Some may not have heard of the McCleary Decision, but it's largely the reason why the Washington State Legislature has had to go overtime at least four of the last five years in Olympia. It's largely the reason the state has had such difficulty balancing it's budget.
County commissioner Bill Elfering is making a tough call and saying no more economic and community development money from Oregon's lottery will be given to small local groups to help promote their events. The money can be better spent, he said.
Two years ago, Rep. Dan Newhouse narrowly defeated Clint Didier in the race to see who would replace the retiring Doc Hastings from the 4th Congressional District. Despite having a distinct fund-raising advantage, Newhouse beat Didier by only a few percentage points. It was the first time in state history that two candidates from THE SAME party faced each other in a Congressional election.