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Rep. Mike Volz defending 6th District seat against challenger Kay Murano

A Republican incumbent state representative will defend his seat in the West Plains against a Democratic challenger who hopes to grow awareness of housing issues at the state level. Mike …


Spokane County commissioner candidates debate housing, public safety, economy

Spokane County Commissioner Al French and challenger Robbi Katherine Anthony traded viewpoints on public safety, housing, growth and economic development during a Thursday afternoon election debate at the Spokane Club.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

Primary shows close race between Mike Volz and Kay Murano for 6th District House seat

A one-term Republican incumbent state representative will defend his seat in the West Plains against a Democratic challenger who hopes to grow awareness of housing issues at the state level.


6th District candidates answer student questions in EWU forum

Five candidates vying for the West Plains’ three open seats answered Eastern Washington University student’s questions on social policy and criminal justice reform in a public forum Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 11 p.m.

Spokane will likely pick up $20,000-plus tab for Pence security

The Spokane Police Department estimates that Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to Spokane may cost the city between $20,000 and $25,000.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

County Commissioner Al French faces challenge from political newcomer Robbi Katherine Anthony

If you want experience, Al French is probably your pick for Spokane County Commission.


Mary Dye, Jenn Goulet battle in rematch for 9th District House seat

In southeastern Washington, state Rep. Mary Dye faces familiar opponent in the November election.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:41 a.m.

Spokane school bond would help Spanish immersion and On Track Academy programs

Two special programs that serve opposite ends of Spokane Public Schools’ broad collection of students stand to gain more space and traction as voters decide on a


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

City likely to cover the policing cost for Pence’s Spokane visit; new citizen thrilled to meet VP

The cost to the city of Spokane for providing police protection for Vice President Mike Pence’s visit likely will be in the thousands.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Trump Baby brings blast of hot air to Spokane

The Trump Baby was every bit as much the enormous gaseous windsack as the man who inspired him, tethered in the Spokane breeze at the corner of Division and MLK …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Pence, on campaign stop in Spokane, says D.C. needs McMorris Rodgers

Vice President Mike Pence called U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers “one of the most important voices in Washington, D.C.” during a campaign luncheon for the Republican congresswoman Tuesday afternoon at …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 3:26 p.m.

Protesters inflate Baby Trump balloon outside Spokane campaign fundraiser featuring Mike Pence

It was Vice President Mike Pence who visited Spokane on Tuesday. But the focus of protesters outside his campaign fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was his boss.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 10:16 p.m.

Whitworth professor Randy Michaelis challenges Rep. Jacqueline Maycumber in House race in 7th District

Longtime Whitworth University educator Randy Michaelis wants to represent northeast Washington in the state Legislature as a Democrat. But to do that, he will have to defeat Republican incumbent state …


Passage of Spokane Public Schools bond would ease Lewis and Clark’s lunchtime chaos

Lewis and Clark High School is the last Spokane Public School without a central place for students to eat lunch. A bond on the November ballot would change that.


Where they stand: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on taxes, trade deals and the budget

The largest piece of legislation passed by this Congress was last year’s federal tax bill, which made sweeping changes to both individual and corporate filers. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

Vice President Mike Pence to appear for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in downtown Spokane on Tuesday

The vice president, a former colleague of McMorris Rodgers in the U.S. House of Representatives, will speak at an afternoon fundraiser at the Spokane Convention Center. Tickets to the event …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 8:46 a.m.

Spokane Public Schools look to $495.3 million bond to rebuild 3 mid-century middle schools

Welcome to Glover Middle School, where the principal doesn’t wear a button-down shirt because his office is too warm, where students recently went five days without hot water and where …


New middle schools in Spokane Public Schools bond would help lower class sizes in elementaries

The $495 million school Spokane Public Schools bond on the Nov. 6 ballot offers many things, but the biggest is a reduction in classroom size for kindergarten through third grade. …


Spokane Public Schools $495 million bond proposal: An overview

The $495 million bond proposal voters will consider in the Nov. 6 election would create three new middle schools, replace three other middle schools, pay for a new


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Jeff Holy, Jessa Lewis vying for Washington’s 6th District Senate seat

A would-be newcomer to Washington’s statehouse will face a former police officer and current state representative in the race for Washington state’s 6th Legislative District seat.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Jenny Graham, Dave Wilson in tight race for 6th District House seat

A Republican-turned-Democrat and an advocate-turned-politician are vying for an open House seat in what may be Eastern Washington’s only swing district. Republican Jenny Graham views taxes as the single biggest …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court candidates Nathan Choi, Steve Gonzalez debate Kavanaugh, campaign finance

In their first public forum for Washington Supreme Court – a forum that at times delved into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Justice …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 9:37 a.m.

East Valley School District seeks infrastructure levy in November ballot

Aging infrastructure is catching up with the East Valley School District and its sense of security for students and staff.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson face off for district court judge seat

Two candidates vying to become Spokane County District Court’s newest judge are on their way to the general election after escaping a close race in the primary.


In 9th District, Schmick facing first Democratic opponent in a decade

For the first time in a decade, a Democrat is challenging state Rep. Joe Schmick for his seat representing southeastern Washington. Matthew Sutherland, a graduate student at Washington State University, …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.


Maria Cantwell seeking fourth term in U.S. Senate in race against Susan Hutchison

Republican challenger Susan Hutchison has a tough assignment in a campaign against three-term incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell.


Spin Control: Wrapup from the primary: Recount challenges and the biggest loser

Recount of key precincts showed no changes. Now candidates may challenge the process.


Analysis: ‘Dark money’ claims in McMorris Rodgers, Brown debate oversimplify complicated campaign finance laws

The candidates both claimed the other was benefitting from campaign contributions that aren’t traceable. The issue has become heated in a race that has attracted outside attention from leadership groups …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Mike Pence stump speech for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers tentatively scheduled for early October in Spokane

The list of top Republicans coming to Spokane to stump for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers this fall will include Vice President Mike Pence.