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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 9:03 a.m.

Spin Control: Breaking with trend, campaign coffers relatively low in Spokane’s 6th District race

For many years, Spokane’s 6th Legislative District could be counted on for two things.


Shawn Vestal: Once again, Washington leads the country in regressive taxation

Another year, another victory for Washington in the race for the most regressive tax system in the nation, and another question for Halloween: Who’s afraid of the income tax?


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 25, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Spokane voting heavy in early balloting

Spokane County Elections Office seeing record returns of ballots in early voting.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 9:48 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers stresses economy, Lisa Brown stresses health care at Walla Walla debate

At the fourth and final debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Democratic opponent, Lisa Brown, two different descriptions of 2018 emerged.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 30, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers reveal their most admired party leader in Rotary debate

Taking the stage for the second time in less than 24 hours, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown met in a public debate Thursday hosted by Spokane Rotary 21. …


Advisory Vote 19 involves a tax on crude oil

Washington voters will get a chance in the November election to show their support or opposition to a tax the Legislature imposed on oil being brought to state refineries by …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:21 a.m.

In televised debate with Dave Wilson, House candidate Jenny Graham says death penalty not racially disproportionate

In a debate with Democrat Dave Wilson, Republican Jenny Graham correctly said there were more white people than black people on death row and that she supported maintaining the death …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 9, 2018, 8:57 p.m.

Legislators ‘not that special’ when it comes to public records law, media lawyers say

Washington law has hundreds of exemptions to the Public Records Act that would likely allow legislators to protect sensitive information, attorneys who specialize in media law told a task force.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

U.S. Senate candidates debate taxes, guns, civility

Maria Cantwell and Susan Hutchison clash on taxes, guns and the Kavanaugh hearings during their first debate.


In 7th District race, Sen. Shelly Short, Karen Hardy disagree on proposed Newport smelter

Voters will notice something familiar about the ballot for the 7th District Senate race – it features the same two women who faced each other in a special election last …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 28, 2018, 6 p.m.

Woman says Washington state lawmaker raped her in 2007

A woman has accused a Washington state lawmaker of raping her 11 years ago, saying she was inspired to speak out as she watched the televised allegations against Supreme Court …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018, 2:58 p.m.

Jenny Graham, Dave Wilson in tight race for 6th District House seat

A Republican-turned-Democrat and an advocate-turned-politician are vying for an open House seat in what may be Eastern Washington’s only swing district. Republican Jenny Graham views taxes as the single biggest …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 27, 2018, 9:32 p.m.

Washington Supreme Court candidates Nathan Choi, Steve Gonzalez debate Kavanaugh, campaign finance

In their first public forum for Washington Supreme Court – a forum that at times delved into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh – Justice …


Maria Cantwell seeking fourth term in U.S. Senate in race against Susan Hutchison

Republican challenger Susan Hutchison has a tough assignment in a campaign against three-term incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell.


Spin Control: Wrapup from the primary: Recount challenges and the biggest loser

Recount of key precincts showed no changes. Now candidates may challenge the process.


Spin Control: Let’s talk about polls

Some basic rules of polls.


Lisa Brown, Cathy McMorris Rodgers disagree on Social Security

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, challenger Lisa Brown differ on what to do about the Social Security system.


Other states watching I-1631, Inslee says

Other states are watching what Washington voters do on Initiative 1631, Gov. Jay Inslee said.


Campus vote shaping up as battleground in race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown

Younger votes tend to sway Democratic, but they’re also the demographic less likely to fill out a ballot by Election Day. Can Lisa Brown and her supporters find enough votes …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

Task force looks at public records versus private information

Task force grapples with protecting private information from constituents as it reviews public records law.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

McMorris Rodgers to Twitter CEO: Get a better system for removing threatening tweets

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers urges Twitter to do a better job of removing offensive tweets to restore the public’s trust.


Primary candidates want recount of 25 precincts to check for ‘anomalies’

Primary candidates seek hand recount of ballots in what they believe are suspicious precincts.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

Initiative 940, which changes the rules for reviewing cases of the police use of deadly force, must go on the November ballot, a divided Washington Supreme Court rules.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 6:48 p.m.

Gov. Jay Inslee orders flags lowered to honor Sen. John McCain

State government offices were ordered to lower their flags to half-staff Monday and leave them there through the weekend to honor Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died Saturday.


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 27, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

Sen. Cory Booker to Democrats at Cantwell rally: Stand up to adversity

Sen. Cory Booker urges Democrats to stand up in this “moral moment.”


Spin Control: Inslee gets his weather patterns wrong in coal debate

Could we really be breathing coal smoke from Mississippi, as Gov. Jay Inslee suggested?


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 26, 2018, 12:21 a.m.

Where they stand: Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown on abortion, Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood

A vacancy on the closely divided U.S. Supreme Court has renewed talks about the long-standing court decision that ensured the availability of abortion in the United States. The congresswoman and …


Murray sees ‘cloud of corruption’ around Trump after developments in court cases

Paul Manafort conviction, Michael Cohen guilty pleas show “growing cloud of corruption” around President Donald Trump, Sen. Patty Murray says.


Tickets to candidate forum with Brown, McMorris Rodgers available on Monday

Free tickets for the first televised candidate forum featuring the candidates vying to represent Eastern Washington in Congress will be given away on Monday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 6:06 p.m.

Gun control initiative ordered off ballot

A gun-control initiative should not go on the November ballot because the petitions that some 378,000 voters signed were not readable, a Thurston County Superior Court judge said.