Politics

California recall fails; Gov. Gavin Newsom stays in office

The recall, which turned on Newsom’s approach to the pandemic, mirrored the nation’s heated political divide over business closures and mask and vaccine mandates, and both parties will dissect its outcome heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigns

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday he would resign, effective in 14 days. "The best way I can help is if I step aside and let government get back to the governing," he said. This story is breaking and…

Spokane City Council members revise emergency weather ordinance

SPOKANE, Wash. -- On Friday afternoon, Spokane City Council members revised their emergency weather ordinance set for consideration during Monday’s upcoming legislative session. “We’ve listened to the community, we’ve heard the administration, and we are making accommodations to revise the…

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The result of the vote — 168…

Feds plan to curtail West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal officials are planning to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the Northwest’s endangered killer whales. NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which calls for restricting commercial and…

Idaho House speaker to run for lieutenant governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Powerful Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke announced Thursday he’s running for lieutenant governor. Bedke made the announcement in the Statehouse, becoming the third current or former House member to seek the post. Bedke, a fourth-generation rancher…

Gov. Inslee criticized over climate bill veto

SEATTLE (AP) — Tribal leaders and some state legislators in Washington state have criticized Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in a joint statement on Friday after he vetoed a bill that would require improved consultation with tribes about climate investments made…

Lt. Gov. McGeachin announces run for Idaho governor

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin announced Wednesday that she’s running for governor. The 58-year-old Republican lieutenant governor announced the decision at a news conference in Idaho Falls with additional news conferences planned later in the day in…