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Midterm elections are coming. But what, exactly, is a ‘midterm’?

This November’s elections are called “midterms” for a good reason: We’re about halfway into the four-year term President Joe Biden won in 2020.  

Court Commissioner Eric Dooyema faces Deputy Prosecutor Jenny Zappone for District Court judge seat

Eric Dooyema, 47, and Jenny Zappone, 40, are vying for the seat on the bench that will be vacated by retiring District Court Judge Donna Wilson. Dooyema has earned Wilson’s endorsement, while Zappone has been building a coalition of supporters that include local Democratic and Republican groups, law enforcement officials and members of the legal community. 

Republicans in muddle on abortion as ban proposed by Graham exposes rifts

In a memo to GOP campaigns released this week, the Republican National Committee laid out what it called a winning message on abortion: Press Democrats on where they stand on the procedure later in pregnancy, seek “common ground” on exceptions to bans and keep the focus on crime and the economy. Then, on the same day, Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) introduced legislation to ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks of pregnancy - overshadowing new inflation numbers and undermining what many GOP strategists see as their best message for the fall: “Leave it to the states.” “It’s an absolute disaster,” GOP strategist John Thomas said.

Josh Kerns, ‘Wild Bill’ Schreiner both tout conservative views in race for Spokane County Commission District 3

Republican incumbent Josh Kerns will have to fend off political outsider Wild Bill Schreiner, who will appear on the ballot without a party affiliation. 

Two political newcomers vying to represent western Spokane on the county commission

Republican Kim Plese is the underdog heading into the general election after taking 45% of the primary vote to Democrat Chris Jordan’s 55%. 

Ted Cummings, Suzanne Schmidt face off in 4th Legislative District race

A Democrat with deep criticisms of the Republican party is hoping to win a seat representing the heavily-Republican 4th Legislative District but likely faces a difficult battle against a candidate with support among current and former Republican legislators. 

Local lawyers Deanna Crull and Andrew Biviano competing for Spokane County district judge position in November election

Deanna Crull, 46, is running against Andrew Biviano, 47, in the nonpartisan election for the seat. District judges serve four-year terms and preside over misdemeanor criminal cases, traffic infractions, small claims issues, protection orders in cases of domestic violence or harassment and therapeutic court proceedings. 

First it was Trump, now McConnell’s taking fire from Rick Scott over GOP Senate chances

Mitch McConnell is used to getting trashed by Donald Trump. Now, he’s taking hits from his very own Senate campaign chair, just at the moment the midterm campaign is about to turn into the homestretch.

Yes, slavery is on the ballot in some states

More than 150 years after it was officially outlawed in the United States, slavery will be on the ballot in five states in November, as a new abolitionist movement seeks to reshape prison labor.

Dan Newhouse, lone Republican to survive Trump-backed primary challenge after impeachment vote, represents dying breed in GOP

WASHINGTON – When Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming lost her primary last week, it gave Central Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse the distinction of being the sole GOP lawmaker to survive a challenge from a candidate endorsed by Donald Trump after voting to impeach the former president for his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

Internal emails show WA Republicans fell far short of legislative primary targets

As primary ballots were mailed last month, state House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox laid down metrics for Republicans looking to win a majority in the chamber for the first time in more than two decades. To have a shot this fall, Wilcox wrote in an email to supporters, GOP candidates ideally should “put the election away” by getting 55% or more in the primary. Failing that, Wilcox said, candidates “have to achieve 48% to be viable.” When ballots were tallied in the Aug. 2 primary, Republicans fell well short of those expectations.

Biden called Cheney after her loss to Trump-backed challenger

President Joe Biden called Liz Cheney on Wednesday after the Wyoming congresswoman and vocal critic of former President Donald Trump was defeated in her state’s Republican primary.

Greg Abbott using New York Mayor Eric Adams as foil to rally Texas conservatives

Just months away from voters’ decision on whether to retain or fire him, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has found a new foil to help him rally his conservative base and turn back Democrat Beto O’Rourke in November.

With new Alaska ballot, Murkowski may survive Trump’s wrath in primary

WASHINGTON — Alaska voters will make pivotal picks Tuesday, including a new House member to finish out the late Rep. Don Young’s term. In the state’s first test of ranked-choice balloting for congressional elections, the contest is likely between two Republicans, former Gov. Sarah Palin and Nick Begich III, though Democrat Mary Peltola also has a potential to play spoiler. It may take days, or …

Cheney facing GOP music in Wyoming primary

In a video Rep. Liz Cheney’s campaign touted as her closing argument ahead of Tuesday’s primary against a challenger backed by former President Donald Trump, the Wyoming Republican looks directly at the camera and says, “I want to talk to citizens across our great state and all across our country.”

Spin Control: If elections are rigged, how did Kent pull off late primary win?

The congressional race in southwest Washington should serve as a lesson to would-be elections deniers who question the integrity of the nation’s voting systems or insist, like the former president, that ballot counting should stop and winners be declared on Election Night.

Beto O’Rourke drops F-bomb on gun control heckler while discussing Uvalde shooting

Beto O’Rourke is defending the F-bomb he dropped Wednesday night while confronting a heckler who he said was laughing during his remarks about the Uvalde mass shooting that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers.

GOP vows revenge for Trump probes if they win Congress

Republicans vow they will waste no time tearing into the FBI search of Donald Trump’s home and other investigations of the former president if the GOP wins control of Congress in November, signaling a protracted fight with the Biden administration. Party leaders and committee chairmen-in-waiting have already pledged to hold aggressive hearings and issue subpoenas in the wake of Monday’s …

Republicans shut out of Secretary of State race as nonpartisan, Democrat move on

Before current Secretary Steve Hobbs was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to take over for Kim Wyman, a Republican had served in the office since 1964. 

Incumbent Prosecutor Haskell to face Conklin in general election

Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell will face nonpartisan candidate Deb Conklin the general election, after two Republican challengers failed to garner the votes need to oust Haskell.