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UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018, 6:36 p.m.

Steve Gonzalez faces Nathan Choi in Washington Supreme Court re-election bid

This year’s campaigns for seats on Washington state Supreme Court have shaped up to be relatively tame affairs.


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.


Spin Control: Let’s talk about polls

Some basic rules of polls.


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.


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 …


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 …


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

Washington has taxed groceries in the past.