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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 7, 2020

Former congressman Joe Walsh ends 2020 GOP bid against Trump

Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh ended his Republican primary challenge to President Donald Trump on Friday, abandoning an effort that faced long odds and financial struggles from the start.


As public impeachment hearings begin, limited local viewership tunes in

The House impeachment inquiry didn’t gain much traction among viewers in Spokane.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019

Allsup stripped of membership in Republican committee

The Whitman County Republican Central Committee voted unanimously Saturday to eject far-right agitator and former Washington State University College Republicans President James Allsup from its ranks.


Democrat Bill Nelson concedes to Rick Scott in Florida race for Senate

Three-term Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, D, has conceded to Gov. Rick Scott, R, in a bitter and drawn-out race to retain his seat after a series of failed legal challenges …


Florida battle for U.S. Senate still too close to call

A bitter and expensive clash between Florida’s Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson remains too close to call, despite Scott’s declaration of victory.


Libertarian backs Republican in tight Montana Senate race

The Libertarian candidate in Montana’s U.S. Senate race threw his support behind Republican Matt Rosendale on Wednesday in response to an election mailer from an unknown group that appeared aimed …


In an unusual step, Idaho GOP candidate brought a full security team to a debate

Republican lieutenant governor candidate Janice McGeachin brought multiple security guards to her Oct. 17 debate at Idaho Public Television — the first time staff there recall a candidate taking such …


As Trump administration eyes writing transgender people ‘out of of existence,’ a moment of reckoning for transgender Republican

Jordan Evans is believed to be the lone openly transgender elected Republican – “my cross to bear,” as she puts it. The tension involved in her unusual profile became acute …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 10, 2018

Bloomberg becomes Democrat again, looks at presidential run

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is officially a Democrat again.


Arizona congressman blasts siblings who endorsed opponent

Six siblings of U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar have urged voters to cast their ballots against the Arizona Republican in November in an unusual political ad sponsored by the rival candidate.


UPDATED: Tue., July 3, 2018

Young conservative shakes things up at GOP confab, but party sticks with anti-gay marriage stance

A young conservative shook things up Saturday at the Idaho Republican Party state convention in Pocatello, but despite his plea, the party stuck with anti-gay marriage platform planks.


UPDATED: Mon., June 25, 2018

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman will speak at fundraiser in Spokane

The Washington Policy Center, which last year brought Brexit architect Nigel Farage to Spokane, will host a former Democrat at its fundraiser this fall. Sen. Joe Lieberman, who ran for …


Veteran Republican strategist Steve Schmidt renounces GOP

Veteran Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said Wednesday he is renouncing the GOP – in part because of what he calls President Donald Trump’s unethical and corrupt behavior, but more …


UPDATED: Wed., May 16, 2018

Phil Hart, Kathy Sims lose bids to return to Idaho Legislature

Two former state legislators making comeback bids were halted by voters in Tuesday’s Republican primary


UPDATED: Mon., May 14, 2018

Hart and Shepherd both seek stronger state’s rights in Idaho House of Representatives

Phil Hart, the four-term North Idaho legislator defeated in a primary six years ago, is back before voters. The tax-protesting politician – who lost his house after a protracted fight …


Building code deregulation a focus in Kootenai County Commission race between Eberlein, Brooks

One of the more controversial issues facing the Kootenai County Commission is a decision to let some residents opt out of county building codes.


Ex-coal baron takes swipe at ‘China people’ and ‘Cocaine Mitch’ in West Virginia political ad

An ex-coal executive who’s running for U.S. Senate after serving a one-year prison sentence has unleashed a political ad that takes swipes at “China people” and calls the Senate majority …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Vermont’s Republican governor signs new gun restrictions

Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat – the first significant gun …


UPDATED: Thu., March 29, 2018

Amid teacher anger, Kentucky lawmakers pass pension overhaul

Republican lawmakers in Kentucky passed a pension overhaul Thursday that preserves benefits for most workers and does little in the short-term to address the state’s massive debt.


GOP Sen. Flake guarded about Senate OK’ing immigration deal

A Republican lawmaker who’s been a leading advocate of striking a bipartisan immigration deal is guarded about whether the Senate can approve a compromise on the politically electric issue, days …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 5, 2018

Republican spends heavily seeking Montana senate nomination

A Montana businessman whose U.S. senate campaign is chaired by the wife of Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke has outspent and outraised his Republican opponents by pumping $650,000 of his own …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018

Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson puts name in ring for powerful job in the U.S. House

U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, says he has joined the race to be chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 31, 2018

GOP congressman who led the Benghazi probe will leave House

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a powerful GOP watchdog who built his name leading the investigation into the 2012 attacks against Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has become the latest prominent Republican to …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018

Rep. Pat Meehan says he saw younger aide as ‘soul mate’ but denies harassment

U.S. Rep Pat Meehan said Tuesday he had developed a deep “affection” for a younger aide and told her that he saw her as a “soul mate” as they talked …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 10, 2018

Issa’s retirement hints at GOP’s woes in California

Rep. Darrell Issa of California announced Wednesday that he will not seek re-election, the latest sign that Republicans could face another grim year at the ballot box in the nation’s …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 9, 2018

Ex-Arizona sheriff, Trump ally Joe Arpaio running for Senate

Former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio has announced he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Jeff Flake.


Scalise says he’ll have new surgery resulting from shooting

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., says he will undergo surgery Wednesday as part of his recovery from last June’s shooting at a baseball practice.


Kentucky’s Republican House speaker resigns leadership post

Kentucky’s Republican House speaker resigned his leadership post, declaring he did not want the secret sexual harassment settlement he signed to be a distraction from the chamber’s legislative work.


Republican state House leader says he was sexually harassed

The Republican leader in the Washington state House says he was sexually harassed at the Capitol more than a decade ago.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018

Luck of the draw helps Republicans hold Virginia House

Virginia Republicans cheered Thursday when their candidate won a state House of Delegates race by luck of the draw, having his name chosen first out of ceramic bowl.