Local Politics

Rep. Herrera Beutler censured over Trump impeachment vote

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Members of Washington’s Clark County Republican party voted this week to formally censure Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, of Battle Ground, over her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump. In a rowdy gathering at a church…

Sugary drinks targeted in new Washington state tax proposal

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A tax proposal under debate by Washington state lawmakers could raise the price of soda, juice and sweetened coffee drinks. A state Senate bill would charge beverage distributors 1.75 cents for every ounce of a sweetened…

Senate makes another try to trim governor’s emergency powers

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers on Wednesday initiated another shot at trimming an Idaho governor’s power during an emergency event that threatens residents’ lives such as the pandemic. The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to introduce a bill that is…

Idaho power struggle appears to tilt away from Legislature

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Attempts by the Republican-dominated Legislature to wrest power from GOP Gov. Brad Little when it comes to emergency declarations during a crisis like the coronavirus pandemic appeared to take a hit Thursday. The Idaho attorney general’s…

Washington secretary of state certifies election results

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman on Tuesday certified the final results of Washington state’s election, two days ahead of the deadline. The state saw its second-highest turnout percentage, with 84.14% of the state’s nearly 4.9…

State seeks to bar Eyman from controlling political money

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is seeking to bar initiative promoter Tim Eyman from having any future financial control of political committees as a judge hears arguments that he solicited kickbacks, laundered donations and flouted campaign finance law in…

4 News Now Q&A: How safe is your vote?

You have probably read the headlines, or scrolled through the tweets. At the center of it all is concern about election security, fueled by a president who believes voter fraud is rampant during this election. But how accurate are those claims? 

Incumbent wins Washington state’s superintendent race

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state’s schools chief was reelected after Democrats hit the panic button late in the campaign over the nonpartisan but sharp political race. Chris Reykdal, the incumbent state superintendent of public instruction, won another four-year term in the…