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  • Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

    Democrat Chris Marr conceded defeat Wednesday night in the record-breaking million-dollar battle for a Spokane County state Senate seat. Marr made up some ground in the second day of ballot …


  • State candidates took BP campaign contributions

    Several area state legislators accepted campaign contributions from a BP employees’ political action committee after this year’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – including two Democrats in …


  • Driscoll, Ahern outline differences

    State Rep. John Driscoll and former state Rep. John Ahern are overshadowed in their election rematch by the intense battle for state Senate in the same district. Debates between Chris …


  • Washington Legislature, District 6, House Position 2

    It’s round two in the matchup between Democrat John Driscoll and Republican John Ahern.


  • GOP platform proves vexing in Spokane County

    Much of the county Republican Party’s platform reflects longtime GOP values: Limited government. Gun rights. Lower taxes. An end to abortion. But some of the platform’s 120 policy statements make …


  • Spokane swing district again among state’s spendiest

    A Spokane legislative district tops the state for money raised by candidates, and is near the top for spending that money before the August primary. The 6th Legislative District – …


  • Links on Marr’s website not ethics violation

    Sen. Chris Marr did not violate ethics rules by placing links to legislative sites on campaign-related Internet pages, a state board concluded. The Legislative Ethics Board dismissed this week a …


  • O’Quinn says job forbids endorsement

    Shelly O’Quinn, a Republican who lost her bid for state House in the 6th Legislative District, said Wednesday that she is not allowed to endorse any candidates in the general …


  • Primary election creates odd bedfellows

    When he announced his candidacy for Spokane County prosecutor, Dave Stevens called the incumbent, Steve Tucker, an “absent administrator.” But after coming in fourth in a six-way primary, Stevens said …


  • O’Quinn campaign clarifies statements on polling data

    The campaign of Republican legislative candidate Shelly O’Quinn, which claimed in e-mails to GOP officials that polls showed her “blowing away the competition,” acknowledged Thursday that no such specific polling …


  • Shelly O’Quinn calls district home

    A legislative candidate who moved into the Spokane-area district she wants to represent just months before filing notice that she would run is dismissing as a nonissue criticism questioning her …


  • GOP hopeful’s speech secretly taped, posted

    It’s the case of the unknown videographer, and it highlights the tension between the campaigns of legislative candidates John Ahern and Shelly O’Quinn. A low-tech video of O’Quinn speaking to …


  • 6th candidates won’t debate before primary

    It’s one of the most contested primaries in Eastern Washington, but voters won’t get a chance to see a debate of the candidates for the state House seat representing the …


  • Newcomer battles familiar faces in 6th

    Two years ago John Driscoll beat four-term incumbent state Rep. John Ahern by only 72 votes. This year, the two face off again in the August primary, along with political …


  • 6th Legislative District candidates, issues

    John E. Ahern Personal: 75. Republican. Married. Has three grown children.

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