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Spokane County Fire District 4 asking voters for higher EMS levy

Voters in Spokane County Fire District 4 north of Spokane will see a renewal of the district’s emergency medical services levy on ballots arriving in the mail for the August election.

Editorial: Jones for state superintendent

We interviewed three candidates who are all impressive, but we believe Erin Jones has the background and vision to address significant challenges

Bryant on the air with TV ad ahead of primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant has released his first TV ad in his campaign against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.

Three vie for seat on Spokane County Commission

Two challengers are vying for a chance to unseat Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin in the August primary elections.

Pat McCarthy is safe choice for state auditor

After the Kelley fiasco, we hope voters play it safe. The candidate with the best track record in public office management is Pat McCarthy, and she gets our endorsement.

U.S. Senate race: Patty Murray vs. Chris Vance and 15 others

Washington’s U.S. Senate race pits Republican Chris Vance and 15 others against four-term incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.

County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead

City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his annexation into city limits, saying the City Council’s actions violated state law.

Third-party field hopes to seize on voter discontent in race against McMorris Rodgers for 5th District seat

Four of the faces in the race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat are familiar, one is new. Those hoping to unseat Cathy McMorris Rodgers say they believe voter discontent with the major parties at the top of the ticket could lead to success in November.

Spin Control: Washington set a dubious record on initiatives

Washington’s general election ballot falls short of a record number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.

Sunday Spin: An initiative record, by the numbers

Washington’s general election ballot will fall short of a record for the number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.

Fisken tops strong treasurer field

Fisken says he likes McIntire progressive tax proposal, and would want to be part of any discussion on changing the code, but he would be more diplomatic about it. We are impressed with his intellect, background and overall vision. In a strong field of candidates, he earned our endorsement

Congressional candidate accuses opponent of listing false endorsements

Congressional candidates Dave Wilson has released a list of suspicious organizations that opponent Joe Pakootas claimed endorsed his campaign in 2014 or 2016. Pakootas says Wilson released the list as a reaction to being denied an offer to hold exclusive policy discussions forums between the two candidates.

Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington

Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.

Two more initiatives turn in signatures, likely will make ballot

I-1501 and I-1464 turn in petitions before the Friday afternoon deadline with enough signatures they are likely to make the November ballot.

‘Transgender bathroom’ initiative won’t make Washington ballot

An initiative to overturn a state rule allowing transgender people to use public facilities based on gender identity will not make the November ballot.

Transgender bathroom initiative dead

Initiative 1515 does not have enough signatures to make the November ballot, sponsors tell state elections officials.

Two challenging Mary Dye in race for state House

Two Republicans and a self-proclaimed Berniecrat are hoping to land a spot respresending southwestern Washington in the state House. Jennifer Goulet – who calls herself a Berniecrat because of her support of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders – is vying for a seat in the historically Republican 9th Legislative District, a sprawling, rural area in the state’s southeast corner covering Adams, Asotin, Franklin, Garfield, and Whitman counties, and southern Spokane County.

Gun control measure has 330,000 signatures, supporters say

Supporters of Initiative 1491 turned in their first batch of signed petitions Thursday, saying that by Friday afternoon they will submit a total of 330,000 signatures.

Editorial: McLaughlin and Mumm for County Commission

Mumm and McLaughlin are more experienced and pragmatic than Kerns. We would like to see them advance to the general election.

Washington’s 6th District draws five challengers to succeed Rep. Kevin Parker

Five candidates have filed to succeed Kevin Parker, a popular Republican lawmaker who announced in May he would not seek his fifth term in the House of Representatives. The field includes three Republicans, an independent and a Democrat seeking to be the first left-leaning lawmaker elected in the district since 2008.