FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018
The list of top Republicans coming to Spokane to stump for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers this fall will include Vice President Mike Pence.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018
The event, co-hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages forum and KHQ-TV, will air live on local broadcast television from the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. It’ll be the first time McMorris Rodgers and Brown share a stage in pursuit of Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress this November.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 16, 2018
A lobbying effort by former Riverfront Park Director Hal McGlathery and citizens pushing for the return of low-cost rides in the new park failed to attract a majority of the Spokane Park Board on Thursday, who nixed the idea after a feasibility study showed it could cost the city up to $750,000 over the next 20 years and said it wasn’t compatible with the downtown park’s future.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 14, 2018
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.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 13, 2018
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.
The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 12, 2018
Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes on the region’s campuses to make up a primary deficit? A computer analysis of past elections show that’s a long shot, but it hasn’t stopped young Democrats from get-out-the-vote efforts, and conservatives are making similar pushes at the region’s campuses.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 7, 2018
Construction crews will shut down next week the span of pathway leading from the Howard Street bridge through the Lilac Bowl to the Spokane Convention Center as work continues on Riverfront Park’s $64 million redevelopment.
The City Council appears to have enough votes to override the veto, which came on the eve of an international trip where city leaders will discuss their green efforts and learn more from sustainability experts in Sweden and Denmark. The law calls for the city to adopt a strictly renewable energy portfolio by 2030.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
The document, written in 1986 in furtherance of a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, was published online in its entirety by the Washington Examiner on Thursday morning. Brown declined to comment on the specifics of the thesis, but said through a spokeswoman that the attacks from the right echoed similar claims in the 1990s that didn’t sink her chances in the state Legislature.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2018
The Spokane City Council this week approved the first of three anticipated loans that will be paid back to the city from fees charged golfers at the four municipal courses. Work will begin at Indian Canyon Golf Course in mid-September.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. Lisa Brown said she supports efforts in the House to address the growing number of opioid overdose deaths in the United States, but prefers a different proposal that includes a dedicated commitment of funds.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
The sign was installed at the end of last summer at a location two blocks north of where the neighborhood wanted it. After making several pleas to move the sign to its original location, the city’s Public Works division has agreed to move it back to the edge of the Maple Street bridge, where it can be more easily seen by passing motorists.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
The four debates are more than the congresswoman has agreed to in past campaigns to hold her seat. But three of those confirmed are occuring at venues and with groups suggested by the Republican, while Brown has requested additional events with the Spokane Coalition of Color and at a local college.
MONDAY, AUG. 27, 2018
City Council voted unanimously to solicit proposals from organizations that could operate overnight shelters nightly during the winter, not just when temperatures dipped below freezing.
SUNDAY, AUG. 26, 2018
A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and her Democratic challenger have staked largely conflicting positions on the procedure, when it should be legal and how federal funds should be awarded to organizations that provide counseling and advice on abortion.
FRIDAY, AUG. 24, 2018
In a stump speech for the longtime Republican congresswoman, Kellyanne Conway kept her comments local and said that the GOP had a clear advantage in the district, just as it did 24 years ago.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018
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.
One of President Donald Trump’s top surrogates is scheduled to stump for the congresswoman Friday at a campaign fundraiser.
In a speech to business interests and nonprofit representatives Wednesday, the congresswoman was joined by members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to tout the tax reform bill as a major driver of the Inland Northwest’s economy.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2018
The event will compete with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ annual town hall, which is scheduled to begin a little bit later Thursday evening in downtown Spokane. Brown’s event will not require tickets and doors will open at 5 p.m.
MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2018
A packed chambers of the Spokane City Council urged the panel to approve the law Monday night, beneath a smoky sky and a blood-red sun. Lawmakers did just that, after making a language change that appeased some of the concerns by business and utility interests in town.
Tickets for the event at the Spokane Convention Center have sold out, but the congresswoman’s office said room may still be available.
David A. Smith was a lance corporal in the Marine Corps the night 250,000 Soviet solders landed in Czechoslovakia, and a man holding a dog showed up at his door 30 miles away.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018
The Spokane City Council will consider a law Monday that calls for the city to use 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2030. Spokane Mayor David Condon has expressed concern that the law doesn’t have a price tag attached to it, echoing previous worries about council policies tied to climate change.