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Sandpoint woman represents best face of tea party movement

Pam Stout is not what you might expect from the most famous tea partier in the land. She talks proudly of helping people through a couple social programs she worked for in California. She says it would be “insane” to eliminate government programs and services. She’s even got a beef with Fox News.

Democrats surprisingly uneasy about Murray

OLYMPIA – Democrats may be paying Dino Rossi the ultimate compliment. He is not a candidate against Patty Murray – not yet, anyway, and possibly not ever – but they are going after him hammer and tong. Or more accurately, Web site and Twitter. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has worked diligently to trash Rossi ever since his name surfaced as a measurable marker against Murray in some GOP polls. They may be taking these polls more seriously than Rossi himself, who appears content to let folks speculate by uttering the overused “never say never” line to questions about a run.

Spouse of prosecutor’s race donor facing charges

A candidate for Spokane County prosecutor has accepted a $500 campaign contribution from the wife of a man being prosecuted by the office he wants to oversee. Records show that Republican prosecuting attorney candidate Dave Stevens accepted the donation in February and has kept the money despite knowing that the contributor’s husband, David Elton, faces three counts of felony harassment.

Center for Justice loses lawyer

Breean Beggs, the self-described chief catalyst for the public interest law firm Center for Justice, announced his resignation Monday, citing both fewer financial resources at the firm and aspirations for a future run at public office. Beggs, 47, quickly said he has no public office in mind, especially the already contentious race for Spokane County prosecutor.

Weighing in

The 2010 election is still nearly nine months away but the early posturing in the race for Spokane County prosecutor brought a flurry of reaction from readers, with some calling for incumbent Steve Tucker’s resignation over the firing of one of his deputies and ballot box rival Dave Stevens and others suggesting anyone who bad-mouths the boss should expect dismissal. Here’s a sampling of comments posted at www.spokesman.com. TrueGOP: Tucker is such an absent-minded individual. Does he not realize that this decision of his just proved to Spokane County that David Stevens was correct?

Prosecutor challenger fired

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation. Tucker met with Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens early in the day and gave him a choice of remaining on unpaid leave until the August 17 primary election or termination, after Stevens announced earlier this month his intention to challenge Tucker. Stevens chose termination, Tucker said.

Spokane prosecutor says firing ‘a management decision’

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker fired one of his election rivals Wednesday in a move his opponent immediately labeled political retaliation.

Democrat joins prosecutor race

A Democrat is joining the race for Spokane County prosecutor. Longtime local attorney Frank Malone is officially launching his bid to challenge Prosecutor Steve Tucker today. Meanwhile, Tucker is scheduled to meet today with Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens, who was suspended earlier this month after Stevens announced his own bid to run for prosecutor.

Newsflash: GOP says Murray, Obama agree

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Tucker deputy wants top job

Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Dave Stevens announced Thursday that he’ll challenge his boss, Prosecutor Steve Tucker, in the August primary. Both Tucker and Stevens are Republicans, and the battle already is off to a heated start.

More on Apple’s endorsement of Ahern

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Apple says he’ll compete for Wood’s seat

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Rothenburg: 3 NW races in play

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Indians official files to run for state House

Andy Billig, the president of the Spokane Indians Baseball Club, wants to play in a different league. He’s running for the state Legislature in central Spokane’s 3rd District. As ballots were being cast and counted this week for the 2009 election, Billig filed papers with the state Public Disclosure Commission to run in 2010 for the state House of Representatives seat held by seven-term incumbent Alex Wood. Both are Democrats.

Billig to run for 3rd Dist. House seat

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