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Idaho leaders continue to review faith-healing laws

Legislative leaders are currently considering several options to change Idaho’s faith-healing laws, but details about what’s being discussed are being kept under wraps.


Washington’s 6th District draws five challengers to succeed Rep. Kevin Parker

Five candidates have filed to succeed Kevin Parker, a popular Republican lawmaker who announced in May he would not seek his fifth term in the House of Representatives. The field …


Idaho budget writers approve $34.5M for wildfire suppression

Idaho budget writers are preparing for another hectic wildfire season by allocating $34.5 million to help cover the expected high costs of managing and suppressing flames across the state.


Keough Wants To Hold Her District 1 Position

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Crow To Run Again For District 3 Seat

Crow


Kenck Again Sets Sights On Senate Seat

Democrat Larry Kenck will take another run at the Idaho state Senate this election season, he announced this week. Kenck, 48, is the business representative for Teamsters Local 582. This …


Seattle Mayor’s Race Down To Three Port Commissioner Tops Vote, Absentee Ballots To Determine His Opponent

The Seattle mayor’s race is down to Paul Schell and somebody from West Seattle. Schell, a Port of Seattle commissioner, was the top vote-getter with 27 percent in Tuesday’s mayoral …


Three Put Touch On State Policy North Idaho’s Outgoing Democrats Made Mark In Gop Stronghold

For the past decade, the face of North Idaho in Boise was that of four longtime state legislators, all Democrats, all well-known around the Statehouse. Now three of the four …


Republicans Gain Ground In Local Legislative Races

Larry Kenck, right, District 2 Democratic challenger, greets Don Heikkila at the Democrats’ party at the Iron Horse on Tuesday evening. Photo by Liz Kishimoto/The Spokesman-Review


Brown Bounces Moyer Out Of Senate

1. Lisa Brown talks with supporters at a Democratic rally Tuesday night at the Ridpath. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Senate candidate George Orr and his grandson Chris Sothen …


Status Quo Rule Of The Day In Idaho

Idaho races The faces in Idaho’s statewide political landscape changed little Tuesday, and voters appeared reluctant to change much else, judging by the failure of most ballot initiatives. Sen. Larry …


Candidate Offers Students Lesson In Free Speech Speaker Outrages Forum By Using Bible Quotes To Say Homosexuals Should Be Killed

A legislative candidate who outraged many Puyallup High School students with his inflammatory remarks about gays and integration may end up being a good lesson in the basics of democracy …


Mccaslin’s Pot Ad Burns Orr Up Says He Only Favors Legalizing Marijuana For The Terminally Ill

Sen. Bob McCaslin’s current ads attack George Orr as a champion of legalizing marijuana, citing the Democrat’s response to a question on the topic. The ad’s claim is absurd, his …


Kurt Matter (D)

Resume: 45, Kettle Falls-area resident for 21 years … attended University of Washington … heavy equipment operator, former orchardist, served on Kettle Falls School Board 1988-95 … married, two children. …


7th District Representative Lyons Vs. Mcmorris: One Candidate Cites Her Legislative Experience; Other Cites His Life Experience

Democratic candidates for two 7th District state representative positions want better education in the future while two Republicans want less government. All of the candidates - Democrats Brad Lyons and …


Mark Schoesler (R)

Resume: 39, born and raised in Ritzville … has served two House terms; wheat, cattle and canola farmer, former U.S. Department of Agriculture employee … is assistant majority floor leader, …


Frank Galizia (D)

Resume: 36 … bachelor’s degree in chemistry and economics from Washington and Jefferson College (Pa.) in 1982, doctorate in optometry in 1986 … Clinical director at Empire Eye Physicians …


6th Legislative District Benson Vs. Personett: Health Care A Top Issue

Mostly political newcomers are fighting for two state House seats in the 6th District. Republican Rep. Duane Sommers, 63, is the only veteran, selected in November to finish Rep. Todd …


Alex Wood (D)

Resume: Age 50, Spokane-area resident since 1977 … Washington State University, broadcast journalism (two credits shy of graduation.) … Submarine Quartermaster in the U.S. Navy, 1966-1970. … Spokane radio reporter, …


Legislative District 7 Ferris Vs. Mclaughlin: Ardent Conservative Attacks Longtime Lawmaker

As Republican John Ferris sees it, solidarity counts as much as substance. That’s why he thinks Sen. Marguerite McLaughlin, D-Orofino, should have supported the States’ Rights Memorial when it came …


Ken Whitehall (R)

Resume: 24, lifelong Spokane resident … Education: 1-1/2 years at Christian Life School of Theology, now enrolled at Spokane Community College. … Held restaurant jobs ranging from cook to manager, …


Brian Day (D)

Resume: 26, born in Pullman, raised in Tri-Cities … student at Washington State University, served four years in Air Force, works as bartender in Pullman … former head of WSU …


John Moyer (R)

(photo of John Moyer)


3rd District Brown Vs. Moyer: Two Well-Known Politicians Square Off In Race For Position In State Senate

The 3rd District legislative races feature two of Spokane’s best-known politicians, a radio personality and three youngsters. The battle for the Senate seat pits incumbent Republican John Moyer against Democratic …


Brad Benson (R)

Resume: 37, transferred to Spokane in 1986 by Air Force, after joining in 1982 … Hired by Seafirst in 1988 as banking officer; left in January to help wife run …


Larry Crouse (R)

Resume: 51 … High school graduate … Elected state representative in 1994, sells real estate … worked for Kaiser Aluminum for about 20 years, 13 as a machinist and nearly …


Jerry Hopkins (D)

Resume: 58, grew up in Eastern Washington, moved to Spokane in 1965 … retired in June as president of Spokane Education Association; taught economics, world affairs, social studies, North Central …


Cathy Mcmorris (R)

Resume: 27, Stevens County resident since 1984, lives in Colville … bachelor of pre-law, Pensacola Christian College … incumbent state representative, vice chairman of House Agriculture Committee, former legislative assistant, …


Jeff Gombosky (D)

Resume: 25, Spokane native … Mead High School, bachelor’s degree Eastern Washington University. … Program director for the Institute for Neighborhood Leadership, former staff member to state Sen. Ray Moore, …


Bob Henager (D)

Resume: 46, born in Yakima, raised in Tri-Cities … milkman for Pullman dairy, former worker for state Employment Security Department, substitute teacher, Navy veteran … former president of Tri-Cities Handicapped …