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Lone mayoral candidate drops out in Harrison, following resignation of former mayor

Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only …


Shawn Vestal: Be the hero the republic – and Republicans – truly need, Representative

Preserve some honor, Congresswoman. Support the impeachment inquiry. Use whatever influence and leverage you have to set an example. Be the leader your words would have us believe you are.


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.


Local Democrats look to debate for clarity about whom to support for presidential nomination

With 20 candidates still in the running for the party’s nomination for president in 2020, most local members of the party are unwilling at this point to throw their support …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Supporters of dividing Washington into two states make their pitch at Spokane Interstate Fair

Volunteers pitched the idea of dividing Washington politically along the Cascades among booths selling hot tubs, handmade crafts and wood stoves Friday afternoon, the first day of the Spokane Interstate …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Facebook tightens political ad rules, but leaves loopholes

Facebook is tightening its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, acknowledging previous misuse. But it’s not clear if it will be enough to stop bad …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 7:38 a.m.

Mayor of Harrison, Idaho, resigns, citing fears for family’s safety and disagreement over development

Kayleen Walker, who’s served as mayor of the small vacation town of roughly 200 people since 2017, resigned Aug. 6 after vandalism of her home near downtown. Walker said she …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers defends right to own guns, criticizes Donald Trump’s rhetoric in Spokane town hall

The eight-term congresswoman said she couldn’t support a ban on the sale of assault-style weapons but would support laws that would create a path for guns to be taken away …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 1:22 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to appear at town hall Wednesday at Gonzaga University

The congresswoman is scheduled to speak for an hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Spokane. In recent weeks, she’s criticized President Donald Trump for personally attacking Democratic lawmakers in Congress …


David Von Drehle: Politics could use a dose of pragmatism

Pragmatism has never been more urgently needed in American politics. The widespread loss of faith in government reflects a half-century of overpromising by politicians with Big Ideas.


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 12:44 p.m.

Thailand’s new Cabinet sworn in, ending rule by army junta

Thailand’s new Cabinet was sworn in Tuesday, creating a nominally elected government after five years of military rule but keeping power in the hands of the same allies of the …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 7:24 a.m.

Control of Spokane Valley City Council a top issue for two of Councilman Arne Woodard’s primary challengers

Two candidates hoping to unseat conservative Spokane Valley City Councilman Arne Woodard say their goal is to shift the balance of power on the council. Former government contract negotiator Al …


Extradition bill pushes Hong Kong to a political crisis

A highly controversial legislative measure in Hong Kong that would allow criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China has pushed the former British colony to its biggest political crisis …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019, 10:18 p.m.

Chris Christie to join Gen. James Mattis at Spokane fundraiser in October

The Washington Policy Center, a free-market think tank, will bring the former governor of New Jersey to Spokane on Oct. 24 for its annual fundraiser.


Whistleblower who leaked Rep. Matt Shea’s chat logs accuses lawmaker of Christian domination agenda

The man who leaked private messages involving state Rep. Matt Shea wrote a lengthy Facebook post on Wednesday, publicly acknowledging his own role in the chat and accusing the Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019, 9:07 p.m.

Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

As House Democrats ramp up their widespread investigations into President Donald Trump, the White House’s strategy for responding has been simple: just say no.


UPDATED: Wed., March 13, 2019, 7:11 p.m.

U.S. grounding of Boeing jet shows limits of company’s clout

Trump administration’s decision to follow other countries and ground Boeing 737 Max 8s illustrates the limits of the company’s clout.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 10:33 p.m.

2020 Democrats flock to trendy SXSW festival in Austin, Texas

The 2020 circus had arrived at the hipster-techie festival that is South by Southwest.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Trump urges America to ‘choose greatness’ in State of the Union address

Facing a divided Congress for the first time, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to reject “the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution.” He warned emboldened Democrats that …


Virginia governor apologizes for racist photo; not resigning

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam apologized on Friday for a racist photo in which he appeared more than 30 years ago, but said he did not intend to heed calls to …


Michael Gerson: Trump’s 2016 campaign has been revealed as false advertising

The news that Donald Trump’s approval rating is near historical lows brings some relief that the laws of political gravity still apply. When the president is doing a spectacularly bad …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

Senate proposal would make some lawmakers’ documents public record

Legislators would have to make public some of their correspondence, documents and memos – although not as much as other government officials in Washington – under a proposal filed Thursday.


Backed by military, Venezuela’s Maduro hits back at rival

Backed by Venezuela’s military, President Nicolas Maduro went on the offensive against an opposition leader who declared himself interim president and his U.S. supporters, setting up a potentially explosive struggle …


Record wildfire-fighting budget requested by Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz

An investment of $55 million would include a doubling of the state’s resources to fight wildfires. Franz, in an interview recorded for the Spokesman-Review’s Newsmakers podcast series, said such spending …


Eye on Boise: The keys to a friendly transition

After he’d conducted what he referred to as his last official act in the governor’s office on Thursday, I asked outgoing Gov. Butch Otter when he’d be turning over the …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Congo’s top archbishop pleads for peace on eve of election

Congo’s top archbishop is urging peace on the eve of a long-delayed presidential election, saying differences of opinion are no reason to “light the country on fire.”


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 29, 2018, 6:44 p.m.

Elections, films help effort to ban gay conversion therapy

Activists urging more states to ban gay conversion therapy for minors are expecting major gains in 2019, thanks to midterm election results and the buzz generated by two well-reviewed films.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 22, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

Delegates quiet as shutdown takes effect

As midnight came and went on the East Coast Friday, bringing with it the third government shutdown of the year, Spokane’s federal delegations stayed largely quiet.


Did your favorite company donate to Democratic or Republican campaigns? This startup will tell you.

The Washington D.C.-based startup, Progressive Shopper, has set out to mine political spending from hundreds of major brands. The site shows shoppers what percentage of a company’s political spending went …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

Washington Women’s March group disbands amid anti-Semitism controversy at national level

The decision won’t affect plans for a downtown march next month in Spokane, which will mark the third year of the annual demonstration that grew out of concern over the …