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Local GOP’s intraparty split mirrors national scene

The Spokane County Republican Party is backing the challenger of a Republican incumbent for county prosecutor this year. The Republicans of Spokane County, however, endorsed both the GOP incumbent and a separate challenger in that same race in the upcoming primary. This confusing alignment of support in the prosecutor’s race is just one example of a schism within the local GOP that in some respects parallels splits all over the country. Some see it as a rift between the Ron Paul supporters and the John McCain supporters in the 2008 presidential race. Or a split between the tea party and the mainstream, or between upstart libertarians and old-guard establishment.

Signatures portend long November ballot

OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely have six initiatives on the November ballot dealing with taxes, booze and workers’ comp. They could repeal some of the recent consumer taxes on soda, bottled water and candy; levy an income tax on people who make more than $200,000 a year; and restore a supermajority requirement for the Legislature to raise taxes.

I-1053 turn-in: 333,000-plus signatures


Organizers: Marijuana initiative won’t make Wash. ballot

An initiative to legalize marijuana for adults in Washington state will not qualify for the fall ballot, an organizer said Thursday.

Candidate says he’s back in the running


Candidate drops bid for county commission


Rossi puts up new Web site


Tucker, Bugbee get dual endorsement


Poll: Murray, Rossi still tied


Income tax may be ballot-bound


Tucker, Bugbee get split endorsement

The Republicans of Spokane County came to a split decision following an election forum earlier this week: The group endorsed both incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker and challenger Chris Bugbee. That left out Republican challenger Dave Stevens, who earlier earned the endorsement of the Spokane County Republican Party.

The big wallets in the initiative campaigns


Let the counting begin


Soda initiative expected on Washington ballot

Another initiative campaign expects to have enough signatures to likely make the fall ballot.

Initiatives would close Washington state liquor stores

OLYMPIA – Washington state’s continued control of liquor sales may be in doubt. Sponsors of one ballot measure to turn the sale of all liquor over to private stores, Initiative 1100, say they will turn in nearly 350,000 signatures today, a number that practically guarantees the proposal will be on the Nov. 2 ballot.