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Spokane City Council, school board candidates will debate issues at Spokesman-Review’s Pints and Politics

Candidates competing for Spokane City Council and Spokane School Board seats will participate in a casual candidates forum Tuesday evening. The Spokesman-Review is hosting Pints and Politics at Overbluff Cellars Events Center at the Washington Cracker Co. Building at 304 W. Pacific Ave. in downtown Spokane.


Oil, coal train fines in Spokane go to voters with legal path unclear

On the question of whether Spokane can – or should – fine the owners of rail cars transporting certain crude oil and coal through downtown, both sides say they’re on the right side of the law.


Supporters of coal, oil train fine initiative accused of violating Washington campaign finance laws

The group Safer Spokane has been hit with a complaint alleging yearlong violations of the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws for failing to file fiscal reports as required by law. The complaint was filed by a representative of the Spokane Home Builders Association, which has opposed the rail initiative.


Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of a rail initiative fining coal and oil trains is evidence the council doesn’t reflect the values of the city. Beggs says he’s concerned about safety and has worked to improve relationships at City Hall.


Deer Park candidates hope to increase law enforcement presence

As Deer Park continues to grow in size, candidates for the mayorship both hope to increase the amount of deputies patrolling and attract more businesses to the area.


Liberty Lake City Council candidates disagree on community center

In a burgeoning city expected to reach or exceed its proposed size in the next few years, Liberty Lake City Council candidates list growing pains as their largest concern.


Ed Pace, Ben Wick disagree on vaccination proposal as they seek second term on Spokane Valley Council

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace tries for a second term while former Councilman Ben Wick tries to return to office.


Council candidate backs Liberty Lake overpass expansion; his opponent no longer wants seat

Though Mike Kennedy has no personal experience as an elected official, he’s been behind the political scenes of Spokane and Liberty Lake for years, he said. Now he’s a candidate for position 6 on the Liberty Lake City Council. His opponent, Dylan McGuire, says he no longer wants to win the seat, citing an unexpected workload increase at his job. However, he decided to withdraw after the deadline, so his name remains on the ballot, and he is eligible to win the seat.


Spokane County Superior Court candidate decries judicial election system her opponent embraces

The race for a Spokane County Superior Court judgeship is partly about the race itself. Jocelyn Cook, who is vying to unseat incumbent Judge Tony Hazel in the November election, argues that the process of voting for a judge – an elected official who should be impartial and devoid of party affiliation – is a deeply flawed procedure.


Spokane Valley councilman who didn’t disclose juvenile felony charges when appointed hoping to retain seat

Drug and alcohol abuse have affected two Spokane Valley City Council candidates in very different ways.





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