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Candidates for state superintendent of education have similar goals, different approaches

The two candidates for the state superintendent of public instruction, State Rep. Chris Reykdal and Erin Jones, expressed similar goals, but different methods, in a debate Tuesday.


Different experiences provide contrast in auditor’s race

SEATTLE – One is a state senator with a background in conducting audits. The other runs one of Washington’s biggest county governments. So which kind of experience is more important …


Under Eastern Washington runs a fault line that has jolted U.S. politics

Fly over Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District and you might need a geologist’s eye to sense the fire and ice that marked this land of picturesque small towns and gently …


Higher minimum wage in Washington could siphon off Kootenai County workers

A proposed increase in Washington’s minimum wage would widen the gap with starting wages in neighboring Idaho and may force businesses in Kootenai County to raise wages. If Washington voters …


With Initiative 1433, Washington voters could increase minimum wage to $13.50 and mandate paid sick leave

The effects of raising the minimum wage through I-1433 are hard to predict.


O’Quinn deserves second term

O’Quinn is a strong defender of the collaboration between GSI, which represents business interests, and the county’s economic development efforts


Mike Volz, Lynnette Vehrs grapple for House seat left vacant by Rep. Kevin Parker

After a tumultuous primary race, a retired nurse and the chief deputy treasurer for Spokane County are competing for the seat formerly held by four-term lawmaker Kevin Parker.


Crapo calls on Trump to quit race, McMorris Rodgers still supports nominee

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who has been critical of Donald Trump’s statements about women, continued that criticism Friday after audio was released by The Washington Post of the Republican nominee …


Retain Judges Tompkins and Sypolt

In the Superior Court races, only two of the 12 sitting judges are facing challenges. Position 10: Challenger Ward Andrews is a Gonzaga Law School graduate. He’s worked as a …


McMorris Rodgers, Pakootas talk Trump, veterans’ health care and guns in televised debate

Cathy McMorris Rodgers defended her record of supporting veterans as a member of the House of Representatives against claims by Joe Pakootas she was “privatizing” the military’s health care, while …


Campaign for paid sick leave gains momentum

The campaign to give workers paid time off when they’re sick is picking up momentum.


Madsen, Yu, Larson for Washington Supreme Court

Looming large in the three Washington Supreme Court races are two rulings: One on basic education funding; the other on charter schools. Two of the incumbents, Chief Justice Barbara Madsen …


In race for central Spokane senate seat, incumbent Andy Billig faces Libertarian James Apker in friendly contest

There can be a lot of vitriol in American politics, but a race for a seat in the Washington State Senate has been amicable, mostly. “It’s refreshing that we have …


Spokane County Commission candidates debate jobs, justice, housing … and Matt Shea

In one of their first debates Monday, Shelly O’Quinn sought to defend her record on the Spokane County Commission while challenger Andrew Biviano criticized a lack of “urgency” in the …


6th Legislative District: Lynnette Vehrs and Mike Volz agree on the need to fully fund education, but little else

The two candidates vying for the 6th Congressional district positioned themselves as representing a continuation of Rep. Kevin Parker’s eight-years in office, and new, more liberal leadership focused largely on …


Nation’s first carbon tax on the ballot in Washington

Washington voters will decide whether to approve the nation’s first carbon tax in November. Initiative 732 has divided environmentalists and is opposed by business and labor groups.


Attorney, ex-Navy officer seek state public lands post

Washington’s next public lands commissioner will be expected to preserve forests, water and habitat in the face of more intense wildfires and a changing climate, while also ensuring revenues from …


Lawmaker, former Rogers teacher compete for Washington state superintendent post

Randy Dorn is stepping down after eight years as state superintendent of public instruction, and two Democrats are vying to replace him as head of Washington’s K-12 public education system. …


Voters, tell us what’s on your mind this election season

The Spokesman-Review is inviting residents of Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District to submit short essays about the goals and concerns that will shape the way they vote this year. We’ll …


Initiative 1433: Con: Heed warnings on Seattle wage hike before changing law

This fall, voters will decide whether the state’s minimum wage should be increased to $13.50, and if employers should provide paid sick leave for every worker. Before casting their ballot …


Initiative 1433: Pro: Wage increase means more customers for businesses

I opened my coffee shop and restaurant in downtown Spokane almost two years ago. From the beginning, I knew that the most important assets of my businesses are my employees. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Supreme Court races are under-the-radar but can change lives in big ways, so vote

Washington voters are faced with competitive races for not one but three seats on the Washington Supreme Court. And last Wednesday night, all six candidates appeared on the Gonzaga campus …


Voters, tell us what’s on your mind this election season

The Spokesman-Review is inviting residents of Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District to submit short essays about the goals and concerns that will shape the way they vote this year. We’ll …


Davidson is safe choice for treasurer

Policy aside, a look at each candidate’s resume tips the scales to Davidson. He received the endorsements of every county treasurer, except for one who remained neutral.


Mumm, Kerns face off in debate for McLaughlin’s Spokane County Commission seat

The two candidates vying to replace Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin squared off in a debate Thursday afternoon at the Spokane Club.


Voters, tell us what’s on your mind this election season

The Spokesman-Review is inviting residents of Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District to submit short essays about the goals and concerns that will shape the way they vote this year. We’ll …


Shawn Vestal: Republicans, it’s time to defend Ozzie Knezovich against Matt Shea’s ‘slimes and slanders’

Shawn Vestal says it’s past time for Republican politcians and party leaders to publicly defend Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich from Rep. Matt Shea’s “slimes and slanders.”


Voters, tell us what’s on your mind this election season

The Spokesman-Review is inviting residents of Eastern Washington’s 5th Congressional District to submit short essays about the goals and concerns that will shape the way they vote this year. We’ll …


Rockford, Spangle seek voter approval for levies

As November approaches, residents of Spangle and Rockford face their annual task of voting for levies to fund various fire and police issues. Budget dollars are particularly precious in small …


Return hardworking Billig to Olympia

In his six years in the Legislature, Billig has demonstrated his ability to work from the center to achieve legislative success.