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Getting There: Say Hello to the new Foley Highway

Today, it’s no longer U.S. Highway 395. From now on, we’ll call it the Foley Highway.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 10:30 a.m.

Kellyanne Conway keeps focus on Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Eastern Washington in Spokane stump speech

In a stump speech for the longtime Republican congresswoman, Kellyanne Conway kept her comments local and said that the GOP had a clear advantage in the district, just as it …


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.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 7:14 a.m.

When LBJ dissed Tom Foley among stories that could be highlighted in documentary promoting civility

An effort is underway to produce a documentary on U.S. Rep. Tom Foley, his stories and civility in politics.


UPDATED: Fri., March 2, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

Route 395 to be name Foley Memorial Highway

Senate gave final approval to a plan to name U.S. Highway 395 as a memorial to former Rep. Tom Foley.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 20, 2017, 1:41 p.m.

Getting There: Margaret Hurley forced state to take alternate route for north Spokane freeway

The late Margaret Hurley’s opposition to urban freeways was legendary.


Then and Now: U.S. Pavilion at Expo

Originally built in 1974, the Pavilion is facing a redesign, although the final design still being debated.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.


UPDATED: Sun., March 5, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

Spin Control: Washington lawmakers discuss naming U.S. 395 for person who made it a better highway

House debates whether to name U.S. Highway 395 for the guy who helped find the money to make it a better, safer highway.


U.S. 395 could be renamed for the late House Speaker Tom Foley

House panel urged to support renaming U.S. 395 in Washington as the Thomas S. “Tom” Foley Memorial Highway.


Spin Control Files: John Sonneland was the man behind Spokane’s term limits

Physician and businessman John Sonneland ran several times for Congress but was more than just a perennial candidate.


Doug Clark: Spokane Donut Parade founder Darrell Jones dies at 87

He never ran for political office, never was a mover or a shaker. So the passing of Darrell Jones, whose bad lungs got the best of him Monday, will go …


Favorite moments from Camp Reed

We asked our Facebook friends to relate their favorite memories of Camp Reed. The responses span decades. Here’s a sampling: Patrick Lordan


A casual dinner was the life of the parties

If ever there was a metaphor for bipartisanship in national politics over the past quarter century, it would be the American elm tree planted 25 years ago today in Riverfront …


Activist Marlyn Derby tackled uphill battles, took on Foley

Democratic congressional candidate Joe Pakootas struggles from time to time with people mispronouncing his name. It’s not difficult when you learn the trick, that the two O’s in the middle …


Tom Foley memorial service draws hundreds to Gonzaga University

Thousands of miles from his old congressional stomping grounds, friends and family of Tom Foley remembered the qualities that elevated the man to legendary statesman. “Thank you so much for …


Tom Foley remembered at D.C. memorial service

WASHINGTON – In a service that contrasted the state of today’s Congress with the House of Representatives Tom Foley left nearly two decades ago, past and current political leaders extolled …


Obama orders flags at half-staff in Foley’s honor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered that U.S. flags be flown at half-staff at all public buildings and grounds in honor of the late House Speaker Tom Foley.


Obama to attend Foley memorial

President Obama will be among current and former leaders attending a memorial service for the late Tom Foley Tuesday at the U.S. Capitol.


Tom Foley’s legacy left an impact across Northwest

Tom Foley served Eastern Washington at a time when the federal government invested aggressively in the folks back home. Congressional leaders from both parties occupied the political center and worked …


Spin Control: Shutdown would never have come up under Foley’s leadership

It’s probably just a coincidence that Tom Foley passed away slightly more than a day after the Congress he loved and served so well managed to end the partial government …


Gentleman of the House: Former Speaker Tom Foley dies at 84

For 30 years, Tom Foley navigated the politics of the region and the nation in the House of Representatives with a rock-solid sense of dignity and a belief that bringing …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2013, 2:55 p.m.

Colleagues, friends remember Tom Foley

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said Foley welcomed her to “the other Washington” when she was first elected to the Senate in 1992 and he was House speaker.


Hundreds reminisce about Tom Foley in living tribute

H.T. Higgins remembers Tom Foley coming to his parents’ house in the early 1960s, smoking and talking politics for hours with his dad, Hank. “It was so smoky you could …


‘Living tribute’ will celebrate life of Foley

Spokane’s longest-serving congressman, Tom Foley, will be the subject of a “living tribute” organized by a pair of local businessmen later this month. Foley, 84, served in the U.S. House …


Voter backlash lingers for supporters of weapons ban

As President Barack Obama set up a task force to recommend ways to prevent tragedies like the mass murders in Newtown, Conn., a progressive group in Washington joined the call …


State’s longtime champion Dicks to step down

Rep. Norm Dicks, a powerful Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives often referred to as Washington’s “third senator,” is stepping down at the end of this term after 36 …


Editorial: Integrity in office, grace in defeat

While George Nethercutt’s backers crowed and talk radio gibbered in glee that Tom Foley had become “road kill,” Foley turned that familiar, St. Bernard visage toward the clicking cameras and …


At home in the House, Foley thrives on the job

Tom Foley cocked his big Saint Bernard head to one side and smiled. It had been a day cluttered with reporters, glad-handers and others wanting a piece of him. Now …