Local Politics

Primary Election: Here's where to drop off your ballot today

SPOKANE CO., Wash. -- Have you turned in your ballot for the Primary Election? On Tuesday, voters in Spokane County have their last chance to decide which local candidates should advance to the November 2 General Election. On the ballot are…

Idaho lieutenant governor keeps focus on vaccine mandates

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, acting governor with Gov. Brad Little out of the state, on Tuesday sent what she called a formal inquiry to the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare concerning private…

Idaho governor against interfering in vaccine requirements

TROY, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers in Idaho should not reconvene to consider legislation to prevent employers from requiring workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations, the governor said. “I need to know more about it, (but) my default position is that it’s…

Inslee cancels visit with Spokane-area fire chiefs

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Governor Jay Inslee was scheduled to visit Spokane Wednesday to meet with regional fire chiefs, but canceled the trip due to "unforeseen transportation" issues.  Inslee’s visit would have come following his state of emergency declaration, made Tuesday…

Panel maintains Idaho governor’s housing stipend, for now

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The state will continue playing the $4,551-per-month housing stipend for Idaho’s governor for now, a special legislative committee has decided, but the panel will reconsider the matter later this year. The Governor’s Housing Committee voted unanimously…

Anti-government activist Bundy issues Idaho campaign videos

Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy on Saturday came out with his first videos announcing his campaign to become governor of Idaho. “I’m running for governor because I’m sick and tired of all of this political garbage just like you are,” Bundy…

Judge dismisses Washington governor recall petition

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state officials have said a petition that was filed last month to recall Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic was dismissed this week. The governor’s office said Wednesday that a…