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UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 9:38 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Maria Cantwell and Heather Foley among speakers at local Democratic fundraiser April 27

Celebrating “The Year of the Woman,” local Democrats will hold their annual fundraiser at the Mirabeau Park Hotel in Spokane Valley on April 27 beginning at 5 p.m.


Babies of senators now welcome in Senate chamber

Who doesn’t like babies? No one in the Senate, apparently – at least not enough to block a historic rules change that passed Wednesday allowing the newborns of members into …


UPDATED: Sun., April 15, 2018, 10:27 p.m.

U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria’s Assad

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons.


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018, 1:50 p.m.

Stephanie Cates stepping down as chairwoman of Spokane County GOP

Cates said Friday her decision is due to the lack of time she can devote to aiding candidates ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious midterm election …


In new book, Comey says Trump ‘untethered to truth’

Former FBI Director James Comey blasts President Donald Trump as unethical and “untethered to truth” and calls his leadership of the country “ego driven and about personal loyalty” in a …


UPDATED: Thu., April 5, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

AP: Record number of women file to run for US House seats

The number of women running for the U.S. House of Representatives set a record Thursday, the vast majority of them Democrats motivated by angst over President Donald Trump and policies …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018, 11:11 p.m.

Congressional candidates Brown, Bonneau talk health care, gun control at Pullman town hall

Two of the three congressional candidates vying to represent Washington’s 5th Legislative District, Democrat Lisa Brown and Republican Jered Bonneau, disagreed on health care and gun control, but found common …


UPDATED: Wed., March 28, 2018, 3:55 p.m.

Kenyan opposition figure deported to Dubai, lawyers say

Acting in the middle of the night, Kenyan authorities handcuffed and deported an opposition politician whose attempt to enter the country led to him being detained in an airport toilet …


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.