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  • Washington Supreme Court, Position 6 race

    Incumbent Justice Richard Sanders beat Bainbridge Island attorney Charlie Wiggins in a three-way primary election. As the top two vote-getters, both candidates advanced to the Nov. 2 general election because …


  • Washington U.S. Senate race

    As a three-term incumbent Democrat in a state that supported Barack Obama, John Kerry and Al Gore, Patty Murray theoretically should have an easy time winning a fourth term. But …


  • Rep. Hart logged state land for home

    BOISE – Idaho state Rep. Phil Hart stole timber from state land to build his log home in Athol in 1996, according to court documents, and still hasn’t paid a …


  • If voters pass both liquor sales initiatives, heads will spin

    Getting the state out of the liquor business is such a popular idea that voters have two chances to do it in the Nov. 2 election. Based on their ballot …


  • ‘Fire Pelosi’ tour stops for Labrador

    BOISE – Republican U.S. hopeful Raul Labrador says if voters in Idaho’s 1st Congressional District want to know how he’d represent them if elected, they need only to look at …


  • ‘Idaho Debates’ this week: Senate, congressional race

    BOISE – This week will bring the big debates in the races for Idaho’s U.S. Senate and 1st District congressional seats, with incumbent Sen. Mike Crapo and Congressman Walt Minnick …


  • GOP ad targeting Allred on taxes

    BOISE – The Idaho Republican Party has launched an attack ad against Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, charging that he’d tax everything from child care to church bake sales, …


  • Sixth District donnybrook

    He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in …


  • Mager fires back at French

    County Commissioner Bonnie Mager said Friday that her election challenger, Al French, was hypocritical when he accused her of wanting to make tax increases easier. “I think somebody who actually …


  • Allred calls GOP attack ad a ‘distortion’

    The Idaho Republican Party has launched an attack ad against Democratic candidate for governor Keith Allred, charging that he’d tax everything from child care to church bake sales, a claim …


  • Incumbent, attorney face off in District Court race

    A young attorney who has big ideas on how to make court more efficient is taking on a one-term judge who said her life experiences have made her better at …


  • Allred takes Otter to task on school cuts

    BOISE – Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is going after incumbent Butch Otter with a new TV commercial targeting Otter for this year’s school funding cuts. …


  • Ad Watch: Allred ad targets Otter for school cuts

    Keith Allred, the Democratic candidate for governor of Idaho, is going after incumbent Butch Otter with a new TV commercial targeting Otter for this year’s school funding cuts.


  • Both liquor initiatives take control from state

    Washington voters may think they’re seeing double this fall when they scan the Nov. 2 ballot. Two separate initiatives ask them to do something the state has studied for years …


  • Soda industry puts up fight as state considers tax

    OLYMPIA – Washington state consumers started paying more for soda, candy and gum this year amid a nationwide push to impose higher taxes on sugary foods. But the soft drink …


  • Rally to bring out labor voters focuses on I-1082, Boeing bid

    An initiative that would privatize Washington’s workers’ compensation system is one of the key issues that will bring the state’s union members to the polls, labor leaders said at a …


  • Otter targets LDS vote with Romney visit

    Idaho Gov. Butch Otter brought in former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to stump for him Wednesday in Idaho Falls and Boise, in an effort to pump up support among LDS …


  • New Minnick ad less biting

    BOISE – U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday, again faulting the record of his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration. The spot replaces both of Minnick’s …


  • Idaho superintendent candidates clash in debate

    BOISE – The two men vying to lead Idaho’s school system for the next four years clashed Tuesday night over everything from school funding to their own qualifications for the …


  • New Minnick ad again hits Labrador on immigration

    Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick launched a new campaign commercial Tuesday, again faulting the record of his GOP challenger, Raul Labrador, on immigration.


  • Arizona lawman endorses Labrador

    Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, who has been called “America’s toughest sheriff,” was in Coeur d’Alene on Monday to deliver his anti-illegal-immigration message at an annual Republican fundraiser. In the …


  • Con: Initiative 1098 would hurt economy

    Let me start by saying that I am a lucky guy. I’m a self-made man who retired at 33, is way overmarried to a fabulous physician and is blessed with …


  • Pro: Initiative 1098 is about fairness

    I am proud to be chairman of Red Lion Hotels Corporation and former CEO, but my thoughts on the importance of Initiative 1098 are my personal observations. However, it is …


  • Eye on Boise: Pastor says area needs independent thinker

    In this election year, politics are heating up all over the state; in North Idaho, they’ve drawn a longtime local church pastor into the fray, and now he’s campaigning for …


  • Gubernatorial rivals Otter, Allred play up their ranching roots

    BOISE – They have castrated thousands of calves. They spend free time riding the range on horseback or hunting with shotguns slung over their shoulders. Cowboy hats, oversized belt buckles …


  • Mager, French debate raceway, waste

    The “only candidate who has created jobs” will face the “only fiscal conservative” in a prerecorded county commission debate tonight at 7 on KSPS-TV. Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager will …


  • Primary dominated by older voters, data show

    If you don’t like the choices produced by Washington’s Aug. 17 primary, you have two choices: • Blame voters over 55, who cast most of the ballots.


  • Marr changing TV ad that lacked disclosure

    The state Public Disclosure Commission is warning state Sen. Chris Marr that he violated campaign law by failing to mention his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad. Phil Stutzman, …


  • Business owner backs income tax initiative

    Spokane business owner Janine Vaughn is backing Initiative 1098, the high-earners income tax measure on Washington’s November ballot. So is the Main Street Alliance, a small-business advocacy group Vaughn belongs …


  • GOP far ahead in race for ad money

    WASHINGTON – In one way at least, the fight for control of Congress is grossly one-sided. Just five weeks from midterm elections, groups allied with the Republican Party and financed …

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