes and chest-thumping

    In a new opinion piece today, Gov. Butch Otter says he’s “read all the postmortems and punditry about the ‘meaning’ of the November 2nd election results,” and declares, “I believe …


  • Wiggins takes lead, has voting trends on his side

    Former Appeals Court Judge Charlie Wiggins took a narrow lead over incumbent Justice Richard Sanders in Washington’s tight Supreme Court race Tuesday afternoon.An analysis of voting patterns suggests Wiggins will …


  • Wiggins takes lead…can he keep it?

    Challenger Charlie Wiggins has taken the lead of about 3,500 votes over Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders on the strength of King County ballots tabulated at 4:30 p.m. Pierce and …


  • State Supreme Ct Race: Wiggins closes gap, Sanders warns of ‘theft’

    OLYMPIA — With challenger Charlie Wiggins closing the gap on Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders— and some media outlets predicting Wiggins will win the race — Sanders’ campaign sent out …


  • Self-financed campaigns faltered

    Trying to buy an election by self-financing a campaign is a bad investment, a study from the Center for Responsive Politics says.Only about one in five candidates who poured a …


  • That was the campaign that was

    With the 2010 election all over but the counting – admittedly the counting still is important in a few races – it seems appropriate to look back over the campaign.It …


  • Ysursa To Tackle Absentee Rules

    Item: Ysursa to tackle absentee ballot rules: Hoffman, Spencer fought ballot opening before Election Day/Jay Patrick, Idaho ReporterMore Info: This time around, Wayne Hoffman, executive director of the Idaho Freedom …


  • Seeing ones: Today’s vote count

    Spokane County tallied 11,111 move ballots Friday from the Nov. 2 election. An unusual looking number that didn’t create any unusual twists in the standings.Republican challenger Al French leads Democratic …


  • Turnout higher than expected

    OLYMPIA — Turnout for last Tuesday’s election is higher than expected and may set a record for a mid-year election, Secretary of State Sam Reed said today.State elections officials were …


  • Murray/Rossi campaign emails

    Twenty one emails sent by or on behalf of the Dino Rossi and Patty Murray campaigns for the U.S. Senate. Compiled by Jim Camden for illustrative purposes.


  • Minnick-Labrador-issues

    How Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick and GOP challenger Raul Labrador differ on some key issues in the race


  • Legis record chart

    Comparison of legislative records of recent freshman Idaho members of Congress


  • Evans-Allred

    Former GOP state schools superintendent Jerry Evans statement on why he’s endorsing Democrat Keith Allred for governor


  • Labrador-Fundraising-Announcement

    Labrador campaign announces fundraising results


  • Labrador poll memo

    GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador released this poll memo


  • How it works: Children’s Investment Fund

    A fact sheet prepared by the Children’s Investment Fund on how money would be distributed under the program, which Spokane voters will see on the November 2010 ballot.


  • Otter-Romney-announcement

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announces campaign events with Mitt Romney in Idaho


  • Day 4 results - Idaho Newspapers Poll

    Day 4 results, Idaho Newspapers Poll


  • Spokane County GOP pledge, platform

    2010 pledge for Spokane County Republican candidates and the county party platform.


  • Spokane County Democrats’ platform


  • 2010 Primary write-in tally for treasurer

    This shows all the names that voters wrote-in for Spokane County Treasurer in the 2010 primary election.


  • Minnick-IMA-endorsement

    Idaho Medical Association and American Medical Association endorse Congressman Walt Minnick for re-election


  • PDC Complaint against O’Quinn campaign

    Chuck Skirko Jr., who leads the Spokane County Young Republicans, filed these complaints with the state Public Disclosure Commission against GOP state House candidate Shelly O’Quinn.


  • Realtors-endorsements

    Idaho Association of Realtors endorses Idaho congressional incumbents for re-election


  • Minnick-AGC

    Associated General Contractors endorse Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick’s re-election bid


  • Labrador-AGC

    Raul Labrador reacts to Rep. Walt Minnick’s endorsement by Associated General Contractors


  • Allred_GasTax

    Proposal from Idaho gubernatorial candidate Keith Allred to lower Idaho’s gas tax


  • Labrador-Bachman-release

    News release from Raul Labrador, GOP candidate for Congress in Idaho’s 1st District


  • David Fox police report

    Police report detailing the events of July 25, 2010, in which Democratic candidate for Congress David Fox told police he was assaulted near downtown Spokane after making sexual advances to another man.


  • Murray and Rossi campaign on eve of election

    Democratic incumbent Sen. Patty Murray and Republican challenger Dino Rossi wrapped up their road trips Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, as volunteers on both sides lit up phone lines and knocked on doors — even in chilling fall weather — to drum up every vote they could muster.


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