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  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Q&A on 15 topics

    1. Why do you feel you are the best candidate? My background and values are very representative of Eastern Washington – growing up on a small farm, the first …


  • Proposal streamlines retrofitting of nongenerating dams

    WASHINGTON – The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. …


  • Congress eyes old dams as new power sources

    The nation could get new electricity from old dams, saving time and money compared to damming new streams, under a bill that passed the House unanimously this week. The Hydropower …


  • Ruling highlights partisan split

    OLYMPIA – When a divided U.S. Supreme Court settled the question Thursday of whether federal health care reform is constitutional, it turned up the spotlight on the issue for Washington’s …


  • Spin Control: Reality is an innocent victim of ‘The Killing’

    I’ll be watching the cable TV drama “The Killing” tonight to find out who killed Rosie Larson, even though it irks me. Not just because the main character, Sarah Linden, …


  • Delegate picks support Romney

    TACOMA – Washington Republicans gave Mitt Romney a boost Saturday, just two days before he’s expected in the state for a fundraising visit. Romney supporters at the state convention captured …


  • McMorris Rodgers boosts medical device industry in FDA bill

    WASHINGTON – American companies that make medical devices would face fewer restrictions and have a better chance of competing against foreign competitors under a section of a bill passed Wednesday …


  • Student painting wins spot in Capitol tunnel

    An old photo from Emily Harris’ childhood is the inspiration for a painting that will now hang in the Cannon Tunnel in Washington, D.C., for a year. Harris, 18, is …


  • Marijuana activist files for Congress

    A Spokane man active in efforts to legalize marijuana entered the primary for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat Wednesday. Ian Moody, 32, who said he is a leader of the Sensible …


  • Air Force to rank tanker sites

    Fairchild and about 60 other Air Force bases will be scored on criteria such as cost, capacity and environmental concerns to decide which will get the first batch of new …


  • Cowan opens campaign office

    As a political novice running against a member of the congressional leadership, Rich Cowan said he hopes to use what some would consider his weakness against what many would consider …


  • McMorris Rodgers could balance Republican ticket

    Being mentioned as a possible vice presidential candidate is something like being nominated for an Oscar or an Emmy: One should sound flattered, but not too confident of being the …


  • McMorris Rodgers blasts TARP

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers launched her re-election bid this week with familiar criticism of big-government programs – including one that is widely credited with saving hundreds of good-paying jobs in …


  • Spin Control: War or no war, there’s plenty to fight about

    Whether there’s a War on Women being waged by politicians around the country is open to debate. There is definitely a War over the War on Women, and Washington has …


  • Gregoire inks health reform

    OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire and other Democratic officials marked Friday’s second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act – which Republicans prefer to call Obamacare – with …


  • Medicare, Medicaid payment boost sought for rural hospitals

    WASHINGTON – Rural hospitals in Washington and around the country would receive more federal money for Medicare and Medicaid patients through legislation introduced recently by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The …


  • McMorris Rodgers pushing Romney for East Side visit

    OLYMPIA – In this year’s volatile Republican presidential campaign, Mitt Romney’s success in the March 3 Washington caucuses may depend on how well he does in the two contests earlier …


  • Cowan throws hat in ring for Congress

    A local film director says he’s ready for a career change. Rich Cowan, president and CEO of North by Northwest, a Spokane-based film production company, said Friday that he’s decided …


  • Spin Control: McMorris Rodgers for veep makes rounds

    A political website in the other Washington suggests a certain congresswoman from this Washington could get the No. 2 spot on the GOP presidential ticket this fall. The Daily Caller …


  • Cuts shouldn’t hurt Fairchild, lawmaker says

    Cuts in U.S. defense spending should have minimal impact on Fairchild Air Force Base, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Friday. Earlier this week, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced $487 …


  • Bill would spread out medical training slots

    WASHINGTON – Congress may try to ease a nationwide shortage of rural family doctors by “growing” more of them in places like Spokane through legislation introduced this week. Members of …


  • Democrats see opportunity in 5th District

    A former dean of Gonzaga University Law School is among the Democrats considering a campaign against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers next year. Dan Morrissey, who served as dean from 2001-’04 …


  • Budget, tax credits lead agendas of region’s lawmakers

    WASHINGTON – With just under a month left in 2011, the federal budget and tax breaks top Inland Northwest lawmakers’ year-end to-do lists. Three of 12 appropriations bills are on …


  • Huckleberries: Claim Palin, and region has two of top five

    Who’s the fairest conservative woman of them all? That would be former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as far as John Hawkins of RightWing News is concerned. But U.S. Rep. Cathy …


  • Timber payments have local backing

    U.S. senators from Washington and Idaho all say they support a plan to extend payments to counties and school districts that have significant amounts of federal land inside their boundaries. …


  • Northwest lawmakers adhere to party lines

    Northwest Republicans criticized President Obama’s proposed jobs bill as too much that’s been tried before and not enough that will bring long-term changes. Washington Democrats, meanwhile, said the request to …


  • McMorris Rodgers defends GOP line on economy, Medicare

    Turns out that Spokane politics mirror the rancor in the other Washington. More than 600 people jammed the Lincoln Center on Wednesday night to boo or cheer Rep. Cathy McMorris …


  • City fears steeper reduction in funds

    Local leaders are worried that a federal program that pays for roads, roofs, sidewalks, youth programs and a broad array of other services could face substantial cuts as Congress works …


  • Vestal: Budget cutter’s plea for millions more in spending shows duality

    On Friday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers issued two news releases. One was full of tiresome rhetorical ballast about the deficit and the debt ceiling. The House had just passed a …


  • Debt comments cause overload

    Contacting your congressional representative about the debt ceiling, as suggested by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner in speeches Monday, may have proved difficult for some Spokane constituents …

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