Spokane city leaders got an increasingly testy earful tonight from critics of last week's decision to ban "Bridge to Hookerville" from use during council meetings.
Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to seek an "independent investigation" into the search for a new county CEO after former colleague Todd Mielke emerged as the top candidate in April.
OLYMPIA – Obeying federal requirements to make state law conform to an international treaty on child support rulings is forcing a special session in Idaho. But on Friday, a bill that allows Washington to meet those requirements was signed into law with little fanfare.
Former state Rep. John Ahern has changed his mind and will run for Spokane City Council president, rather than for a district seat.
OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow Washington cities to rearrange voting districts so minorities could have a greater voice in elections was praised Thursday as a way to avoid costly federal lawsuits and denounced as a Trojan horse for more litigation.
OLYMPIA – A rose is rose is a rose, but an online florist isn’t local just because it has a local phone number on its website. Under a law signed Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee, florists could face a $250 fine for misrepresenting their locations in a way that make customers think they are dealing with local businesses when they aren't.
OLYMPIA -- The special session enters its second week with little discernible action and Gov. Jay Inslee searching for synonyms for tiny to describe the progress on the budget.
The Spokane Sheriff's Office says now a regional drug task force targeting mid- to high-level trafficking will shutter in October without financial assistance from the county.
Republican activists in Southeast Washington could choose Wednesday night from among as many as 10 possible candidates to nominate three replacements for former Rep. Susan Fagan. She resigned last Friday amid an ethics investigation into allegedly padded expense accounts but will have state-supported health insurance for the rest of May.
The decision came during the weekly open forum portion of Monday's council meeting after civic gadfly George McGrath used the term -- again -- to describe the planned pedestrian bridge spanning a wide rail corridor to link the north and south ends of the growing University District. The southern side of the district includes a stretch of East Sprag
OLYMPIA – With most legislators away from the Capitol and any budget talks going on behind closed doors, Democrats invited people from around the state to a hearing to support a capital gains tax and several other budget items they’d like to get in the special session.
OLYMPIA – Senate Republican leaders were mightily incensed last week when some teachers in some West Side districts decided to go out on “strike” to call for more state funding for public schools, which would include better pay and smaller class sizes.
OLYMPIA – Going onto private property to collect antlers prized in some places for boosting sex drive or other valuable qualities will carry extra sanctions from now on.
OLYMPIA -- Gov. Jay Inslee took sarcastic umbrage to comments by pro golfer Ian Poulter that Chambers Bay Golf Course will be a "farce" for the U.S. Open next month. People who dress in purple checkeed pants shouldn't dis a course on which they've never played, Inslee said.
As expected, Rep. Susan Fagan delivered a letter of resignation to Gov. Jay Inslee today.
OLYMPIA -- Rep. Susan Fagan will resign Friday in the face of ethics violations that House officials have deemed "extremely serious." Fagan, a Pullman Republican, is accused of inflating the reimbursements she got for such expenses as mileage, using state resources for campaigning, and pressuring staff to change reports to inflate payments.
A woman makes $11,614 less than a man, on average, at Spokane City Hall. And while women make up nearly half the city's population, they hold just a quarter of positions in city government. Of the six-figure earners at City Hall, women make up just 12 percent.
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