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Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers introduce WSU med-school bill with broad bipartisan support

Spokane lawmakers Michael Baumgartner and Marcus Riccelli introduced bills in Olympia on Wednesday that pave the way for a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane, with broad bipartisan co-sponsorship demonstrating deep support in the House and Senate.

Senate Bill 5487, sponsored by Sen. Baumgartner, R-Spokane, has a total 17 signatures. The measure sponsored by Rep. Riccelli, D-Spokane, House Bill 1559, has a total 60 signatures. According to the Washington State Legislature, the strong support in both chambers augurs well for a proposal that aims to boost medical education statewide and relieve a severe shortage of doctors across the state of Washington.

“I am thrilled to be able to submit this bill,” Riccelli said. “Sixty members of the House of Representatives from both sides of the aisle, from all over the state, are joining together to support a stronger, more vibrant medical school system in Washington.”

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor calls for statewide moment of silence for Moscow shooting victims

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter is asking Idahoans to take a few minutes on Wednesday, January 13th, at 12:00 p.m. PST, to remember the victims, their families and friends, and the community of Moscow after a series of shootings last Saturday by a lone gunman.

“It is important that everyone in Idaho take time in the wake of this horrendous act to remember those who have lost their lives and offer our support to the families, friends, and Moscow community as they mourn this tragedy,” Governor Otter said. “I ask that all Idahoans observe a moment of silence... to let our friends and families in Moscow know they are in our thoughts and prayers, and that they are not alone in their grief.”

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

RSVP now for state-wide teleconference on I-594

Want to learn more about Initiative 594 on the November ballot this year? This is your chance to listen to, and ask questions of, state experts from the comfort of your own home.

Today, October 14, at 6 pm the Yes on 594 campaign is hosting a tele-town hall with over 100,000 Washingtonians around the state to discuss the importance of closing the background check loophole.

Initiative 594 would require everyone who purchases a gun to undergo a background check, no matter who they buy it from or where they purchase it.

Participants include former Bellingham Police Chief Don Pierce and domestic violence advocate Trese Todd who will discuss the loophole in our state and how Initiative 594 would close it.

The discussion will be moderated by Reverend Sandy Brown, president of the board of directors of the Center for Gun Responsibility and provide an important opportunity for voters to ask questions about background checks.

Secretary of State candidate launches smartphone app for election

Secretary of State candidate launches smartphone app for election

Idaho Secretary of State candidate Holli Woodings announced Tuesday that the Woodings for Idaho team has launched a smartphone app designed to make information about the upcoming November 4 election more accessible.

IdaVotes!, a free app available in the iPhone App Store and Google Play Store, is the essential tool for this year's election.

IdaVotes! provides links to the websites, Facebook pages and background information of federal, state and legislative candidates in the user's home legislative district. It also has maps to polling locations and links to county election websites.

Woodings says she hopes the app encourages greater voter participation in the upcoming election.

“Our communities are stronger when people participate in the civic process,” Woodings said. “This app is designed to give voters convenient information to help make informed decisions in the voting booth.”

Eastern Washington election results by county

Eastern Washington election results by county

Adams

US Representative District 4

  • Clint Didier (R) - 1,051
  • Estakio Beltran (D) – 153

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Susan Fagan (R) - 1,722

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Joe Schmick (R) - 1,709

County Assessor

  • Sherri Brewer (R) - 1,800

County Auditor

  • Heidi Hunt (R) - 1,801

County Clerk

  • Susan Kirkendall (R) - 1,792

County Commissioner

Idaho election results by county

Idaho election results by county

Benewah

State Senator District 5

  • John Carlson (R) - 579
  • Dan Schmidt (D) – 216

State Representative, Position A, District 5

  • Lucinda Agidus (R) - 612
  • Paulette Jordan (D) – 213

State Represenative, Position B, District 5

  • Caroline Troy (R) - 537
  • James Minser (D) - 145

 

Bonner

State Senator District 1

  • Shawn Keough (R) – 2,413
  • Laura Bry (D) – 387

State Representative, Position A, District1

Controversy over delegates at Idaho GOP convention

A dispute over the number of delegates counties will be awarded is one of the biggest controversies facing Idaho's Republican convention.

Delegate numbers are critical as established candidates face off against tea party members over control of the party's agenda. Each side is vying for supporters as Republicans vote Friday on adding platform amendments, along with voting on a new state party chair.

One area of contention is how much representation Ada County - which holds one-sixth of the state's voters - will get.

Chairman Barry Peterson says he never received the committee assignments, forcing him only to appoint only four Ada County members to the committees, when it is allowed 34 members to participate on the panels. Ada County isn't the only region to be shorted delegates.

In a committee list obtained by The Associated Press, nearly 25 counties were shorted committee delegates. Meanwhile, another seven were given extra delegates.