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A large crowd stands at Main Avenue and Monroe Street in protest over President Donald Trump’s executive order pertaining to immigration from some countries in January. A ballot initiative that would undo Spokane’s non-biased policing law, which some have criticized as a “sanctuary city” policy, has drawn national legal and financial support. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017, 8:09 a.m.

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly anti-immigrant views some have said rise to the level of white nationalism. The group will make the argument Spokane voters should have a say in whether the city’s nonbiased policing policy, which they say makes the city a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, should remain in place.

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Spokane Valley Council woman Pamela Haley was appointed to a vacant seat in 2016. She's running to defend that seat in the 2017 primary. (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Two of four Spokane Valley candidates have spent time in jail

Two of three candidates challenging incumbent Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley have spent time in jail. One man, Ingemar Lloyd Woods, has been open about his 1993 arrest in which was accused of shooting at police. The other, Robert “Rocky” J. Samson, remains under court supervision for alleged financial crimes in Kentucky.

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Tim Benn, Kathryn Alexander and Kate Burke are running for the Spokane City Council seat representing northeast Spokane. (Courtesy photos)

UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 9:36 a.m.

Open City Council seat in northeast Spokane draws 3 challengers advocating change at City Hall

With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with neighborhoods in the northeast part of town. Kate Burke, Tim Benn and Kathryn Alexander bring different ideologies and political experiences to the race, but all agree the focus needs to shift back to neighborhoods in that area of the city.

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