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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013

Council considers blocking citizen initiatives 

Signatures on petitions in support of two proposed citizens’ initiatives in Spokane will be counted and verified. But council members hinted Monday that they may block the proposals from the ballot even if activists collected enough support. The Spokane City Council voted 6-0 on Monday...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2012

Third time a charm for Envision Spokane?

Envision Spokane on Thursday filed its Community Bill of Rights initiative with the Spokane City Clerk's office. This is the third time the group has filed a Community Bill of Rights. It succeeded the previous two times in collecting the needed signatures to place the...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011

2011 elections: Who's spending what

OLYMPIA – Led by a multi-million dollar battle for who controls liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million on trying to sway voters in the last three weeks. This may come as no surprise...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 10, 2011

SUNDAY, AUG. 7, 2011

THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2011

Spokane GOP to oppose Community Bill of Rights 10 

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...

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011

Community Bill of Rights, Round 2 

Envision Spokane's second attempt at a Community Bill of Rights may be the highlight of tonight's Spokane City Council meeting. The council has a hearing set near the end of its regular 6 p.m. session for the proposal, which can be found here. Envision Spokane...

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How Spokane voted on Proposition 4, the community bill of rights proposal. (The Spokesman-Review)

Where Prop 4 fared less awfully 

There are few, if any, bright spots supporters of Envision Spokane's Community Bill of Rights will find in last night's count.As a whole, Proposition 4 only garnered 25 percent support. It failed in all of the city's nearly 125 precincts.The measure won 40 percent support...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 3, 2009

Art distributed by Envision Spokane in support of Proposition 4.

All in

Here's one of the more talked about election mailers distributed locally this campaign season.It's from Envision Spokane, the campaign in support of Proposition 4. It hit mailboxes last week.What do you think? Is it effective?

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

Prop4: Where's the money coming from? 11 

Opponents of Proposition 4 have complained that out-of-town influence helped shape the proposed amendment to the Spokane City Charter. But the opponents rely heavily on national and state development interests to bankroll the campaigns against the proposal. Led by the National Association of Home Builders,...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

Campaign has some familiar names

One of the campaign organizations set up to oppose the "Community Bill of Rights" mentioned in this morning's newspaper report has some familiar names.Jobs & Opportunities Benefiting Spokane has hired Polis Political Services of Olympia and Brian Murray as political consultants.Murray may be more familiar...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 4, 2009

PDC will investigate charter group's funding

The state Public Disclosure Commission is opening a formal investigation into a complaint the home builders filed last month against Envision Spokane. The Spokane Home Builders Association filed a complaint last month, alleging the citizens group did not file all the necessary information on where...

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SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2009

Can city leaders trust the voters? 

Funny thing about elected officials and candidates who must, by nature, rely on the wisdom of voters for their jobs: Sometimes they don’t trust voters to make the right decision when it comes to something other than voting for them. That seems to be what’s...

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Envision Spo has the numbers

Envision Spokane turned in more than enough signatures on petitions for a proposed City Charter change to put its Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot.Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin reports this morning the office finished the final verification process about 9:30 a.m.,...

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TUESDAY, JULY 14, 2009

Eugster v. Shogan on the charter change 

Monday night's Spokane City Council meeting had plenty of discussion about Envision Spokane's proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights."Colleague Jonathan Brunt captured these two exchanges between former Councilman and current candidate Steve Eugster and Council President Joe Shogan. in the first, Eugster is saying he's going...

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MONDAY, JULY 13, 2009

Crowd gathering outside City Hall 

Opponents of the proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights" charter amendment gathered outside City Hall in the intermittent drizzle, starting about 5 p.m., warming up for Monday night's council meeting.It's an interesting coalition that includes the Spokane Home Builders as well as longtime members of the...

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Forces mustering against city "Bill of Rights" 

Opposition appears to be mounting, although not necessarily coalescing, against the proposed Spokane Bill of Rights which will get a hearing Monday evening with the City Council.Note: this is simply a hearing for forwarding the measure to the Spokane County Elections Office to have the...

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City Charter change hearing on Monday 

The proposed "Spokane Bill of Rights" will get a hearing Monday evening on whether it should go to the next phase of qualifying for the November ballot.The Spokane City Council will hold the hearing at its regular 6 p.m. legislative session prior to a vote...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2009

Envision Spokane to turn in petitions

Envision Spokane, the organization promoting a "Community Bill of Rights" for the city, says it will turn in the signatures Wednesday morning for its petitions to put the proposed charter change on the November ballot.The group needs at least 2,795 valid signatures from registered city...

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