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Washington Primary Election, Aug. 4

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson debate in prime time before election

In their only in-person debate of the election season, the congresswoman and her Democratic challenger sparred over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and wildfires. McMorris Rodgers also reiterated her desire for closer government regulation of social media based on perceived election year bias. 

Fundraising in Eastern Washington Congress race sees dip following high-profile 2018 contest

At just a little more than $4 million, and most of that going to incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, fundraising in Eastern Washington in 2020 is on pace to total less than half what was amassed two years ago. With other races nationwide drawing record amounts of money and time on the airwaves, the change likely has more to do with the perceived competitiveness of the race and less to do with the effects of the pandemic. 

Despite divisive national politics, Washington’s closest congressional races may turn on who’s more bipartisan

WASHINGTON – Amid an intensely contentious presidential race, polls show American politics are marked by a near-unprecedented division along partisan lines, but the candidates in Washington’s two most closely contested House races are bucking that trend. In the state’s 3rd and 8th congressional districts, Democrats and Republicans alike are highlighting their willingness to work across party lines.

Washington and Idaho are preparing for record voter turnout. Here’s where the numbers stand so far

With record primary turnout in August, Washington elections officials have been preparing for a 90% turnout in the general. Washington just sent out ballots within the last week, but if early returns, registration and North Idaho’s absentee requests are any indication, the country will experience turnout like it’s never had before.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson talk pandemic, Trump’s response and health care in second debate

In her quest for a ninth term in Congress, McMorris Rodgers defended early actions of the Trump administration to stop the spread of the pandemic and argued existing assistance programs would help if they were extended. Democrat Wilson said the White House lost time by publicly downplaying the impact of the virus. 

With the shift to voting by mail, it may take much of November to determine if Trump or Biden won

With anticipated record high turnout, new COVID-19 restrictions and talks of delays in the U.S. Postal Service, election night won’t like any election night of the past.

Here’s what you need to know to vote in Spokane County in 2020

Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton said she’s expecting record turnout and a surge of last minute registration and urged voters to update their information and cast their ballots as soon as possible.

Northwest Passages and League of Women Voters: Lt. Governor debate

Spokesman-Review Olympia bureau reporter Jim Camden moderates the debate between Rep. Denny Heck and state Sen. Marko Liias as the two vie for the seat left by former Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib this year. The debate was organized by the League of Women Voters of Washington.

Spin Control: Governor’s debate had no big winner but some interesting moments

Determining a winner or loser in last week’s gubernatorial debate is difficult, but there were places where the candidates made points or mistakes.

Washington governor debate tonight

Washington voters can get a look at their candidates for governor Wednesday evening.

State Rep. Mary Dye faces Libertarian Brett Borden on November ballot

Two candidates running for a state House seat representing southeastern Washington may not agree on everything, but they both disagree with restrictions set by Gov. Jay Inslee to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Democrats Heck, Liias vie for lieutenant governor

Washington voters shouldn’t assume the printer made a mistake when they notice their ballot has two candidates listed as Democrats in the lieutenant governor’s slot.

State Rep. Jenny Graham battles for 6th LD seat against Democrat Tom McGarry amid national attention

Controversy surrounding state Rep. Jenny Graham has attracted tremendous attention in Spokane County and beyond, but the November election will test how – if at all – that has resonated with voters in her district.

Independent Wandler to take on incumbent Kretz in 7th District race

JJ Wandler, Independent, is challenging Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, this November for his 7th Legislative District seat in the Washington State Legislature.

Inslee, Culp a study in contrasts in the race for Washington governor

Washington voters who like a clear contrast between their candidates should be ecstatic with their governor’s race.

Ballots in Spokane and many other counties in Washington will be mailed one week early

Counties across the state will mail their ballots Oct. 8 and 9 early — one week earlier than the required 18-day voting period — amid national concerns changes at the U.S. Postal Service would cause delays in election mail.

Municipal Judge Tracy Staab faces attorney Marshall Casey for vacancy on appeals court

Both candidates tout their appellate experience as a reason to succeed retiring Judge Kevin Korsmo. Staab says she’s received stellar marks in independent reviews by state bar associations, while Casey argues he’s been closer to clients and that will serve him well on the panel. 

McMorris Rodgers, Wilson square off Thursday afternoon in first congressional debate

The congresswoman said she believed the country and the economy were on their way to a rebound from the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, while her Democratic challenger tied the lawmaker to President Donald Trump and what he said was the wrong direction for the country on multiple fronts. 

After success taking on Trump, Bob Ferguson faces Matt Larkin in bid for third term as AG

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who has taken on the Trump administration 80 times in four years, faces GOP challenger Matt Larkin.

Northwest Passages: League of Women Voters hosts debate for Commissioner of Public Lands

The League of Women Voters of Washington organized a candidates debate for the office of Commissioner of Public Lands with incumbent Hilary Franz and challenger Sue Kuehl Pederson. Laurel Demkovich of The Spokesman-Review moderated the debate, which aired via the livestream of the Northwest Passages Virtual Forum.