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Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot

The proposal to roll back a Spokane policy prohibiting officers from asking about immigration status will not be before voters following an order from Spokane County Superior Court Judge Julie McKay. An appeal is possible, but unlikely before the Sept. 5 deadline for the question to appear on November’s ballot.


Spokane County GOP launches ad campaign pushing equality for women

A $12,000 contribution-supported ad campaign airing on local broadcast and cable channels argues the Republican Party is pushing equality and the issues most important to women.


Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures

Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. The deadline to submit the statements is Sept. 8.


‘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.


Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. Supporters are preparing for a vigorous campaign that has drawn interest beyond Spokane’s borders.


Spin control: First woman mayor in Seattle in 91 years? Ho hum.

Good for Seattle, which soon will have its second woman mayor, and the first in 91 years. Spokane had three in its last 32.


Primary races still close for some positions

Some primary races remain in doubt in Wednesday’s ballot count.


Durkan takes lead in race for new Seattle mayor

Seattle voters took the first step in choosing a new mayor with early returns in Tuesday’s primary showing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan clearly in first in the race to replace current Mayor Ed Murray


Democrat Dhingra leads Republican Englund in race that likely will decide if GOP keeps control of state Senate

With control of the state Senate at stake, Democrat Manka Dhingra is ahead of Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in the race for an expensive legislative race.


Rod Higgins, Pamela Haley top challengers in Spokane Valley City Council races

Chris Jackson and Angie Beem move on to the general election in Spokane Valley




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