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Congressional candidates take stand on 15 topics

We have posted the answers to a Spokesman-Review candidate questionnaire from each of the four candidates for the Congressional seat representing Eastern Washington.

You can read the candidates' opinions on 15 topics, including taxes, same-sex marriage, immigration, marijuana, abortion and the North Spokane freeway at the following links:

Rich Cowan

Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Ian Moody

Randall Yearout

2 Democrats in 5th Congressional District race against McMorris Rodgers

Last week, Democrats had no one to run against Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Eastern Washington’s congressional seat. Monday they had two candidates – a novice from Spokane Valley and a perennial office-seeker from Spokane.

Clyde Cordero, an advertising salesman for a Web publication, announced Monday that he would run for the seat that has been reliably Republican since the GOP knocked off the sitting speaker of the House in 1994. Cordero is originally from California, and moved to the Valley about 4½ years ago with his wife and two children.

About the same time his announcement was being e-mailed out, Barbara Lampert, a former nursing aide, was filing her paperwork in Olympia. Lampert has run unsuccessfully for offices ranging from city council to U.S. Senate every year since 1996; she ran for Congress two years ago.

Both talked about the importance of giving voters a choice.

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McMorris Rodgers in race, so is Yearout. No Dem in sight

Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers formally began her congressional re-election campaign Wednesday with no Democrat admitting to  a strong desire oppose her but a challenger on the right from the Constitution Party.

She said she wants to return for a fourth term to fight “reckless federal spending.” As a member of House Republican leadership, she has opposed the bailouts of banks and automakers, last year’s economic stimulus package and all versions of health care reform proposed by President Barack Obama or congressional Democrats.

She said she also wants to continue working to prepare Fairchild Air Force Base for the next generation of aerial tankers, help agriculture research at Washington State University and change health care reform.

Earlier this year she and other House Republicans agreed to an “earmark moratorium” and said they would not submit those requests this year. That was the second time McMorris Rodgers swore off earmarks, a process of directing federal funding to a specific program or project, usually in the member’s district. In 2008, when she led a GOP committee reviewing the budgeting process, she announced she would not submit earmark requests for her Eastern Washington district.