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  • Republicans wonder where party is headed

    WASHINGTON – Having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, Republicans plunged Wednesday into an intense period of self-examination, blame-setting and testy debate over whether …


  • Obama, Boehner look to compromise

    WASHINGTON – One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending cuts …


  • WV student vote on par with election

    The results of the West Valley School District’s mock election are in, and they largely match the results of the general election. The junior classes at West Valley High School, …


  • Idaho school reform foes call for new start

    After Idaho voters decisively rejected the “Students Come First” school reform laws on Tuesday, leaders on both sides were calling Wednesday for a new start on education reforms in Idaho, …


  • Planning begins for growing and selling pot

    The state Liquor Control Board, responsible for regulating the production and sale of marijuana in Washington under Initiative 502, is preparing to move ahead with implementation plans.


  • Montana returns Tester to U.S. Senate

    U.S. Sen. Jon Tester prevailed Wednesday in a tight re-election battle, beating back nearly two years of attacks for his support of some Obama administration policies to hand Republican U.S. …


  • Vestal: Vote-by-mail doesn’t offer sense of community

    For decades, Colleen Schauble showed up every Election Day at Longfellow Elementary School very early in the morning and left late at night. She’d welcome and direct voters, check registrations, …


  • Democrats holding edge in Legislature

    Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …


  • Idaho voters push back on school reform issues

    BOISE – Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. …


  • Republicans Mielke, O’Quinn lead commission races

    Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns. Republican Commissioner …


  • Incumbents prevail

    The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained intact Tuesday, with incumbents coasting to victories in early returns. On the Washington side, voters gave new terms to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell …


  • Pot use OK’d; same-sex marriage, charter schools leading

    Same-sex couples may be able to marry in Washington as early as next month, as the state’s voters seemed to be narrowly approving a law that was passed then suspended …


  • Inslee out front as count goes on

    Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna will continue their battle for the job of Washington’s chief executive for at least another day. Ballots tallied Tuesday night gave Inslee a …


  • Idaho voters appear to turn down school-reform plan

    BOISE - Idaho’s dominant Republican establishment appeared headed for a rare rebuke from voters Tuesday, as school-reform measures pushed hard by state schools Superintendent Tom Luna and GOP Gov. Butch …


  • McMorris Rodgers, Cantwell coast to easy victories

    The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained intact Tuesday, with incumbents coasting to victories in early returns.


  • Todd Mielke, Shelly O’Quinn leading for Spokane County commission

    Republicans are poised to retain control of the Spokane County Board of Commissioners as two races on Tuesday’s ballot were leaning toward the GOP candidates in initial returns.


  • WASHINGTON RACES: Latest developments

    A roundup of breaking news and other developments in the Washington general election.


  • AP exit polls: Liberals, women help Obama win Wash.

    SEATTLE (AP) — A look at preliminary results from exit polling in Washington state conducted by Edison Media Research for The Associated Press and television networks:


  • ELECTION 2012: Key national races

    Get the latest developments on the presidential race and control of Congress.


  • Exit poll: Wash. state voters focus on economy

    Washington voters were focused on the economy with a majority calling it the top problem facing the country — though more voters say it’s on the mend than think it’s …


  • IDAHO RACES: Latest developments

    A roundup of breaking developments in Idaho’s general election.


  • Shawn Vestal: what have we lost in drive for election efficiency?

    For decades, Colleen Schauble showed up every Election Day at Longfellow Elementary School very early in the morning, and left late at night. She’d welcome and direct voters, check registrations, …


  • Northern Idaho election proceeds after bomb scare

    A bomb threat Monday in northern Idaho during a training session for election workers forced them to evacuate a building with 22,000 ballots, but it isn’t adversely affecting Tuesday’s voting, …


  • Follow the action: when the polls close in various states

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stock up on munchies and make sure the batteries in your TV remote are fresh. With this year’s presidential election razor-close to the finish, Tuesday could be …


  • Join me for a night of watching democracy unfold

    My politically exhausted Americans, I stand before you with a smile that is wider even than the cheesy grin Daryl Romeyn wears on his garish campaign signs. What makes me …


  • Idaho, Washington not election harbingers

    There was a time in the mid-20th century when, as Washington and Idaho went in presidential elections, so went the country. But voters in the two states have been imperfect …


  • WSU warns no pot on campus even if I-502 passes

    Even if an initiative to legalize marijuana passes next week, the drug likely won’t be allowed on public college campuses in Washington any time soon, according to university spokespeople.


  • Campaigns steer focus to driver’s license issue

    SEATTLE – The races for governor and attorney general have brought renewed attention to a proposal that would create a two-tiered driver’s license system in Washington to address the issue …


  • Eye on Boise: Student laptop ‘buyout’ math doesn’t add up

    BOISE – It turns out that the “buyout” clause in the state’s $182 million laptop contract is not what the state Department of Education originally described – a cost that …


  • Spin Control: Santa Claus has a platform, and it’s kids

    The voice on the other end of the phone was deep and mellifluous. “Jim, it’s Santa Claus.” Being a reporter of many years, that did not throw me, because I …


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