Election 2018

Coverage of the 2018 Elections in Spokane, throughout the region, and across the country.  Support for SPR Election reporting is provided by Spokane Journal of BusinessExpress Employment Professionals, and SPR members.

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Idaho Governor Endorses Medicaid Expansion Initiative

Oct 30, 2018
Idahoans For Healthcare

Idaho’s Medicaid expansion initiative, Proposition 2, picked up Governor Butch Otter’s endorsement today [Tuesday]. Supporters hope that will convince undecided voters to support the measure during next Tuesday’s election.

Otter and his wife Lori appear briefly in a new TV ad for the proposition.

A Tale From One Spokane Candidate Forum

Oct 29, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

With the November election approaching next week, candidates are working to convince undecided voters to cast ballots for them. Tonight [Monday], the two people running for Idaho’s open First District Congressional seat will debate on statewide public television.

Leading up to this point, civic, neighborhood and industry groups have kept candidates in high demand. But the forums are winding down, especially in Washington, where ballots are already in voters’ hands.

Sheryl Miller

The race for one county commissioner seat in Pend Oreille County seems to center on one major issue, the possible siting of a controversial silicon smelter in Newport.

Mike Manus is the Republican incumbent commissioner. He's been on the commission since 2012. Manus says his major accomplishments include supporting the timber industry in an effort to boost employment, and his work on health care issues. He sits on the board of the organization Better Health Together.

Northwest Public Broadcasting

Here are excerpts from Wednesday evening's debate at Walla Walla Community College, sponsored by the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Public Broadcasting.


A candidate for Washington's  Sixth Legislative District  Senate race is upset about a mailer sent out by a conservative activist, calling on progressive voters to reject her and write in another candidate not on the ballot.

Jessa Lewis is a Democrat running against Republican Jeff Holy in the state senate race.

Voters in the district have been receiving mailers urging voters to write in a “real progressive” in that race, former Congressional candidate Joe Pakootas.

Lewis says she is upset the campaign has taken such a turn.


An initiative on the Washington state ballot would enact a fee on carbon releases from some major industries. It’s an idea that has unsuccessfully come before Washington voters in the past, but this time organizers say they have fine-tuned the plan.

Bar Poll Rating Spokane Judicial Candidates Released

Oct 18, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Voters who aren't lawyers often don’t have good ways to evaluate judicial candidates. One way is to see how their fellow attorneys rate them, which is one reason why bar associations evaluate candidates.

The Spokane County Bar Association recently released the results of its annual judicial candidates’ poll.

Petition To Ballot To Victory: Washington Initiatives Getting More Expensive

Oct 18, 2018
Northwest News Network

We bring in our Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins to talk about the amount of money that’s been spent to convince you to vote — or not to vote — for the four initiatives on the ballot in Washington.

ID Proposition 2: Expanding Medicaid

Oct 18, 2018
Reclaim Idaho

Proposition 2 is one of two statewide initiatives in Idaho. It would allow the state to expand Medicaid coverage to people who are younger than 65, whose income is 133% or less of the federal poverty level and who are not eligible for other state insurance coverage.

Steve Jackson spoke with initiative proponent Emily Strizich from the group Reclaim Idaho and opponent Fred Birnbaum, the vice president of the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

Yes on Initiative 940

The ballot title for Washington Initative 940 reads: "This measure would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation, mental-health, and first-aid training, and provide first-aid; and change standards for use of deadly force, adding a "good faith" standard and independent investigation."

We talked about 940 with proponent Monisha Harrell and opponent Mike Solan.