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Once-rejected Spokane County charter proposed again

The call for a charter to address representation issues in Spokane County government is nothing new. Read more

Spokane County Commission expansion proposal comes amid hostile divide on board

The proposal to expand the Spokane County Commission to five members is occurring in a contentious political climate that dates back at least a year. Read more

Doug Clark: Condon, not taxpayers, should cover cost of Straub fiasco

So ousted Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub thinks the city should pay him 4 million bucks to soothe his bruised and battered ego. All right. I don’t see a problem with that. Read more

In race for Spokane City Council, Stratton and Verduin say they’re not proxies for Stuckart and Condon

Incumbent Spokane Councilwoman Karen Stratton is backed the council president. Her opponent, Evan Verduin, is supported by the mayor. Read more

The choice is City Hall or business experience in race for South Hill council seat

Behind every Spokane City Council member is a legislative aide. The L.A.’s, as they call themselves, answer phones, handle schedules, do research and run interference for their elected bosses. The work allows an intimate knowledge of City Hall mechanics, a perfect classroom for anyone who may want to join City Council in the future. Read more

Forest Service chief: ‘We’re going to need to act’ to address Western wildfires

Poor forest conditions leave areas prone to disease and wildfire, which results in more severe fire seasons. But this year, as it has eight times in the last 13 years, the Forest Service was forced to borrow from its thinning and forest-preservation programs to pay for firefighting. Read more

Election Preview: Proposed Liberty School District bond to pay for infrastructure renovations

The Liberty School District is hoping to pass a $12.9 million bond this November to replace aging equipment. Read more

Election preview: Mead school candidates have similar concerns, different backgrounds

John Hatcher and long-time incumbent Robert Olson have similar positions on the issues in the race for a school board seat representing District 3 in the Mead School District. Read more

In Fagan vs. Ramos race, it’s the notorious vs. the unknown

The race for Spokane City Council in District 1, representing northeast Spokane, pits a conservative, controversial incumbent against a political newcomer. Read more

Politicking the Palouse

Though Spokane hasn’t re-elected a mayor since the early 1970s, many small town mayors serve for years and years without a challenger in sight. Palouse mayor Michael Echanove has been mayor since 2001 and he’s only facing his second challenger. Read more

Election preview: Airway Heights mayor who resigned running for Cheney School Board

Henry Browne is an incumbent Cheney school board member and a Liberian refugee. His opponent, Patrick Rushing, is the former mayor of Airway Heights who recently resigned his position after posting racist comments on Facebook. Read more

Q&A: Mead School board candidate John P. Hatcher

Q&A: Mead School board candidate John P. Hatcher. Read more

Election preview: Former Spokane Valley Mayor Towey challenges Woodard for council

Former Spokane Valley Mayor Tom Towey challenges Arne Woodard for position 3 on the Spokane Valley City Council Read more

Q&A: Mead School board candidate Robert (Bob) Olson

Q&A: Mead School board candidate Robert (Bob) Olson Read more

Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race and add protections against termination. Read more

McMorris Rodgers seeking House majority leader post, reports say

The Washington Post and Politico are reporting that Spokane’s Republican congresswoman is a candidate for the second-highest position in the House of Representatives. And Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers isn’t denying the reports. Read more

McMorris Rodgers pursuing majority leader position in Congress, according to Politico

The Washington Post and Politico are reporting that Spokane’s Republican Congresswoman is a candidate for the second-highest office in the House of Representatives. Read more

Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she’s not running for House majority leader

Published rumors that she is preparing a run for House majority leader are “a mischaracterization and misinformed,” U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said Monday. A report that first surfaced on the Politico website last week said McMorris Rodgers has consulted other lawmakers in an effort to move up the ranks. Read more

Eye on Boise: GOP decides national delegate process

When the Idaho Republican Party holds its presidential primary election on March 8, it’ll determine how the state’s 32 delegates to the Republican National Convention are apportioned, and it’s not as simple as just proportional or winner-take-all. That’s because national GOP rules require if a state party does its selection process – whether by primary election, caucus or convention – between March 1 and 15, its delegates must be apportioned proportionally based on the results, but with two optional exceptions, a “floor” and a “ceiling.” Read more

Huckleberries: Longtime county clerk clear on marriage license row

Dan English has more interest than most in the stand taken by Kentucky’s Kim Davis. Davis, of course, is the county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. English, as many of you know, was a multiterm county clerk in ruby-red Kootenai County until that “D” after his name caught up with him. English describes himself as a Christian and a Democrat, as Davis does. Unlike Davis, however, he would have no problem issuing a marriage license to a same-sex couple. English told Huckleberries Online ( www.spokesman.com/ blogs/hbo) readers: “I would uphold my oath of office. If I couldn’t do that, my ethics and personal moral compass would require me to resign. I could respect someone who held that position but was also willing to pay the personal price to resign. Maybe they do things differently in Kentucky.” Bear in the ’hood Read more