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UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 8:58 p.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves, bill’s future uncertain in Senate

The House of Representatives voted 196-180 on Friday to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48. The legislation will next head to the Senate.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:05 a.m.

House of Representatives votes to delist gray wolves

The House of Representatives will vote Friday on whether to delist gray wolves in the contiguous United States.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on working in the minority, leadership of her party and specter of impeachment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke Wednesday about the prospects in a House of Representatives led by Democrats for the first time since 2011. She said there were no grounds for …


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:39 p.m.

Simpson wins 11th term in House; Fulcher wins 1st District

BOISE – Republican Congressman Mike Simpson has won an 11th term representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District. And the GOP’s Russ Fulcher has won Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Cristina …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:18 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wins eighth term with decisive victory over Democrat Lisa Brown

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown have been battling unofficially for more than a year in one of several contests nationwide that Democrats hope will shift control of Congress.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Campaign sign theft, vandalism reach new levels in 5th District race

Theft and defacement of campaign signs may be at an all-time high in the 5th Congressional District.


100 years ago in Spokane: Republicans decry re-election of congressman who opposed war

President Woodrow Wilson asked voters to elect a Democratic Congress, but Spokane’s Republicans had a particularly critical response to that, since it would mean re-electing a “disloyal man” and a …


Women, minorities overwhelmingly want a Democratic Congress, poll finds

A new poll shows just how important turnout among certain groups of voters will be in determining whether Democrats take control of Congress after the midterm elections or if Republicans …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown scheduled to appear at two debates in Spokane this week

A televised debate will air Wednesday night live from the Fox Theater in downtown Spokane beginning at 7 p.m. on KXLY-TV. A second debate will take place the following afternoon …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 16, 2018, 9:51 a.m.

Lisa Brown raises more campaign cash than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in latest reports

Democrat Lisa Brown reported taking in $2.2 million in a feverish two months of campaigning following her second-place finish in August’s blanket primary. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers added $1.4 million …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018, 4 p.m.

From Kettle Falls to the Capitol, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers used conservative bona fides to rise through ranks

After being appointed to the state House of Representatives by the slimmest of margins in 1994, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has carved out a long legislative career in Eastern Washington.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Popular federal fund used to purchase, develop Spokane recreation areas quietly expires

Overshadowed by a relentless news cycle, a popular federal program that helped purchase and develop land in the Spokane area expired Sunday.


Congress takes aim at shrinking seats, legroom on airplanes

The Federal Aviation Administration would be required to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes under legislation to be considered in the House this week, possibly giving passengers a …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 10:10 a.m.

Control of Congress also at stake in state legislative races

Democrats looking to regain a foothold in state capitols largely led by Republicans had anticipated flipping control of up to a dozen legislative chambers during the last presidential election. It …


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 …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 7:52 p.m.

Congress passes spending deal, bids to avert gov’t shutdown

Moving to head off a government shutdown that neither party wants, Congress has overwhelmingly approved a compromise spending bill and pledged agreement on a short-term bill to fund the government …


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 …


100 years ago in Spokane: J. Stanley Webster wins primary to take on Congressman C.C. Dill who opposed declaring war

Judge J. Stanley Webster won the 1918 Republican primary in the race to represent Eastern Washington in Congress and incumbent C.C. Dill, who opposed the United States’ entry into World …


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 …


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


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: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 1:41 p.m.

Somali-American candidate wants to ‘instill hope in people’

The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country’s first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 15, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Analysis: Late ballots swing to Cathy McMorris Rodgers throughout district, Spokane County in race against Lisa Brown

A lead of 600 votes on election night has blossomed to nearly 7,000 district-wide for the congresswoman, who has once again proved the adage correct that Republicans vote later than …


Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

WASHINGTON – The indictment of Rep. Chris Collins on insider trading charges is drawing new attention to the freedom members of Congress have to serve on corporate boards or to …


Why they’ll win: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown remain locked in tight battle

The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary

The contest between the high-ranking congressional Republican and the Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership has drawn national interest and big local spending as the parties vie …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers seeks widespread GOP support in competitive race against Lisa Brown

The seven-term congresswoman reached out to state Rep. Matt Shea this year, a legislator seen as a mouthpiece for the libertarian, constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lisa Brown, the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ offensive campaign ads and flyers undermine her call for political civility

Our divided nation needs to heal, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We are heartbreakingly riven by political divisions, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We can no longer disagree without being disagreeable. We …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Ad watch: Cathy McMorris Rodgers spot revives attack on Lisa Brown regarding sex offenders

The Lisa Brown campaign accused U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of desperation and “scare tactics” in a new attack ad questioning the Democrat’s record in the state House of Representatives …