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Sue Lani Madsen
Sue Lani Madsen

An architect and rancher, she writes a column for the Spokesman-Review as a correspondent.

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News >  Column
Feb. 22, 2020, 4:30 a.m.
When a tree falls in a wild forest, philosophers argue whether it makes a sound. When a building collapses in a small town, does anyone hear it?

News >  Spokane
Feb. 15, 2020, 5 a.m.
Washington voters are no longer afterthoughts in the presidential primary season. Along with the other Little Tuesday states of Idaho, North Dakota, Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi that also will vote on March 10, Washington may be pivotal in the 2020 campaign season. And for the first time since the initial presidential preference primary was held in 1992, Democratic votes will count. Washington state Republicans have always used the primary results in awarding at least half of their delegates. In 2016, all delegates were awarded to Donald J. Trump based on the May 24 primary results. It wasn’t much of a contest. Marco Rubio and Ben Carson suspended their campaigns in March, John Kasich and Ted Cruz in early May. Trump was the last candidate standing.

News >  Column
Feb. 8, 2020, 4 a.m.
Trade wars are not new, and farmers who spoke off the record said standing up to China has been a long time coming. They’ll wait it out like an untimely summer thunderstorm at harvest. Explaining farming to a software engineer in San Francisco or an investment trust out of New York is a new kind of risk in a country increasingly divided between urban and rural culture.

News >  Spokane
Feb. 1, 2020, 5 a.m.
Progressives are the special interest controlling the Washington Legislature, and the populist movement is resurging as Restore Washington ( What was started by one frustrated small business owner as a support group for initiative I-1648 in 2019 has continued to grow.