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  • Shawn Vestal: As politicians talk, the poor get poorer

    It’s been so refreshing during this political season to hear the candidates grapple seriously with one of the most pressing concerns facing America today: poverty. Just kidding!


  • Boeing looks south of border

    The Inland Northwest’s push to expand its growing aerospace industry is dealing with an unexpected obstacle. Boeing Co.


  • Labrador: Raise retirement age to 70

    Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador wants to raise the Social Security retirement age to 70, cut a third of the staff at the Pentagon and ban all abortions other than …


  • Ad suggests Romney weighs in on Idaho measures

    A new TV commercial in Idaho’s school reform fight makes it appear that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has weighed in on Idaho’s ballot propositions.


  • Gregoire says successors’ budget proposals won’t work

    OLYMPIA – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire served warning Thursday to her two would-be successors that the budget plans they’re pushing on the campaign trail won’t work and they’ll need to …


  • Numbers correct, cause unclear in ad opposing Idaho Props 1, 2 and 3

    BOISE – The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of Idaho’s school reform propositions focuses on the number of Idaho teachers who have left the profession since the laws passed …


  • Gregoire says successor will need to raise taxes

    OLYMPIA — The next governor will have to raise taxes, regardless of what they promise on the campaign trail, Gov. Chris Gregoire predicted today. The budget she proposes for the …


  • Campaign ad hits Idaho teacher departures

    The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of Idaho’s school reform propositions focuses on the number of Idaho teachers who have left the profession since the laws passed in 2011. …


  • Idaho seeks names of education reform campaign donors

    BOISE – The state of Idaho asked a judge Wednesday to order a secretive group to disclose its funding sources for more than $200,000 in campaign ads in support of …


  • Abortion re-enters discussion after awkward remark

    WASHINGTON – Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats’ advantage with female voters, a tea party-backed Senate candidate’s awkward remark – that if rape leads …


  • Campaign fliers are mum on author

    Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that …


  • Cantor stumps for Labrador in Boise

    U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped in Boise tonight to raise funds for Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador’s re-election campaign and urge Idahoans to send the freshman back to …


  • Idaho sues to force disclosure of secret donors

    The state of Idaho today filed for a temporary restraining order against a secretive group that underwrote more than $200,000 in campaign ads in support of three school-reform ballot reform …


  • HP wins Idaho laptop contract

    BOISE – Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho on Tuesday signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with …


  • Inslee makes ad touting connections to East Side

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee is attempting to make points with Spokane voters with a new television commercial that touts his ties to Eastern Washington and features several local scenes. …


  • Idaho awards $180M school laptop contract to H-P

    Two weeks before the November election, in which Idaho voters could cancel the whole program, the state of Idaho today signed a $180 million, eight-year contract with Hewlett-Packard to supply …


  • Donors keep the big checks coming

    With just two weeks left for voters to return their general election ballots, large amounts of money are flowing into some Washington campaigns for top offices and measures that propose …


  • Small donations add up in state races

    At a time when big money is flooding into campaign coffers, Washington state leaders are seeing another trend: small money. In the race for the governor’s office, a Seattle social …


  • Idaho sues to force disclosure of secret donations

    Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa went to court Monday, seeking a court order to make a defiant secret-donations group reveal the source of more than $200,000 spent on statewide …


  • Idaho lawmaker stands by calling public schools ‘Godless’ institutions

    Rep. Vito Barbieri is defending a statement posted on his re-election campaign website in which he called on Christians to pull their children out of Idaho’s “Godless” public schools. In …


  • Doug Clark: Amy Biviano vs. Matt Shea, the race that keeps on giving

    The tipster called me midday Friday with two eye-popping political developments, namely that 4th District state legislative candidate Amy Biviano appeared topless in a 1995 Playboy magazine spread. Five words …


  • Spin Control: Times political ads might not be money well spent

    OLYMPIA – The biggest news in the state’s political campaigns last week probably was not made by a politician or group working for or against a ballot measure. Instead, it …


  • House race an uphill battle: Cowan faces McMorris Rodgers

    In just about any profile of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the national media, the Spokane congresswoman is inevitably labeled “a rising star” of the Republican Party. Especially this …


  • Labrador defends seat for first time

    BOISE – As Idaho GOP Rep. Raul Labrador seeks re-election for a second term in Congress, he’s made a name for himself in Washington, D.C., as a tea party favorite …


  • Legislative candidate Amy Biviano unfazed by Playboy pic

    Amy Biviano, the Democratic challenger in a high-profile battle for a legislative seat representing Spokane Valley, is defending a 1995 topless photo shoot with Playboy magazine as a confidence-building experience …


  • Three-step plan to eradicate scourge of campaign malarkey

    I have a three-point plan: Get shock collars. Strap them onto the candidates. Attempt, through vigorous zapping, to train them away from some of the emptiest forms of blather they …


  • Legislative hopeful Amy Biviano posed topless in Playboy

    Amy Biviano, the Democratic challenger in a high-profile battle for a legislative seat representing Spokane Valley, is defending a 1995 topless photo shoot with Playboy magazine as a confidence-building experience …


  • Latest school reform ad charges kids treated as ‘widgets’

    The latest TV campaign commercial from opponents of the education reform propositions on Idaho’s November ballot focuses on Proposition 2, the teacher merit-pay measure, suggesting that Idaho’s state schools superintendent …


  • Bidding delays laptops for teachers

    BOISE – The first round of more than 6,000 laptop computers, one for every high school teacher and administrator, already was supposed to be delivered to Idaho’s schools this month …


  • McLaughlin, Billig seek Senate seat

    Andy Billig and Nancy McLaughlin are well-known and, judging by past election results, popular. And that’s what makes the race for the state Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority …

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