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Liberty Lake residents voting on tax to build $9 million Town Square community center

Voters in Liberty Lake are being asked to weigh in on a


Fines for downtown Spokane coal, oil train traffic head to voters with promise of political fight

Spokane voters can expect a passionate political fight over a proposal to fine coal and oil trains passing through downtown after the City Council sent the question to the November ballot Monday night.


Campaign signs in Spokane Valley vandalized with obscene graffiti

Some of Spokane Valley City Councilman Caleb Collier’s election signs were painted with obscene graffiti Monday. His challenger, Brandi Peetz, had signs stolen.


Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition

It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need to act by next week.


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.


Mumm faces two challengers, criticism of City Hall’s business acumen in race for northwest Spokane seat

Brian Burrow, a project manager, and Matthew Howes, owner of a north side restaurant and pub, said they’ll do more to promote and assist businesses in town than the current City Council and incumbent Candace Mumm.


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.


Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins faces two challengers in re-election bid

The 2017 City Council election in Spokane Valley has turned into a barnstorm of new faces challenging incumbents. The five open seats have attracted 13 candidates resulting in two contested primary races, one of which is the race for Position 1, held by Mayor Rod Higgins.


Three challenge Breean Beggs for Spokane City Council seat representing South Hill

Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old attorney says that’s just part of the work he’s doing for the city and dismisses labels.


Initiative targeting marijuana businesses near Spokane churches fails to receive enough signatures

Petition-gatherers came up 528 signatures short for the measure to automatically appear on the November ballot, but the group says it will seek intervention from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


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