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Incumbents, Republican Mike Volz preferred by voters in state legislative contests

Incumbents on both sides of the aisle appeared headed for additional terms in Olympia as ballots were counted Tuesday. Republican Mike Volz was poised to earn the House seat vacated by popular lawmaker Kevin Parker, who announced he wouldn’t seek re-election earlier this year.

Incumbents returned to Washington Supreme Court

Washington state won’t have new members on its Supreme Court as three incumbents successfully fended off challenges.

Most Washington voters supporting a minimum wage hike, court review of gun ownership for dangerous individuals

A majority of ballots voted Tuesday were in favor of a measure to stair-step increases to the minimum wage in Washington state, as well as a measure that would allow families to petition to remove guns from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Patty Murray heading back to Senate

Sen. Patty Murray headed to fifth Senate term, defeating Republican challenger Chris Vance

Spokane County Superior Court may have new judge

Early election results Tuesday night showed Judge Greg Sypolt, who’s been in office since 1996, losing to challenger Tim Fennessy, a civil attorney. Judge Linda Tompkins held on to her seat by a comfortable margin against challenger Ward Andrews.

Shelly O’Quinn wins re-election on Spokane County Commission; Josh Kerns leads

A Democrat on the Spokane County Commission? Probably not. Incumbent Republican Shelly O’Quinn easily won re-election Tuesday and Republican Josh Kerns had a strong lead for the other open seat.

McMorris Rodgers, Murray both earn return trips to Congress

Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve a sixth term in the House of Representatives, once again defeating Joe Pakootas to return to the Congressional seat she’s held since 2005. Patty Murray will head back to the Senate to serve a fifth term, defeating Republican Chris Vance.

Voters approve Prop 1 to fund STA upgrades, Central City Line

Voters overwhelmingly approved Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1, a scaled-back package from a similar ballot measure that was narrowly defeated in 2014.

Fear and loathing as local Democrats watch Trump take battleground states

As a sea of red states blipped onto three giant projector screens, the crowded ballroom of Spokane’s Lincoln Center became a sea of grimacing faces.

Knowledge of how government works is declining, prompting talk of civics education, voter tests

When George Nethercutt ran for Congress in 1994, he pulled off the ultimate upset and beat Tom Foley, the sitting U.S. speaker of the House. The win was the most significant in a year when Nethercutt and other Republicans wrested control of the House from Democrats. But some Eastern Washington voters were in for a surprise when they realized their new congressman didn’t automatically become speaker.

Spin Control: Here’s some help for Washington voters still studying their ballots

For voters still studying candidates or ballot measures, we have some help.

Wyman defends meeting with DC lobbying groups

Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Friday defended her closed-door meetings with lobbying groups earlier this year after a report was published about her attendance, and she dismissed criticism from her Democratic opponent that she was susceptible to special interest influence on Washington state’s ballot initiative process.

Evan McMullin supporters pursue ‘Hail Mary’ Electoral College gambit

Filing to name people who’d vote for independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin at the Electoral College gives supporters a chance to talk about “what if.”

WA ballot turn-in tops 1.2 million

State officials say ballots received with one week to go in the election hit 1,235,614. Secretary of State Kim Wyman hopes to beat 2008 record, but Spokane is still off that pace.

Feds on alert for voter fraud in Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington residents with actual information about voter fraud are encouraged to report it.

Got info about voter fraud? Call federal office

Eastern Washington residents with information about actual voter fraud are encouraged to report it.

Washington ballots top 1 million

Washington voters have sent back more than 1 million ballots. In Spokane County, the trend is slightly behind 2012, and way off from 2008

Monday is last day to register to vote in Washington

Monday, October 31, is the last day to register to vote in Washington state for next Tuesday’s election.

Sunday Spin 3: Monday was final voter registration deadline

When the county elections offices close at the end of the business day Monday, your chance to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is gone.

Sunday Spin 2: Where’d my ballot go?

Yes, you can track your ballot after you send it in.