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Chris Marr: From the WA Senate to cannabis farms

Seven years ago, Chris Marr was finishing his first term as a state senator from Spokane, serving as Majority Whip and Vice Chair of the Transportation Subcommittee.


Two Washington liquor board members leaving

OLYMPIA – Two of the three members of the state board that oversees Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws will step down early next year. That includes Chris Marr, a former …


Shawn Vestal: Pot spotlight fading soon as normalcy takes hold

Potheads, your 15 minutes are about over. TV cameras will not trail you much longer. Newspaper columnists will stop seeking your comments. Tie-dye and Jamaican dreadlock covers will fade from …


Marijuana rules get OK from liquor board

OLYMPIA – Potential growers, processors and vendors of marijuana will be able to apply for state licenses in one month. On Wednesday, the agency in charge of setting up Washington’s …


Total Wine & More to construct store in Spokane Valley

Total Wine & More, the nation’s largest liquor retailer, intends to build its second area liquor store in Spokane Valley, the company announced Friday. The 25,000-square-foot, $1.7 million retail center …


Huge turnout at Spokane forum on marijuana legalization

In one of the biggest turnouts in the state, more than 450 people packed the state Liquor Control Board’s public forum Tuesday night in Spokane to talk about Washington’s baby …


Guest opinion: WSU should negotiate with Wells on Jensen-Byrd offer

It’s impossible to overstate the impact of the Riverpoint higher education campus on Spokane. Today it boasts nine academic buildings, with a new medical school to follow. Five universities offer …


Gregoire considers efficiency measures

OLYMPIA – Washington should abolish the Liquor Control Board and see if a private company can do a better job of managing the state lottery, Gov. Chris Gregoire said Thursday. …


Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

Democrat Chris Marr conceded defeat Wednesday night in the record-breaking million-dollar battle for a Spokane County state Senate seat. Marr made up some ground in the second day of ballot …


Voters favor Republicans locally and nationally

Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat …


Rally’s message in Riverfront Park: Keep sanity alive

After being bombarded by political attack ads from both sides in one of the most contentious elections in years, some Spokane-area residents are fed up with all the “insanity.” Some …


Truths, half-truths and other campaign claims

More than a million dollars has been spent fighting for one Spokane seat in the state Senate – and the election season isn’t even over. The milestone was reached this …


Vestal: All the mud a million bucks can sling

Chris Marr really opposes negative ads. He says he’s been the victim of “hit pieces” by his opponent. He says that his political campaign for the state Senate ought to …


Democratic strategist faces sanctions

A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race. Lisa MacLean’s tactics to hide …


Mailings stretch truth in Marr, Baumgartner race

It’s with little doubt the nastiest battle this year for a local office. In a second in a series, we examine some of the claims made on behalf of incumbent …


Marr, Baumgartner ramp up the rhetoric

It may soon be the million-dollar race. And with so much money, voters’ mailboxes and television sets are filled with a lot of information – and misinformation – about the …


Woman blasts campaign ad that cites her lawsuit

The woman whose sexual harassment lawsuit was highlighted in a recent campaign commercial against state Sen. Chris Marr demanded Saturday that the ad be pulled from TV. In a hand-written …


State candidates took BP campaign contributions

Several area state legislators accepted campaign contributions from a BP employees’ political action committee after this year’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – including two Democrats in …


Driscoll, Ahern outline differences

State Rep. John Driscoll and former state Rep. John Ahern are overshadowed in their election rematch by the intense battle for state Senate in the same district. Debates between Chris …


Washington Legislature, District 6, Senate

Even in the primary – when both candidates for the 6th Legislative Senate seat were guaranteed to move to the November election – the race between Chris Marr and Michael …


Sixth District donnybrook

He’s the incumbent. He’s his party’s whip in the state Senate. He has more campaign money and a diverse list of backers that includes unions and large businesses. But in …


Editorial: Marr brings experience, solid record as senator

Chris Marr calls the 6th District the “swingiest” in the state, and the pitched battles for legislative seats in the past few elections underscore the point. This year is no …


Marr changing TV ad that lacked disclosure

The state Public Disclosure Commission is warning state Sen. Chris Marr that he violated campaign law by failing to mention his Democratic Party affiliation in a TV ad. Phil Stutzman, …


GOP platform proves vexing in Spokane County

Much of the county Republican Party’s platform reflects longtime GOP values: Limited government. Gun rights. Lower taxes. An end to abortion. But some of the platform’s 120 policy statements make …


Spokane swing district again among state’s spendiest

A Spokane legislative district tops the state for money raised by candidates, and is near the top for spending that money before the August primary. The 6th Legislative District – …


Links on Marr’s website not ethics violation

Sen. Chris Marr did not violate ethics rules by placing links to legislative sites on campaign-related Internet pages, a state board concluded. The Legislative Ethics Board dismissed this week a …


Incumbents persevere, but challenges await

Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear. Lesson 1: It may be uncomfortable to be an incumbent …


Election results offer up valuable lessons

Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear.


Election roundup: Murray, Rossi tie on the gloves

Sen. Patty Murray will face Dino Rossi in the November general election, continuing the fight for a U.S. Senate seat that started even before the Republican former legislator got into …


Anti-Marr mailer draws fire

In Tuesday’s primary elections, voters can pick a candidate for the state senate in Eastern Washington’s most competitive legislative district, but both choices are assured of winning a spot in …