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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 […]

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