In retrospect, this election could mean short-term pain for long-term gain
This October, I felt an unusual burst of zeal when my ballot finally landed on my desk. I wasn't the only one itching to fill out those ovals, wanting to move on from this sordid chapter of American political history.
Trail Mix: Idaho senator tied in knots, and Trump's wordplay
CHANGE OF HEART For Idaho Sen. MIKE CRAPO, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
A newly minted voter reflects on joining the process of American democracy
The presidential race is a game of demographics, and the dynamics of each group play a part in the holistic profile of the country. In this whirlwind of an election, we see it clearly, with Hillary Clinton annihilating Donald Trump among all minority groups, and Trump winning with white male voters.
Idaho faces some important decisions in November, from education funding to seating a new Supreme Court justice
For months, Donald Trump has sucked up all the air in the political universe. Trump's publicity, good and bad, has left little oxygen for candidates in local races.
Why Heather Scott must go
North Idaho gets a bad rap. It's nationally known as a region packed with white supremacists, radical bunker dwellers and unhinged conspiracy theorists.
Trail Mix: Trump's respectful groping allegations and WA's minimum wage raise
THE TRUMP TEN DONALD TRUMP says that no one respects women more than him.
This Congress is perhaps the least productive and worst reviewed since the Civil War; will anybody pay for that?
Cathy McMorris Rodgers should not be returned to Congress for so many reasons. She routinely votes against the interests of her district, certainly the city of Spokane's interests.
Our biggest problem isn't Trump; it's too much money in politics
American voters can probably all agree that this year's election is the biggest crap show that ever was. The whole world is watching us, wondering if we're going to elect the biggest racist, misogynistic, unintelligent crybaby in the world.
Idaho attorney David Leroy may be retiring, but he's creating a new nonprofit to keep the 16th president alive
Last month, former Idaho Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor David Leroy turned 69. He has stayed in good shape — he obviously exercises daily — and except for his all-white, perfectly coiffed hair, one might think he was in his late 40s.
Trail Mix: Creepin' on tape, and at the debate
THE AUDACITY OF GROPE The release last Friday of the 2005 behind-the-scenes Access Hollywood tape of DONALD TRUMP bragging that his fame gave him the power to sexually assault women — Google it for the vulgar details — left voters with two ugly, ugly possibilities.
U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers can't see the forest for the trees when it comes to climate change
W ith Election Day getting closer, cheap and boldly false advertisements are fighting to win your vote. Consider the latest ad from Eastern Washington's U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: A forest burns as a dramatic John Williams-esque score swells with partisan sound bites.
The Trump campaign is a circus; you have to tune out the barking and focus on the promises he's made
Y ou probably never dreamed a Miss Universe could hijack a week of election coverage. It makes you long for the days when campaigns were about, you know, issues.
Trail Mix: The campaign homestretch gets curiouser and curiouser
OCTOBER SURPRISES Welcome to October.
While Obama and Trump may believe that American global leadership is over, Hillary Clinton sees things differently
Foreign policy issues seldom decide presidential elections. We all should be paying attention this time, however, because the outcome will have a significant impact on America's place in the world, and the world itself.
Trail Mix: Trump's weighty attacks and Inslee/Bryant showdown
THE POT CALLING THE KETTLE FAT At the very end of the first presidential debate Monday night, HILLARY CLINTON went in for the kill, unreeling an anecdote that played into the images of DONALD TRUMP as a bully, a racist, and a shallow lech who ranks women's bodies on a scale of one to 10: It was the story of Alicia Machado, who Trump referred to as "Miss Piggy" after she gained weight following her Miss Universe pageant victory in 1996, and "Miss Housekeeping" because she's Latina.
With dynamic new leadership, Coeur d'Alene is starting to make the dream of a high-tech economy come to life
After lying empty for some 25 years, the elegant-turned-seedy Elks Building in downtown Coeur d'Alene is being reborn as a den for aspiring young entrepreneurs. The transformation is led by energetic human change agent Nick Smoot, who manages to juggle several balls in the air with apparent ease.