elections

Idaho Gubernational Candidates
8:52 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Idaho Gubernatorial Candidates Make One Last Appeal To Voters

A.J. Balukoff led off the hour and a half debate for Idaho Governor.
Credit A.J. Balukoff / http://www.ajforidaho.com/

Balukoff began the hour-and-a-half back-and-forth by introducing himself as a successful businessman and longtime Boise school trustee. Otter touted his administration’s fiscal responsibility, and Bujak attempted to paint himself as an alternative candidate who would change the way Idaho government works.

By the end of the forum, the three had touched on Idaho’s economy, school funding, the state of its roads and bridges, a prison scandal, and more.

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PAC Money
7:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.

In the meantime, big money interests on both sides are trying to influence the outcome. They’re pouring unlimited contributions into political action committees controlled by the legislative caucuses.

Targeting a 'maverick' senator

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Top-Two Primary
6:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

A group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system have issued their recommendation: They're against it. That puts them in the same camp as both major political parties in Oregon. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman explains.

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Washington Primaries
6:37 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Two Republicans Advancing In Washington Congressional Race

Washington congressional candidate Clint Didier.
Credit Clint Didier campaign

Washington’s August primary appears to have delivered an historic first. Two Republicans are likely to advance to the November election in central Washington’s Fourth Congressional District. Never before has the state’s top-two primary produced two contenders of the same party for a Congressional seat. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oregon Primary System
7:08 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On "Top Two" Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the Top Two primary initiative.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a so-called "Top Two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday. The measure would let people vote in primaries even if they don't belong to a major political party. The top two vote-getters would advance to the general election, regardless of party. Chief petitioner Jim Kelly says it will give more Oregonians a part in the process.

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Oregon Senate Race
5:13 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race?

Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race.
Credit M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race. One shows challenger Monica Wehby in a statistical dead heat with incumbent Jeff Merkley. The other shows Merkley with a double-digit lead.

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North Idaho Elections
6:51 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Tea Party Candidates Claim Victories In North Idaho

Republican incumbents in Idaho are celebrating major victories over Tea Party candidates this week. Gov. Butch Otter and Congressman Mike Simpson both prevailed against challenges to their conservative credentials. But it was a very different story in one part of the state. Jessica Robinson reports from Kootenai County in north Idaho.

Mary Souza had reason to celebrate on her Wednesday online talk show.

Radio show opener: “Jump aboard the Common Sense Express”

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Candidate Background Checks
4:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Non-Profit Offers Politician Background Checks

Some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state.
Credit Magnus Manske / Wikimedia

It’s a mid-term election year. Even so, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone. So who are these would-be officeholders and what kind of troubles may they have had in the past? Formal background checks for candidates are not a part of the typical vetting process. But a former candidate wants to change that.

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Oregon GOP Race
7:51 am
Mon May 12, 2014

GOP Senate Candidates Highlight Personal Stories

Oregon GOP candidate Jason Conger.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon House Republicans.

The race for the right to take on incumbent US Senator Jeff Merkley is heating up in Oregon. And if you were a screenwriter working on a movie about either of his potential challengers in the upcoming Republican primary, you’d have no shortage of material. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Northwest Politics
5:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Poll Has Mixed Results For Merkley

A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought.
Credit Medill DC / Wikimedia

A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought. The survey commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting found that heading into this year's election, less than half of voters have a favorable opinion of the first-term Democrat.

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