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Tax breaks for kids, companies are suddenly brewing in Congress

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 18, 2022

When Congress returns in a few weeks, Republicans and Democrats will be focusing on a compromise to extend tax breaks for both low-income children and corporations — which would hand wins to both parties before year’s end but after the critical midterm elections.

Biden has shunned campaign appearances in key states. Blame his approval rating

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 18, 2022

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden’s political travel schedule is lighter than his two immediate predecessors at the same point in the midterm campaign, highlighting the challenge unpopular presidents face trying to stave off congressional losses. They are often unsuccessful. While Biden has raised millions of dollars for Democratic candidates this year, his party is still favored to lose control of at ...

In partisan year, some Democrats stress work with Trump, GOP

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 17, 2022

Like many Democrats, Rep. Jahana Hayes of Connecticut hasn’t been hesitant to attack Donald Trump. She accused him when he was president of bullying and racism and said his actions on Jan. 6, 2021, posed a grave threat to democracy. Yet in a new ad, Hayes boasts of teaming up with both Trump and President Joe Biden to pass legislation helping veterans.

Congressional fundraising climate favors Democrats

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 17, 2022

New filings from House and Senate candidates show Democrats drew strong financial support from contributors this summer and early fall, especially in battleground races for the Senate.

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.

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

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 13, 2022

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

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 13, 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

With a marijuana pardon, Biden tries to light up voters he needs

UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 9, 2022

The day after President Joe Biden decided to pardon marijuana smokers, the 79-year-old walked into a bookstore on the University of Pennsylvania campus with his granddaughter. One voice in the crowd outside shouted out: “Yo Joe, legalize that weed.” 

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

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 10, 2022

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.