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Jan. 6 panel to summarize its case against Trump ahead of midterms

The House panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection is holding what could be its last public hearing Thursday, with committee members indicating they will focus on former President Donald Trump’s state of mind that day and present a more holistic summation of the events and how they were organized.

Abortion bans are motivating midterm voters, poll shows

Half of voters say the Supreme Court’s decision overturning the constitutional right to an abortion has made them more motivated to vote in next month’s midterm elections, with enthusiasm growing especially among Democrats and those living in states with abortion bans, according to a new poll from KFF.

Georgia governor’s race sees Abrams, Kemp rake in big out-of-state money

With a well-honed national fundraising machine and big-donor connections, Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams took in about nine of every 10 campaign dollars she collected over the past three months from outside the state she hopes to run.

In Western swing, Biden looks to make Democrats’ case without making waves

Less than four weeks before the midterm elections that will decide control of Congress, President Joe Biden is scheduled to hit the campaign trail in Los Angeles on Thursday, where his lone public appearance will be alongside mayoral candidate Karen Bass.

Pints and Politics: Spokane County Auditor

In the fall elections, Spokane County Auditor Vicki Dalton will face challenger Bob McCaslin. At the Pints and Politics debate series Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022, McCaslin declined to participate, so Dalton was allowed a short Q&A session with moderator Laurel Demkovich, the Spokesman-Review statehouse reporter. Dalton spoke of her best known responsibility, overseeing elections.

Scotty Nicol Faces Incumbent Marcus Riccelli in 3rd Legislative District Race

By the looks of August primary results, Democratic state Rep. Marcus Riccelli appears an easy bet to win a sixth term in the state House of Representatives.

Some Washington state Republicans buck party, backing Democrat for Congress

Until last month, Kathy McDonald was vice chair of the Clark County Republican Party, describing herself as a die-hard Donald Trump supporter with a long record of activism in the GOP. But this week, McDonald is co-hosting a meet-and-greet fundraiser for Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, the Democratic candidate for Congress in southwest Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. What’s going on? 

Pints and Politics: 4th Legislative District debate

Vying for the 4th Legislative District seat, Rob Chase and Leonard Christian debated at the Pints and Politics at the Bing Crosby Theater Oct. 6, 2022. Statehouse correspondent Laurel Demkovich asks the questions.

In race for county prosecutor, incumbent Haskell takes aim at ‘lawlessness,’ while Conklin eyes reform, transparency

Incumbent Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell hopes to fight “lawlessness” by holding people accountable if elected to a third term, while challenger Deb Conklin argues the current system isn’t working and that reforms are necessary to reduce repeat offenses.

Pints and Politics: Spokane County Commission debate

At the recent Pints and Politics event Oct. 6, 2022 at the Bing Crosby Theater, Spokane County Commissioner candidates, Al French and Maggie Yates debated the issues facing the District 5 seat on the newly expanded county commission. Jonathan Brunt, the Spokesman-Review’s Government Editor acts as moderator.

Democrat Yates looks to unseat Republican French in race that could shift balance of power on the Spokane County Commission

Whichever political party wins District 5 will likely win a majority on the county commission, the most powerful branch of Spokane County government. 

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers seeks 10th term, possible committee chair against Democrat Natasha Hill

The election has not drawn the national-level interest that was seen in the last midterm contest, when Lisa Brown and McMorris Rodgers ran neck-and-neck in fundraising in a contest that sent the congresswoman back for her eighth term in Washington D.C. Both candidates expressed concern about the direction of the country, largely mirroring a party divide that has broken out nationally as the parties seek control in Congress. 

Two Republicans with different takes on issues, incumbent Chase and former legislator Christian, vie for 4th Legislative District seat

Inflation, public safety and COVID-19 recovery are top of mind for candidates running in the heavily Republican 4th Legislative District.

Maycumber challenged by ‘constitutional conservative’ in Republican battle for northeastern Washington House seat

The Republican floor leader of the state House faces a challenge on the November ballot from the far right of her party.

Mike Crapo may have the safest seat in the Senate, but four challengers want to give Idaho voters a choice

WASHINGTON – Since Mike Crapo was first elected to represent Idaho in the U.S. Senate in 1998, he has never faced a serious challenge. While he appears likely to coast to a fifth term in office in the Nov. 8 election, four challengers hope an unusual set of circumstances give them an opening for an upset.

Can Newhouse hold on to Washington’s most conservative congressional district in test of Republicans’ willingness to forgive Trump impeachment vote?

WASHINGTON – In his nearly eight years representing central Washington in the House, Dan Newhouse has fended off challengers from across the political spectrum and carved out a niche as a pragmatic lawmaker more interested in policy than bluster.

How election conspiracies cast a shadow over GOP, Washington state midterms

On a Thursday night in early September, 500 people paid $15 to hear an ex-Army captain and a high school math teacher regale them with tales of secret algorithms and suspicious voting trends.

Herschel Walker faces another abortion report that threatens his Senate campaign

Another Herschel Walker headline rocked the Republican’s embattled campaign when The Daily Beast reported late Wednesday that the woman who said the Senate hopeful paid for her 2009 abortion is also the mother of one of his four children.  

Incumbent Kuney faces newcomer Noble in race among Republicans for Spokane County Commission District 4

The longtime Spokane County commissioner came out ahead during the primary election and has raised more than twice as much money as the Spokane Valley pastor. 

Coroner race in Stevens County evenly split after incumbent fired her opponent

Only two votes separated the two candidates running for Stevens County coroner in the August primary election. The closeness of the contest may only be matched by the contentiousness between the two former co-workers now competing to run the office.