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Sue Lani Madsen: Strong families key to achieving the American Dream

The best child care and the most well-meaning bureaucracy will never have the power of a parent who holds a child accountable for working to his or her full potential, grasping opportunity, and striving to overcome the difficulty of improving their station. Read more

Tax hike initiative wasn’t clearly unconstitutional, Supreme Court says

Court explains why it didn’t block I-1366 from the ballot, leaves open the question of whether it will survive a future challenge. Read more

I-1401 ivory restrictions might have little impact in Spokane

Even before I-1401 passed, jewelry and other items made of ivory were rare in Spokane stores. Read more

Last 2 races in Spokane area settled

Spokane County Elections Office has counted most of the ballots from last Tuesday and the two close races are decided. Read more

Wood defeats Wick for Spokane Valley City Council seat

Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick has last his re-election bid to Sam Wood. Wood has a 99-vote lead over Wick in the latest count of ballots, which was released Monday afternoon. Wood has 50.3 percent of the vote to Wick’s 47.3 percent. The difference falls just outside the amount that would force an automatic recount. The candidates would have to be within a half percentage point for the election office to perform a recount. Read more

Haynes defeats Treppiedi for Spokane School Board

Incumbent Spokane School Board member Rocky Treppiedi has lost his re-election bid. The Spokane County Election’s Office finished counting on Monday almost all the remaining 5,000 ballots it had left to count from last week’s election. Read more

Spokane County, cities butt heads on population growth

Spokane County commissioners and officials from the cities and towns they represent are at odds on where and how much population growth will occur over the next two decades. Read more

Sunday Spin2: Some campaign tactics to rethink

The 2015 election won’t set any records, but it may have provided us with a few tactics which future campaigns might want to avoid. Read more

Spin Control: Spin Control: That was the election that was

A look at some highlights and low-lifes of the past election Read more

Mapping the vote: Turnout

Spokane County turnout hit 40 percent in Thursday evening’s ballot count. We look at where it’s strongest and lightest inside. Read more

Mapping the vote: Shifts in Spokane School Board race

As The Spokesman-Review reports this morning, the Jerrall Haynes has passed Rocky Treppiedi in the Spokane School Board race. We’re mapping the shift. Read more

Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

Tuesday’s election results suggest the city political strongholds are shifting. Read more

Mapping the Vote: Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

For more than a generation, Spokane city politics divided mainly on geographic lines. Tuesday’s election suggests those lines may be disappearing and new coalitions are redrawing the electoral maps. Read more

Mapping the Vote: Spokane Council Dist 3

Karen Stratton built her lead over Evan Verduin in the heart of Spokane Council District 3. Read more

Mapping the Vote: Spokane Council Dist 2

Lori Kinnear has a lead of about 800 votes over LaVerne Biel in Spokane’s City Council District 2 race. Read more

Mapping the Vote: Spokane Council Dist 1

Incumbent Councilman Mike Fagan received strong support from his base in Hillyard and other northern precincts to build his Election Night lead. Read more

Doug Clark: One-term curse has ended, but Spokane politics won’t let me down

Despite the fact that the Curse of the One-Term Mayor ended on Election Night, Doug doesn’t anticipate any shortage of material to write about in the next four years. Read more

Mapping the Vote: Close race for Spokane School Board Pos. 3

Longtime Spokane School Board member Rocky Treppiedi has a narrow lead over political newcomer Jerrall Haynes in the race for Position 3 on the board. Read more

Election results: Incumbents win in Boise, conservatives lose in CdA, West Ada levy passes

Results from yesterday’s local elections around the state saw Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and three incumbent city councilors re-elected; school bond and levy measures pass from the West Ada School District to the Bonneville School District in Idaho Falls; former Kootenai County Clerk Dan English… Read more

Mapping the vote: City Prop 1, Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane City Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, was swamped in the south and northwest precincts. Read more