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Matt Shea vs. Scott Stucker: Not much campaigning by either candidate in 4th District race

When the popular Spokane County sheriff, a Republican, called on the local GOP to censure state Rep. Matt Shea, it seemed like an opening was created for a serious challenge to Shea’s re-election bid. But Shea’s challenger, Scott Stucker, is a political newbie and Bernie Sanders Democrat with no campaign experience and few things to say, other than he’s running to give voters in the 4th District a choice.

A few competitive races could change control of Legislature

A handful of races could decide whether there’s a shake-up in the Washington Legislature this November, as Democrats hope to regain control of the Senate and Republicans have their eye on a majority in the House.

In Senate debate, incumbent Murray calls for respect, Vance says she’s part of a ‘broken’ system

Chris Vance accused Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., of contributing to a “broken” political system and said if elected he would bring a fresh perspective and work with both parties. Murray touted her 24-years in the Senate and urged respect amid one of the most contentious elections in memory.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers tepidly allies with Trump, touts policies in Congressional race against Joe Pakootas

Joe Pakootas, the Democratic challenger looking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her seventh run for Congress, is trying to tie her to Donald Trump in an attempt to sway voters away from the high-ranking Republican. But she may need those voters, and her tenuous alliance with Trump, to retain her seat in a strategy indicative of her longtime defense of the Republican Party.

True aim of Initiative 1501 tangled in political brawl

There is great debate about whether Initiative 1501 on Washington’s Nov. 8 ballot actually protects seniors or is just another spat in the ongoing fight between a caregivers union and a conservative think tank that dislikes unions.

Voters get distinct choice in race for open county seat

Either way voters choose, the candidate who replaces Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin will bring a markedly different political ideology.

Sue Lani Madsen: November initiatives expose system’s flaws

Populist myth says a small group of Washington citizens gathered around a kitchen table can write better law than 147 members of the Legislature. It’s unlikely. The give and take of the Legislature may be messy, but the process is designed to encourage thoughtful compromise. Initiatives are tunnel-visioned and readily manipulated.

Vance cancels Spokane town hall meeting

Chris Vance, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, cancels the town hall meeting he had scheduled for Saturday in Spokane.

Democrat in 6th Legislative race calls for Republican opponent to denounce Trump

The national debate about whether down-ticket Republicans should stand by Donald Trump following comments he made 11 years ago about groping women has trickled into the race for a House seat in Spokane County’s 6th Legislative District.

House seat representing northeastern Washington is Joel Kretz’s to lose

As far as both candidates are concerned, the legislative district that represents a large portion of northeastern Washington is long-time incumbent Rep. Joel Kretz’s to lose.

Senate candidate Chris Vance holding town hall Saturday

Republican Senate candidate to hold town hall meeting Saturday.

Shawn Vestal: Shelly O’Quinn worries political divisiveness is keeping business from Spokane, but maybe that’s what companies want

Is political divisiveness fouling Spokane’s business climate? Or is it fueling it?

Shar Lichty attempts to unseat Jeff Holy in Washington Legislature

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Unhappy with presidential choices? Here are some more

Washington has a long list of write-in presidential candidates, for voters who don’t like their options on the ballot.

Vance town hall on Saturday, Senate debate Sunday

Republican Senate candidate Chris Vance will hold a town hall meeting in Spokane on Saturday afternoon.

Civil attorney Tim Fennessy challenges Judge Greg Sypolt

A Spokane County Superior Court judge who’s been on the bench for more than 20 years faces a challenge from an experienced civil attorney who thinks the county’s highest court needs new perspective. Judge Greg Sypolt, who was appointed in 1996, is running against Tim Fennessy, who believes the court would benefit from having more judges with civil case experience.

Wyman for secretary of state

Wyman has received a raft of endorsements from election directors and county auditors from both parties. This bipartisan support from those who know the job best is a powerful testimonial to her reputation.

Candidates for state superintendent of education have similar goals, different approaches

The two candidates for the state superintendent of public instruction, State Rep. Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones, expressed similar goals, but different methods, in a debate Tuesday.

Different experiences provide contrast in auditor’s race

SEATTLE – One is a state senator with a background in conducting audits. The other runs one of Washington’s biggest county governments. So which kind of experience is more important in the Washington state auditor’s race between Republican Sen. Mark Miloscia and Democratic Pierce County Executive Pat McCarthy?

Under Eastern Washington runs a fault line that has jolted U.S. politics

Fly over Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District and you might need a geologist’s eye to sense the fire and ice that marked this land of picturesque small towns and gently rolling fields. Jutting out from those gentle hills, towers of jagged basalt bear witness to eruptions past. Deep, cliff-shaded coulees mark the gouging path of ancient ice-age floods.