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McMorris Rodgers, Murray both earn return trips to Congress

Cathy McMorris Rodgers will serve a sixth term in the House of Representatives, once again defeating Joe Pakootas to return to the Congressional seat she’s held since 2005. Patty Murray will head back to the Senate to serve a fifth term, defeating Republican Chris Vance.

All the 5th District Congressional debates, in one place

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas have squared off three times in debates around Washington's 5th Congressional district since the beginning of this month. They're all available online as you fill out your ballot.

Pakootas, McMorris Rodgers take to airwaves to make their case

Both Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Joe Pakootas have released TV ads in the Spokane market as ballots start to drop this week. Pakootas is attempting to tie McMorris Rodgers to Donald Trump, while the congresswoman is touting national security in an ad that departs from her usual policy-based ads.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers tepidly allies with Trump, touts policies in Congressional race against Joe Pakootas

Joe Pakootas, the Democratic challenger looking to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in her seventh run for Congress, is trying to tie her to Donald Trump in an attempt to sway voters away from the high-ranking Republican. But she may need those voters, and her tenuous alliance with Trump, to retain her seat in a strategy indicative of her longtime defense of the Republican Party.

Murray, McMorris Rodgers for Congress

The two congressional races on Spokane County ballots feature the 5th Congressional District and a U.S. Senate seat. U.S. Senate: You won’t see U.S. Sen. Patty Murray on TV pounding the partisan talking points and widening the divide. That doesn’t mean she isn’t partisan (she is a close adviser to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid), but it shows she has the temperament to keep the door open to negotiation and compromise. The popular narrative is that Congress is hopelessly gridlocked, but it’s only partly true.

McMorris Rodgers sticks with Trump

Democratic challenger Joe Pakootas calls on U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to withdraw her backing of Donald Trump. She says no.

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, but her tepid support of Donald Trump and connections to Washington D.C. leadership could hurt her.

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 a second place finish based on his strong finish in Spokane County.

McMorris Rodgers, Wilson in 5th District

We support Dave Wilson’s ideas, but we’re also realists. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is in a strong leadership position and can help the district on issues such as protecting Fairchild Air Force Base.

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 a reaction to being denied an offer to hold exclusive policy discussions forums between the two candidates.

McMorris Rodgers criticizes, but doesn’t disavow, Trump

The highest-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives said at a campaign kickoff event Thursday that Americans were in “uncharted territory” in this presidential election but refrained from taking a stance on the candidacy of Donald Trump.

Race for McMorris Rodgers’ seat draws new, old challengers

Four challengers have announced they’ll seek the seat in Congress held since 2005 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. Three of the men have ran against McMorris Rodgers before. David Kay is seeking the Democratic nomination won by Joe Pakootas two years ago.