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UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:11 p.m.

Idaho constitutional amendment passes Senate, heads to House

A proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at protecting the legal rights of victims of crime has passes the Idaho Senate and now heads to the House.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially …


Senate confirms William Barr as attorney general

The Senate on Thursday confirmed William Barr as attorney general, placing the veteran government official and lawyer atop the Justice Department as special counsel Robert Mueller investigates Russian interference in …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 24, 2019, 5:25 p.m.

Senate rejects rival Dem, GOP plans for reopening government

A splintered Senate swatted down competing Democratic and Republican plans for ending the 34-day partial government shutdown on Thursday, but the twin setbacks prompted a burst of bipartisan talks aimed …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 23, 2019, 9:50 a.m.

Week 5: House Dems float ‘21st Century’ border security plan

House Democrats are putting forward a new proposal to end the government shutdown, aiming to lure President Donald Trump away from his demand for a border wall by offering billions …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 2 p.m.

Senate set to vote on 2 competing plans to end shutdown

Senate leaders reached an agreement Tuesday to vote this week on two competing proposals to end the government shutdown, including President Donald Trump’s plan to have Congress pay for the …


Senate president wants Montana to send $8 million for Trump’s border wall

Montana Senate President Scott Sales plans to introduce a bill that would have the state of Montana direct $8 million in funding to a wall along the U.S. southern border.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 4:28 p.m.

Speaker again, Pelosi sees ‘new dawn’ for diverse 116th Congress

Cheering Democrats returned Nancy Pelosi to the House speaker’s post Thursday as the 116th Congress took office and ushered in a historically diverse class of freshmen ready to confront President …


State Sens. Mark Schoesler, Shelly Short offer GOP perspective for upcoming legislative session

The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:31 p.m.

Senate approves bill to keep government running into 2019

The Senate approved legislation Wednesday to temporarily fund the government, a key step toward averting a federal shutdown after President Donald Trump backed off his demand for money for a …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 7:56 p.m.

Senate overwhelmingly passes criminal justice overhaul

The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

Arizona governor names Martha McSally to McCain Senate seat

Arizona’s governor on Tuesday appointed U.S. Rep. Martha McSally to replace Sen. Jon Kyl in the seat that belonged to the late John McCain, sending the GOP congresswoman back to …


Senate investigating allegations against Sen. Kevin Ranker

The state Senate is conducting an outside investigation into Democratic Sen. Kevin Ranker following allegations of improper conduct, the first test of the chamber’s new workplace policies adopted in the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 11 a.m.

Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 13, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

Senate rebukes Trump, Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi, Yemen war

In back-to-back votes against Saudi Arabia, the Senate delivered an unusual rebuke of President Donald Trump’s response to the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and signaled new skepticism from Capitol …


CIA briefs House leaders on Khashoggi as Senate nears votes

CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed House leaders on Wednesday on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepared for a possible vote on two resolutions that would …


Former Attorney General William Barr contender for old job

William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, has emerged as a top contender for that job in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, two people familiar with …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 26, 2018, 6:01 p.m.

Seven nooses found by Mississippi Capitol before Senate runoff

State and federal investigators are trying to find out who hung seven nooses in trees outside the Mississippi Capitol early Monday, a day before a U.S. Senate runoff that has …


Democrat Bill Nelson concedes to Rick Scott in Florida race for Senate

Three-term Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D, has conceded to Gov. Rick Scott, R, in a bitter and drawn-out race to retain his seat after a series of failed legal challenges …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Settlement reached in tight Arizona Senate vote count

Arizona Republicans and Democrats agreed Friday to give rural voters an extra chance to fix problems with their ballots in the count of the state’s tight Senate race.


Florida battle for U.S. Senate still too close to call

A bitter and expensive clash between Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson remains too close to call, despite Scott’s declaration of victory.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Cruz fends off O’Rourke in Texas Senate race

Sen. Ted Cruz fended off a spirited underdog challenge from Democrat Beto O’Rourke to win re-election on Tuesday in a Texas race that once seemed like a cakewalk but needed …


Braun defeats Donnelly in Indiana U.S. Senate race

Republican Mike Braun has defeated Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana, a blow to Democrats trying to maintain their hold on red states that backed President Donald Trump.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 9:31 p.m.

Dems on track to take House control, but GOP retains Senate

Democrats were on track to gain House control Tuesday night but Republicans held their Senate majority as voters rendered a mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Donald Trump’s …


Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve blue wave

In the closing stretch of the 2018 campaign, the question is no longer the size of the Democratic wave. It’s whether there will be a wave at all.


Independent women a key in outcome of Montana Senate race

A key factor in deciding the outcome of Montana’s high-profile Senate race will be whether independent women who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 will stick with the president and …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 6, 2018, 3:39 p.m.

Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court, quickly sworn in

Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice Saturday night after the bitterly polarized U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed him. The Senate vote delivered an election-season triumph to President …


Senate easily passes sweeping opioids’ legislation, sending to Trump

The Senate passed the final version of a sweeping opioids’ package Wednesday afternoon and will send it to the White House just in time for lawmakers to campaign on the …


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.


Lawmaker: U.S. Senate staff targeted by state-backed hackers

A U.S. lawmaker says foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides – and that the Senate’s security office won’t help defend them.