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Truth-test: U.S. Senate ads from both campaigns often miss important context. Here’s a look at the Murray-Smiley race

With some polls showing a tightening race for Senate in Washington state, attack ads from both sides are filling mailboxes, computer screens and the airwaves.

Murray and Smiley debate: Hanford

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about the cleanup efforts at Hanford at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Poll watchers are showing up at voting sites with handguns and wearing tactical military gear

Two people armed with handguns and wearing tactical military gear, balaclavas masking their face and the license plates on their cars covered, stood watch over a ballot drop box during early voting last week in Mesa, Arizona.

NYPD warns of possibility of extremists targeting Election Day poll sites

NEW YORK — Extremist groups may target political rallies and voting sites as Election Day approaches, the NYPD warned Thursday. The “current complex domestic threat environment” has led police to be extra vigilant as early voting sites open Saturday, according to an internal NYPD report shared with the Daily News. “Racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists and anti-government, …

Trump to rally for Marco Rubio in Miami, but no mention of DeSantis

Ex-President Donald Trump will hold a rally for Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Nov. 6, but Gov. Ron DeSantis does not seem to be invited.  

Murray and Smiley debate: Snake River dams

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about the Snake River dams at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Candidates to replace Knezovich disagree on Camp Hope response as county proclaims emergency there

Republicans John Nowels and Wade Nelson completely disagree on how the county and city should be handling the 450-person homeless encampment along Interstate 90 in east Spokane. 

KSPS debate: Haskell and Conklin

KSPS hosted this debate between incumbent Republican Prosecutor Larry Haskell and his Democratic challenger, Deb Conklin. Spokesman-Review reporter Emma Epperly and Spokane Public Radio reporter Rebecca White were panelists for the event.

KSPS debate: Plese and Jordan

KSPS hosted this debate between Republican Kim Plese and Democrat Chris Jordan for the county commission seat representing District 1. Spokesman-Review reporter Colin Tiernan and Spokane Public Radio reporter Rebecca White were panelists for the event.

KSPS debate: Cathcart and Waldref

KSPS hosted this debate between former Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref, a Democrat, and Spokane City Councilman Michael Cathcart, a Republican, for the county commission seat representing District 2. Spokesman-Review reporter Colin Tiernan and Spokane Public Radio reporter Rebecca White were panelists for the event.

KSPS debate: Nowels and Nelson

KSPS hosted this debate between Republicans John Nowels and Wade Nelson for Spokane County sheriff. Spokesman-Review reporter Garrett Cabeza and Inlander reporter Nate Sanford were panelists for the event.

KSPS debate: McMorris Rodgers and Hill

KSPS hosted this debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Democrat Natasha Hill. Spokesman-Review reporter Kip Hill and Inlander reporter Daniel Walters were panelists for the event.

Full senate debate: Murray and Smiley

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Republican Tiffany Smiley, participated in a one-hour debate on Oct. 23, 2022, in an event hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University. The debate was moderated by Spokesman-Review reporter Laurel Demkovich.

Secretary of State debate: Hobbs and Anderson

Nonpartisan candidate Julie Anderson and incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Steve Hobbs participated in a one-hour debate on Oct. 23, 2022, in an event hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University. The debate was moderated by Spokesman-Review reporter Laurel Demkovich.

Murray and Smiley debate: Crime

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about crime at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Murray and Smiley debate: Inflation

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about inflation at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Key insights, remaining questions after Sunday’s U.S. Senate debate between Smiley and Murray

Between questions on inflation, climate change, the Snake River Dams and Hanford, the candidates hoping to represent Washington in the U.S. Senate next year gave some answers while dodging a number of others. 

Mail voting tops 1.2 million in Florida with more than two weeks to midterm elections

More than 1.2 million Florida voters have already cast their midterm election ballots, before the candidates for governor face off in their only debate. It reflects a continuing desire by many to vote from the comfort of their homes, rather than lining up at an early voting center or Election Day polling place.

Murray and Smiley debate: Abortion

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about abortion at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.

Murray and Smiley debate: Ukraine

Sen. Patty Murray and her opponent in the November election, Tiffany Smiley, respond to a question about Ukraine at a debate hosted by The Spokesman-Review, the League of Women Voters and KSPS at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23, 2022.