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Spokane GOP to oppose Community Bill of Rights

The Spokane County Republican Party voted this week to oppose a Spokane City Charter amendment going on the ballot in November.

On Monday, the City Council voted to place the Community Bill of Rights on the Nov. 8 general election ballot after Envision Spokane, a local citizen action group, turned in more than enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Unlike 2009, when a longer proposal from Envision Spokane also qualified for the ballot, the council has no apparent plans to add some "poison pill" measures to the ballot ahead of the current CBR.

A day later, the GOP's executive committee voted to work against the ballot measure, contending it will "strip Citizens of their property and business rights, while burdening City government with costly mandates that will further cripple the City’s ability to provide services."

The two political parties usually stay out of the nonpartisan candidate races -- with some conspicuous exceptions over the years -- but often weigh in on ballot measures.

To read the proposed Community Bill of Rights, click here.

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