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Washington candidates make it official this week

Candidates for federal state, legislative and county races have until Friday to file for office.

Spin Control: Call to cancel Washington’s presidential primary came too late

Calling for cancellation of the presidential primary may sound good, but it wouldn’t be legal.

Sue Lani Madsen: Deciding who to vote for isn’t easy, but don’t let that stop you

How will you decide who earns your vote? It isn’t any easier to discriminate fairly between candidates now than it was two centuries ago.

Andrew Biviano takes on Shelly O’Quinn for Spokane County commissioner

The 40-year-old private practice attorney said the three-member commission needs a strong, progressive voice that has been absent for the past few years.

McMorris Rodgers hesitant on Trump; Senate challenger Vance says no way

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she has some questions for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump before she can support him. But Chris Vance, the likely Republican challenger to Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, won’t vote for Trump.

GOP Senate candidate says he won’t vote for Trump

Chris Vance, the chief Republican challenger for Washington’s U.S. Senate seat, says he won’t vote for Donald Trump in the upcoming primary or the general election.

Podlodowski wants Wyman to cancel primary

Tina Podlodowski, Democratic candidate for Washington secretary of state, said incumbent Kim Wyman should cancel the presidential primary to save money. Problem is, Wyman doesn’t have the authority to do that, and many of the ballots are already in the mail.

Field to run for Parker’s seat

Ian Field, the recently resigned press secretary for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is running for the Legislature.

Spokane Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election

Republican Rep. Kevin Parker won’t seek re-election

Parker won’t seek re-election

Rep. Kevin Parker is retiring after eight years in the House.

Spin Control: Question about Washington’s initiative petitions sets off alarm bells

Initiative petitions must have certain things on them, but for now, the five top donors isn’t one of those things.

What has to be on initiative petitions, and what doesn’t

When someone hits you up for your name on an initiative petition, how much of it do you read before deciding whether to sign? Some people probably read almost nothing, and sign just to get away from the signature gatherer. Others may read just the ballot title, or the first few lines or check out the signatures to see if there’s anyone they know.

Spokane’s emergency medical services levy passing

Votersrenewed a long-running emergency medical services levy, Tuesday.

Ballots due on Tuesday in Spokane EMS levy election

Tuesday is the deadline to return ballots containing a renewal of a long-running emergency medical services levy in Spokane. The levy generates about $8 million annually for the Spokane Fire Department, which has an annual overall budget of nearly $50 million.

Opponents of Spokane City Council raise running out of time for referendum

An effort to block a 44 percent pay increase for Spokane City Council members is rushing to gather enough signatures before a Monday deadline, but organizers acknowledge they may fall short of their goal. Kelly Lotze, who formed the group opposing the pay raises with conservative activist Scott Kusel, said his group has collected about 2,000 signatures – far short of the 5,107 needs to force voter approval of the pay increase.

Mary Verner announces bid for Lands Commissioner

Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is venturing back into elective politics as a candidate for Commissioner of Public Lands.

McMorris Rodgers criticizes, but doesn’t disavow, Trump

The highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives said at a campaign kickoff event Thursday that Americans were in “uncharted territory” in this presidential election but refrained from taking a stance on the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Sanders trounces Clinton in Washington caucuses, captures Spokane County

Democrats in Spokane County and much of Washington appear to favor Bernie Sanders for president. Social media reports indicate strong support for Sanders at many of today’s caucus locations, including in Spokane County. State party leaders have not released statewide results.

Candidates take note: Electorates in WA, ID different from US

Washington’s electorate is whiter and richer than the nation as a whole. Idaho’s is even whiter, but poorer.

Electorates in Washington and Idaho differ by race and income from U.S.

Washington’s voting age population is whiter and richer than the nation as a whole. Idaho’s whiter and poorer.