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4th District candidates Lance Gurel, Rob Chase disagree on almost everything, especially COVID-19 and science

Lance Gurel and Rob Chase, the two men running to replace outgoing state Rep. Matt Shea, disagree on almost every issue, whether it’s requiring people to wear a mask, how to fund state government or whether it’s responsible to share conspiracy theories online.

State Sen. Mike Padden, former County Commissioner John Roskelley disagree on budget, prison reform in bid for Valley seat

Candidates for the 4th Legislative District senate seat John Roskelley and Mike Padden plan to focus on prison reform and hope to address the state’s budget shortfall, but disagree on where to cut funds and what reforms to focus on.

What would comprehensive sex ed look like in Spokane-area public schools? Here’s what might change if R-90 passes this November

If Referendum 90 passes this November, the controversial sexual health education bill from last legislative session will go into effect. The bill requires age-appropriate sexual health education be taught to students multiple times from kindergarten to 12th grade.Here’s what you need to know about the ballot measure.

Newhouse faces familiar foe in McKinley for 4th congressional district seat

Rep. Dan Newhouse is facing a challenge from a familiar foe in the race to represent Washington’s 4th congressional district, but the GOP incumbent is already making plans for a fourth term representing a wide swath of Central Washington.

How do you reopen schools in a pandemic? Washington State Superintendent candidates have different ideas

Incumbent Chris Reykdal will face Maia Espinoza in the nonpartisan race for superintendent of public instruction. The candidates disagree over how to reopen schools in the pandemic.

Hilary Franz, Sue Kuehl Pederson focus on firefighting in Washington public lands race after devastating blazes

As fire season brings devastation across Washington, the role of commissioner of public lands has mostly focused on wildfire prevention and fighting. But the two candidates for the position disagree on best practices for each.

Spokane candidates for state House, Marcus Riccelli and Laura Carder, differ on responding to COVID-19

State House candidate Laura Carder says the state shouldn’t mandate mask wearing and schools should be back in session. Her opponent, incumbent Marcus Riccelli, says the state should follow guidelines set up by health experts.

County Commissioner candidates Josh Kerns and Ted Cummings agree community needs help getting through COVID-19, differ on criminal justice

Spokane County Commissioner candidates Josh Kerns and Ted Cummings disagree on criminal justice issues and how the county should interact with unions, but have similar positions on at least one front: Both say the county should be willing to use county funds to assist people in need after federal money runs out.

Inslee, Culp agree to one debate

Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican opponent, Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, agreed to one debate before the Nov. 3 general election.

Q&A: Spokane postmaster and union president respond to concerns about USPS

Spokane Postmaster Earl Eisenrich and Wanda Emmert, president of the American Postal Workers Union’s Inland Empire Area Local, have more than 50 years of combined experience at the U.S. Postal Service .

In race for state House seat, Timm Ormsby supports mandates aimed at slowing COVID-19, Bob Apple doesn’t

Former Spokane City Councilman Bob Apple and long-time state Rep. Timm Ormsby disagree on many of the biggest issues facing the state, leaving a clear choice for voters in central Spokane to make in November.

Auditor candidates disagree on state’s handling of COVID-19

Incumbent Pat McCarthy, a Democrat, said her experience during the pandemic will help her in a second term. Republican Chris Leyba, a police officer, said McCarthy’s experience isn’t enough.

Spin Control: Culp offers up a fiery ‘quote’ that Inslee campaign criticizes

If political campaigns can be considered a Rorschach test on the boundaries of rhetoric, gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp offered a verbal “ink blot” last week that will almost certainly be viewed differently by his supporters than by Gov. Jay Inslee’s.

Kreidler marks milestones, Patel has roadblocks in run for Washington insurance commissioner

Mike Kreidler, a Democrat running for re-election as state insurance commissioner, has several milestones he can point to as he seeks a sixth term.

Race for state treasurer could be higher profile this year

The contest for the job of managing billions of dollars that come into and go out of state coffers hinges in part on a comparison of résumés.

Longtime state Sen. Andy Billig faces GOP challenge from Marine Corps veteran Dave Lucas

Lucas said the district, which has historically voted blue, is in need of new leadership. Billig touted a record of assisting his constituency since joining the Legislature in 2010. 

In race for secretary of state, candidates disagree over how to instill confidence in voters amid USPS, vote-by-mail concerns

Incumbent Secretary of State Kim Wyman said county election officials have been well prepared to handle the extra demands of a pandemic, while her Democratic challenger state Rep. Gael Tarleton said the Republican needs to do more to defend Washington’s system of voting by mail. 

Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis defends seat against Federal Way Judge David Larson

Montoya-Lewis and Larson both said the work of a justice extends beyond just hearing arguments and penning opinions. Montoya-Lewis was appointed to her seat in December and Larson is making his second run for the Supreme Court. 

Supreme Court Justice Helen Whitener defends seat against former school administrator Richard Serns

Whitener was appointed to her seat in April by Gov. Jay Inslee, while Serns only recently passed the bar exam, qualifying him to run for the court under the state Constitution. 

Should Washington invest nursing home funds in private stocks? Voters will decide in Senate Joint Resolution 8212.

Washington voters have a big financial decision to make on their November ballots.