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Spin Control 2014 Washington Elections archive

MONDAY, NOV. 17, 2014

MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014

Last call for online voter registration

Today is the final day Washington residents can register to vote in the November election with the click of a mouse buttons and some key strokes. In other words, it's the final day for online voter registration. It is not the absolute, final, drop-dead deadline,...

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2014

4th Congressional District has long ballot

An even dozen candidates are running for an open seat in Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District, making it the most crowded race in the state’s Aug. 5 primary. The district trends heavily Republican, and so did the candidate filings. Eight are Republicans, with two Democrats...

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2014

Party time

The top-two primary continues to give candidates a chance to show creativity to dream up political parties. Under the old law, a candidate claiming to be a member of a minor party with a clever name had to take the rudimentary steps of forming it,...

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Bring on the Zamboni

Judicial races in Washington usually are notable for having very little notable to report. Candidates compare resumes, look for people to place in long lists of endorsements in their newspaper ads and generally avoid controversy in an effort to seem judicious. One state Supreme Court...

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2014


4th Cong District: Holmquist Newbry makes 8

In a sign that politics abhors a vacuum almost as much as nature, an open seat in Central Washington’s 4th Congressional District has drawn eight candidates with two days left in the state’s filing week. State Sen. Janéa Holmquist Newbry, R-Moses Lake, on Wednesday afternoon...

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TUESDAY, MAY 13, 2014

4th Congressional District filling up

Central Washington's 4th Congressional District continues to attract candidates Tuesday with seven would-be representatives filing for the seat being vacated by Doc Hastings. . . To read the rest of this item, or to comment, click to continue inside the blog.

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MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014

Day 1 of filing week

A noon-time campaign event by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner brought several Republicans into the Spokane County Elections Office on the first day of filing week. State Reps. Jeff Holy of Cheney and Leonard Christian of Spokane Valley joined Baumgartner in filing their paperwork and paying...

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Filing week starts today

Washington residents with political ambitions have until Friday afternoon to make them official by filing for office. Voters will elect 10 members of the U.S. House, half the state Senate, the full state House, four state Supreme Court justices and many county executive posts in...

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Sunday Spin: Pick your race, then file

Last week’s steady stream of candidates announcing they plan to run for some office or another is a sign that filing week is nearly upon us. May 12 through 16 is the time for a candidate to go from talking about running for office to...

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MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

McMorris Rodgers makes 2014 bid official 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers made her re-election campaign official Monday, announcing she’ll seek a sixth term in the House of Representatives. The announcement is primarily a formality because the Spokane-area Republican has been raising money almost since the 2012 election ended and already has collected some...

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MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014

OLYMPIA -- Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom addresses a group from Spokane in January 2014. (Jim Camden)

Rodney Tom calls it quits 

Rodney Tom addresses a delegation from Spokane last January. OLYMPIA -- Rodney Tom, a Republican turned Democrat who joined with GOP members of the Senate to form a ruling coalition for the last two years, will not run for re-election this fall. Tom, currently the...

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MONDAY, FEB. 17, 2014

TUESDAY, NOV. 12, 2013

SPD detective files for run against Knezovich

Last week’s off-year election isn’t even certified yet, and now 2014 already is heating up. Spokane police Detective Doug Orr is gearing up for a run against Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Orr, who also serves as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Gonzaga University, has filed...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 3, 2013

Cowan to challenge Baumgartner in 6th 

The head of a local movie production company said he will challenge an incumbent senator in Spokane’s 6th Legislative District next year. Democrat Rich Cowan, chief executive officer of North by Northwest, said Tuesday he will run against Republican Sen. Mike Baumgartner, contending the incumbent’s...

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