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Editorial: Here are our choices for ballot due Nov. 6

Below is a summary of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsements for the general election. The full versions of each editorial can be read online. Navigate to www.spokesman.com and look for “Election Central” …


Editorial: Watkins better choice to succeed Sonntag

After this election, no incumbent state executive will be more missed than departing Auditor Brian Sonntag. In part, that is a reflection of the respect Sonntag earned during his 20 …


Editorial: Cantwell represents state well in U.S. Senate

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner burst onto the political scene with a victory over Chris Marr in a legislative contest that set a record for spending. Now he’s taking on another …


Editorial: In good race for attorney general, we back Dunn

Two men who sit side-by-side on the King County Council are running against each other for the office of Washington attorney general. Both have extensive histories in the law, both …


Editorial: Amy Biviano best choice for voters in 4th District

If there were a political version of the TV show “Fear Factor,” Republican Rep. Matt Shea would make an excellent host. Fear of U.S. currency. Fear of the Federal Bureau …


Editorial: Romney has better shot at solving nation’s crisis

After months of campaigning, two conventions and two debates, this much is clear in the presidential race: Neither side is up to telling important truths about the economy and the …


Editorial: Democrat Dellwo has experience 6th needs

Voters in the 6th Legislative District flirted with Democrats in the 2006 election but have since reverted to their decades-old Republican ways. Redistricting has probably strengthened the GOP’s hand. While …


Editorial: Goldmark qualified for another term as lands head

The race for state public lands commissioner pits two Eastern Washington ranchers. Delete “rancher,” and there is little else in common. Incumbent Democrat Peter Goldmark went from a one-room Okanogan …


Editorial: Mielke has best policies to help lead county panel

The race for Spokane County Commission has gotten bogged down in political muck. Let’s wipe that away first. Incumbent Todd Mielke, a Republican, tried to get Democrat opponent John Roskelley …


Editorial: McMorris Rodgers still best choice for Congress

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking a fifth term as 5th Congressional District congresswoman, her path impeded by Rich Cowan, former owner of the region’s largest movie company, North …


Editorial: McKenna will bring pragmatism to top office

The race for governor pits two candidates with deep resumes, but only one of them has a sharp enough scythe to cut through the thorny thicket ahead. Attorney General Rob …


Editorial: Finkbeiner right choice for lieutenant governor

Races for lieutenant governor seldom make voter radar screens. That should not be the case this year. Bill Finkbeiner is running a lively campaign against Brad Owen, who has held …


Editorial: Ormsby has earned 3rd District re-election

Voters in the 3rd Legislative District have a clear choice between incumbent Democrat Timm Ormsby and Republican challenger Dave White for the Position 1 seat in the Washington House of …


Editorial: Billig right choice to fill Brown’s Senate seat

The retirement of Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown has scrambled the 3rd Legislative District. Brown delivered for the region. Before her, Jim West did the same from the 6th Legislative …


Editorial: A practiced ‘yes’ could rein in our lawmakers

Four times since 1993, Washington voters have approved ballot initiatives or referendums that require a supermajority of legislators to support new taxes, or tax increases. That’s a lot of practice. …


Editorial: Regulation, taxation of marijuana worth a try

States have always been the laboratories of democracy, but few have tried to legalize marijuana so it can be regulated and taxed. That’s because Congress adopted a law more than …


Editorial: Approve Resolution 8221 for credit’s sake

A vote in support of Engrossed Senate Joint Resolution 8221 should be the easiest “approved” on the November ballot. The measure will gradually – over 20 years – lower the …


Editorial: Initiative 1240: Approve to advance options for the children

Washington schools are improving. Dropout rates are coming down. Student test scores are rising. But it’s time, finally, for Washington voters to approve charter schools by saying yes to Initiative …


Editorial: Affirm R-74 because state has no role in personal choice

In the name of God, governments have committed some seriously cruel acts. Consider this statement from a Virginia judge in 1959 as he upheld that state’s Racial Integrity Act of …


Editorial: Cantwell, Baumgartner best choices for Senate

Eight names appear on the ballot in the U.S Senate race, but voters need only concern themselves with three. Incumbent U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, is vying for a …


Editorial: Insurance changes will make this vote matter

The race for Washington insurance commissioner may be down the primary election ballot, but who wins may be as important to Washington residents as the outcome of contests getting much …


Editorial: Watkins, Kelley best choices for state auditor

For 20 years, the name behind the title Washington State Auditor has been that of Brian Sonntag. For the 28 years prior to 1992, the name was that of Bob …


Editorial: McCloud has perfect temperament for court

Voters have three choices to make in the Washington Supreme Court races, but only one of the contests calls for a difficult decision. Justice Susan Owens isn’t facing serious opposition, …


Editorial: Keller’s experience makes him best choice

The retirement of Rep. John Ahern and the repackaging of the 6th Legislative District to include the West Plains have enticed one Democrat and three Republicans to contest his vacated …


Editorial: Kastama and Wyman stand out to replace Reed

Voters face quite a conundrum in the race to replace retiring Secretary of State Sam Reed. All four candidates are accomplished public servants who can handle the job, which has …


Editorial: Riccelli, Snyder top list to take Billig’s spot

The shakeup in the 3rd Legislative District, geographically and politically, has set up an interesting five-way contest for a vacated seat in the Washington state House of Representatives. The surprise …


Editorial: O’Quinn the best choice for county commission

Shelly O’Quinn had to think fast about running for the Spokane County Commission because Mark Richard decided late that he would not seek re-election. She has thrived as the director …