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Archive for November 6, 2013

Mapping the Vote: Latest on County Prop 1

Gap got a bit wider on Spokane County Proposition 1 in Wednesday vote count, with 44,485 Yes and 46,758 No.

 Here's the latest precinct-by-precinct breakdown. For a closer look, click on the document below.


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Baumgartner to hold meeting before session

Before heading to Olympia for the start of the special session, state Sen. Mike Baumgartner wants to hear from constituents. He's holding a “mobile office” session in Airway Heights on his way out of town.

“I want to answer questions and receive feedback about what is on the minds of the voters,” he said in a press release.

Baumgartner will be at the Buckhorn Inn, 13311 W. Sunset Highway, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday. That means he'll miss the official start of the session, which is scheduled to kick off at 9 a.m. But Thursday is expected to be “pro forma” in the chambers, so he won't miss much.

Gov. Jay Inslee announced Tuesday afternoon that he was calling the Legislature into a special session on Thursday morning.

Mapping the Vote: Valley Council Seat 1

Linda Thompson and Rod Higgins are splitting the vote fairly evenly in the race for Spokane Valley's Council Seat 1.


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Mapping the Vote: Valley Council Seat 4

Ed Pace and Gary Schimmels are running neck and neck in Spokane Valley's Council 4 race. As this map shows, neither candidate came out of any precinct with a big lead in last night's count.


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Mapping the Vote: NW City Council race

This map shows why Candace Mumm leads Michael Cannon in the race for the open seat in Spokane's Northwest City Council District. She won more precincts than he did, some of them with bigger margins.

For a more detailed look at the map, click on the document below.


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14 Spokane City Council votes that would have been different under new majority

So the Spokane City Council will soon have a new, more liberal majority. And while some big issues haven't been decided along easily identified party lines, there likely will be a noticeable change.

To get a sense of the kind of policies that could be affected, here's a review of many of the 4-3 tallies cast since the council shifted to a more conservative bent after the 2011 election. The following votes ended with Republican-leaning Mike Allen, Mike Fagan, Nancy McLaughlin and Steve Salvatori beating out Democratic-leaning Jon Snyder, Ben Stuckart and Amber Waldref.

May 2013

  • Supporting the filing of lawsuits to stop two citizen initiatives from appearing on the ballot, including Envision Spokane’s proposed Community Bill of Rights.

April 2013

  • Rejection of proposal to pull money from reserves to hire 10 police officers.
  • Creation of 13 new public safety departments to allow Mayor David Condon to hire and fire more managers without using civil service rules.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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