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  • Doug Clark: Don’t weed anything into I-502 endorsement

    Holy smokes! Did you catch last week’s herbal announcement from State Sen. Michael Bongartner?


  • U.S. Senate hopeful Baumgartner endorses marijuana initiative

    The Republican challenger for a Washington U.S. Senate seat endorsed a ballot measure Wednesday that would legalize marijuana for personal use in the state. State Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said …


  • Incumbent Republican faces same-party opponent

    State Rep. Joel Kretz isn’t a Republican you would expect to see challenged for his seat by another Republican. He’s ranked highly by state business groups that generally lean Republican …


  • No zingers as debate dealt with big issues

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was more passionate in Wednesday night’s debate than some Republicans expected. President Barack Obama was more reserved than some Democrats expected. Neither produced a signature …


  • Romney, Obama come out swinging

    DENVER – In a showdown at close quarters, an aggressive Mitt Romney sparred with President Barack Obama in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and strong steps …


  • Debate claims a bit sketchy

    WASHINGTON – As President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney rhetorically sparred in Wednesday night’s televised debate, both candidates exhibited a propensity toward misstatements, falsehoods and exaggerations. From the …


  • New Idaho schools ad launched

    BOISE – The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws and focuses on what may be …


  • Latest school reform ad hits union issue

    The latest statewide TV commercial to air in the battle over Idaho’s controversial school reform laws comes from opponents of the laws, and focuses on what may be their toughest …


  • Immigration surfaces in McKenna, Inslee debate

    Rob McKenna began his opening statement in Spanish. Jay Inslee talked of “bucking hay” and working to pass a levy to build a local high school. And while Washington’s two …


  • Idaho school reform becomes personal

    BOISE – Here’s how fiery the debate over school reform has gotten in Idaho: After a forum at the City Club of Boise on Tuesday, state Rep. Brian Cronin, D-Boise, …


  • Fiery debate focuses on Idaho school reforms

    In a fiery debate Tuesday before a sellout crowd of 450, Idaho state schools chief Tom Luna defended his controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws, while critic Brian Cronin …


  • Balance, compromise are topics in Idaho’s District 2

    The ballot looks very different in North Idaho’s most Republican legislative district this fall, now that tax-protesting four-term state Rep. Phil Hart is out and an array of new candidates …


  • Eye on Boise: Secretary of State predicts strong voter turnout

    BOISE – From a popular GOP presidential nominee with an enthusiastic base in the state to controversial school-reform referendums that are drawing attention to the balloting, Idaho’s poised for strong …


  • Ad touting school reforms tells just part of story

    A new television commercial touting Idaho’s controversial school reform laws makes claims that are accurate, but still mislead voters about the impact of the reform laws. That’s because they focus …


  • Ad slams Idaho school reform laws

    BOISE – The hottest election issue of the season in Idaho – possible repeal of the state’s controversial new school reform laws – has yielded the first statewide TV campaign …


  • Idaho teachers will get earned merit pay

    BOISE – It turns out both sides were wrong: Idaho teachers who earned merit-pay bonuses last year under a controversial school-reform law will get those payments this fall, regardless of …


  • Doug Clark: Stunt Shea pulled far from clean campaigning

    Matt Shea – the Road Rage Republican running for re-election in Spokane Valley – has his knickers in a knot over his opponent’s supposedly dirty campaign tactics. Or in other …


  • Anti-Shea mailer features pointing gun

    Democratic challenger Amy Biviano is turning incumbent Republican state Rep. Matt Shea’s road rage case into a campaign issue. But the mailer that began arriving in Spokane Valley mailboxes over …


  • Eye on Boise: Races simmer after heated primaries

    BOISE – The northernmost legislative district in Idaho, District 1, saw some of the hottest election contests in the state in May’s primary, with tea party challengers trying to knock …


  • Inslee, McKenna propose tax tweaks

    With state unemployment staying stubbornly above 8 percent and the economy on many voters’ minds, economic issues play a major part in the campaigns of Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat …


  • McKenna wants to curb state’s health care spending

    Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday he wants to tap Washington’s creativity and use financial incentives to encourage doctors and consumers to save the state money on health care.


  • Six make Idaho presidential ballot

    Idaho’s presidential ballot has been finalized, and it doesn’t just have Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama on it. Instead, there are six candidates, all representing various parties …


  • Spin Control: McLaughlin flap puts originality, or lack of it, in spotlight

    One of the first things a candidate does these days, after announcing he or she wants to do good things for the good people of this good community, is get …


  • Shawn Vestal: Hollow ring to education funding talk

    School has started, just in time to ride the wave of our collective political pretense: Education is our top priority. That’s certainly the phrase to which everyone pays lip service. …


  • Labor Day: Parades, picnics and politicians

    Parades, picnics and politicians celebrated the American worker on Labor Day, with President Barack Obama seeking votes from Ohio union members and rivals for Senate seats marching in Massachusetts and …


  • Andy Billig, Q&A on 15 topics

    ANDY BILLIG, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have a successful record of delivering results on the issues most important to our community: …


  • Nancy McLaughlin, Q&A on 15 topics

    NANCY MCLAUGHLIN, Republican 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? As your city councilwoman, I have been in touch with moms and dads, singles, retirees, …


  • Initiative or no, federal law trumps state on marijuana

    Suppose voters decided that they’ve had it with federal drug rules that make marijuana an illegal substance akin to heroin or cocaine, and they change Washington state law to make …


  • McLaughlin apologizes for false claims

    Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in the race for state Senate for using false information on a campaign mailer she sent before last …


  • Eastwood’s chair speech lights up Twitter

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clint Eastwood earned plenty of bad reviews for his latest performance: a bizarre, rambling endorsement of Mitt Romney. “Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad …

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