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McMorris Rodgers’ lower primary numbers may reflect voter frustration

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday had her lowest showing in a primary since 2004, her first Congressional contest. Republicans remain confident she can keep her seat against Joe Pakootas, …


Spin Control: Figuring the governor’s primary, over the years

Is it fatal for an incumbent to be under 50 percent in the primary? Challengers could only hope.


Liberty Lake town hall bond fails; Airway Heights bond on track to pass

Voters in Liberty Lake have rejected plans for a new town center after the bond received only 56 percent of votes in favor – four percentage points lower than it …


Spokane County Commissioner McLaughlin, who lost primary, won’t endorse Mumm or Kerns

Republican Nancy McLaughlin, who is now a lame duck on the Spokane County Commission, said Thursday she has “no respect” for the campaign tactics of her GOP rival, Josh Kerns, …


For the first time, the ‘top-two’ system advances candidates from same party for statewide office

Two Republicans will face off for state treasurer, a unique situation in Washington political history.


It’ll be Jay Inslee vs. Bill Bryant in Washington governor race

It’s Inslee vs. Bryant for governor and likely Habib vs. McClendon for lieutenant governor as voters whittle down long lists of candidates seeking statewide office.


Liberty Lake aquatic center falling short, Airway Heights recreation facility passing in early count

There were three propositions on the primary ballot, with two appearing to pass and the third falling short of the 60 percent needed. Fire District 4 levy passes easily


Lynette Vehrs, Mike Volz will vie for Rep. Kevin Parker’s seat in November

In the race to replace state Rep. Kevin Parker, voters in November will be able to choose a retired nurse or the chief deputy county treasurer. Democrat Lynette Vehrs topped …


Mumm to advance in commission race; McLaughlin trailing Kerns

Republican incumbent Nancy McLaughlin is trailing opponent Josh Kerns in her bid to retain her seat on the Spokane County Commission. Democratic City Councilwoman Candace Mumm will advance to the …


Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Joe Pakootas advance in race for Congress

The race for Congress in November will be a repeat of 2014. Incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers easily topped five challengers in Tuesday’s primary. Democrat Joe Pakootas appears headed to …


Primary ballots due by Tuesday night

Tuesday is election day, so the ballots that have been sitting around the house for the last three weeks have to be marked and turned in by 8 p.m. to …


Washington voters have until Tuesday to fill out long, crowded ballot

Primary ballots are due Tuesday. If you are like most voters, yours still hasn’t been cast.


Spin Control: A look at voters and turnout, by the numbers

Political geeks might rejoice in a new page on the Washington secretary of state’s website that provides a plethora of political numbers that can be fed into a spreadsheet and …


Recap of primary endorsements

Endorsements for 2106 Washington state primary election


Candidates for Washington state auditor vow to restore credibility

SEATTLE – Restoring the credibility of the Washington State Auditor’s Office tops the list of priorities for those seeking to replace departing Auditor Troy Kelley, whose term was marred by …


Gun control initiative will be on Washington ballot

Voters will decide whether Washington judges should be able to order people considered dangerous to give up their guns.


Spokane City Council asks voters to determine if coal, oil trains should be fined

The ordinance before voters in November cites concerns about a derailment polluting water in the Spokane aquifer and Spokane River. City Councilmember Breean Beggs said he believes Congress has given …


Seattle’s $11 minimum wage has mixed results, study says

Seattle’s minimum wage hike may have increased wages but reduced hours for workers, UW study concludes.


Looking for info on Washington primary? Check Election Center

The newspaper’s Election Center offers past coverage, candidate issue grids and editorial endorsements to help voters with choices in the Aug. 2 primary election.


Nancy McLaughlin takes issue with claims made in challenger Josh Kerns’ mailer

Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin took issue this week with a mailer sent by challenger Josh Kerns.


Washington voters get minimum wage initiative

I-1433 qualifies for the November ballot.


Spokane City Council mulling vote on fines for oil, coal trains through downtown

The Spokane City Council will consider asking voters whether they want to fine companies that ship oil and coal by rail through downtown.


Liberty Lake, Airway Heights asking for bonds to build recreation centers

Airway Heights and Liberty Lake residents will soon vote on $25 million worth of construction bond measures. Airway Heights voters will decide on $13 million recreation center, and voters in …


Recap of primary endorsements

Endorsements for 2106 Washington state primary election.


Spokane County Fire District 4 asking voters for higher EMS levy

Voters in Spokane County Fire District 4 north of Spokane will see a renewal of the district’s emergency medical services levy on ballots arriving in the mail for the August …


Editorial: Jones for state superintendent

We interviewed three candidates who are all impressive, but we believe Erin Jones has the background and vision to address significant challenges


Bryant on the air with TV ad ahead of primary

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant has released his first TV ad in his campaign against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee.


Three vie for seat on Spokane County Commission

Two challengers are vying for a chance to unseat Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin in the August primary elections.


Pat McCarthy is safe choice for state auditor

After the Kelley fiasco, we hope voters play it safe. The candidate with the best track record in public office management is Pat McCarthy, and she gets our endorsement.


U.S. Senate race: Patty Murray vs. Chris Vance and 15 others

Washington’s U.S. Senate race pits Republican Chris Vance and 15 others against four-term incumbent Democrat Patty Murray.