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Saturday, February 16, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Spokane City Council, school board will meet Wednesday to discuss downtown stadium, bond projects

A public hearing on planned November bond measures will be held Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Elected officials are expected to finalize the language of an anticipated $600 million bond request to build new schools, libraries and potentially a downtown stadium.


Randy Brandt, Patrick Johnson, Lynden Smithson vie for open district court seat

Judge Vance Peterson’s planned retirement at the end of the year has drawn three challengers vying to become Spokane County’s newest district court judge. All three have lived in Spokane for decades, some born and raised. All three graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law and spent years working as attorneys. Where they diverge is the experience – particularly, whether they’ve already donned the black robes.


House Intel Chairman Nunes to raise money for McMorris Rodgers

U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes – one of President Donald Trump’s strongest supporters in Congress and a sometime lightning rod for criticism for the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election – will help Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers raise campaign money Monday in Spokane.


Spin Control: Is it true democracy if it takes millions to get an initiative on the ballot?

Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.


Ad watch: Cathy McMorris Rodgers spot revives attack on Lisa Brown regarding sex offenders

The Lisa Brown campaign accused U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of desperation and “scare tactics” in a new attack ad questioning the Democrat’s record in the state House of Representatives on housing sex offenders.


Questions of rule violations trail Spokane County District Court judge candidate signs

A candidate running for district court judge may be in violation of state judicial conduct rules by advertising possibly misleading information to voters.


Spokane City Council could have final say on ballot measure to fund downtown stadium

Rick Romero offered Spokane School Board members a way out of a thorny decision over whether they’d ask voters to pay for a downtown sports stadium Wednesday night. The inclusion of funding the project could be part of the city’s request of voters, but will require approval from the Spokane City Council.


Three candidates challenge Joel Kretz for Northeast Washington House seat

Two Democrats and one Independent are challenging 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz for his seat in the state House of Representatives. The Republican incumbent has gone largely unchallenged for more than a decade.


Washington primary ballots will arrive soon

Primary ballots going out by mail this week.


Ferry County decides to pay for postage for returning primary ballots

Ferry County primary voters will have postage on the envelopes to mail their ballots.


Ferry County voters will need stamps to mail primary ballot

Ferry County auditor says primary ballots won’t have postage paid, as a way to save money.


Truth testing: The negative ads from Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown

Television advertisements and campaign mailers are already finding their way to Eastern Washington voters from the two presumptive candidates for the region’s seat in Congress. What’s true, and what isn’t, about the claims in these ads?


28 hopefuls chase Cantwell in U.S. Senate primary

A wide array of personalities and philosophies want Washington to send them to the U.S. Senate.


Brown, McMorris Rogers talk dams, climate change and grizzlies

The four dams on the Lower Snake River are in no danger of going away. At least not at the hands of congressional candidates for Eastern Washington.


McMorris Rodgers, Brown both claim wins in money race

Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Lisa Brown both report big gains in campaign dollars.


I-1634 backers warn soda tax could spread to food

Supporters of an anti-tax initiative say they fear a local tax on food would hurt working families, even though they concede that no city or county in Washington has such a tax.


Washington, Idaho senators show deep divide on Supreme Court nomination

Republicans praised Kavanaugh’s deference to the Constitution, while Democrats warned the pick would reverse important judicial decisions involving health care and women’s reproductive rights.


Spin Control: Dozens of initiatives won’t make the ballot

The initiatives likely to make the ballot are a small sample of those that won’t.


State to check signatures on gun initiative despite concerns

Three initiatives submit far more signatures than they need to qualify for the ballot, but Secretary of State Kim Wyman says one proposal’s petitions raise legal concerns.


Voters to be asked to stop local soda and grocery taxes

Voters likely to be asked whether to prevent new local taxes on soda and other groceries.