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Shawn Vestal: Sponsor of petition against ‘sanctuary city’ law says she’s been misled

For months now, Jackie Murray – a truck driver, Teamster, and recent transplant to Spokane from California – has been the point person in the petition drive to undo Spokane’s ordinance that restrains local cops from making immigration status the focus of inquiries or investigations. Now she sounds like one of its harshest critics.

Lawmakers want impeachment vote on Troy Kelley ASAP in 2016

Lawmakers file resolution to impeach absent State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Impeachment resolution filed against Kelley

Lawmakers file resolution to impeach absent State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Carbon tax initiative headed for Legislature

Supporters of a carbon tax say they have enough signatures to send Initiative 732 to the Legislature next year.

Spin Control: How much coverage does an independent candidate rate?

Independent candidates often are tilting at windmills. How much coverage do they deserve?

Elway Poll: Trouble for Murray in 2016?

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray has relatively low job approval ratings and less than half of voters surveyed said they’d vote for her right now, The Elway Poll says.

Spin Control: Of David and the G-man

David and Goliath is almost as popular in politics as the Bible. But who would you really rather be as a candidate?

Sunday Spin: Of David and the G-man

One of the most popular images used in politics for candidates who are under-funded or over-matched is David and Goliath. When should it be invoked, and by whom?

2016 ballot continues to expand

Voters may be focused on the 2015 election, but some politicians are already moving on to 2016.

Fraser running for Lt. Gov.

State Sen. Karen Fraser joins the lieutenant governor’s race.

Election bets reveal public thinking regarding presidential race, politics

In years gone by, when reporters kept pints of whiskey in their bottom desk drawers and editors wielded long pencils sharpened to resemble hypodermic needles, it was common in newsrooms to bet on elections. Truth be told, it was common in newsrooms to bet on almost anything, from how much snow would fall in a storm to when the jury in a murder case would come back. But elections were often the top source for wagering, better even than football because, unlike sports, the ability to guess who would win elections was rarely tied to one’s knowledge of politics.

Sunday Spin 2: Changes in Olympia

Also planning a campaign for 2016 is state Sen. Pam Roach, who announced last week she’ll run for a seat opening up on the Pierce County council.

Sunday Spin: Labor Day marks start of current and future election seasons

Labor Day weekend is the point in the calendar when average folks start paying attention to this year’s elections. It’s also the point when political junkies start getting serious about next year’s elections.

Will it be Murray v. Vance in 2016?

Former State GOP Chairman Chris Vance may run for the U.S. Senate next year against Patty Murray, the Seattle Times is reporting.

Rand Paul rally at Doubletree next week

Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will hold a rally at the Doubletree Hotel at 2:30 p.m., Aug. 26. It’s between events in Seattle and Coeur d’Alene.

Washington presidential primary a “go” for May 24

Washington will hold its presidential primary on May 24, Secretary of State Kim Wyman said Monday. That may be late in the process, and the state’s political parties might not use the results, but the primary will take place.

Spin Control: Future dim for on-again, off-again presidential primaries

Next year’s state presidential primary may be on life support after a meeting last week in which Democrats blocked an effort to move it from late May to sometime in March when there could be more candidates in the race and more interest among the electorate. Quite a bit was said at the meeting of the Presidential Primary Selection Date Committee about the virtues and popularity of these elections in Washington. Some of it was even true, although to be an annoying stickler for details, some of it was clearly not, such as the contention by two Republican members of the panel that “the people have spoken and they said they want a presidential primary.”

Sunday Spin: The uneven history of the WA prez primary

If the voters “have spoken” on the Washington presidential primary, it hasn’t been with a clear voice.

Elway Poll: Inslee approval down slightly

Gov. Jay Inslee’s approval ratings are gradually drifting downward, pollster H. Stuart Elway says.