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  • Democrat Rich Cowan to challenge state Sen. Baumgartner

    The head of a local movie production company said he will challenge an incumbent senator in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District next year. Rich Cowan, chief executive officer of North by …


  • Small theaters get Senate’s approval to sell beer, wine

    OLYMPIA – Small theaters would be able to sell beer and wine during movies under a bill that narrowly passed the Senate on Friday. Over objections from some senators that …


  • Alcohol OK in family theaters under Senate-approved bill

    OLYMPIA – Small theaters would be able to sell beer and wine during movies under a bill that narrowly passed the Senate today.


  • Senate GOP: Add $300 million to higher ed

    OLYMPIA — Senate Republicans announced a plan to add $300 million to the budget for higher education over the next two years and cut tuition by 3 percent.


  • 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 …


  • Spin Control: Governor’s race drawing loads of out-of-state money

    OLYMPIA – Close races usually mean big spending, and Washington’s gubernatorial race is no exception. Along with candidates Rob McKenna and Jay Inslee, who have a combined total of $18 …


  • U.S. Senate hopeful Baumgartner endorses marijuana initiative

    The Republican challenger for a Washington U.S. Senate seat endorsed a ballot measure Wednesday that would legalize marijuana for personal use in the state. State Sen. Mike Baumgartner, R-Spokane, said …


  • Spin Control: Judge dismantles Seattle woman’s ‘birther’ claims

    OLYMPIA – It’s Labor Day weekend, the traditional start of serious campaigning, so one can assume the silly season for politics is either over or nearly so. Before the clock …


  • Spin Control: Political force is strong in this one

    Politicians are always looking to expand their base, even when they divide the electorate into different groups. Business owners. Union members. Blue collar workers. Soccer moms. Seniors. College students. John …


  • Legislative re-districting suggests impact on incumbents

    OLYMPIA – A special panel redrawing the state’s political boundaries fired the first four shots last week in the coming political battle over legislative districts. Four commissioners offered their best …


  • Hundreds of votes missed

    OLYMPIA – With the Legislature more than a week adjourned, the government watchdog group Washington Votes has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the …


  • State Senate praises bin Laden mission

    OLYMPIA – With American flags adorning every desk, senators praised the armed forces and the troops’ commander in chief for Monday’s mission that killed Osama bin Laden. Senate Resolution 8661 …


  • Washington Senate approves budget

    OLYMPIA – The Washington Senate gave overwhelming bipartisan support to a $32.1 billion spending plan that sets the stage for negotiations with the House in the legislative equivalent of extra …


  • Health care splinters GOP in Washington

    OLYMPIA – Federal health care reform may be among the most controversial issues in the nation. In many ways Washington state could be considered ground zero for that partisan debate. …


  • Town hall meetings Saturday

    There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …


  • Senate passes measure targeting software piracy

    OLYMPIA – The state Senate took a stand against international piracy last week. Not the kind that involves ships being raided off the coast of Somalia, but the kind that …


  • Voters favor Republicans locally and nationally

    Washington Republicans were lifted by a national tide in Tuesday’s elections, one that cost Democrats at least one of the state’s congressional seats and left a key U.S. Senate seat …


  • Democratic strategist faces sanctions

    A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race. Lisa MacLean’s tactics to hide …


  • Spokane swing district again among state’s spendiest

    A Spokane legislative district tops the state for money raised by candidates, and is near the top for spending that money before the August primary. The 6th Legislative District – …


  • Links on Marr’s website not ethics violation

    Sen. Chris Marr did not violate ethics rules by placing links to legislative sites on campaign-related Internet pages, a state board concluded. The Legislative Ethics Board dismissed this week a …


  • Election results offer up valuable lessons

    Thousands of votes are still to be counted from Tuesday’s primary, but along with most races, some lessons are clear.


  • Election roundup: Murray, Rossi tie on the gloves

    Sen. Patty Murray will face Dino Rossi in the November general election, continuing the fight for a U.S. Senate seat that started even before the Republican former legislator got into …

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