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  • Spin Control: Study the issues, candidates – like Dick’s vs. Ron’s

    People who want to be elected to statewide office in 2012 are already wandering around the state, announcing their campaigns and trying to establish their bona fides with the good …


  • Clark: Debate evinces need for clean political environment

    DOUG’S MAYORAL DEBATE DIARY … Tuesday, 5:46 p.m. – I’m walking west on Main with a spring in my step. That’s because I’m headed to the Community Building where a …


  • Editorial: No need to reinstate meaningless primary

    This week’s parade of candidates to the Spokane County Auditor’s Office to file for ballot positions in the forthcoming primary election still seems a little rushed after so many years …


  • Editorial: Overseas voting worth some hassle to get right

    The failure to accommodate overseas voters has long been a nettlesome issue. The chances of voting successfully were tied to particular states’ practices and deadlines. Congress addressed this in 2009 …


  • Editorial: Closing vote in Idaho carries price for taxpayers

    Idaho is going through the same challenges that Washington state faced when its independent-oriented election system was ruled unconstitutional by the courts. But instead of trying to preserve that independence, …


  • Obama re-election launches with email, website

    President Barack Obama formally launched his re-election campaign today, urging grass-roots supporters central to his first White House run to mobilize again to protect the change he’s brought over the …


  • Editorial: Cutting presidential primary makes sense

    Even in a hearty economy, writing a state budget demands prioritization. This year it’s more like triage. So when Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed and Gov. Chris Gregoire proposed …


  • Kootenai County sheriff to retire

    Kootenai County Sheriff Rocky Watson will not seek re-election next year and will leave office after serving a total of 17 years.


  • 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.


  • Superintendent details construction plans for CV district

    The Central Valley School District is running a construction bond Feb. 8. The $69.6 million bond would include renovation and expansion on four elementary schools, build a new elementary school, …


  • 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 …


  • Third District’s voter turnout low

    OLYMPIA – New numbers from the Washington secretary of state’s office confirm what political experts in Spokane have long believed: Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, one of the state’s poorest, …


  • Equipment, legalities create ballot-counting bottlenecks

    Washington’s election system has many virtues, but speed isn’t one of them. Only 40.6 percent of last month’s Spokane County general election ballots were counted on election night.


  • Clark: It’s the spookiest season – and Halloween’s here, too

    As that noted philosopher Donovan once observed, it “must be the season of the witch.” Unless, of course, you are U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell, who swears she is absolutely …


  • Reed discusses Washington elections and future of voting

    Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican in his third term, sat down recently with The Spokesman-Review to talk about the upcoming election. Reed has been a champion for …


  • Brannon lawyer: city didn’t run election properly

    The losing candidate in Coeur d’Alene’s November City Council election on Monday took the city and the councilman who defeated him to court. On Nov. 3, City Councilman Mike Kennedy …


  • Vacationing voters give candidates a tough job

    Among the most thankless jobs in the world is that of a political candidate in Washington state in the weeks before the August primary. The ability to continue the noble …


  • Time for a change – in stale campaign slogans

    There was a time when political speech was vigorous and interesting. Wasn’t there? That’s what the history books suggest, at least. Ma, Ma, Where’s My Pa? Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too. …


  • Republican revolution sequel no sure thing

    History doesn’t really repeat itself in politics. But old tactics in a new year sometimes produce similar results. That’s what Republicans hope for and Democrats hope to avoid this fall …


  • Editorial: Lawmakers must work together for good of state

    Open, visible government is vital to the democratic process, but that doesn’t mean it’s pretty to watch. And as political theater goes, the Washington Legislature’s extended performance in Olympia this …


  • Idaho lawmakers slashed spending, assailed federal initiatives

    BOISE – Idaho lawmakers’ session this year was one of slash and bash – slashing deeply into state budgets for everything from schools to health care while passing measure after …


  • Weighing in

    The 2010 election is still nearly nine months away but the early posturing in the race for Spokane County prosecutor brought a flurry of reaction from readers, with some calling …


  • Tucker places Stevens on leave

    A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’s job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline. Prosecutor Steve Tucker said …


  • Deputy prosecutor vying for boss’s job put on paid leave

    A Spokane County deputy prosecutor who announced this week that he’s running for his boss’ job has been placed on paid leave and faces possible discipline.


  • Editorial: Petition gives Idaho voters what they want

    Mail-in voting has become popular in the states that have adopted it, despite the lag times in tabulating ballots and posting final election results. Voters have made it clear that …


  • Gregoire wants more timely election results

    Gov. Chris Gregoire cited Seattle’s drawn-out mayoral race Monday as the most recent example of why the state needs an earlier deadline for mail-in ballots.


  • 2009 election results for Kootenai County

    Results from the Nov. 3, 2009, general election in Idaho. Last updated at 10:45 p.m. Nov. 3, 2009.


  • Today’s postmark a must on mail-ins

    It’s Election Day in Washington and Idaho. Although the 2009 elections may not have as many momentous decisions as last year, voters are being asked to decide a range of …


  • Kootenai County elections official thinks back, looks ahead

    Deedie Beard has worked in Kootenai County’s elections office for 28 years, many of them as manager. She’s retiring Nov. 30 and handing the reins to Carrie Phillips, formerly with …


  • Ballot issues dominate

    Here we go again. Voting is under way in this off-year general election, in which control of city councils and school boards is being decided.


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