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County planners worked with developer to make sure South Hill project could move ahead

City planners will do the heavy lifting applying state development laws to a 9-acre, $6 million development on Spokane’s South Hill proposed by developer Cyrus Vaughn. Vaughn is fighting his …


Third-party field hopes to seize on voter discontent in race against McMorris Rodgers for 5th District seat

Four of the faces in the race for Washington’s 5th Congressional District seat are familiar, one is new. Those hoping to unseat Cathy McMorris Rodgers say they believe voter discontent …


Spin Control: Washington set a dubious record on initiatives

Washington’s general election ballot falls short of a record number of initiatives, but the state did set one other initiative record.


Fisken tops strong treasurer field

Fisken says he likes McIntire progressive tax proposal, and would want to be part of any discussion on changing the code, but he would be more diplomatic about it. We …


Congressional candidate accuses opponent of listing false endorsements

Congressional candidates Dave Wilson has released a list of suspicious organizations that opponent Joe Pakootas claimed endorsed his campaign in 2014 or 2016. Pakootas says Wilson released the list as …


Four initiatives likely headed for ballot in Washington

Initiatives on consumer protection, political reform, minimum wage and gun control likely to be added to the November ballot.


‘Transgender bathroom’ initiative won’t make Washington ballot

An initiative to overturn a state rule allowing transgender people to use public facilities based on gender identity will not make the November ballot.


Two challenging Mary Dye in race for state House

Two Republicans and a self-proclaimed Berniecrat are hoping to land a spot respresending southwestern Washington in the state House. Jennifer Goulet – who calls herself a Berniecrat because of her …


Editorial: McLaughlin and Mumm for County Commission

Mumm and McLaughlin are more experienced and pragmatic than Kerns. We would like to see them advance to the general election.


Washington’s 6th District draws five challengers to succeed Rep. Kevin Parker

Five candidates have filed to succeed Kevin Parker, a popular Republican lawmaker who announced in May he would not seek his fifth term in the House of Representatives. The field …


Timm Ormsby faces two challengers for House seat

Opponents of state Rep. Timm Ormsby in the Aug. 2 Washington primary say it’s time for the incumbent to go. “He’s been there long enough,” said Republican Laura Carder. “I …


Verner, Upthegrove top lands commissioner field

Community outreach and internal communication were not Goldmark’s strengths. DNR has been beat up over the recent wildfire seasons, and morale is low. Fresh leadership is on the way, but …


Socialist Workers Party among alternatives for president on Washington ballot

For Washington voters unhappy with their presidential choices from the two major parties, there will be other options.


Crowded lands commissioner field wants to take on wildfire preparedness

Seven candidates are vying for the position of Washington’s public lands commissioner. It’s the top job at the state Department of Natural Resources, which manages 5.6 million acres of state …


Bill Bryant faces major obstacles in bid to replace Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

The differences and disparities in the race between incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and chief Republican challenger Bill Bryant were crystal clear over a 24-hour period on the last weekend of …


Hobbs is best choice for lieutenant governor

Hobbs has a record of leadership and impartiality, and he has the most balanced support, with labor and business backing. He has earned our endorsement.


Candidates for Washington governor on the issues

GoodspaceguyBill HirtMary MartinSteve RubensteinJohnathan DoddsPatrick O’RourkeChristian JoubertJames Robert DealJay InsleeBill BryantDo you support a carbon emissions tax like the one proposed in Initiative 732? Why or why not?No. Life on …


Editorial: Vehrs for legislative District 6

In a relatively conservative district, she won’t survive as lockstep liberal, so our hope is that she gravitates to the center. Nonetheless, she is the most pragmatic, knowledgable candidate and …


Longtime Lt. Gov. Brad Owen slams one of the candidates hoping to succeed him

Retiring Lt. Gov. Brad Owen criticizes fellow Democrat Sen. Cyrus Habib, one of 11 candidates seeking to replace him.


Timm Ormsby the easy pick in 3rd District

This district, one of the poorest in the state, has been a longtime Democratic stronghold, and Republicans have struggled to field a strong candidate. This year is no different, with …


Republicans counter Obama visit with Tacoma rally for Bryant, candidate for governor

Former Gov. Dan Evans urges Republicans to unite behind Bill Bryant for governor.


President Obama to Washington Democrats: Stay involved

SEATTLE – Campaigning for Gov. Jay Inslee and other Washington Democrats, President Barack Obama said the election is “too important to stay home.”


Obama in Seattle this week to raise money for Inslee

President Barack Obama will be the featured speaker at a Seattle campaign event for Gov. Jay Inslee this Friday.


Office of Washington lieutenant governor attracts high interest

Current Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has held the post since 1997. He announced his retirement earlier this year, sparking a rare rush of candidates for the office. Eleven candidates have …


Spin Control: State Democrats may use presidential primary in 2020

After decades of selecting presidential nominees through the precinct caucuses, Democrats may switch to a primary.


Inslee, Bryant agree to Spokane debate

Gubernatorial debate scheduled for Aug. 17 in Spokane.


State convention for Washington Democrats convenes Friday

State Democrats will convene for their state convention this weekend to finish electing delegates to the national convention and to pass a party platform.


Gubernatorial debate between Inslee, Bryant set for August

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and his Republican challenger, Bill Bryant, will face off in their first debate in August.


Crowded field for Washington schools chief race

There’s a crowded field of candidates vying to be Washington’s next superintendent of public instruction, but the three top candidates all bring something new to the contest.


Spin Control: If other candidates stayed in the hunt, would Trump have won the primary?

Post-election analysis is a good time for “what ifs” and last Tuesday’s presidential primary was no exception. Like, what if Ted Cruz and John Kasich had not dropped out of …