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Voters vent frustrations with GOP gains in county, state

Democrat Chris Marr conceded defeat Wednesday night in the record-breaking million-dollar battle for a Spokane County state Senate seat. Marr made up some ground in the second day of ballot counting against Republican Michael Baumgartner, but he said it was too little to make a difference.

Truths, half-truths and other campaign claims

More than a million dollars has been spent fighting for one Spokane seat in the state Senate – and the election season isn’t even over. The milestone was reached this week in the 6th Legislative District fight between incumbent Democratic Sen. Chris Marr and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner, according to records from the state Public Disclosure Commission.

Vestal: All the mud a million bucks can sling

Chris Marr really opposes negative ads. He says he’s been the victim of “hit pieces” by his opponent. He says that his political campaign for the state Senate ought to be about the issues. “The public deserves better than what we’ve seen so far,” Marr said in a KSPS debate not long ago.

Democratic strategist faces sanctions

A Democratic political strategist active in shadowy independent ads in a Spokane legislative campaign faces court sanctions for campaign violations in an Everett primary race. Lisa MacLean’s tactics to hide who was contributing to efforts to sway the 38th District state Senate primary were so “reprehensible” that the election may have to be overturned, the Public Disclosure Commission said Thursday. It voted 3-0 to refer the case to Attorney General Rob McKenna.

Baumgartner and Marr: Police ombudsmen

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and his Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "Should state law be changed to allow cities to fire fully independent police ombudsmen without seeking approval from police unions?"

Baumgartner and Marr: Education funding

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "What is your position on funding aimed at lowering class sizes?"

Marr and Baumgartner: Summary

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "What else do you want voters to know about you?"

Mailings stretch truth in Marr, Baumgartner race

It’s with little doubt the nastiest battle this year for a local office. In a second in a series, we examine some of the claims made on behalf of incumbent Democratic state Sen. Chris Marr and his Republican opponent, Michael Baumgartner, in the race to represent the 6th Legislative District.

Marr and Baumgartner: Workers’ compensation

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "Do you support Initiative 1082, which would privatize workers' compensation?"

Marr, Baumgartner ramp up the rhetoric

It may soon be the million-dollar race. And with so much money, voters’ mailboxes and television sets are filled with a lot of information – and misinformation – about the state Senate candidates who hope to represent Spokane’s 6th Legislative District. Incumbent Democrat Chris Marr and Republican Michael Baumgartner have had many spirited debates. More than 20 mailers have been sent by or on behalf of them.

Woman blasts campaign ad that cites her lawsuit

The woman whose sexual harassment lawsuit was highlighted in a recent campaign commercial against state Sen. Chris Marr demanded Saturday that the ad be pulled from TV. In a hand-written letter released by the Marr campaign, Dawn Fowler said she was outraged when she saw the ad.

State candidates took BP campaign contributions

Several area state legislators accepted campaign contributions from a BP employees’ political action committee after this year’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico – including two Democrats in tough re-election battles. BP political action committees have given to almost 50 campaigns in Washington since the spill.

Baumgartner and Marr: Standardized tests

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner discuss their positions on whether high school students should have to pass a standardized test to earn a diploma.

Marr and Baumgartner: Global warming

Washington state Sen. Chris Marr, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Michael Baumgartner answer the question, "Do you believe there is enough evidence to indicate that human activity likely is a significant cause for global warming?"