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Spin Control: Misunderstanding and the case of the dropped ‘S’

OLYMPIA – The Capitol environs are replete with acronyms. Agencies are known by three-letter describers and programs are rarely mentioned by their full names. But last week’s Senate hearing into …


Inslee carbon tax plan would help complete North Spokane freeway

SEATTLE – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release. The …


Inslee’s proposed carbon tax would extend North Spokane freeway

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday proposed an ambitious cap-and-trade program to require the state’s largest industrial polluters to pay for every ton of carbon they release.


State legislators support new medical education model

The legislators backing Washington State University’s bid to establish its own Spokane-based medical school said Tuesday the rural doctor shortage is so severe the state needs more than one approach …


Doug Clark: Turn ‘County Crank’ sign prank into cash for food bank

I have a hundred – do I hear $200? Yes. That’s two hundred.


Baumgartner: Cowan TV ad misleading

A new TV attack ad by Democratic state Senate challenger Rich Cowan inaccurately portrays Republican incumbent Michael Baumgartner’s voting record on tax breaks. The ad, which began airing on Spokane …


6th Legislative District Senate race questions and answers

Both candidates were asked five questions and allowed up to 50 words for each response. Their answers are listed below and appear in the same order as the candidates will …


UW, WSU to end medical training partnership

The state’s two leading universities are parting ways over medical education and will compete in the Legislature for money to offer their own physician training programs in Spokane. Under an …


WSU, UW negotiating solution over control of medical program

Democratic state Senate challenger Rich Cowan threw his support Thursday behind Washington State University’s bid to operate its own medical school without having to rely on the University of Washington. …


Zombie politics shaping state Senate race

There’s more than civic pride riding on Friday night’s premiere of “Z Nation,” the zombie-apocalypse TV show filmed and produced in Spokane. It’s also become the symbolic centerpiece of Democratic …


Senate challenger Rich Cowan making most of ‘Z Nation’ debut

There’s more than civic pride riding on Friday night’s premiere of “Z Nation,” the zombie-apocalypse TV show filmed and produced in Spokane. It’s also become the symbolic centerpiece of Democratic …


Primary election results favor GOP gaining control of state Senate

OLYMPIA – Republicans are in the driver’s seat to control the Washington Senate in 2015 unless Democrats can improve their showing in a handful of races like Spokane’s 6th District …


Republican incumbents carry the day in local races

A slate of inconsequential primaries delivered results Tuesday night as both candidates in a number of two-person races moved forward to November’s general election with a better idea of where …


6th District Senate campaign likely another expensive race

The 6th Legislative District is bound for another expensive campaign season, as Democrat Rich Cowan challenges incumbent Republican state Sen. Mike Baumgartner in November. Although they are the only two …


Bill seeks green status for Spokane Waste-to-Energy Plant

OLYMPIA – Electricity from the West Plains garbage incinerator would be classified as a renewable energy and be more valuable to an electric utility if a bill proposed by state …


Tuition freeze is baby step in right direction for lawmakers

Classes start today at Eastern Washington University. While every new school year brings a sense of hope and new beginnings, this year also brings something that is virtually unheard of …


Incumbents prevail

The Inland Northwest’s congressional delegation remained intact Tuesday, with incumbents coasting to victories in early returns. On the Washington side, voters gave new terms to Democratic U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell …


Cantwell, Baumgartner exchange political jabs

SEATTLE – Republican Mike Baumgartner repeatedly criticized Sen. Maria Cantwell on Friday for “going to war on a credit card” in Iraq and Afghanistan, and called for a 1-cent-per-gallon tax …


Doug Clark: Don’t weed anything into I-502 endorsement

Holy smokes! Did you catch last week’s herbal announcement from State Sen. Michael Bongartner?


Spin Control: Cantwell agrees to first debate with Baumgartner

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell will debate her Republican challenger, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner, at least once this fall. The Cantwell campaign announced last week it has agreed to an Oct. …


Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


Spin Control: Once-in-a-lifetime vote is a quadrennial event

If you haven’t heard this yet, you will soon. A politician will proclaim this the Most Important Election in your lifetime. Or in a generation. Or since World War II. …


Doug Clark: Excuse my language; a candidate needs praise

(COLUMNIST’S WARNING – Attention, kids! Today’s epistle is about a certain word that you hear from sailors on leave or at Vegas parties with naked Prince Harry. But we’ve replaced …


It’s a big day for incumbents

Incumbents representing Washington and Eastern Washington in Congress advanced easily in Tuesday’s primary to the general election, but their November opponents say they’re confident that the races aren’t over. U.S. …


Cantwell’s Senate foes facing a tough campaign

For Michael Baumgartner, the challenge he faces in winning Washington’s U.S. Senate seat could be as formidable as the mountains that bisect the state. Democrat Maria Cantwell is a well-funded, …


Doug Clark: Thank you for turning poetic goal into reality

After last year’s edition of Spokane Street Music Week took in a record $8,300 despite grotesque weather conditions, a challenge was raised by some of my closest friends. “Go for …


Lawmakers choosing between gimmicks, people

What’s a majority leader to do when she no longer leads a majority? Spokane’s Lisa Brown is heading into the special session of the Legislature without what Democrats have come …


Easy to be frightened by such eerie electioneering

This time of year is such a creepfest. The ghouls. The goblins.


Baumgartner says he’ll run for U.S. Senate

After less than a year in the state Senate, Michael Baumgartner plans to run for the other Senate in the other Washington by entering the race against Democrat Maria Cantwell. …


Baumgartner to run for Cantwell’s Senate seat

After less than a year in the state Senate, Michael Baumgartner plans to run for the other Senate in the other Washington by entering the race against Democrat Maria Cantwell. …