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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 …


Philip Tyler: Spokane should rise above political divisiveness

I have witnessed friends de-friend, associates disassociate and budding relationships become unrelated, all because of party politics and the perceived hate for the other side.


Pope: Christians can promote political dialogue in Europe

Pope Francis on Saturday said Christians can play a role in shaping Europe’s future by promoting political dialogue “especially where it is threatened and where conflict seems to prevail.”


Latest front in Weinstein scandal: Statehouses say ‘me too’

The response to sexual harassment allegations against film producer Harvey Weinstein has spread to statehouses nationwide, with hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and consultants coming forward to say the problem is …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 3:41 p.m.

Twitter to disclose info on political ads amid scrutiny

The move follows similar steps by Facebook and the introduction of a bill that seeks to bring more transparency to online political ads in an attempt to lessen the influence …


Gary Abernathy: Politics drains sports of its appeal

When athletes contaminate sporting events with politics, they extinguish the only thing that makes sports matter.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Congressional candidate Lisa Brown marries Spokane City Council policy adviser

Lisa Brown and Brian McClatchey were wed in a small ceremony this week, the couple announced on Facebook. They’ve been dating about three years. Brown hopes to challenge Rep. Cathy …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 12:03 p.m.

Terrorism, race, religion: Defining the Las Vegas shooting

The mass shooting in Las Vegas is the deadliest in modern U.S. history, but is it terrorism? While much will hinge on the motives of a white gunman attacking a …


For GOP women in politics, a needle that’s not moving

While a tide of anti-Trump activism has led thousands of Democratic women to consider runs for office, their Republican counterparts are where they were before the 2016 election – with …


GOP-backed group ready to rumble on redistricting

A new Republican group on Thursday launched a campaign to ensure the GOP is well-positioned to draw the political boundaries that will determine future Congresses after the 2020 census.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers closes Walla Walla office

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Walla Walla office has closed following the departure of its sole permanent staff member.