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Analysis: Voters are getting a phone message from President Trump in Montana, where robocalls are illegal

Rather than risk an embarrassing loss Thursday, Washington Republicans have gone all in on Montana’s special congressional election.


Montana U.S. House race sparks record campaign spending

Campaign spending ahead of Thursday’s special election to fill Montana’s only U.S. House seat continued to surge deep into record territory, with at least $17 million flowing into the race …


Millennials are buying homes and don’t want handouts, thank you very much

In defense of millennials, a new Bankrate survey shows the generation has the will, and National Board of Realtors data show they have the wallet (or at least the mortgages).


UPDATED: Thu., May 18, 2017, 5:43 p.m.

Utah’s Chaffetz will resign, raising doubts about Trump probe

Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, saying a “mid-life crisis” had compelled him to step away from his chairmanship of the House Oversight Committee …


AHCA ‘victory’ was nothing to celebrate

The first Congressional Budget Office score should’ve been the end of it. Instead, Republicans recovered their own fumble, quick-kicked and called it a victory.


Wells, internet privacy are unfinished business

With a special session or two ahead, the Legislature should resolve unfinished business regarding domestic water wells and internet privacy.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 8:50 p.m.

Health care bill narrowly prevails in House, faces an uncertain fate in Senate

House Republicans narrowly passed legislation Thursday to roll back the Affordable Care Act, the first step toward delivering on a yearslong campaign promise despite mounting concerns from health care groups …


Bill Keim: Untapped wealth could unlock McCleary case

One of the largest areas of such local funding is educator salaries. In 1987, the state paid over 99 percent of salary costs, but by 2012, that state contribution had …


House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on Trump’s tax returns

House Democrats want to force Republicans’ hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns – but it remains to be seen how effective posturing can be for the minority.


Timing propels passage of tougher DUI law

The state needed to toughen the law to lower the risk of tragedy.


Lawmakers must stop posturing, start negotiating

Stop the dueling press releases, quit searching for future campaign sound bites and get to work. The only developments coming out of Olympia should be ideas about compromise.


Bernie Sanders to campaign for Rob Quist in Montana’s U.S. House race

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is expected to campaign on behalf of Rob Quist as he seeks Montana’s lone seat in the U.S. House in a special election next month.


Distracted driving law headed for overdue update

It’s like the seat-belt argument all over again: freedom vs. collective safety. But the price of tragedy is rarely confined to a single individual.


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 8:21 p.m.

Republicans survive election scare, narrowly win Kansas seat

Republicans survived an election scare on Tuesday and won a Kansas House seat in the first congressional election since President Donald Trump’s victory, but the margin was much narrower than …


UPDATED: Tue., April 11, 2017, 10:02 p.m.

House passes bill that seeks compliance with REAL ID

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that would create a two-tiered licensing system that seeks to bring Washington state in line with federal identification requirements, but further negotiations with …


Charles Krauthammer: Health care fix or single-payer? Stay tuned

Obamacare may turn out to be unworkable, indeed doomed, but it is having a profound effect on the zeitgeist: It is universalizing the idea of universal coverage.


The inside story of how Trump tried – and failed – to make a deal on health care

Shortly after House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., unveiled the Republican health care plan on March 6, President Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office and queried his advisers: “Is this …


UPDATED: Sat., March 25, 2017, 11:02 p.m.

Trump’s path forward only gets tougher after health-care fiasco

The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda, with few prospects for quick victory on tax reform, construction projects or …


State must catch up on REAL ID

If lawmakers fail to act, then Washingtonians wouldn’t be able to board a commercial airliner with a standard driver’s license as identification. The first day of that nightmare would be …


GOP chairman: No oversight talk at White House meeting

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee met with Donald Trump on Tuesday, agreed with the president’s request not to talk about oversight and reiterated that it’s unlikely his …


Democrats, seeking credit for House ethics reversal, watch it go to Trump

Donald Trump’s ability to massage, manipulate, or completely upend the news cycle, which ended up flummoxing Democrats in 2016, emerged anew in the half-day furor over a change to the …


Fire torches house in north Spokane

Firefighters are investigating a blaze that badly damaged a home in north Spokane early Tuesday.


Divided nation awaits leadership

The presidential contest mirrored the divide closer to home. The city of Spokane favored Clinton. The county wanted Trump. The West Side wanted Clinton. The East Side wanted Trump.


Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1 billion to fight Zika virus

Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle …


Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika …


Official: Calls to VA suicide hotline rolling over because of poor work habits

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department …


Late actress Patty Duke’s home for sale in Coeur d’Alene

The home of Patty Duke, who died earlier this year, is for sale in Coeur d’Alene.


IRS commissioner faces GOP critics seeking his impeachment

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen spent nearly four hours Wednesday being verbally pummeled by the House conservatives who want to impeach him.


Mylan CEO defends EpiPen cost to angry lawmakers

Outraged Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday grilled the head of pharmaceutical company Mylan about the significant cost increase of its lifesaving EpiPens and the profits for a company with …


House moving toward showdown over impeaching IRS chief

The House is moving toward a showdown vote this month over whether to impeach IRS chief John Koskinen. But with no chance the Senate would actually remove him from office, …