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OLYMPIA – In an indication of how tight the Democratic presidential contest has become, Washington's lieutenant governor on Monday endorsed Hillary Clinton, not long after nearly two dozen Democratic lawmakers gathered outside the Capitol to declare their support for Barack Obama. Polls had Clinton and Obama neck and neck on the eve of Super Tuesday, as party voters in many states – including Idaho – choose their preferred standard-bearer in November. On the Republican side, most polls suggested that John McCain had a significant lead over Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee.
OLYMPIA – As early bird candidates start to file their bids for a legislative seat in 2008, the region's most powerful lawmaker says she's resisting suggestions that she consider leaving the statehouse to run for state treasurer. "I think it's an intriguing idea – except that I think I have the best job already: Senate majority leader," said Lisa Brown, D-Spokane. Despite feelers from Democrats who think the economist would be a good fit when incumbent Democrat Mike Murphy steps down next year, she said, "I am almost certain to run for my seat again next year."