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UPDATED: Mon., March 26, 2018, 3:12 p.m.

Spokane keeps its peace as Patriot Prayer leader Joey Gibson stages event

Fears of violence were quashed Sunday as political rallies for and against a conservative U.S. Senate candidate who’s become a magnet for the alt-right went off without a hitch.


Local Democrats to meet to elect state delegates, adopt platform

Democrats in the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th Legislative Districts are invited to attend the party’s biennial legislative district caucus and convention Saturday morning in the gym of Cheney …


Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed to second 5-year term

China’s ceremonial legislature has appointed the No. 2 Communist Party leader, Li Keqiang, to a second five-year term as premier and approved the appointment of a director for a national …


Sue Lani Madsen: Key to finding common ground is learning to argue without inflicting mortal wounds

Two weeks ago, this column highlighted the post-Columbine Rachel’s Challenge and Sandy Hook Promise programs. Both organizations offer evidence-based training to teachers and school staff, with proven effectiveness. They focus …


‘Staff error’ responsible for email stating Paulette Jordan the only Democrat to represent north Idaho

Paulette Jordan’s campaign says a “staff error” resulted in an email being sent out Wednesday claiming she is the “only Democrat ever elected” to the Legislature from northern Idaho.


Mayor David Condon sets sights on major downtown work in final two years in office

Before the end of his second term, the mayor said there will be major steps taken toward a downtown prep sports complex, part of a blueprint for his final two …


McMorris Rodgers: End filibuster in Senate for spending bills

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says the Senate should end the fillibuster for spending bills. But Sen. Patty Murray says the filibuster (or threat of one) forces cooperation on bipartisan legislation.


Kevin Caneco: ‘Moderate’ is not a dirty word

Budget uncertainty has become a familiar feeling in my young Army career. This year’s government shutdown was my second, the first occurring in 2013, with 2011 a narrow miss. For …


Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district

The bill would take effect in 2022 and would add two members to the Spokane County Commission. It’s received bipartisan support in Olympia and the city of Spokane, but current …


Hillary Clinton appearance among Grammys political moments

One-time Grammy winner Hillary Clinton made it back to the awards show Sunday night in a role she no doubt relished: supposedly auditioning for the spoken word recording of Michael …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 9:52 p.m.

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s 1-year festivities

President Donald Trump had hoped to spend the weekend celebrating the one-year anniversary of his inauguration amid friends at his opulent Palm Beach, Florida, estate. Instead, he’s facing a government …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 19, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

U.S. government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a …


Huckleberries: The Idaho Legislature is back in session, so hide your children

As Idaho legislators prepare to be wined, dined and hypnotized by monied puppet masters and lobbyists for another session, the voice of a favorite journalistic curmudgeon sounds from long ago.


Father of Spokane Valley councilwoman loses Spokane City Hall job following investigation into unfair campaigning

Bob West, father of Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz, said he wasn’t using his public computer at City Hall to campaign on her behalf against Caleb Collier. He was …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 7, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

Over 400 show up for Lisa Brown campaign training

The race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District may be months away, but the parties have already begun the foundational work of campaign building. For the campaign of challenger Lisa Brown …


Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017

Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 9:54 p.m.

Republican Sen. Doug Ericksen appointed to EPA adviser job

Washington Sen. Doug Ericksen has been appointed as the senior adviser to the Region 10 administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.


Councilwoman Amber Waldref terms out at City Hall, returns to nonprofit work in northeast Spokane

Elected as the then-youngest woman on the Spokane City Council, Waldref said she believes the city is on good footing with a long-term plan and is excited about work opportunities …


Conyers’ exit after decades could open political floodgates

John Conyers’ resignation from the U.S. House amid sexual harassment allegations unlocks the seat he has held for more than a half-century – and sets off a free-for-all race to …


Senate confirms Kirstjen Nielsen to head Homeland Security

The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Deputy White House chief of staff Kirstjen Nielsen as President Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Homeland Security.


Sen. Warren’s challengers weigh Trump’s use of ‘Pocahontas’

Most candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year’s election aren’t shying away from President Donald Trump’s criticism of her claims of Native American heritage, although all …


Front Porch: Assault allegations bring up old memories, Stefanie Pettit writes

Once again my head is exploding.


Tips to break the Thanksgiving ice

Let’s start, for example, simply by asking questions. Our daily discourse is filled with attitude and declarations. We have forgotten the power of listening.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 8:23 p.m.

Trump voices doubt about trophy hunting policy

President Donald Trump on Sunday expressed more doubts about a new policy allowing trophies of African elephants shot for sport to be imported, appearing to question whether “this horror show” …


Science backs it up: Political divisions are impacting Thanksgiving

Politically divided families cut their Thanksgiving dinner short by 20 to 30 minutes in 2016, according to a draft paper by Ryne Rohla, a doctoral candidate in economics at Washington …


JFK files: FBI concerned of growing Latino political power

A memo included in recently released John F. Kennedy documents shows that the FBI was concerned about the growing political power of Latinos, historians say.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races

For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:31 p.m.

Democrats angry at report of Clinton’s influence over DNC

Many Democrats expressed outrage Thursday at allegations from a former party chairwoman that an agreement with the Democratic National Committee gave the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton some day-to-day control …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 9:40 p.m.

Guide to current GOP tax overhaul proposal

Contributions to 401(k) and other retirement accounts would not change under the proposed GOP tax overhaul.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

NASA chief nominee promises to keep politics out of agency

President Donald Trump’s nominee for NASA chief has been criticized for promoting political divisiveness and rejecting climate change science. He says he’ll run the space agency on a consensus agenda …