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  • FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010, 6:19 P.M.

    House, senate races draw a crowd

    OLYMPIA – Last week, Eastern Washington Democrats were scrambling to find one candidate to challenge Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her fourth term. This week, they have four – …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

    ‘Last minute’ for candidates varies by county

    Would-be candidates waiting until the last minute to file for office better check to see when the “last minute” is. Depending on where they file, it could be anywhere from …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2010

    More filings in area races

    From the top of the ticket down, the Aug. 17 primary ballot got longer Wednesday as congressional and county races began to fill up. U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, a Democrat, …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2010, 5:45 P.M.

    Candidate filing deadline is Friday

    Would-be candidates waiting for the last minute to file for office better check to see when the “last minute” is. Depending on where you file, it could be anywhere from …


  • TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

    Two Democrats seeking McMorris Rodgers’ post

    Last week, Democrats had no one to run against Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. Monday they had two – a novice from Spokane Valley and a …


  • MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2010, 4:17 P.M.

    Washington legal marijuana initiative in danger

    An effort to legalize marijuana for adults in Washington is in danger of not making the ballot this year, after support from the state’s progressive establishment failed to materialize.


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

    Candidates must file for office by end of week

    For Washington state candidates, it’s put up or shut up time. Starting Monday morning, they have five days to file paperwork and pay the fee necessary to run for one …


  • SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 2010

    Eight simples rules can smooth campaign path

    Each campaign season brings a new crop of candidates who pump fresh blood into the body politic. Good thing, too: The body politic could use a transfusion, or at least …


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010, 9:46 A.M.

    Benton drops out of Senate race, backs Rossi

    Just a week after saying he was sticking in the U.S. Senate race, State Sen. Don Benton dropped out and endorsed the man he labeled the “establishment” candidate, Dino Rossi.


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2010

    Groups fined over ads against judge

    BOISE – Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has announced fines against two groups that launched last-minute campaign attacks against an Idaho Supreme Court candidate without following the disclosure requirements …


  • THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2010, 2:58 P.M.

    Idaho fines two campaign attack groups

    Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa has announced fines against two groups that launched last-minute campaign attacks against an Idaho Supreme Court candidate without following the disclosure requirements of the …


  • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2, 2010

    GOP hires two staffers for Labrador

    BOISE – The Idaho Republican Party is hiring two full-time staff members to campaign on behalf of newly nominated GOP congressional candidate Raul Labrador, who’s challenging 1st District Democratic Congressman …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

    Campaigns adjust to Labrador upset

    BOISE – Democratic U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick’s campaign has spent months and money preparing to square off against Republican Vaughn Ward. They even tracked the Marine reservist’s every step along …


  • SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2010

    ‘Blue dog’ Minnick ready to take on Labrador

    BOISE - As the 1st District Congressional race shapes up for November, incumbent Congressman Walt Minnick is launching his re-election campaign. Minnick, a conservative “blue dog” Democrat, faces Republican Raul …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

    Election shakes status quo for Idaho GOP

    BOISE – A primary election has caused havoc in Idaho’s Republican Party, with everything from tea party activism to social media hijinks contributing to such surprising results as the defeat …


  • THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

    GOP Senate field still wide

    Dino Rossi’s long-expected entrance into the U.S. Senate race did not prompt a mass exodus by other Republican candidates Wednesday. Several said they welcomed competition with the former state senator …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010, 5 P.M.

    Primary shakes up Idaho Republican Party

    A low-turnout primary election has caused havoc in Idaho’s Republican Party, with everything from Tea Party activism to social media hijinks contributing to such surprising results as the defeat of …


  • WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010

    Labrador leads Ward in Republican primary

    A contentious race for the GOP nomination for North Idaho’s seat in Congress went down to the wire Tuesday night, as Idaho voters held a typically low-turnout primary election with …


  • TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010, 5:09 P.M.

    Rossi plans Wednesday announcement on Senate race

    Republican Dino Rossi says he will release an online video announcement on his plans for the U.S. Senate race in Washington state.


  • TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

    Group stages last-minute attack in Idaho race

    BOISE – An unregistered group calling itself Idaho Citizens for Justice launched a last-minute campaign attack against an Idaho Supreme Court challenger over the weekend, in the final days before …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010, 10:23 A.M.

    Moyle switches sides, opposes airport amendment

    Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho legislator has withdrawn backing for a constitutional amendment aimed at letting public airports including Boise’s finance …


  • FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010, 10:18 A.M.

    Today’s fun video: Getting excited about politics. REALLY excited

    While some big political races — for president, for governor, for Congress — often bring out strong emotions in candidates, it’s a fact that there are plenty of offices on …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 9, 2010, 6:14 P.M.

    Brown challenges Rossi on earmarks

    Republican Dino Rossi’s latest television commercial repeats an objection to certain types of federal spending known as earmarks that has become a hallmark of his campaign against incumbent U.S. Sen. …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010, 5:09 P.M.

    What’s missing from this commercial?

    Labor Day weekend is often the point when campaigns kick into high gear with television commercials, and seveal initiative campaigns did so this year.Among them was a television spot in …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010, 4:38 P.M.

    Minnick launches first TV ad, Labrador doesn’t

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick has launched his first television commercial of the campaign season, while his Republican challenger, Raul Labrador, still hasn’t been able to hit the airwaves. Minnick’s ad, …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010, 5:30 P.M.

    A misleading claim, an overstatement, and the campaign season is on…

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter’s first campaign commercial for his re-election bid contains a misleading claim, while that of his Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, includes an overstatement. But both TV spots, …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010, 10:25 A.M.

    Idaho campaigns fire up the airwaves

    Wham! Labor Day passed, the weather cooled, and now the airwaves are alight with campaign ads, some of which started airing just as Idahoans were glued to their TVs for …


  • TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010, 7:42 A.M.

    Guv campaign rekindles gas tax debate

    There’s good reason why Washington plates are such a common sight at Idaho gas stations near the state line in North Idaho - gas is just plain cheaper in Idaho. …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010, 7:49 A.M.

    Watch for yourself: State’s waiver on military ballots

    Sunday’s newspaper column, and a post Tuesday, discusses Washington state’s waiver of a federal rule requiring ballots be mailed to troops overseas no later than 45 days before the election.Both …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010, 6:55 A.M.

    Money pours into initiative campaigns

    Soda pop sellers, liquor distributors and discount retailers are pouring millions of dollars into Washington to convince you how to vote on a slew of statewide ballot measures.Some $30 million …


  • SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010, 6:55 A.M.

    The top donors to initiative campaigns (so far)

    Here are the Top 25 donors to Washington state initiative campaigns:$14,427,750 AMERICAN BEVERAGE ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, DC For I-1107 $2,000,000 NATIONAL BEER WHOLESALERS ASSN, ALEXANDRIA, VA Against I-1100&1105 $1,219,500 YOUNG’S MARKET …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010, 5:10 P.M.

    GOP leaders misfire in attack on Allred

    Two press releases went out today, one from legislative GOP leaders and the second from Gov. Butch Otter’s re-election campaign, charging that Otter’s Democratic challenger, Keith Allred, is wrongly taking …


  • THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010, 9:26 A.M.

    Voters to decide on three constitutional amendments in November

    There are three constitutional amendments regarding long-term municipal debt on the November ballot, all approved overwhelmingly by the state Legislature in the wake of the Frazier decision, in which the …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010, 4:56 P.M.

    Bozo tops Jesus in county treasurer’s race

    It may be the upset of the year.In the race for Spokane County Treasurer, Bozo garnered more support than Jesus.Bozo – presumably Bozo the Clown – had three write-in votes, …


  • WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2010, 2:08 P.M.

    Primary results: All over but the signing

    Spokane County and other counties around the state are set to certify their primary election results today. There’s no big surprises or reversals in the results that were essentially finalized …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010, 5:04 P.M.

    6th Lege Dist: Swing district or spendy district?

    Click on the image to get to the PDC’s interactive map on legislative campaign spending.A Spokane legislative district is tops in the state for money raised by candidates, and near …


  • TUESDAY, AUG. 31, 2010, 3:02 P.M.

    State getting bad rap on military voting waiver

    Have you heard about how lunkheads in Washington state are trying to take the most precious right of all away from our brave men and women dodging bullets in Iraq …


  • MONDAY, AUG. 30, 2010, 7:36 A.M.

    Superintendent’s race in the spotlight

    The first non-educator to head Idaho’s public school system is running for re-election, and he’s being challenged by one of the state’s most respected educators: the just-retired superintendent of the …


  • SATURDAY, AUG. 28, 2010, 6:25 P.M.

    Murray v. Rossi on veterans

    OLYMPIA–Candidates with at least half a brain rarely pick a fight they cannot win. So it seemed odd last week when a Seattle television station had Dino Rossi challenging Sen. …


  • FRIDAY, AUG. 27, 2010, 7:24 P.M.

    Come to WA. There’s no income tax…yet

    OLYMPIA –Washington state touts its lack of an income tax in a current magazine supplement designed to attract business to the state. Not mentioned in the special section in Fortune …

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