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  • Editorial: Submit your ballots in vital Spokane races by Tuesday

    Those campaign signs you see in yards are there for a reason, but most voters aren’t picking up on the cues. As of Friday afternoon, the Secretary of State’s Office …


  • Editorial: Wilson best positioned to challenge McMorris Rodgers in 5th District

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking her sixth term representing the 5th Congressional District. Although we are endorsing her candidacy in the Aug. 5 primary, we also recommend voters choose Independent …


  • Editorial: Johnson, French best District 3 county commission candidates

    The District 3 county commission race is unsurprisingly contentious, because it features two candidates who tussled four years ago and still have little use for one another. Al French, a …


  • Editorial: GOP’s Kuney best-qualified for Spokane County treasurer

    Four years ago, Rob Chase was a write-in candidate who finished second in the primary and then knocked off incumbent Spokane County Treasurer Skip Chilberg in the fall. Now, it’s …


  • Editorial: Wilhite, McCaslin best picks for 4th District

    The solidly Republican 4th Legislative District in Spokane Valley can pick one from among three in that party to fill the Position 1 House seat in the Aug. 5 primary. …


  • Democrats differ on candidates

    OLYMPIA – In an indication of how tight the Democratic presidential contest has become, Washington’s lieutenant governor on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton, not long after nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers …


  • Future Is Yours For The Shaping

    Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining. Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used …


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  • Lake City Voters, Keep Incumbents

    Coeur d’Alene is better off today than it was four years ago. The city has reconstructed three major streets, tripled the money it spends on road repair, dramatically expanded the …


  • Here’s A Tax That’s Fair And Necessary

    If only there were some magic way to repair Spokane County’s blighted roads, widen the streets jam-packed with cars and build some new roads to relieve traffic. If only there …


  • Team Players Have Edge In Experience

    What makes a good City Council member? The ability to bomb fellow council members with verbal hand grenades? No. Effectiveness on Spokane’s seven-member council requires the ability to persuade at …


  • I-678 Worth Biting For

    A dental hygienist is always a woman who cleans your teeth, zaps your X-rays and scolds you about flossing. Should she be allowed to practice without a dentist’s supervision in …


  • Pass Referendum 47

    Can Washington state afford to rein-in property taxes, as voters are invited to do on the Nov. 4 ballot? Darn tootin’. A strong economy is flooding the state treasury with …


  • Holmes, Higgins Belong On Council

    The people of Spokane deserve a City Council that creates an atmosphere of competence and progress. Political food fights and personality conflicts ought to remain a thing of our past …


  • Stadium Proposal Deserves Support

    The 1997 football season and Seattle seem far enough away that you may be tempted to vote against a proposal to build a new home for the Seattle Seahawks. Resist …


  • Craig Has Clout To Create Jobs

    If all things were equal, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s opponent would be a solid choice to represent Idaho. Democrat Walt Minnick is a self-made centrist millionaire with ties to timber, …


  • Fire Levy Could Be Life-Or-Death Matter

    If Spokane Valley voters want to go after wasteful government agencies we can think of a few targets, but their fire department isn’t one of them. The Valley Fire Department …


  • Give Truant The Boot

    Even Chris Anderson, whose brazen conduct made reform necessary, supports the Spokane city charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot. It would deem a council member’s seat vacant after four …


  • Bury The Coroner System

    If a member of your family dies in circumstances that may require an autopsy, you would want the situation handled with professional skill and sensitivity, wouldn’t you? On Nov. 5, …


  • Sheriffs Deserve To Be Re-Elected

    Nothing has happened since last spring to change our minds about our endorsements in three North Idaho sheriff’s races. The incumbents in Kootenai, Bonner and Shoshone counties have proven themselves …


  • Tribal Gaming Is A Bad Bet

    Washington voters approved legalized gambling 24 years ago. At the time, few people were talking about slot machines or casinos or even a state lottery. They were talking about bingo. …


  • Support Hunting Ethics

    You aren’t allowed to shoot animals in their cages at a zoo. You shouldn’t be permitted to use dogs or bait to kill animals in the wild just as easily. …


  • Vote ‘No’ On Term Limits

    Voters will see a “term-limits” initiative on the ballot Nov. 5. It’s called Initiative 670 in Washington and Proposition 4 in Idaho, and it’s essentially the same in both states. …


  • Don’t Tamper With Nuke Waste Pact

    Don’t blame yourself if you’re confused about Proposition 3, the initiative seeking to void Idaho’s nuclear waste agreement with the U.S. government. You’re not alone.


  • Munro, Pritchard Endorse Bergeson For Superintendent

    Washington’s two Republican statewide elected officials on Monday endorsed Terry Bergeson for state school superintendent. Bergeson, former president of the Washington Education Association and a favorite of the state Democrats, …


  • Bergeson Will Keep Schools Thriving

    The race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction is this simple: If you value schools and want to see them improved, vote for Terry Bergeson. That’s where this newspaper’s endorsement …


  • Johnson, Moe Deserving

    Voters have one easy choice and one tough choice in judicial races this year. Incumbent Charles W. Johnson faces Douglas Smith, a Snohomish County lawyer, for a seat on the …


  • Yakima Paper Endorses Locke

    Democrat Gary Locke has won the endorsement of the Yakima Herald-Republic for governor. “To be a good leader in government, one must exhibit solid, visionary leadership while realizing it must …


  • Locke Is Sensible Pick For Governor

    Who’ll it be for Washington state governor? Ellen Craswell, fiscal conservative? Or Gary Locke, education advocate? It’s a tough call, because we don’t agree completely with either candidate. As a …


  • Elect A President Worthy Of Trust

    Four years ago, this newspaper endorsed Bill Clinton for president. We’re not going to do so again. We’re opting for substance over style this time.

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