Bill hardening penalties for WA election worker harassment OK'd

The Washington state Senate on Wednesday unanimously  approved a measure that would make it a Class C felony to harass an election worker, with violations potentially resulting in a five-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine. The measure was sparked by reports of threats to workers across the country following the 2020 presidential election and the misinformation that stemmed from that, and continues to date. Democratic Sen. David Frockt, the bill’s sponsor, said the measure is needed to address “a grievous threat to our democratic system.” It’s the second time the Democratic-led chamber has voted on the measure, first passing it last year. The measure now heads to the House, also led by Democrats, where it died last year.

GOP candidate Tiffany Smiley receives endorsement from NBA legend John Stockton

Credit: Tiffany SmileySPOKANE, Wash. — Basketball legend and Spokane native John Stockton is throwing his support behind the Republican candidate vying to represent Washington in the Senate. Smiley is challenging incumbent Democrat Patty Murray. In a video posted by Smiley’s campaign Tuesday, Stockton made his endorsement official. “She’s a person who’s fought for some very difficult things in her life…

Kennewick lawmaker amongst three who attended conspiracy conference on WA taxpayer dime

Documents show three Republican lawmakers from Washington used taxpayer dollars to attend MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell's summer election fraud symposium in South Dakota. Public records released to The Seattle Times last week show state Reps. Robert Sutherland, of Granite Falls, Vicki Kraft, of Vancouver, and Brad Klippert, of Kennewick, requested and received expense reimbursements from the Legislature for the symposium. In all, the state paid $4,361 for their hotels and flights. Lindell promised to provide “irrefutable” evidence the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump by hackers. The event produced no such proof. Kraft and Sutherland said they'll use what they learned to develop election-related legislation. Klippert didn't return a request for comment.

Kristof faces residency questions in Oregon governor's race

Elections officials in Oregon are seeking more information to determine whether former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof is eligible to run for governor. Kristof announced his candidacy last October and officially filed paperwork on Monday to run as a Democrat. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the Oregon Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday asked Kristof for information to determine if he meets residency requirements. Oregon law says candidates be state residents for at least three years before elections. Kristof voted in New York state in November 2020. Kristof's lawyers say his job required him to live around the world but that he always considered Oregon home.