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Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative 1000 barking up the wrong tree

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, or with the acute hearing of dogs, a dog whistle refers to a sound pitched so high only a dog can hear it. When …


Sue Lani Madsen: The more things change…

Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.


Putin derides Ukraine’s martial law as political trick

Ukraine’s president donned combat fatigues to implement martial law in much of the country on Wednesday, a move Russia denounced as a cynical political trick as both sides ratcheted up …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on working in the minority, leadership of her party and specter of impeachment

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers spoke Wednesday about the prospects in a House of Representatives led by Democrats for the first time since 2011. She said there were no grounds for …


Ammon Bundy says he never meant to create a movement. But one exists in Idaho.

It’s a motto of sorts. Ammon Bundy calls himself a “sunlight kind of guy.” Before his family’s infamous standoffs near Bunkerville, Nevada, and Burns, Oregon, he was living in the …


Trump calls Pittsburgh synagogue attack ‘evil’ anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump mourned the dead and forcefully condemned anti-Semitism Saturday after a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 dead. But faced with another national tragedy, he …


Incumbent Lawrence Wasden faces accidental candidate Bruce Bistline in Idaho AG race

Boise attorney and Democrat Bruce Bistline filed to run against GOP Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden four years ago just in case Wasden lost the primary, then didn’t actively campaign …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 3:46 p.m.

Political contests erupt as cities and hotel industry struggle to curb Airbnb

The explosive growth of short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – around the country has pushed local governments to rein in the practice, with help from the hotel industry, which …


Taylor Swift breaks political silence, backs Tennessee Dems

Music superstar Taylor Swift announced Sunday she’s voting for Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen, breaking her long-standing refusal to discuss anything politics.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 4:31 p.m.

Popular federal fund used to purchase, develop Spokane recreation areas quietly expires

Overshadowed by a relentless news cycle, a popular federal program that helped purchase and develop land in the Spokane area expired Sunday.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018, 9:15 p.m.

Trump boasts of America’s might, draws headshakes at UN

President Donald Trump poured scorn on the “ideology of globalism” and heaped praise on his own administration’s achievements Tuesday in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly that drew headshakes …


Pakistan’s ex-PM Sharif freed after court suspends sentence

Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law were released from prison Wednesday after a court suspended their sentences and granted them bail pending their appeals hearings.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

At Montana rally, Trump lauds Kavanaugh progress, decries ‘meanness’

President Donald Trump on Thursday praised Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s progress toward winning confirmation to the Supreme Court but decried the “anger and the meanness on the other side,” blasting Democrats’ …


Amazon’s Jeff Bezos donates $10 million to veteran-focused super PAC in first major political venture

Amazon founder and chief executive Jeffrey Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are making their first major political contribution with a $10 million gift to a super PAC focused on …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 19, 2018, 10 p.m.

Women win primaries in record numbers, look to November

Women are not just running for office in record numbers this year – they are winning.


Editorial: The Spokesman-Review isn’t ‘the enemy of the people’

No American president, or any city council member, for that matter, has ever unreservedly delighted in the way he or she was presented in the press. “I so appreciate the …


Michael Gerson: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it in the House

University of Chicago researchers – who clearly have a lot of time on their hands – have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor …


Why they’ll win: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown remain locked in tight battle

The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 6:59 a.m.

Results point to real contest: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown nearly tied in primary

The contest between the high-ranking congressional Republican and the Democrat with years of experience in state political leadership has drawn national interest and big local spending as the parties vie …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers seeks widespread GOP support in competitive race against Lisa Brown

The seven-term congresswoman reached out to state Rep. Matt Shea this year, a legislator seen as a mouthpiece for the libertarian, constitutionalist wing of the Republican Party. Lisa Brown, the …


Eye on Boise: GOP candidate says his anti-Muslim post was ‘cagefighter staged hysteria’

A GOP legislative candidate in Boise is insisting he’s no racist after he deleted a Facebook post that used an anti-Muslim slur.


Women’s magazines prioritize political coverage

No one can predict with certainty the direction of women’s magazines, which have struggled to maintain print circulation as newsstand sales fell. But if you’re placing bets on a strategy …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Ad watch: Cathy McMorris Rodgers spot revives attack on Lisa Brown regarding sex offenders

The Lisa Brown campaign accused U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of desperation and “scare tactics” in a new attack ad questioning the Democrat’s record in the state House of Representatives …


Scaramucci says his political foray ‘cost me a lot’

Anthony Scaramucci said there’s a “less than zero” percent chance he’ll return to politics and instead aspires to double the assets at his SkyBridge Capital to $20 billion in the …


Gov. Jay Inslee to speak at second ‘Pints and Politics’ event July 30

The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Community Forum will host Gov. Jay Inslee for a July 30 Town Hall in Spokane.


Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …


Lisa Brown meet-and-greet scheduled Monday for outdoor enthusiasts

A fundraiser for Democrat Lisa Brown will bring anglers, hunters, hikers and others together in a meet-and-greet style event at the Saranac Commons Monday.


South Sudan’s warring leaders meet for 1st time since 2016

South Sudan’s warring leaders met face-to-face for the first time in almost two years Wednesday amid efforts to end a five-year civil war, shaking hands but making no public comments.


UPDATED: Fri., June 8, 2018, 10:49 p.m.

Lisa Brown releases first TV ad in bid to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Lisa Brown’s first TV spot focuses on the former state legislator’s experience in Olympia in 1993, when the chief clerk of the House of Representatives told her she couldn’t bring …