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Gov. Jay Inslee is raising money to explore presidential run

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is taking steps toward a presidential bid, forming a federal political-action committee and soliciting money he could use to travel to early 2020 primary and caucus states, the Seattle Times and the public radio Northwest News Network have learned.

Further Review: A deeper look at the finances behind the Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown race

Fifth Congressional District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and challenger Lisa Brown have raised more than $10.5 million and spent nearly all of it in what has become the most expensive contest in Eastern Washington in recent memory, and likely in the political history of the district. The Spokesman-Review took a deeper look at where the money came from to fund the two top-tier candidates in a race that will be closely watched on Election Day.

Lisa Brown raises more campaign cash than Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in latest reports

Democrat Lisa Brown reported taking in $2.2 million in a feverish two months of campaigning following her second-place finish in August’s blanket primary. Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers added $1.4 million directly to her campaign, including money raised through a joint fundraising committee. The total amount of fundraising is approaching $10 million for the seat.

Money pouring into race between Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown

The congresswoman once again posted a higher fundraising total for the first three months of 2018 than her Democratic rival, but the Democrat is continuing to surge. Federal Election Commission reports show the two campaigns were divided by a little more than $127,000 in earnings during the first quarter of this year.

Lisa Brown reports raising $1 million; Cathy McMorris Rodgers draws big crowd

Both women vying to represent Eastern Washington in Congress touted their campaigns’ enthusiasm this week, with Lisa Brown crossing a fundraising threshold only two of her Democratic predecessors have matched in recent years and Cathy McMorris Rodgers claiming record crowds at her campaign kickoff events in the district.

WVHS band halfway to goal for Soul Steppers gear

The West Valley High School marching band and color guard last year experienced the opportunity to play in the Veteran’s Day Parade and Band of Pride Patriotic Concert in New York City. However, West Valley Band Director Jim Loucks had an inspiring experience of his own on the trip: witnessing the Soul Steppers perform.

Pro-Moore group fundraises off Trump’s near endorsement

A political action committee supporting Senate candidate Roy Moore is fundraising off President Donald Trump’s near-endorsement of the Alabama Republican, who is facing new allegations of decades-old sexual misconduct in the closing weeks of the campaign.

Nerd Wallet: Surprise! Four things you didn’t know were taxable

Tax season begins in just a few months, which means there’s precious little time left to prevent unwelcome tax surprises next April. For many people, the blow comes when they find out they have to report income they thought wasn’t taxable – and then have to come up with money to pay taxes on it.

Trump campaign raising money off Pence walking out of NFL game

President Donald Trump’s joint fundraising committee sent an email Monday asking donors to show support for Vice President Mike Pence’s decision to leave an NFL game in Indianapolis after some members of the San Francisco 49ers kneeled during the national anthem.

VP Pence to flex fundraising muscle for Republicans

Vice President Mike Pence went home to Indiana on Friday to pressure the state’s lone Democratic senator to support a GOP tax overhaul. He’ll bounce to Alabama on Monday, campaigning for President Donald Trump’s pick in a special Senate election. And by Thursday, he’s scheduled to be in Milwaukee, headlining a $35,000-per-couple fundraiser.