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Murray and Smiley debate: Climate change

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

Spin Control: Why the number of political debates for top offices may be declining

By some estimates, 2022 is a year in which campaigns for some major offices like Congress and governorships, are down significantly from previous years.

Mid-term elections put both parties to the test

Mid-term elections, like mid-term exams, are a time to find out whether things are going well or changes need to be made. This year, however, candidates on the ballot seem to be offering different answers as voters put them to the test.

Second WA Senate debate remains unconfirmed; secretary of state debate canceled

A second debate between Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger, Tiffany Smiley, remains unconfirmed after Murray’s campaign did not commit by a Wednesday deadline, the Washington State Debate Coalition said Thursday.

Republicans hopeful with Smiley Senate run, but likely face an uphill battle against longtime senator Murray

There’s no doubt that Republicans are underdogs when trying to capture statewide office in Washington. They haven’t won an election for governor since 1980. They haven’t won a race for U.S. Senate since 1994. They hold no statewide offices.

Spin Control: Candidates pick the issue that wins with their voters

For the average voter, it sometimes may seem like candidates for the same political office live in completely different worlds. 2022 is one of those times.

Nearly 900,000 borrowers in Washington and Idaho are eligible for student debt relief, White House says

WASHINGTON – Nearly 900,000 borrowers in Washington and Idaho are eligible to have thousands of dollars of student loans forgiven under President Joe Biden’s new debt relief plan, according to state-by-state estimates from the U.S. Department of Education released by the White House on Tuesday.

Senate candidates Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley will participate in October debate at Gonzaga University

The debate will be held at Gonzaga University on Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. It will be jointly sponsored by the League of Women Voters and The Spokesman Review’s Northwest Passages speaker series, along with the Washington State Debate Coalition. Admission will be free, but tickets will be required, and the event will be held at the university’s Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center.

Senate Republican’s bill puts abortion debate front and center in midterm elections

WASHINGTON – With the midterm election less than two months away, a GOP senator’s bill to restrict abortion nationwide has put the issue front and center in races in Washington state and across the country, energizing Democrats and frustrating some Republicans.

Spokane County Superior Court Judge Bjelkengren nominated by Biden to fill post on U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Spokane judge Charnelle Bjelkengren to serve as a U.S. District Court judge in the Eastern District of Washington.

Murray, Smiley talk Trump endorsement, COVID-19 shutdowns and abortion on Sunday show

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday morning with Dana Bash, Tiffany Smiley and Patty Murray gave their pitches for the vote in the November election, addressing the campaign issue of abortion and responding to President Joe Biden’s speech Thursday in which he said certain followers of the former president who rejected the election results “represent an extremism that threatens the very foundation of our republic.”

Murray and Inslee conclude breaching Snake River dams ‘not an option right now,’ while calling status quo unsustainable for salmon

WASHINGTON – Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray have concluded that the Lower Snake River dams should not be breached before the financial and environmental benefits they provide are replaced, work that would cost an estimated $10 billion to $31 billion, according to a report commissioned by the two Washington Democrats.

‘A milestone moment’ or ‘a slap in the face’? Eastern Washington voices sound off on Biden’s student debt forgiveness

When it comes to debt from student loans, Elissa Pennebaker says she’s “a mutant” compared to her Spokane Community College classmates .

Getting There: Spokane Valley gets $22 million to eliminate train delays

If you hate getting stuck at train crossings, rejoice. 

Murray, Cantwell help Senate pass Biden’s signature bill to lower medical costs, combat climate change and cut deficit

After months of uncertainty and infighting among Democrats, the Senate on Sunday passed a sweeping bill designed to reduce health care costs, combat climate change and reduce the federal deficit. It is a pared-down version of legislation President Joe Biden has long sought to bolster his economic agenda.

Inland Northwest lawmakers split along party lines on Senate Democrats’ climate, inflation bill

Democrats praised the package as a necessary step to address the problems of rising costs and greenhouse gas emissions, while Republicans panned the legislation as irresponsible on issues of energy production, drug costs and more. 

Patty Murray, Tiffany Smiley sail through to November election in U.S. Senate race

The two presumptive U.S. Senate candidates in Washington cruised to easy victory in Tuesday’s primary. 

New ad from national Republicans targets Murray as GOP looks to expand the Senate map

National Republicans are funding a new ad this week that ties Democratic Sen. Patty Murray to President Joe Biden, arguing the incumbent lawmaker too often supports policies that increase inflation and crime.

Haven’t yet voted in the primary election? Here’s what’s at stake in Spokane County

For those who liking waiting to the last minute to cast their ballots, here’s a look at the candidate field. 

Spin Control: Biden, Inslee not popular, but Dems do well in survey

President Joe Biden’s approval rating in Washington appears to have tanked and Gov. Jay Inslee’s rating isn’t much better. But voters might feel more favorable toward Democrats than Republicans, a new survey suggests.