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Election 2009

Editorial: Final say on community rights

The Supreme Court found all four of the “rights” asserted in the initiative to be out of bounds. The rationale was simple: This is the wrong jurisdiction for your complaints.

Washington Supreme Court rules against Envision Spokane

The Washington state Supreme Court sided against Envision Spokane in a case related to its 2013 ballot initiative, which was taken off the ballot by the Superior Court. The state’s highest court said that the initiative exceeded “the scope of local initiative power and should not be put on the ballot.”

Spokane voters reject worker bill of rights

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:22 p.m.

A controversial measure to bolster worker rights in Spokane failed at the polls tonight, as 62 percent of voters rejected it. City of Spokane Proposition 1 would have amended the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race and add protections against termination. The measure would make the rights of corporations secondary to people’s rights.

Truth-testing Spokane City Council candidates

The ballots are out, and candidates want your vote. But getting your vote can be a tricky proposition, so they try all kinds of methods. Pictures of them and their smiling spouse and kids. Dramatic commercials. A little bit of mud thrown at their opponent.

Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal pay for equal work regardless of gender or race and add protections against termination.

Judge rejects Condon’s attempt to block vote on worker rights

A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot, saying that the state Supreme Court generally rules against preventing an election from occurring. “There is a process that the court has to give some respect to,” said Judge Salvatore Cozza.

Judge rules against mayor, allows Envision to appear on November ballot

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015, 5:44 p.m.

A Superior Court judge denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot this afternoon, saying that the state Supreme Court generally rules that “it is not a favored act to restrain or prevent an election to occur.”

Audio


  • Proposition 4: Amendment 8

    Discussion of the eighth amendment – unionization rights - of Envision Spokane’s proposed community bill of rights for Spokane during a Oct. 8, 2009, debate in the Spokesman-Review newsroom. Representing the campaign for the proposition is Kai Huschke, campaign director for Envision Spokane, the proposition’s sponsor. Representing the campaign against the bill of rights is former Spokane County Commissioner Kate McCaslin.


  • Proposition 4 debate: Amendment 1

    Discussion of the first amendment – the right to a locally based economy - of Envision Spokane’s proposed community bill of rights for Spokane during a Oct. 8, 2009, debate in the Spokesman-Review newsroom. Representing the campaign for the proposition is Kai Huschke, campaign director for Envision Spokane, the proposition’s sponsor. Representing the campaign against the bill of rights is former Spokane County Commissioner Kate McCaslin.


  • Proposition 4 debate: Amendment 2

    Discussion of the second amendment – the right to affordable preventive health care - of Envision Spokane’s proposed community bill of rights for Spokane during a Oct. 8, 2009, debate in the Spokesman-Review newsroom. Representing the campaign for the proposition is Kai Huschke, campaign director for Envision Spokane, the proposition’s sponsor. Representing the campaign against the bill of rights is former Spokane County Commissioner Kate McCaslin.


  • Proposition 4 debate: Amendment 3

    Discussion of the third amendment – the right to affordable and safe housing - of Envision Spokane’s proposed community bill of rights for Spokane during a Oct. 8, 2009, debate in the Spokesman-Review newsroom. Representing the campaign for the proposition is Kai Huschke, campaign director for Envision Spokane, the proposition’s sponsor. Representing the campaign against the bill of rights is former Spokane County Commissioner Kate McCaslin.


  • Proposition 4 debate: Amendment 4

    Discussion of the fourth amendment – the right to affordable and renewable energy - of Envision Spokane’s proposed community bill of rights for Spokane during a Oct. 8, 2009, debate in the Spokesman-Review newsroom. Representing the campaign for the proposition is Kai Huschke, campaign director for Envision Spokane, the proposition’s sponsor. Representing the campaign against the bill of rights is former Spokane County Commissioner Kate McCaslin.