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Trump endorses Joe Kent in 2022 election

Former President Donald Trump officially endorsed Joe Kent, a Republican running for Congress in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District. Kent is challenging the incumbent and fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who fell out of Trump’s favor when she crossed party lines and voted to impeach the former president following the Jan. 6 attack on the […]

Herrera Beutler is still against tolls

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, wrote to the Oregon Department of Transportation this week to once again discourage the agency from adopting a tolling or congestion pricing program on Interstate 5 and Interstate 205. “I find it particularly troubling that the tolling proposals presented to the Council seem to expressly target Southwest Washington residents […]

John Blom’s extremely generous benefactors

The National Association of Realtors really, really wants John Blom to win his bid for Vancouver City Council. So much so that they spent more than $160,000 on his behalf ahead of Tuesday’s election. In case it’s unclear, that’s an enormous sum for an odd-year local primary (for context: Blom himself has raised about $24,000 […]

For your voting ease: A master list of the 2021 primary election endorsements

Candidate endorsements are often covered piecemeal, with a separate news item every time a notable local organization throws its support behind someone running for office in Clark County. From a voter’s perspective, I don’t think that approach is very useful. If I were sitting down to complete my primary election ballot and staring at a […]

On running as ‘the Republican candidate’ in a nonpartisan race

The mayor of Vancouver isn’t a partisan position. But one candidate in the running is putting his own partisan affiliation front and center, to the point where it’s the first sentence on the homepage of his campaign website.  “I am the Republican candidate running for the office of Mayor for the City of Vancouver,” Doug […]

Herrera Beutler calls on Inslee to send troops to southern border

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, is calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to deploy Washington state National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. She’s one of the three Republican representatives from Washington state — Herrera Beutler, Spokane’s Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Sunnyside’s Dan Newhouse — who sent a letter to Inslee earlier this week. The […]

Why a fireworks stand will operate without fireworks

An organization in Battle Ground will continue operating its fireworks stand this week with a minor subtraction: fireworks.  The city announced on Monday that it was one of several jurisdictions that will ban the use of fireworks on the Fourth of July holiday due to extremely high fire risk. That initially looked like bad news […]

That new port race campaign finance law won’t go into effect for a little longer

[caption id="attachment_53976" align="alignright" width="300"] Jack Burkman will text you late at night if he thinks your wrong (which is good, mostly.)[/caption] Of the many glamorous perks of being a Columbian political […]

Let the race begin

Tim Probst, who is running to replace Sen. Don Benton in Olympia, filed his personal financial statement late. And the Washington State Republican Party noticed. “Why is partisan Democrat Tim Probst trying to hide his six-figure government paycheck from the voters?” said WSRP Chair Susan Hutchison in a press release. “State law requires candidates to […]

JHB keeps quiet on Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday he will vote for the GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump. Previously, Ryan said he was “not ready” to back Trump, but reversed course writing in an editorial that “on the issues that make up (the Republican) agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.” I wondered if this […]

Clinton wins WA

Hillary Clinton won the Washington state primary on Tuesday. Bernie Sanders overwhelmingly won the Washington state caucuses. The results from the Democratic primary will largely be ignored, but they could provoke a change in the system. As Melissa Santos with the News Tribune wrote, “almost three times as many Democrats had voted in the primary […]

Your vote counts … well, kind of

Every election season, there are those people who don’t bother to vote. They forget. They’re not inspired. They feel like their vote doesn’t matter. For once, they might have a point. Tonight is Washington state’s primary. The GOP presumptive nominee is Donald Trump, although Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and John Kasich remain on the ballot. And […]

Goodspace guy for governor?

Sam Kim, Clark County’s chief information officer, generated a buzz this week when the lifelong Republican filed to run as an “independent Democrat.” It was unusual that he was switching parties. But also, what is an independent Democrat? And he wasn’t the only one. Tim Probst, who is vying for Sen. Benton’s seat, and Kathy […]

Building bridges

Gov. Jay Inslee visited Vancouver’s future waterfront park on Wednesday and called it a center of economic expansion that will benefit the entire state. As Inslee walked along the river, the Interstate-5 bridge loomed in the background. Inslee said if he’s re-elected he will once again try to gain momentum for replacing the aging bridge. […]

Threats of apples flying again

When apple prices drop, the employees at the Vancouver Education Association know to prepare themselves. Chicken wire is already around all the windows. Crates are in front of the chicken wire, placed at a 45-degree angle, so when the apple comes flying through the air they hit the crate and bounce away from the building. […]

Socialist pizza

The Clark County Democrats’ 2016 convention last week was chaotic and lasted hours. The event was scheduled to end by 5 p.m. but ran past 9 p.m. As Stevie Mathieu reported, it started with a “burst of enthusiasm” but turned to “crankiness for many participants.” Throughout the state of Washington and surely other states, Democratic […]

Apple threats missing their target

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is campaigning for her fifth term in Congress and, once again, the apple throwers are ready. It’s not the first time some of Murray’s opponents have encouraged throwing apples on rooftops of her supporters. But this time, they seem to be missing their target. “I’m a registered Republican,” said Lisa Schmidt, […]

Pew poll shows broad divide among GOP voters

A recent Pew Research Center report highlighted the divide that exists within the Republican party, saying the disagreements expose vastly different viewpoints on the way life in the United States has changed. The report states, “Among GOP voters, fully 75 percent of those who support Donald Trump for the Republican presidential nomination say life for […]

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