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Kate Burke (Courtesy photo)

Fri., Nov. 3, 2017

Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart

The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical of his response to her own story of harassment by former City Councilman Richard Rush. Burke said she’s having to unfairly answer questions about the timing of her story, given the approaching election.

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Spokane County GOP leader Stephanie Cates (Kathy Plonka / The Spokesman-Review)

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:29 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman

It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected official, attempting to pitch a smear to reporters on City Councilman Breean Beggs, and getting no bites, Cates posted a slimy attack on Facebook on Tuesday night.

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Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 4:02 p.m.

Challenger in Whitworth Water District race says commission running well

A biology professor looks to bring her water quality knowledge to the Whitworth Water District Commission, position 1, as she runs against an incumbent who wants to localize decisions on water management. Incumbent Rick Koller said he has concerns over a state Supreme Court ruling that requires counties to ensure new wells won’t have a negative impact on water availability. He agrees with the concept, but said in practice it has become a “bureaucratic mess,” carried out by “people who have never drilled a well before.”

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Ira Stohl, posing in The Newstand, which he owned for 15 years before the shop closed in 2008. The business, located at 111 E. Magnolia St., carried 3,000 different magazines, plus newspapers, books, maps and candy. (Pete Kendall / The Bellingham Herald)

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of a magazine issue focusing on rape in 1995. The chair of the Spokane County Republicans, with support from several prominent conservatives on social media, is accusing Beggs’ involvement as a defense of hate speech, despite clear court victories indicating authorities were attempting to violate Constitutional rights.

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Incumbent Medical Lake City Councilwoman Elizabeth Rosenbeck faces John Merrick in the race for position 2 in the November 2017 election. (Courtesy photos)

Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 12:06 p.m.

Incumbent Medical Lake councilwoman stands by sheriff’s contract; challenger open to forming police department

The two candidates for position 2 on the Medical Lake City Council agree the city’s fire department needs paid staff, but they disagree on how to provide law enforcement to the town. Incumbent Elizabeth Rosenbeck, 54, aims to retain her seat on City Council against candidate John Merrick. She was appointed to the council in 2016 to fill the late Howard Jorgensen’s position.

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Former Medical Lake Police Chief Tony Harbolt, left, is running for Medical Lake City Council position 4 in the November 2017 election against retired attorney Don Kennedy. (Courtesy photos)

Wed., Nov. 1, 2017

Medical Lake candidates say more study is needed before changing course on law enforcement

Both candidates for position 4 on the Medical Lake City Council say more study is needed before abandoning the city’s partnership with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Don Kennedy, a resident of 21 years and retired attorney, said that as debate continues about a possible end to Medical Lake’s contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office, his main objective is maintaining an economically responsible budget.

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