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Ossoff to challenge Perdue for U.S. Senate seat in Georgia

Pledging to “root out corruption in politics,” Jon Ossoff, a former long-shot congressional candidate who rose to prominence two years ago riding a wave of dissatisfaction with Washington, says he’s challenging Republican Sen. David Perdue in 2020.


Cheney school board candidates representing Airway Heights tout elected experience, say district needs more schools

Both incumbent Cheney School Board member Henry Browne and challenger James “Sonny” Weathers are pointing to their experience as elected officials as reasons to vote for them and think the school district needs to build more schools to address growth in enrollment.


House Judiciary preparing vote on impeachment hearing rules

The House Judiciary Committee is escalating its impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump, preparing a vote as soon as next Wednesday to establish procedures


Spokane mayor, city council president hopefuls debate homeless issues at library forum

The candidates for mayor and city council president debated the city’s approach to homelessness at a forum at the Spokane Public Library on Thursday.


Debate over city land among issues in Millwood City Council race

Longtime area resident Kate McLachlan is facing off against newcomer Ed Mack in the race for a Millwood City Council seat in November. McLachlan, who works as an administrative law judge, has lived in Millwood for the past three years but grew up in Spokane. She was appointed to the Millwood City Council to fill a vacant seat in early 2018.


Ties to marijuana businesses are disqualifying bankruptcy filers, including City Councilwoman Karen Stratton

The U.S. Trustee Program, responsible for policing the federal courts’ bankruptcy proceedings, is weeding out cases involving people or firms with ties to state-sanctioned marijuana businesses. Earlier this summer, that included Karen Stratton and her husband, Chris Wright, despite the fact that the majority of their debts were not wrapped up in the family-owned farm they’ve helped operate since 2014.


Developers offer mixed views on video’s proposed ‘cure’ for Spokane

Local developers offer their perspectives on the issues raised in “Curing Spokane,” a video released Thursday that discusses downtown crime, public safety and homelessness.


Local developer releases video suggesting cure for downtown Spokane crime

Spokane isn’t dying, but it needs curing. That’s the argument made in “Curing Spokane,” a 17-minute video released on Thursday and produced by Spokane developer Larry Stone.


Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules

When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his fields about an hour south of Des Moines became less valuable, Miller saw long-term promise in Trump’s efforts to rebalance America’s trade relationship with Beijing.


Millwood City Council candidates disagree on riverfront property, creating a city police department

Jay Molitor is challenging Millwood City Council member Andy Van Hees for his seat in the November election and said he was inspired to run because of an ongoing community debate around whether the city should build a park on two parcels of land it owns along the Spokane River.


Citing health, Georgia GOP Sen. Isakson says he’ll retire

Facing health challenges, Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said Wednesday he will retire at year’s end, a departure that sets up a rare election in November 2020 when both of the state’s Senate seats will be on the ballot.


Window to qualify for next debate closing quickly on Dems

Struggling Democratic presidential candidates braced for bad news Wednesday with the window to qualify for the next debate set to close at midnight, a near impossible deadline for many to make that could doom their campaigns.


Candidate forum on Spokane homelessness slated for next week

Homelessness will be the topic of debate between mayoral and City Council president candidates at the downtown Spokane Public Library on Sept. 5.


Pete Buttigieg making faith-based appeal to voters in 2020 presidential bid

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is making a faith-based appeal to voters, evident by regular references to his Christian beliefs.


Gov. Jay Inslee says he’s ending presidential bid; sources say he’ll run for governor again

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who made fighting climate change the central theme of his presidential campaign, announced Wednesday night that he is ending his bid for the 2020 Democratic nomination. But the end of his presidential bid looks like it will be the beginning of another: Inslee’s run for a third term as governor. The Associated Press reported Wednesday night that two people close to Inslee said he will run for governor again in 2020 and will announce his plan in a Thursday morning email to supporters.


Elizabeth Warren meets her look-alike at a rally

No, your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. One of the women pictured above is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the 70-year-old Massachusetts Democrat with presidential aspirations. The person shaking her hand is Stephanie Oyen - a Minnesota native whose Warren impression is so uncanny, fans mistakenly clamored for selfies with her during the senator’s Monday night rally.


Julian Castro qualifies for September presidential debates

Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro said Tuesday that he has qualified for the next presidential debates, reaching a polling threshold for the round taking place in September in Houston.


With rivals heading to California, Biden eyes New Hampshire

Joe Biden won’t be among the parade of White House hopefuls in California this week, as he’s skipping the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting to campaign in New Hampshire instead.


Rueful over heritage claim, Warren woos Native American vote

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability.


Spin Control: We’re No. 5! Not a great chant, but respectable

Washington ranked fifth in turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.


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