Election 2020

CORRECTS NAME OF CANDIDATE AT LEFT TO MAIA ESPINOZA INSTEAD OF OF MONICA MARCHETTI - Maia Espinoza, a candidate for Washington state superintendent of public instruction, is shown at left in an undated photo taken by Monica Marchetti and provided by her campaign. Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal, right, shown in an AP photo taken Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., in the upcoming November election. (AP Photo)

COVID and sex education frame the state superintendent race

Maia Espinoza, 31, is challenging incumbent Chris Reykdal, 48. They are both parents — with divergent views.

CORRECTS NAME OF CANDIDATE AT LEFT TO MAIA ESPINOZA INSTEAD OF OF MONICA MARCHETTI - Maia Espinoza, a candidate for Washington state superintendent of public instruction, is shown at left in an undated photo taken by Monica Marchetti and provided by her campaign. Espinoza is challenging incumbent state superintendent Chris Reykdal, right, shown in an AP photo taken Oct. 2, 2020, in Olympia, Wash., in the upcoming November election. (AP Photo)

Comment: Democrats shouldn’t retaliate; they should legislate

Rather than packing the court, they can heed the court’s ‘texualists’ and pass laws that protect policy.

Kristen Welker on the "Today" show in January. MUST CREDIT: Nathan Congleton/NBC

Comment: How debate moderator can deliver useful discussion

NBC’s Kristen Welker can take some tips from Savannah Guthrie to keep control of the questioning.

Kristen Welker on the "Today" show in January. MUST CREDIT: Nathan Congleton/NBC
Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, addresses justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Montoya-Lewis, Whitener for state Supreme Court

Both justices’ legal experience is further informed by their perspectives as women and minorities.

Paul J. Lawrence, attorney for the Legislature, addresses justices during a hearing before the Washington Supreme Court Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Olympia, Wash. The court heard oral arguments in the case that will determine whether state lawmakers are subject to the same disclosure rules that apply to other elected officials under the voter-approved Public Records Act. The hearing before the high court was an appeal of a case that was sparked by a September 2017 lawsuit filed by a media coalition, led by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Early return of ballots in Snohomish County smashes record

More than 78,000, or 15.3%, have already been sent in, easily beating a previous high set in 2008.

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Editorial: Grant best choice for county Superior Court seat

Robert Grant and Cassandra Lopez Shaw are well qualified but Grant has served as a pro tem judge.

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Cassandra Lopez-Shaw (left) and Robert Grant.

Lone local judge race: Defense attorney vs. deputy prosecutor

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw would be the county’s first Latina judge. Robert Grant is endorsed by retiring judge Eric Lucas.

Cassandra Lopez-Shaw (left) and Robert Grant.

Comment: Biden, at 77, could be a champion of young Democrats

By steering a moderate course, he could advance much of what progressives are seeking.

Commentary: Debunking 5 myths about mail-in ballots

For starters, they don’t favor either party and the process isn’t rife with fraud.

Kathryn Lewandowski (left) and Keith Wagoner

Incumbent faces third-party foe in 39th District Senate race

Sen. Keith Wagoner, R-Sedro-Woolley, is opposed by Progressive Kathryn Lewandowsky of Arlington.

Kathryn Lewandowski (left) and Keith Wagoner
October 18, 2020: Town halls

Comment: Town halls show Trump, Biden same as they ever were

In their competing appearances, Biden explained — at length — and Trump boasted and sidestepped.

October 18, 2020: Town halls

Comment: NBC caved to ratings with Trump counter-programming

The network could have scheduled a town hall at any time; it chose to drown out ABC’s Biden town hall.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, speaks as King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, left, and Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim look on during a news conference about Ferguson's lawsuit challenging a Trump Administration practice of ICE arrests at courthouses Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Seattle. Washington state has sued the Trump administration over its practice of arresting people at courthouses for immigration violations, saying it interferes with the state's authority to run its own judicial system. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Editorial: Ferguson clear choice to lead state’s ‘law firm’

The AG has a proven record on issues of criminal justice, Trump’s over-reach and consumer protection.

Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, center, speaks as King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg, left, and Thurston County Prosecuting Attorney Jon Tunheim look on during a news conference about Ferguson's lawsuit challenging a Trump Administration practice of ICE arrests at courthouses Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Seattle. Washington state has sued the Trump administration over its practice of arresting people at courthouses for immigration violations, saying it interferes with the state's authority to run its own judicial system. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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Editorial: Stanford, Duerr, Kloba for 1st Legislative District

The three Democrats have shown their ability to move useful legislation through both chambers.

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The 2020 General Election voter's pamphlet

Decision time arrives for 500,000 Snohomish County voters

Ballots are to be mailed Thursday. Turnout in Snohomish County is expected to be near 85%.

The 2020 General Election voter's pamphlet
Top (L-R): Emily Wicks, Bert Johnson. Right (L-R): David Wiley, Mike Sells.

Incumbents face challengers in races for the 38th District

Two seats in the state House representing parts of Everett and Marysville are up for grabs.

Top (L-R): Emily Wicks, Bert Johnson. Right (L-R): David Wiley, Mike Sells.

Comment: Trump lost the trade war he said was easy to win

Not only did U.S. consumers and producers pay the tariffs, the trade deficit is at its highest since 2006.

June Robinson (left) and Bernard Moody

Moody seeks political balance; Robinson touts her experience

Bernard Moody is seeking his first elected office against longtime former Rep. June Robinson.

June Robinson (left) and Bernard Moody
Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)

Voters get final word on a controversial sex education law

Referendum 90 stirs the passion of partisans, religious leaders and defenders of local control.

Stephanie Jerdon with A Voice for Washington Children holds a stack of signed petitions for Referendum 90 at the group’s celebration in the Spokane Valley on June 2. (A Voice for Washington Children)
Brenda Carrington (left) and Jared Mead

Mead faces Republican challenger in bid to keep council seat

Brenda Carrington hopes to unseat the appointed, Democratic Snohomish County councilman on Nov. 3.

Brenda Carrington (left) and Jared Mead
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