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  • House campaign groups start $75M ad push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties’ House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November’s elections. …


  • Tropical Storm Iselle makes landfall on Hawaii

    HONOLULU (AP) — The first storm in a one-two punch heading for Hawaii clamored ashore overnight Friday as a weakened tropical storm, while a second system close behind it strengthened …


  • Washington class size initiative signatures ready

    SEATTLE — Sponsors of an initiative to decrease Washington public school class sizes plan to turn in more than 325,000 signatures to the Washington secretary of state’s office on Wednesday. …


  • Prosecutors: Gov. Walker part of criminal scheme

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, illegally coordinated fundraising with conservative groups as part of a nationwide “criminal scheme” to violate election …


  • Miss. GOP Senate candidates face likely runoff

    WASHINGTON — Locked in a squeaker of a race, Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel pointed toward a possible June 24 runoff after battling to a …


  • Republican National Committee sues to raise unlimited cash

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee on Friday sued the Federal Election Commission in an effort to raise unlimited cash like super PACs do.


  • Kootenai County power shifts in primary

    Three-term Kootenai County Commissioner Todd Tondee was trailing by a wide margin to challenger Marc Eberlein in early returns in Tuesday’s Republican primary election.


  • Wisconsin voter ID law thrown out by federal judge

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge in Milwaukee has struck down Wisconsin’s voter Identification law, saying it unfairly burdens poor and minority voters.


  • Afghans defy Taliban threat to vote in droves

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Millions of Afghans defied Taliban threats and rain Saturday, underscoring their enormous expectations from an election that comes as the country’s wobbly government prepares to face …


  • North Idaho schools put levies before voters today

    Four North Idaho school districts are asking voters today for help paying for basic needs, from staff costs to curriculum materials, as well as facility improvements and some extracurricular activities. …


  • Iraqi authorities distribute cards for elections

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s election commission said Saturday that it has not yet decided how it will distribute voter ID cards in the embattled western province of Anbar, barely two …


  • Clint Didier joins Washington’s 4th District race

    Clint Didier has joined in the GOP hunt to replace outgoing 4th Congressional District Rep. Doc Hastings. Didier, a Central Washington rancher and former NFL tight end, announced his candidacy …


  • County splitting larger voting precincts

    Spokane County officials moved last week to pare down the size of 14 large voting precincts, but members of the Republican Party questioned how the change will affect grass-roots politics. …


  • County splitting larger voting precincts

    Spokane County officials moved this week to pare down the size of 14 large voting precincts, but members of the Republican Party questioned how the change will affect grass-roots politics. …


  • Six ballots wrong in Spangle Town Council race decided by two votes

    A mistake by the Spokane County elections office may have affected the outcome of a razor-thin Spangle Town Council race, but there’s nothing that can be done because the election …


  • Spin Control: Low voter turnout defies general thinking

    Conventional wisdom for campaign seasons like the one just passed says local elections help boost turnout for the statewide contests. Voting for people you might know, or at least have …


  • Spin Control: State’s initiative system doesn’t need change

    OLYMPIA – Supporters of Initiative 517 tried to get some traction last week with what they said is a “shocking trend” in Washington politics. This fight for attention is a …


  • Election has deep implications for Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls

    New mayors will pick up the gavels of North Idaho’s two largest cities early next year, while the Coeur d’Alene City Council could shift sharply to the right with a …


  • Colo. recalls show risk of supporting gun control

    DENVER (AP) — Democratic voters in Colorado helped remove two state senators of their own party who voted for tighter gun control — an ouster that was both intensely local …


  • Conservatives sweep to Australia election victory

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s conservative opposition swept to power Saturday, ending six years of Labor Party rule and winning over a disenchanted public by promising to end a hated …


  • Pakistani lawmakers elect new president

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The head of Pakistan’s election commission says lawmakers have elected ruling party candidate Mamnoon Hussain as the country’s new president. Fakhruddin Ibrahim says Hussain, who was nominated …


  • East Valley positions teem with candidates

    When it comes to school boards, incumbents often go unchallenged come election time. This was the case two years ago in the East Valley School District when the two incumbents …


  • Liz Cheney to challenge Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter Liz Cheney says she will run against Wyoming’s senior U.S. senator in next year’s Republican primary.


  • Moderate cleric wins Iran’s presidential vote

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Moderate cleric Hasan Rowhani was declared the winner of Iran’s presidential vote on Saturday after gaining support among many reform-minded Iranians looking to claw back a …


  • Spin Control: When all else fails, candidates shouldn’t whine

    The lineup card for the August primary shows we’re fielding quite a few rookie candidates for local office this year. Welcome to the ring. Watch out for all those hats …


  • GOP activists’ grip broken on CdA board

    Candidates backed by a group of Republican activists were defeated Tuesday night in unusually lively races for the nonpartisan Coeur d’Alene School Board and Kootenai Hospital District board. In a …


  • GOP candidates lose key races in Coeur d’Alene

    Candidates backed by a group of Republican activists were defeated Tuesday night in unusually lively races for the nonpartisan Coeur d’Alene School Board and Kootenai Hospital District board.


  • CdA school board candidates highlight conservative roots

    Brent Regan’s yard signs identify him as a Republican. His challenger, Christa Hazel, has “common sense conservative” on hers. Political persuasion is on full display in the race to sit …


  • Candidates must file for office by Friday

    Candidates for local offices around Washington will officially enter their races this week as filing week begins this morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and …


  • Croatians to vote on golf in historic referendum

    DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — In 1991, Croatians voted for independence and then last year to join the European Union. Now, in only the third referendum ever in the country, the …

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