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UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers’ lead grows in Friday’s ballot count

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers lengthened her lead over Democrat Lisa Brown Friday as the ballot count continued in Washington’s 5th Congressional District primary.


McMorris Rodgers, Rep. Mike Conaway meet with farmers, call for action on trade

Just hours after votes were counted her closest election to date, U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted a breakfast Wednesday featuring a powerful Republican from Texas and a score of …


Why they’ll win: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown remain locked in tight battle

The November race for Eastern Washington’s seat in Congress will be the closest campaign in at least two decades. What are the signs that each candidate has the edge heading …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 6:38 a.m.

From Spokane to Seattle, Democrats’ strong primary showings a warning to Republicans

In towns along Washington’s Pacific Coast, there are tsunami zones with sirens to warn of an approaching wave and marked routes to take to higher ground. Tuesday’s election results are …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 10:30 p.m.

It’s unclear which Democrat will face Joel Kretz for Northeast Washington House seat

Whatever blue wave was seen in other parts of the state, it doesn’t look ready to wipe out long-time Republican state Rep. Joel Kretz, who easily topped three challengers in …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 11:04 p.m.

Dave Wilson, Jenny Graham advance in 6th District House race

Democrat Dave Wilson won 6th District primary with 42.7 percent of the votes, while Republican Jenny Graham came in second with 30.5 percent.


Spin Control: Got an excuse for not voting? We’ve got a response.

Answers to frequent excuses for not voting in the primary.


Initiatives on carbon fees, soda taxes qualify for ballot

Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 4:54 p.m.

Inslee talks trade, Trump at town hall in Spokane

Gov. Jay Inslee took aim at President Donald Trump and sidestepped questions about his own 2020 plans during a wide-ranging town hall hosted by The Spokesman-Review.


Spin Control: Ballot returns lag behind 2014 primaries

For all the talk about a blue wave of voters that might wash over the 2018 elections, it seems appropriate to mention that turnout in this year’s primary is lagging …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gun control initiative passes signature check, gets new legal challenge

Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

House Intel Chairman Nunes to raise money for McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes – one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and a sometime lightning rod for criticism for the House investigation into Russian meddling in the …


Spin Control: Take talk on grocery taxes with a grain of salt

Washington has taxed groceries in the past.


An ‘inside’ look at food: Industrial-scale production in Washington’s prison system

Since 2003, food production within Washington’s Department of Corrections has shifted towards larger, industrial-scale operations. But while the move has generated cost savings, some inmates and their advocates also see …


GOP lawmakers want state to change provisions for union dues

As the state removes agency fees for nonunion workers, Republican legislators call for changes on union dues.


Department to focus on children, families

State launches a department centered around children and families.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Western State Hospital loses certification for federal money

Federal government says Western State Hospital still does not meet standards despite improvements.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Out with the old, in with the new (tax code)

Americans deserve a tax code that is fair, and encourages U.S. businesses to hire more workers and invest here at home – and that’s exactly the results the Tax Cuts …


UPDATED: Sat., April 14, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

Casings fly at ‘Shooting with the Candidate’ event for congressional aspirant Jered Bonneau

Gun smoke filled the air and bullet casings covered the Fishtrap shooting range terrain Saturday as Jered Bonneau hosted a “Shooting with the Candidate” event, where he and about 15 …


New law would get rid of written authorization for union dues and fees in Washington

Employers hiring under a collective bargaining agreement won’t have to ask for written authorization before deducting certain dues or fees from an employee’s salary under a new law signed Friday.


Cantwell, local legislators move to combat housing crisis

A number of separate efforts signal that elected officials recognize the urgency of the nation’s growing housing crisis.


Spin Control: The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers

A look at the numbers generated by 147 legislators in 60 days of the 2018 session


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 10:02 p.m.

Employment agency head, accused of inappropriate conduct, resigns

Dale Peinecke, head of the state Employment Security Department, resigns amid allegations of inappropriate conduct to female employees.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

Head of employment agency resigns after workplace report

The head of Washington state’s Employment Security Department has resigned after an outside investigation found several employees complained about him putting his arms around them or looking at their bodies …


Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency

But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.



Bill intended to get testing info to rape survivors faster

Sexual assault survivors would receive more information faster about rape kit availability under a bill passed Friday by the House Health Care and Wellness Committee.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 10:18 p.m.

Proposed bill would raise age for tobacco, vaping sales to 21 in Washington

People under 21 could no longer purchase tobacco or vapor products in Washington under


Washington’s legal challenges to the Trump administration: Some of the lawsuits

A look at some of the lawsuits against the Trump administration involving Washington State.


Spin Control: ‘Necessity defense’ will have its day in court

Spokane has a long and colorful history of “taking it to the streets” on everything from the Wobblies free speech and labor demonstrations a century ago to more recent protests …