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Romney, Obama trade jabs as Dem convention looms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Republican Mitt Romney cast President Barack Obama as a failed coach of a struggling team as he sought to capitalize on momentum coming out of his …


Federal court rejects GOP-drawn Texas voting maps

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Stadiums and hospitals removed from the districts of black congressional members and country clubs newly drawn into those of white incumbents. A lawyer emailing “No bueno” …


Voter choices abundant on lengthy primary ballot

Washington’s Aug. 7 primary offers voters a long ballot, with some familiar names and even more that most won’t recognize. All voters have nine choices for governor, eight for U.S. …


Signatures filed to block gay marriage until vote

OLYMPIA – Washington’s gay marriage law was blocked from taking effect Wednesday, as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November. Preserve Marriage …


New Washington voting districts will stand for 2012

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will choose candidates this fall for the new congressional and legislative districts drawn by a special commission, the state Supreme Court said Wednesday. Whether those districts …


Spin Control: Not everyone wants voter registration tweaks

OLYMPIA – Washington voters have a very good track record of casting ballots – among the best in the country. Is it perfect? No. Could it be better? Yes. Are …


Presidential candidates have differing views of tax cut debate

Mitt Romney refused to be pinned down today on how Congress should break an impasse that threatens to raise taxes for 160 million workers — the latest pressing policy debate …


House approves payroll tax cut extension, with strings attached

A payroll tax cut package engineered by House Speaker John A. Boehner was overwhelmingly approved by Republicans despite a veto threat from President Barack Obama, escalating a year-end showdown over …


Billionaire N.J. Nets owner to challenge Putin for Russian presidency

After a week of surprising challenges to his authority, Vladimir Putin faces a new one from one of Russia’s richest and most glamorous figures: The billionaire owner of the New …


Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of …


Spin Control: Consistency in the eye of the beholder

OLYMPIA – As the news media lurches between ignoring and overexposing the Occupy Wall Street/Spokane/Seattle/ Everywhere movement, is it too much to ask for the pontificators to show a little …


Spin Control: Council president race in North Side voters’ hands

The race for Spokane City Council president would appear to be a tossup, particularly in many north Spokane precincts where a clear favorite has yet to emerge. No duh, you …


Spin Control: West Side’s answer to rowdy drunks unlike East’s

OLYMPIA – After almost two years living in Pugetopolis, I’m still surprised by things that highlight the big differences between the East Side and the Wet Side. Take for example, …


Spin Control: It’s time to serve up that great idea of yours

OLYMPIA – Two questions for the big thinkers out there: Do you have an idea how to improve Washington state in the future? Do you think it would stack up …


Third District’s voter turnout low

OLYMPIA – New numbers from the Washington secretary of state’s office confirm what political experts in Spokane have long believed: Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District, one of the state’s poorest, …


Note to Democrats: Areas with high voter turnout hurt you

Statistics may be for losers, as Scotty Bowman once said. But losers who don’t pay attention to statistics may be destined to keep losing. So it might be wise for …


Vestal: In judicial elections, judgment often lacking

I have a confession: I’m not 100 percent sure who I voted for in the Supreme Court race. I’m pretty sure. Almost positive. Odds are 5-to-1 or better that I …


Vestal: Sometimes indecision is ignorance in disguise

The Sasquatch of politics has come and gone again. And we’re left to consider whether the Undecided Voter really exists, and if so, what natural phenomena provide an explanation.


Costumed canvassers try to scare up voters

Most trick-or-treaters ask for candy. But on Sunday, several dozen in Spokane requested civic engagement. About 80 people in costumes canvassed city neighborhoods Sunday encouraging younger adults to mail in …


Washington voters seeking new path

Washington voters stagger to Tuesday’s election bombarded by television commercials designed to convince them their incumbent senator is a spendthrift changeling and her would-be replacement is a sleazy grifter. The …


Forcing transparency of PACs would be sound step forward

Here’s a modest proposal on campaign finance reform that might meet constitutional muster with the U.S. Supreme Court: Let’s have a truth-in-labeling law that requires political committees to say what …


Voting help just a few clicks away

Voters in search of more information about a candidate or an issue before marking their ballots need not despair – or, worse yet, rely on the latest negative commercial or …


Job creation tops Idahoans’ concerns

With the election less than a week away, Idaho voters are worried about their state’s economy, wary of plans to run huge trucks across scenic U.S. Highway 12, and averse …


Voter registration deadline is today

Washington state residents must be registered to vote by today to cast a ballot in the Nov. 2 general election. All registered voters in Eastern Washington should have received their …


Ballot envelopes disputed over auditor’s name, status

A Republican complaint to the state Public Disclosure Commission accuses Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton of electioneering by printing her name prominently on ballot envelopes. Dalton dismisses the complaint out …


Strong voter turnout expected

OLYMPIA – About two out of three voters in Washington will cast ballots in this year’s general election, Secretary of State Sam Reed predicted Monday.


Wash., Idaho voters cast ballots with local, national implications

Most voters across the Inland Northwest will have their ballots by this weekend for a Nov. 2 midterm election that will decide everything from control of the U.S. Congress to …


Appellate court upholds inmate voting ban

OLYMPIA – Washington state does not discriminate against minorities by denying prison inmates the right to vote, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In an 11-0 ruling …


Spin Control: Enough already with oohs, aahs over young vote

After listening to decades of hype about young voters, I have a request. Don’t bug me about Rock the Vote, unless it’s something akin to “Rock Around the Clock” the …


Primary dominated by older voters, data show

If you don’t like the choices produced by Washington’s Aug. 17 primary, you have two choices: • Blame voters over 55, who cast most of the ballots.