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  • 3rd Legislative District (Position 1) candidates, issues

    Personal: 54, Democrat. Born in Spokane. Single. No children. Education: Graduated from Ferris High School in 1975.


  • Childhood learning tax qualifies for ballot

    A property tax to raise money for early childhood learning, abuse prevention, treatment and other programs to help lower the dropout rate will likely be on the ballot in November.


  • Democrats have tough task in 5th Congressional District

    Consider the plight of the Democrats trying to take back Eastern Washington’s congressional seat, a spot they once held for 30 years. Until a few days before filing week opened …


  • 5th Congressional District candidates, issues

    To allow readers to compare and contrast the congressional candidates for Eastern Washington’s 5th District on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked all six the same five questions: • What changes, …


  • U.S. Senate candidates, issues

    To allow readers to compare and contrast the main candidates for the U.S. Senate on several issues, The Spokesman-Review asked the three main Republican challengers and the incumbent Democrat the …


  • Strategies vary in Murray challenge

    The summary of the Aug. 17 primary in Washington’s U.S. Senate race can be viewed as: A. Incumbent Democrat Patty Murray against a field of 14 challengers, one of whom …


  • Senate run reasoning ranges from pot to God

    For sheer variety, it’s hard to beat this year’s U.S. Senate race. And I’m not talking about the candidates you’ve likely heard of. There’s a doctor, a lawyer, a physicist, …


  • Liquor initiative has enough signatures

    OLYMPIA – Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified one of two liquor privatization measures to the ballot. Supporters of Initiative 1100 turned in more than 390,000 voter signatures, well …


  • Local GOP’s intraparty split mirrors national scene

    The Spokane County Republican Party is backing the challenger of a Republican incumbent for county prosecutor this year. The Republicans of Spokane County, however, endorsed both the GOP incumbent and …


  • Signatures portend long November ballot

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely have six initiatives on the November ballot dealing with taxes, booze and workers’ comp. They could repeal some of the recent consumer taxes on …


  • Organizers: Marijuana initiative won’t make Wash. ballot

    An initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in Washington state will not qualify for the fall ballot, an organizer said Thursday.


  • Tucker, Bugbee get split endorsement

    The Republicans of Spokane County came to a split decision following an election forum earlier this week: The group endorsed both incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and challenger Chris …


  • Soda initiative expected on Washington ballot

    Another initiative campaign expects to have enough signatures to likely make the fall ballot.


  • Initiatives would close Washington state liquor stores

    OLYMPIA – Washington state’s continued control of liquor sales may be in doubt. Sponsors of one ballot measure to turn the sale of all liquor over to private stores, Initiative …


  • Minnick praise from IACI rare for Idaho Democrat

    BOISE – The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry, an influential lobby group for big Idaho businesses, held its annual conference last week in McCall, and it was kicked off …


  • Candidate will undergo mental evaluation

    The mental state of a Spokane County commission candidate is in question. A week before filing for office Friday, civic gadfly David H. Elton was ordered by Spokane County Superior …


  • 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, …


  • ‘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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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.


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …


  • ‘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 …


  • 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 …


  • 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 …

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