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‘Faithless’ electors $1,000 fines upheld

A member of Washington’s Electoral College doesn’t have a constitutional right to avoid the fine for changing his or her vote to someone other than the presidential candidate who won …


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

Business groups drop challenge to Washington’s new minimum wage, family leave law

Business groups say they won’t appeal a court ruling that threw out their challenge to the state’s new minimum wage law.


UPDATED: Fri., May 12, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

Washington takes Spokane Democrats to court charging campaign reporting violations

The Spokane County Democratic Party faces a lawsuit from the Washington attorney general for failing to report campaign contributions and expenses on time.


Kip Hill: My favorite stories of 2016

A murder-for-hire case, a presidential election, arcades, records, a scandal at City Hall - it was all in a year’s work.


Spin Control: Final election stat: Record ballots, but not record turnout

Spokane voters cast more ballots than ever. So why didn’t it have record turnout?


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers mum on possibility of Trump cabinet position

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is not answering questions about her discussions with president-elect Donald Trump regarding a potential cabinet position, instead praising him as “a man of action” in public …


With I-735, Washington voters called for campaign reform, but Republicans in Congress unlikely to take action

Although I-735 passed, a constitutional amendment to control campaign contributions and spending isn’t right around the corner.


Spin Control: Thousands of Spokane voters opted out of Trump v Clinton

How unhappy were Spokane voters with their top presidential choices? The answer is in the numbers.


Washington rejects carbon tax, but backers are undeterred

Washington’s carbon tax initiative was billed as a bipartisan approach to curbing carbon emissions. But voters in this progressive state roundly rejected the measure that drew opposition from the fossil …


Spokane marijuana industry more concerned about local policies than what Trump might do

The question marks surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s victory Tuesday extend to Washington’s marijuana industry.


Spokane lawmakers could be in strong positions in 2017 Legislature

Spokane’s legislative delegation not likely to lose any clout even though the election is pointing to some changes likely in next year’s session.


Spokane’s sick leave ordinance up for review as voters pass statewide requirement

The Spokane City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on revisions to the sick leave requirements they passed in January. Local businesses have started expressing concern about meeting the city’s …


From Liberty Lake to Cheney, cities across county passed STA transit tax

Voters’ resounding approval of new sales taxes for mass transit puts Spokane on a route for better bus service.


Spokane follows state trend on gun initiative, bucks it on minimum wage

Spokane voters supported new court orders to prevent gun violence but opposed a higher minimum wage.


McMorris Rodgers sets sights on House leadership, praises Trump’s call for unity

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers will again seek appointment by her peers as chair of the House Republican Conference, a position that has been used by GOP lawmakers to catapult to …


Doug Clark: Democracy is a party for my Presidential Press Posse

Doug Clark’s Presidential Press Posse made the rounds on Election Night.


Voters reject Nine Mile Falls School District bond for third time in two years

For the third time in two years voters rejected a proposed construction bond for Nine Mile Falls School District.


Nation plays Trump card

Upending the political establishment and shocking pollsters, an avalanche of disillusioned voters handed the White House to Donald J. Trump and control of both the House and Senate to Republicans.


Women pols cheer, grieve Trump victory

With chances of a Clinton presidency looking slim Tuesday night, some women who have held political office in Spokane County struggled to adjust to the prospect of President Trump. Others …


Smiles, cheers, excitement – and some surprise – at Spokane County GOP election party

The polls told them it wouldn’t be close. It’s already decided. The election is in the bag. Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States, they heard …


Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests

Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated …


Incumbents returned to Washington Supreme Court

Washington state won’t have new members on its Supreme Court as three incumbents successfully fended off challenges.


Most Washington voters supporting a minimum wage hike, court review of gun ownership for dangerous individuals

A majority of ballots voted Tuesday were in favor of a measure to stair-step increases to the minimum wage in Washington state, as well as a measure that would allow …


Patty Murray heading back to Senate

Sen. Patty Murray headed to fifth Senate term, defeating Republican challenger Chris Vance


Spokane County Superior Court may have new judge

Early election results Tuesday night showed Judge Greg Sypolt, who’s been in office since 1996, losing to challenger Tim Fennessy, a civil attorney. Judge Linda Tompkins held on to her …


Shelly O’Quinn wins re-election on Spokane County Commission; Josh Kerns leads

A Democrat on the Spokane County Commission? Probably not. Incumbent Republican Shelly O’Quinn easily won re-election Tuesday and Republican Josh Kerns had a strong lead for the other open seat.


McMorris Rodgers, Murray both earn return trips to Congress

Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve a sixth term in the House of Representatives, once again defeating Joe Pakootas to return to the Congressional seat she’s held since 2005. Patty Murray …


Voters approve Prop 1 to fund STA upgrades, Central City Line

Voters overwhelmingly approved Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1, a scaled-back package from a similar ballot measure that was narrowly defeated in 2014.


Fear and loathing as local Democrats watch Trump take battleground states

As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.


Knowledge of how government works is declining, prompting talk of civics education, voter tests

When George Nethercutt ran for Congress in 1994, he pulled off the ultimate upset and beat Tom Foley, the sitting U.S. speaker of the House. The win was the most …