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Condon campaign donation scrutinized

The state Republican Party gave David Condon’s campaign for mayor $25,000 on Oct. 27. It’s easily the largest contribution to a Spokane candidate this year, and has supporters of Mayor Mary Verner calling foul. Verner’s backers accuse the Condon campaign of skirting campaign finance rules barring contributors from giving more than $800 to a candidate for each election. State parties, however, can give a candidate 80 cents per registered voter. In Spokane, that amounts to more than $110,000.


Salvatori vs. Jones, Introduction

Spokane City Council hopefuls Steve Salvatori and Joy Jones explain why they think they would be the best next council member to serve District 3, which covers Northwest Spokane.


Hession vs. Stuckart, Tab Tax

Former Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate the $20 annual vehicle tab tax that was approved earlier this year. Hession and Stuckart are running for Spokane City Council president.


Hession vs. Stuckart, Public Comment

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, explain how they would run meetings differently than Council President Joe Shogan if they are elected council president.


Hession vs. Stuckart, Introduction

Former Spokane Mayor Dennis Hession and Ben Stuckart, director of Communities in Schools of Spokane County, debate why they feel they are the best candidates to be the next Spokane City Council president.


State GOP pours cash into Condon campaign

Spokane mayoral candidate David Condon advertises himself as “nonpartisan” on his signs, but that didn’t stop the former aide to Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from getting a $25,000 contribution from the state Republican Party. The contribution, the largest so far in a Spokane…


Condon vs. Verner, Downtown Trolley

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate proposal to build a electric bus or trolley system in central Spokane. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.


Coalition calls on candidates to take ombudsman pledge

A coalition of organizations including the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane is asking Spokane mayoral and City Council candidates to pledge not to vote for a Spokane Police Guild contract unless it includes stronger oversight. The guild’s contract expires at the end of…


Verner, Condon debate handling of Zehm case

Here’s the latest of election video. Condon: “To find out that the city started to know some of the facts in 2009 and here we are nearly two years later not dealing with those facts, that’s what was troubling me.” Verner: “We can not critique…


Council stance unchanged on Community Bill of Rights

The Spokane City Council took another chance on Monday to critique Proposition 1, the Community Bill of Rights. Council members voted 6-1 to formally oppose the initiative, which appears on the November ballot. The rejection is no surprise. All the members of City Council already…


Condon vs. Verner, City Wages

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the how well the city has negotiated with city unions. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.


Condon vs. Verner, Otto Zehm Cases

Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and David Condon, former district director for U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, debate the city’s handling of the Otto Zehm cases. Condon is challenging Verner’s bid for re-election.


Condon to open coffers for TV ad blitz

Spokane voters likely will have plenty of chances in the next few weeks to see David Condon on TV. The candidate who is challenging Spokane Mayor Mary Verner has spent more than $40,000 on TV advertisements, according to campaign filings with the state Public Disclosure Commission.


Independents may hold fate of state Senate seat

Spokane Valley’s 4th Legislative District is so Republican that voters have elected the GOP candidate 38 times in the 40 legislative elections since 1980. So Republican that both candidates in this year’s special state Senate race are Republicans. But as incumbent Jeff Baxter, 51, and former state Rep. Mike Padden, 64, split the GOP vote, it could be independents and Democrats who decide who will fill the final year of the state Senate seat.


Democratic chairman says Verner took ‘high road,’ as former Dem chairman takes to airwaves for Condon

Not surprisingly, the campaign of David Condon is taking full advantage of the endorsement he got from former Spokane County Democratic Chairman Tom Keefe. Keefe is featured in the Condon TV ad above and is the first endorsement listed on a Condon mailer that arrived…


Hession-Stuckart race is a contrast in styles

Primary election voters in Spokane didn’t seem eager for a change. They gave incumbent Mayor Mary Verner a big victory over her opponents and former Mayor Dennis Hession a first-place win for City Council president as they head to November.


Record donation from Costco

OLYMPIA – In an effort to get voters to end the state’s liquor monopoly, Costco this week made the single-largest political contribution in history – nearly $9 million – to a state ballot campaign. The discount retail giant based in Issaquah, Wash., nearly doubled down on its contributions this year to the Yes on Initiative 1183 campaign. The company had already spent more than $12 million through cash contributions and in-kind services, such as employee time for gathering signatures in less than a month to get the proposal on the Nov. 8 ballot.


Big bucks for booze: Costco donation breaks record

OLYMPIA – In an effort to get voters to end the state’s liquor monopoly, Costco this week made the largest contribution in history – nearly $9 million – to a state ballot campaign. The discount retail giant based in Issaquah, Wash., nearly doubled down on…


District 1 race draws outspoken council critics

After a packed, six-way primary, voters in northeast Spokane have two unconventional choices to fill the Spokane City Council seat that will be vacated at the end of the year by Bob Apple. Both candidates have clashed with City Hall and were probably the biggest critics of existing city leadership among those who ran in the primary. Both have a bankruptcy in their pasts. Both have longtime ties to Northeast Spokane and have led neighborhood councils. Both have the backing of one council member who serves the district.


McMorris Rodgers isn’t naming GOP favorite — yet

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers smiled, hesitated and then dodged a question that could have earned her plenty of press – and grief: She declined an invitation to endorse a Republican presidential candidate today. Eastern Washington’s representative and member of the U.S. House’s Republican leadership team…


Races
Spokane Mayor, City of Spokane
Director, Pos. 5, Spokane Public Schools District 81
City Council President, City of Spokane
City Council Northeast seat (District 1), City of Spokane
City Council Northwest seat (District 3), City of Spokane
City Council South seat (District 2), City of Spokane
Council Pos. 2, City of Spokane Valley
Council Pos. 3, City of Spokane Valley
Council Pos. 6, City of Spokane Valley
School Board, Dist. 4, Cheney School District
City Council, Pos. 3, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 6, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 7, City of Airway Heights
City Council, Pos. 5, City of Cheney
City Council, Pos. 7, City of Cheney
City Council, Pos. 2, City of Deer Park
Council Pos. 5, City of Liberty Lake
Mayor, City of Liberty Lake
City Council, Pos. 5, City of Medical Lake
City Council Pos. 6, City of Medical Lake
City Council, Pos. 3, City of Millwood
City Council, Pos. 4, City of Millwood
School Board, at large, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 1, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 4, Deer Park School District
School Board, Dist. 5, Freeman School District
State Senator, Legislative District 4 (Spokane Valley)
School Board, Dist. 5, Liberty School District
School Board, Pos. 3, Nine Mile Falls School District
School Board, Pos. 2, Reardan-Edwall School District
School Board, Pos. 4, Reardan-Edwall School District
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Fairfield
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Rockford
Town Council, Pos. 5, Town of Spangle
Town Council, Pos. 3, Town of Waverly
Measures
Spokane County, Measure 1
Spokane Proposition 1, Community Bill of Rights
Fire Dist. 8 levy
Initiative Measure 1125
Initiative Measure 1163
Initiative Measure 1183
Senate Joint Resolution 8205
Senate Joint Resolution 8206


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