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What to watch for when watching political advertisements

When the calendar nears Election Day all over Washington, it can seem like the stream of political advertisements from the TV and radio will never end. The First Amendment largely …


Pair cited for campaign sign theft in Spokane Valley after numerous candidates report vandalism

Allegations that political signs in Spokane Valley have been stolen and damaged have flown back and forth this election season, and now two men have been cited for doing so.


Patricia Murphy: From Bush’s lips to our ears: To heck with campaign promises

Politicians cannot control whether they’ll win or lose, but they can always decide whether they’ll do what they think is right.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018

Fundraising in governor’s race eclipsed by initiative campaigns

After a hotly contested primary race that saw the candidates for governor spend more than $4 million combined, campaign finance reports filed Wednesday show much lower figures for rivals Brad …


UPDATED: Thu., April 19, 2018

Stephanie Cates stepping down as chairwoman of Spokane County GOP

Cates said Friday her decision is due to the lack of time she can devote to aiding candidates ahead of what is shaping up to be a contentious midterm election …


Spokane ends time limits on campaign signs as part of code revisions

The changes also affect yard and garage sale signs, real estate signs, and prevents billboards from being moved into areas of town were lots of people walk.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 8, 2018

Spokane City Council overrides Condon veto of campaign finance reporting law

Lawmakers stood firm in their support of the campaign finance law, pushed by City Council President Ben Stuckart, to require more stringent reporting of donors and cap contributions. Opponents, who …


Spokane City Council to consider overriding Condon veto of campaign finance reforms

With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a …


Montana U.S. Senate hopefuls make large loans to campaigns

Two Montana Republicans seeking to challenge incumbent Democrat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 are chipping in large amounts of their own money to jumpstart their campaigns.


Spokane eyes eliminating deadline on removing campaign yard signs

The current requirement to take down yard signs promoting a particular candidate in an election would go away under proposed changes to the Spokane municipal code.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Lawsuit challenges Seattle campaign-contribution vouchers

Seattle’s first-in-the-nation voucher system for publicly financing political campaigns is facing a new legal challenge by two local property owners who say it forces them to support candidates they don’t …


Fraud plagues do-it-yourself charities after Orlando

The more than 430 fundraisers posted on the GoFundMe website after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando have exposed weaknesses inherent in these popular do-it-yourself charity campaigns: …


Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland’s long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas. Nationwide the …


House campaign groups start $75M ad push

WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties’ House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November’s elections. …


Ex-Sen. Craig loses bid to dismiss FEC lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his …


‘Cliff’ movement? Obama, Boehner trade proposals

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of divided government, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sought an elusive compromise Tuesday to prevent economy-damaging tax increases on the middle …


Obama in Michigan to press for taxes on rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in …


Obama heading to Michigan to push taxes on rich

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


With election over, less attention to jobs report

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the monthly jobs numbers isn’t what it used to be. The first unemployment report since President Barack Obama’s re-election barely got a mention from the …


Election hits $2B mark amid last-minute donations

WASHINGTON (AP) — Remarkable for its last-minute surge of contributions, the U.S. presidential election witnessed unprecedented sums of cash boosting two men in their quest for the White House. It …


$2 billion price tag for presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports …


Dem on trial seen as part of old Chicago politics

CHICAGO (AP) — The grizzled Chicago Democrat has compared himself to a virile hog, likened a then-chief prosecutor to a Nazi and bragged about directing government investigators to kiss his …


Artifact of old-school Chicago politics on trial

CHICAGO (AP) — The grizzled Chicago Democrat has compared himself to a virile hog, likened a then-chief prosecutor to a Nazi and bragged about directing government investigators to kiss his …


Obama defense pick could come sooner than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-powered package announcement with his choice for secretary …


Kerry stays quiet as Cabinet speculation swirls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry is angling to be the nation’s top diplomat by being, well, diplomatic. The longtime Democratic lawmaker from Massachusetts has largely stayed quiet while President …


Ex-treasurer to Dem politicians faces sentencing

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former campaign treasurer who defrauded dozens of California Democratic politicians of at least $7 million was incapable of managing her business, often letting candidates’ bills …


Obama, Romney to meet at White House Thursday

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election. Obama …


Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday …


Ethics panel investigating New York Republican

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, is under investigation for possible campaign finance violations, but said it is deferring …