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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson debate in prime time before election

In their only in-person debate of the election season, the congresswoman and her Democratic challenger sparred over the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic and wildfires. McMorris Rodgers also reiterated her desire for closer government regulation of social media based on perceived election year bias. 

Investigate West: Nearly 1 million Washington homes are at risk from wildfires; here’s why we’re not winning the fire fight

Intentional burning of underbrush and dead trees – “prescribed fire” to those who practice it – is increasingly regarded as the key tool in making combustible forests fire-resistant and heading off “megafires.” But the technique is rarely used in the West, and prescribed fire rates actually decreased in the Northwest over the past two decades, one study showed.

Fundraising in Eastern Washington Congress race sees dip following high-profile 2018 contest

At just a little more than $4 million, and most of that going to incumbent Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, fundraising in Eastern Washington in 2020 is on pace to total less than half what was amassed two years ago. With other races nationwide drawing record amounts of money and time on the airwaves, the change likely has more to do with the perceived competitiveness of the race and less to do with the effects of the pandemic.