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Spin Control: Election results do add up, if you dig into the details

Some more numbers to consider from the recent midterm elections.


Protect health care costs deduction, Cantwell says

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., reached across the aisle this week to partner with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on legislation designed to assist low-income families with medical costs.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 9:21 p.m.

Schoesler re-elected Senate GOP leader

Mark Schoesler named Senate minority leader.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 10:55 p.m.

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 11, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

Gun sellers expect sales bump after Washington voters approve new rules

Starting next year,


Spin Control: Awards time for the highlights and lowlifes of the 2018 election

With most counting finished for the 2018 election and very few races still in doubt, it seems appropriate to pass out the awards for the highlights and lowlifes of the …


Spokane County ballot returns slacking off before hitting all-time record

Spokane County ballot counts beat all previous midterm elections, but might not beat all-time record.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

Democratic takeover could boost passage of farm bill

Folks in farm country may be the first to benefit from forced cooperation in Congress brought on by the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


Washington Legislature getting bluer in 2019

Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

6 election maps that reveal the desires of Spokane voters

During the 2018 election cycle, voters in the region appear to be split along geographic, as well as party, lines. We depict that split in 6 races.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

Brad Manke leads Mike Berry in divisive Stevens County sheriff’s race; Tveit wins new term as judge

A divisive race to replace retiring Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen seemed too close to call on Tuesday evening, though early results showed one candidate leading the other by more …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:05 p.m.

Democrats take early lead in key Legislative races

Democrats took an early lead Tuesday in key Washington state legislative races that will determine if they boost their control in the Senate and House.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1634, a ban on local soda and grocery taxes, approved

Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Voters back changes to deadly force standards in I-940

Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1639, which creates restrictions on semiautomatic rifles, passes

Washington residents will face more scrutiny on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Voters reject carbon fee in I-1631

Washington isn’t likely to levying a fee on crude oil and other fossil fuels to help fight climate change.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 5, 2018, 7:03 p.m.

Analysis: The paths to victory for Brown and McMorris Rodgers

We’ve spent months writing about the issues, examining the ads and interviewing the candidates on your ballot for Tuesday’s election.


On the campaign trail: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown urge supporters to get out the vote

The candidates trained their focus on voters likely already in their column ahead of Election Day over the past several weeks, with the congresswoman touring rural communities in an RV …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 4, 2018, 10:10 p.m.

Campaign sign theft, vandalism reach new levels in 5th District race

Theft and defacement of campaign signs may be at an all-time high in the 5th Congressional District.


Shawn Vestal: Another election year, another record high for corporate spending on Washington’s initiatives

Corporations are “speaking” louder than any other entity in this election by spending tens of millions of dollars on statewide initiatives.


Spokane County ballot returns continue at record pace

Ballot returns continue heavy in Spokane and some other Eastern Washington counties.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

Control of Washington Legislature could hinge on late ballot counts

Control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Washington Legislature might not be known for days, or even weeks until all the state’s bhallots are counted.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 2, 2018, 7:08 a.m.

Trump effect? Supporters of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown weigh in on president’s role in midterm contest

The party of the president rarely performs well in its first midterm after the election. With Republicans running behind President Donald Trump, supporters of both Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and …


Costs of I-1631 carbon fee up for debate

Cost of the proposed carbon fee in Initiative 1631 is subject to debate and dispute.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 28, 2018, 12:47 p.m.

Here are some of Lisa Brown’s top legislative accomplishments and her votes on high-profile bills

Lisa Brown joined the Washington Legislature in 1993 and rose to the highest level of power in the state Senate. Many of her legislative accomplishments came as the leader of …


Here are Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ recent bills that became law and her votes on high-profile legislation

The fourth-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives is touting a historically proficient record in this Congress, pointing to six legislative actions she’s worked to get signed into law at …