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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: Tue., Feb. 27, 2018, 10:19 p.m.

Washington Voting Rights Act passes Legislature

House gives final approval to the state’s Voting Rights Act.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

Proposal renaming Appleway Trail in honor of former Sen. Bob McCaslin takes Valley council members by surprise

A proposed bill renaming Appleway Trail “Senator Bob McCaslin Trail” was presented at a Spokane Valley City Council meeting Tuesday – much to the surprise of a few council members.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017, 10:07 p.m.

Inslee vetoes part of bill to help some Washington school districts find new sites

Gov. Jay Inslee partially vetoes bill designed to help school districts find affordable sites for new buildings, asks lawmakers to add protections for rural areas.


UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 10:50 p.m.

Bill could make it easier to find sites for new schools in rural Washington

School districts could have an easier time finding sites outside urban areas for new buildings under a bill moving through the Legislature.


Thousands of abortion foes rally on steps of the Washington Capitol, saying Donald Trump’s election gives them hope

OLYMPIA – Thousands of abortion foes who filled the steps of the Washington Capitol Monday were urged to action by lawmakers who have proposals against the controversial but legal procedure. …


Early ideas on guns, abortion, unions for the 2017 Legislature

Some lawmakers were busy in the off month drafting proposals for the 2017 session.


Matt Shea, Bob McCaslin propose creating new state called “Liberty” in Eastern Washington

A proposal to make Eastern Washington its own state – named Liberty – has a long legislative history, but rarely gets beyond the talking phase.


Matt Shea takes surprise positions at debate team fundraiser

Republican State Rep. Matt Shea made a shocking, impassioned call for free college tuition Monday evening.


Valley Republicans have name recognition

With the appointed incumbent ousted in the August primary, the two Republicans jousting for a state House seat representing Spokane Valley are relying in part on name recognition to win, …


Christian out; McCaslin and Wilhite qualify in 4th District

The state representative picked early this year by Spokane County commissioners to fill an open seat won’t get a new term. Incumbent Republican Leonard Christian came in third in Tuesday’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 5, 2014, 10:43 p.m.

Christian trailing McCaslin, Wilhite for Spokane Valley House seat

Leonard Christian was appointed a state representative early this year to fill a vacancy created by the retirement of state Rep. Larry Crouse. Diana Wilhite is a former Spokane Valley …


High-profile challengers in race for Washington’s 4th District state House seat

State Rep. Leonard Christian is an incumbent in the unusual position of facing two primary opponents who have as much or more name recognition as he has. Christian, who was …


Q&A: Spokane Valley state House candidates Christian, Wilhite, McCaslin

4th District House questions All three candidates for 4th Legislative District Representative, position 1 were asked the same questions on key issues. Here are their answers.


Democrat quotes Knezovich’s praise

Republican Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich has given a boost to the campaign of a Democrat running for state Legislature in Spokane Valley, a move that highlights division in the …


Spin Control: McCaslin was a man of character – and what a character he was

Many years ago, when I’d written something he enjoyed about low voter turnout, Bob McCaslin sent me an oversized reproduction of an editorial cartoon that summed up his feelings on …


Valley councilman, former state Sen. McCaslin dead at 84

Bob McCaslin, who spent 30 years in the state Senate fighting taxes and government expansion with consistent votes and ready jokes, died Sunday at 84. McCaslin, who was also in …


Bob McCaslin dies

Former State Sen. Bob McCaslin, a 30-year veteran of the Legislature known for his quick wit and fiscal conservatism, died today.


Commissioner French touts fiscal health of Spokane County

The state of Spokane County isn’t as bad as it might have been and things are looking up, county commission Chairman Al French said Friday. French told some 215 business …


State of county not so bad

County Commissioner Al French addresses 215 business and civic leaders at Greater Spokane Inc. breakfast meeting Friday.


Padden announces run for McCaslin’s former seat

Former Rep. Mike Padden is running for the 4th District Senate seat that he was shut out of in the recent appointment process.


Spin Control: Politics in how state Senate seat was filled? Of course

Now that most dust has settled from filling the Spokane Valley’s 4th District Senate seat, it may be safe to answer the question of who was guilty of committing politics …


Spokane Valley Council sets procedure to fill Dempsey’s seat

People interested in becoming the next Spokane Valley City Council member can now submit their applications for the position after the council unanimously approved on Tuesday the procedure to fill …


State Senate nominee Murry arrested in Las Vegas

One of the three candidates to replace Bob McCaslin in the state Senate was arrested early Monday in Las Vegas after being found asleep in his car and allegedly carrying …


Tributes hail McCaslin wit, wisdom

OLYMPIA – With a photo of Bob McCaslin propped up near his old desk on the Senate floor and his family watching from the gallery, the 30-year veteran of the …


Senate colleagues laud McCaslin

Former Washington state Sen. Bob McCaslin was honored for his wit, wisdom and parliamentary knowledge today with a unanimous resolution adopted by the Senate.


Call for ‘flash mob’ thwarts meeting on Senate seat

As the number of contenders to replace longtime Spokane Valley state Sen. Bob McCaslin grows, efforts to get the seat filled quickly were derailed Thursday. Saturday’s meeting to nominate possible …


Illness forces McCaslin to quit state Senate

OLYMPIA – Bob McCaslin, the most senior member of the Washington Legislature, is leaving the Senate seat he’s held for the Spokane Valley for 30 years. In a prepared statement, …


McCaslin leaving state Senate, will keep Valley post

State Sen. Bob McCaslin informs Republican leaders he won’t return to Olympia.


Mayor’s relative chosen for commission seat

Two candidates for empty planning commission seats, including the half-brother of Mayor Tom Towey, were approved by a majority of the Spokane Valley City Council Tuesday during a contentious meeting. …