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Editorial: Hayes deserves re-election as judge

Only one of the eight Spokane County District Court judges faces a challenger this year, Judge Debra Hayes. So it seems the complaints and frustrations with the courts are being …


Editorial: Luna’s work as schools chief merits re-election

When Idaho schools Superintendent Tom Luna ran for office four years ago, we had concerns about his education credentials. His resume just didn’t stack up to some of his opponents. …


Editorial: Let Dalton continue strong work as auditor

In his campaign for Spokane County auditor, Republican Leonard Christian has been loudly critical of incumbent Democrat Vicky Dalton’s oversight of elections. That’s only one of the auditor’s four major …


Editorial: Prosecutor’s office needs new leader: Malone

In the 2006 Spokane County prosecutor’s race, we lamented the paucity of good choices and issued a tepid endorsement for incumbent Steve Tucker. In this year’s primary, there were better …


Editorial: On balance, Murray is better choice for Senate

Washington state’s U.S. Senate race, one of the tightest and most keenly watched in the nation, is no simple question of partisan loyalty. We would love to see a U.S. …


Editorial: Four Idaho resolutions merit voter approval

Four proposals to amend Idaho’s constitution await voters on Nov. 2. All involve money, a predictable cause of anxiety, but each has been drafted thoughtfully enough to win overwhelming majorities …


Editorial: SJR 8225 adds muscle to state’s recovery

It may be the dullest measure on the ballot, but Senate Joint Resolution 8225 deserves a close look by Washington voters. It’s a constitutional amendment about bonded debt and interest …


Editorial: I-1100 finds balance in privatizing liquor sales

Since the end of federal Prohibition, most states have gotten out of the business of selling booze, but Washington has not. We still have special state-run stores for “spirits,” which …


Editorial: Safety, jobs referendum a bad path to good end

From its inception, Referendum 52 has suffered from severe identity crisis. The Legislature called it the “Jobs Bill” and claimed it would put people to work “in every corner of …


Editorial: McMorris Rodgers capable of tough job

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers would like a fourth term in Congress, and Democrats in the 5th District aren’t putting up much resistance. They threw their support behind little-known candidate …


Editorial: I-1082 makes long-overdue industrial insurance fix

A year ago, as the Washington state Department of Labor and Industries was proposing a 7.6 percent increase in industrial insurance premiums, business leaders were urging that the troubled system …


Editorial: Minnick the more reasonable conservative

In the Year of the Tea Party, U.S. Rep. Walt Minnick represents the type of middle-course pragmatist who is supposed to be road kill in November. Plus, he’s a Democrat …


Editorial: Resolution’s tighter reins on bail would serve public

This Halloween will be a grim one for the friends and loved ones of Timothy Brenton, the Seattle police officer who was shot to death on Oct. 31, 2009, in …


Editorial: Driscoll’s tax-wariness is good for 6th District

In the August primary election for House Position 2 in the 6th Legislative District, we endorsed Shelly O’Quinn, who articulated a fresh pragmatism that is needed to break through the …


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 …


Editorial: Prop 1 not the answer for attacking dropout rate

Free public education is society’s gift to its children and an investment in its own future. So whenever young people stupidly flush it down the toilet they are cheating themselves …


Editorial: Tax on candy, pop imperfect, but needed

Initiative 1107 would repeal tax levies imposed on candy, soda pop and bottled water by the Washington Legislature to help close the budget gap Proponents of the initiative isolate the …


Editorial: Two-thirds requirement a reasonable tax restraint

A significant theme of the campaign against Initiative 1053 has been that it is an assault on majority rule. The opponents should rethink that strategy. If voters approve the ballot …


Editorial: Ormsby has handle on what’s best for district

The race for 3rd District, Position 2 legislative seat pits incumbent Rep. Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, against political newcomer Morgan Oyler, a Republican. In many ways, Ormsby, 51, is a …


Editorial: Income tax initiative dripping with flaws

Our nomination for the cleverest, most delightful political ad of the season goes to the campaign for Washington’s Initiative 1098. In it, Bill Gates Sr., the name and face most …


Editorial: Baker proves he’s worth retaining in assessor post

We’ve been hearing a lot about low morale and ineffective leadership in the Spokane County Assessor’s Office. Assessor Ralph Baker discounts the accusations, but the crowded field of five challengers …


Editorial: Commission would benefit from French’s leadership

Democratic incumbent Bonnie Mager has drawn three strong Republican challengers in the primary contest for Spokane County commissioner. Party affiliation alone could grant her one of the two slots for …


Editorial: Billig rises above pack to replace Alex Wood

With the departure of Alex Wood from the Legislature, District 3 will be getting a new representative for Position 1. The traditionally Democratic district has four candidates to choose from: …


Editorial: Sanders’ zeal for justice outshines his vexing ways

Let’s state up front that Supreme Court Justice Richard Sanders is exasperating, which is why the race for Position 6 on the Washington state Supreme Court is so interesting. If …


Editorial: Johnson has earned second term on high court

When Justice Charles Smith stepped down from the Washington state Supreme Court six years ago, Jim Johnson ran for the job largely to bring balance to the court, he says. …