The year 2015 may not go down among the most memorable of political years in the history of the city, state and region. But it was not without its moments.
The city of Spokane broke a four-decade string of ousting mayors before they could serve a second term, but Mayor David Condon’s re-election victory glow soon faded under the black clouds of controversy billowing from the Police Department.
In Olympia, the Legislature seemed to enjoy being in session so much that lawmakers stayed for a record 176 days. In the other Washington, months of partisan wrangling wrapped up with some bipartisan legislation.
To find out how much you were paying attention, take our year-end quiz:
1. When Monique Cotton complained of harassment from police Chief Frank Straub, to what city department was she transferred?
a. Fire Department
b. Parks Department
c. Mayor’s office
d. Commerce Department
2. David Condon was the first Spokane mayor to be re-elected since:
a. Neal Fosseen
b. David Rodgers
c. Jim Chase
d. Vicki McNeill
3. True or False? Spokane’s inability to keep a mayor for more than one term was a result of the Gypsy Curse.
4. Speaking of long strings in office, next year all the state executive positions are up for office. Washington hasn’t elected a Republican as governor since
5. Troy Kelley took a six-month unpaid leave of absence, then came back to his office after state lawmakers prepared a resolution to impeach him for abandoning his office. What state office does he hold?
b. Lands Commissioner
d. Insurance Commissioner
6. How big is the contempt of court fine the state Supreme Court levied when the Legislature failed to submit a plan on how to fix certain problems with the state’s public schools?
a. $10,000 a day
b. $100,000 a day
c. $100,000 a week
d. $1 million a month
7. A state representative apologized after incorrectly writing on his Facebook account that the news media did what?
a. Smoked marijuana before Jay Inslee’s state of the state address
b. Underestimated the size of a demonstration favoring gun rights
c. Went home early and missed inebriated senators on the floor in a late-night debate
d. Incorrectly listed him as a sponsor of an abortion-rights bill
8. Washington raised its gasoline tax in August, and will raise it again next July. Which of the following states has higher taxes and fees on gasoline than Washington?
c. New York
d. As of now, no state has a higher total of taxes and fees on gasoline than Washington.
9. In January, the Legislature banned what from the House and Senate visitors galleries?
10. Gov. Jay Inslee did a bit of traveling in 2015. Which of the following countries did Inslee not visit on a trade or environmental mission?
c. South Korea
11. Eight years ago, Democrats had a 28-seat majority in the state House of Representatives. After the November election, how big is their majority in the House?
a. 1 seat
b. 2 seats
c. 3 seats
d. There’s no majority, the chamber is evenly split.
12. 2016 is a presidential election year. How will Washington award delegates for the presidential nominations?
a. Both parties will use a primary.
b. Both parties will use precinct caucuses.
c. Democrats will use a primary, Republicans will use precinct caucuses.
d. Republicans will use a primary, Democrats will use precinct caucuses.