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18 percent of voters narrowly elected Jerry Hatcher for Sheriff over Ken Lattin  (Getty Images)
18 percent of voters narrowly elected Jerry Hatcher for Sheriff over Ken Lattin (Getty Images)
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Hatcher Narrowly Edges Lattin for Benton County Sheriff, Plus Other Results

Interim Sheriff Jerry Hatcher won a close election over Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Kennewick police department in the August primary, to see who would take over as the leader of Benton County. And, the city council candidates have shaped up for the November General election.

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Voter turnout still light in Benton County (Getty Images)
Voter turnout still light in Benton County (Getty Images)
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Voter Turnout Still Light in Benton County Primary

Although another update is expected this week, possibly tomorrow, as of July 27, voter returns in Benton County are rather low.

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Vandalism hits Trump signs around region (Clint Didier Facebook Page)
Vandalism hits Trump signs around region (Clint Didier Facebook Page)
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It’s Not Riots or Fires, But Post-Election Vandalism Found in Tri-Cities

In the Columbia Basin, we're pretty fortunate. While the streets of Portland are burning and full of 'protesters' as are other areas, we don't have violence and knuckleheads. Even during the height of the Zambrano issue in Pasco, disruptive shocking behavior seen elsewhere was not really found here.  A few peaceful marches, dialogue, etc.

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Trump supporters turn heads in Kennewick Friday (Townsquare Media)
Trump supporters turn heads in Kennewick Friday (Townsquare Media)
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Trump Supporters Turn Heads in Tri-Cities With Hillary Jail Outfit

Inspired by the viral Trump Hillary for Prison Bobblehead, a group of Donald Trump supporters grabbed people's attention Friday in Kennewick.

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Should Washington state pass a carbon tax or not?(Getty Images)
Should Washington state pass a carbon tax or not?(Getty Images)
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What Do You Know About I-732, The Carbon Tax Initiative? Find out Here

Much of the election attention in Washington state has been focused on minimum wage and other workforce issues, including I-1433, which would raise the minimum wage statewide, and force all businesses to offer paid sick leave, regardless of the number of workers. But there's another measure on the ballot that's going to affect all Washintonians.

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Franklin County GOP also backing Didier (Getty Images)
Franklin County GOP also backing Didier (Getty Images)
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Franklin County GOP Committee Endorsements Include Didier for Congress

The Franklin County Republican Central Committee has released their list of candidates they are officially endorsing for the 2016 local, state and Congressional campaign.

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Benton County Republican Committee endorses Didier (Getty Images)
Benton County Republican Committee endorses Didier (Getty Images)
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Benton County Republicans Make A Surprising Candidate Endorsement

According to a release from the Benton County Republican Party, one of their 'official' endorsements for this fall's election might be viewed as an eyebrow raiser.

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Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates decided (Getty Images)
Superintendent of Public Instruction candidates decided (Getty Images)
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Get Ready For More Education Spending and Taxes, Based upon Primary

The top two candidates who emerged from the Washington State Primary election both appear to possibly be ready to empty the state's coffers in order to appease the controversial McCleary Supreme Court decision on funding public education.

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Newhouse-Didier vote results for Benton County (Washington state auditors office)
Newhouse-Didier vote results for Benton County (Washington state auditors office)
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Deja-Vu? Newhouse, Didier Will Face Off Again in November for Congress

Just like two years ago, when there was an election held to replace the retiring Doc Hastings, Dan Newhouse and Clint Didier will square off again in November for the 4th. Congressional District seat.

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Proposed theater at the Link Kennewick (The Link)
Proposed theater at the Link Kennewick (The Link)
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Kennewick Voters Reject Progress, Defeat Link Project by 550 Votes

The ambitious project that would have added much needed space to the Three Rivers Convention Center, refurbished the aging Toyota Center and added a 3,000-plus seat performing arts center has  been defeated.

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