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Ballots not cast can still sway elections

Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.


Art views from the 5th Congressional District

Former Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall cast a wide net in seeking comment about the importance of arts and humanities in politics and governance. Here is what people had to …


Art and the 5th: Brown and McMorris Rodgers discuss art and humanities

Former Washington poet laureate Tod Marshall wanted to know where Eastern Washington’s two congressional candidates stood on issues surrounding arts and the humanities. So he asked them.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Lisa Brown: We need solutions that lower health care costs and expand access, not slogans

Lisa Brown, D, is a former WSU Spokane chancellor and former Washington state Senate majority leader.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: My goal is quality, affordable health care for all

My goal is to make sure everyone has access to quality and affordable health care. At the baseline of this debate, I believe we must protect people with pre-existing conditions …


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.


Lisa Brown: I’ll protect our democratic institutions

As a member of Congress, among my highest priorities would be reforms that strengthen secure the integrity of our elections and democratic institutions.


Spin Control: Primary turnout strong in Eastern Washington

Does better voter turnout depend on postage-paid ballots, or competitive races?


Today’s primary: Seats up for grabs; results open to interpretation

The primary ballot is the gateway to the general election for candidates seeking federal, state and local offices, but the results are always open to interpretation. Ballots have to be …


UPDATED: Sun., July 29, 2018, 4:20 p.m.

Lisa Brown: Congress has failed our farmers; it’s time for new leadership.

I’m running for Congress to be a new voice for farmers and ranchers and will put our priorities over party talking points. As an economist, I’ll be an independent advocate …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

House Intel Chairman Nunes to raise money for McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes – one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and a sometime lightning rod for criticism for the House investigation into Russian meddling in the …


UPDATED: Sat., July 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Brown both claim wins in money race

Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown both report big gains in campaign dollars.


Dave Saulibio: As your congressman, I’ll back Trump 100 percent

Recently, I had an opportunity to speak at a candidates forum in Waitsburg in Walla Walla County. I received positive feedback about my speech. But one gentleman very politely said …


Lisa Brown: To change Congress, we need to change who we send to Congress

Whether I’m at a town hall in Deer Park, a meet-and-greet in Medical Lake or knocking on doors in the Logan neighborhood of Spokane, I hear from people in every …


McMorris Rodgers, Brown and other congressional candidates clash on foreign policy

Congressional candidates to represent Eastern Washington have major disagreements on some foreign policy questions.


U.S. Senate primary: Cantwell and 29 challengers

U.S. Senate race draws a near record number of candidates and Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District race grows to five on final day of filing week.


Saulibio joins race against McMorris Rodgers

Colbert businessman joins Eastern Washington’s congressional race.


Spin Control: MSNBC discovers the McMorris Rodgers/Brown race

When national reporters parachute in, some things are going to sound strange.


Democratic wave may not wash many Republicans out of office

Democrats may have an advantage with voters heading into the fall elections, but it may not cost many Republicans their jobs.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 7:31 a.m.

Eastern Washington poll shows nearly 2-to-1 support for higher age limit for buying semi-automatic rifles

Eastern Washington voters overwhelmingly favor raising the age limit for buying a semi-automatic rifle but are evenly split on whether they think Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act, a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018, 6:45 a.m.

Poll suggests bruising race for Congress between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

With Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District split over the job President Donald Trump and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers are doing, her 2018 race against Democrat Lisa Brown could be close …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers tepidly allies with Trump, touts policies in Congressional race against Joe Pakootas

Joe Pakootas, the Democratic challenger looking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her seventh run for Congress, is trying to tie her to Donald Trump in an attempt to …


Third-party field hopes to seize on voter discontent in race against McMorris Rodgers for 5th District seat

Four of the faces in the race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat are familiar, one is new. Those hoping to unseat Cathy McMorris Rodgers say they believe voter discontent …


Spin Control Files: John Sonneland was the man behind Spokane’s term limits

Physician and businessman John Sonneland ran several times for Congress but was more than just a perennial candidate.


Election 2014: McMorris Rodgers faces Pakootas for Congress’ 5th District

With Congress’ approval rating plunging to single digits, being part of the leadership that controls the U.S. House of Representatives could work against an incumbent’s effort to stay in office …


Activist Marlyn Derby tackled uphill battles, took on Foley

Democratic congressional candidate Joe Pakootas struggles from time to time with people mispronouncing his name. It’s not difficult when you learn the trick, that the two O’s in the middle …


McMorris Rodgers offers Pakootas three debates

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers challenged Democratic opponent Joe Pakootas on Monday to three debates this fall, including two in Spokane. Pakootas said he planned to counter with a proposal to …


McMorris Rodgers will face Pakootas

Congress may be unpopular, but in Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District, five-term incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was popular with voters casting ballots in Tuesday’s primary. McMorris Rodgers, a member …


McMorris Rodgers faces three challengers in August primary

When a member of Congress rises to leadership and is chosen to respond to a president’s State of the Union Address, it’s usually a sign he or she is well-regarded …


Q-and-A with candidates for Washington’s 5th District

All four candidates for Washington’s 5th Congressional District were asked the same series of questions on key issues. Here are their answers. Candidates are listed in the order they will …