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I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 20, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers face off in first public debate

In their first public debate, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democratic challenger Lisa Brown lobbed criticism on numerous issues, including health care, tax reform, gun control, the farm bill, …


Mary Kuney, Rob Chase are familiar opponents in race for Spokane County commissioner

The race for county commissioner between Rob Chase and Mary Kuney mirrors a split in the Spokane County Republican Party between more traditional Republicans who have lined up behind Kuney …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown set for town hall event in downtown Spokane on Wednesday

The event, co-hosted by The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages forum and KHQ-TV, will air live on local broadcast television from the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. It’ll be the first …


Two of three incumbents unchallenged in state Supreme Court races

This year’s campaigns for seats on Washington state Supreme Court have shaped up to be relatively tame affairs.


Timm Ormsby’s election opponent focused on legislation, not Ormsby’s recent driving charge

Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has …


Spin Control: Let’s talk about polls

Some basic rules of polls.


Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers disagree on Social Security

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, challenger Lisa Brown differ on what to do about the Social Security system.


Other states watching I-1631, Inslee says

Other states are watching what Washington voters do on Initiative 1631, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Sue Lani Madsen: Stealing campaign signs

Sign wars have been fierce in the 5th Congressional District campaign. Both sides are suspicious of an organized effort behind the thefts.


I-1631 campaign pits environmental groups against oil companies

Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


Campus vote shaping up as battleground in race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

With court fight over, gun control measure goes around Legislature to voters

Supporters and opponents of gun control initiative campaign didn’t pause while the courts decided whether it would be on the ballot.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Recently appointed Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan faces challenge from attorney Dennis Cronin

Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 4:11 p.m.

State Rep. Bob McCaslin faces former Spokane Valley planner Mary May in November election

Political novice Mary May, a Democrat, acknowledges that unseating an incumbent Republican in a state House race in the GOP-dominated 4th Legislative District would be no easy task.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 8:26 a.m.

Spokane County clerks candidates differ on experience, goals for reform

Two candidates for county clerk, incumbent Tim Fitzgerald and challenger Michael Kirk, have similar goals to boost technology, but they differ on reform


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:54 p.m.

Lisa Brown thesis from 1986 prompts new GOP attacks

The document, written in 1986 in furtherance of a Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, was published online in its entirety by the Washington Examiner on Thursday morning. Brown declined …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 11:26 a.m.

Scott Maclay, sheriff’s candidate who changed name to DumpOzzie Dot Com, dies in motorcycle crash near St. Maries

Michael “Scott” Maclay, the Harley-riding respiratory therapist who changed his name to DumpOzzie Dot Com as part of a conspiracy-theory-fueled campaign to unseat Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich, died in …


Opponents and supporters of Washington Initiative 940 on deadly force were allies, and could be again

Initiative 940 will pit once and possibly future allies against each other this fall.


Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown give stances on marijuana, opioid addiction treatment and drugs

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has softened her stance somewhat on the legalization of marijuana, six years after Washington state voters approved the creation of a recreational market for the drug. …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown have agreed to four debates that don’t include Gonzaga/League of Women Voters event

The four debates are more than the congresswoman has agreed to in past campaigns to hold her seat. But three of those confirmed are occuring at venues and with groups …


Primary candidates want recount of 25 precincts to check for ‘anomalies’

Primary candidates seek hand recount of ballots in what they believe are suspicious precincts.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

Initiative 940, which changes the rules for reviewing cases of the police use of deadly force, must go on the November ballot, a divided Washington Supreme Court rules.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Sen. Cory Booker to Democrats at Cantwell rally: Stand up to adversity

Sen. Cory Booker urges Democrats to stand up in this “moral moment.”


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Kellyanne Conway keeps focus on Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Eastern Washington in Spokane stump speech

In a stump speech for the longtime Republican congresswoman, Kellyanne Conway kept her comments local and said that the GOP had a clear advantage in the district, just as it …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

State Supreme Court orders gun control initiative back on Washington’s November ballot

Washington voters will get to vote on a gun control initiative this November after all.