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  • Proposition 4 debate: Introduction

    Reporter Jonathan Brunt lays the ground rules for an Oct. 8, 2009, debate on Proposition 4, adoption of a community bill of rights for Spokane, 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.


  • Proposition 4 debate: Amendment 5

    Discussion of the fifth amendment – the natural environment’s right to exist and flourish - 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 6

    Discussion of the sixth amendment – residents’ right to determine the future of their neighborhoods - 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 6 extra provisions

    Discussion of provisions to the sixth amendment – determining neighborhoods’ futures – 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 7

    Discussion of the seventh amendment – workers’ 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: 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 9

    Discussion of the first amendment – enforcement 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.


  • Amber Waldref’s introduction

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Mike Fagan’s introduction

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Amber Waldref on schools

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Mike Fagan on schools

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Mike Fagan on city budget

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Amber Waldref on city budget

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Mike Fagan on layoffs, efficiency studies

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Amber Waldref on efficiency studies

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.


  • Amber Waldref on budget cuts

    From the Sept. 25, 2009, debate between Mike Fagan and Amber Waldref, candidates for the Spokane City Council northeast district seat.

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Blogposts


  • Thu., Oct. 22, 2015, 5:28 p.m.

    Truths, half truths and other campaign claims, Part 1

    Election 2015 edition, on accusations of partisan agendas, cost of bike lanes and Chomsky.


  • Tue., Aug. 27, 2013, 12:39 p.m.

    Envision Spokane to appeal judge’s ruling barring them from the ballot

    Envision Spokane will appeal a judge’s ruling that kicked them off this November’s ballot. “We’re not going to take this laying down,” Brad Read, board president of Envision Spokane, said …


  • Sat., May 18, 2013, 4:20 p.m.

    Some politicians trust the voters only so far

    The progression of thought for some politicians about the wisdom of the voters can be as predictable as it is ironic. At the end of the first campaign, most winners …


  • Tue., May 14, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

    Lawyers say city could challenge charter changes before election

    The city may have grounds to challenge two proposed charter amendments and seek court orders to keep them off the ballot, lawyers have told the Spokane City Council. Groups supporting …


  • Mon., April 22, 2013, 9:33 p.m.

    Council considers blocking citizen initiatives

    Signatures on petitions in support of two proposed citizens’ initiatives in Spokane will be counted and verified. But council members hinted Monday that they may block the proposals from the …


  • Fri., April 13, 2012, 1:30 p.m.

    Third time a charm for Envision Spokane?

    Envision Spokane on Thursday filed its Community Bill of Rights initiative with the Spokane City Clerk’s office. This is the third time the group has filed a Community Bill of …


  • Thu., Nov. 3, 2011, 5:18 p.m.

    2011 elections: Who’s spending what

    OLYMPIA – Led by a multi-million dollar battle for who controls liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million on …


  • Wed., Aug. 10, 2011, 1 p.m.

    Council may add two more questions on ‘Community Bill of Rights’

    Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens’ initiative on the November ballot. The Spokane City Council will consider on …


  • Sun., Aug. 7, 2011, 7:57 p.m.

    Sunday Spin: Get ready for Round 2 on Bill of Rights

    Conspicuous by their absence last Monday were leaders of Greater Spokane Inc., when the City Council voted to place the latest version of a Community Bill of Rights before voters. …


  • Thu., Aug. 4, 2011, 5:36 p.m.

    Spokane GOP to oppose Community Bill of Rights

    The Spokane County Republican Party voted this week to oppose a Spokane City Charter amendment going on the ballot in November. On Monday, the City Council voted to place the …


  • Tue., Aug. 2, 2011, 8:20 a.m.

    Illegal CdA Voters Fined $200 Each

    Item: Illegal voters fined, sentenced: Hayden couple voted illegally in 2009 Cd’A city election/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press More Info: A Hayden couple was each fined $200 and sentenced to three …


  • Mon., Aug. 1, 2011, 3:04 p.m.

    Community Bill of Rights, Round 2

    Envision Spokane’s second attempt at a Community Bill of Rights may be the highlight of tonight’s Spokane City Council meeting. The council has a hearing set near the end of …


  • Wed., July 13, 2011, 4:59 p.m.

    Envision Spokane turns in signatures for new ‘Bill of Rights’

    Spokane voters may get a chance to consider a new list of proposals from Envision Spokane on the November ballot. Kai Huschke, campaign coordinator of Envision Spokane, said the group …


  • Wed., March 23, 2011, 5:08 p.m.

    Envision Spokane will make second run at ‘Community Bill of Rights’

    Representatives from Envision Spokane on Wednesday moved forward on their plan to offer city voters a new version of its “Community Bill of Rights.” In order to make the November …


  • Tue., Nov. 24, 2009, 6:09 p.m.

    Incumbent mayor behind by 2

    The results of this month’s Spokane County election were certified on Tuesday, but the counting isn’t over.Elections officials next week will recount by hand votes in the race for Airway …


  • Thu., Nov. 5, 2009, 3:38 a.m.

    The ballots are counted — sort of…

    Good morning, Netizens… As David Horsey points out, President Barack Obama may have an earful after the ballots are counted. Or maybe not, depending upon how much political joss can …


  • Wed., Nov. 4, 2009, 3:13 p.m.

    New numbers expected soon; turnout rises above 50 percent

    We’re about two hours from another drop of election numbers in Spokane County. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said he expects 8,000 to 10,000 votes to be included in the count. …


  • Wed., Nov. 4, 2009, 10:58 a.m.

    Where Prop 4 fared less awfully

    There are few, if any, bright spots supporters of Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights will find in last night’s count.As a whole, Proposition 4 only garnered 25 percent support. …


  • Tue., Nov. 3, 2009, 11:14 p.m.

    McLaughlin movin’ on up?

    The showing of Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin — the City Council’s most conservative member — in a district that voted for President Obama has prompted speculation that she may …


  • Tue., Nov. 3, 2009, 9:44 p.m.

    HBO Election Central Wild Card

    I’m back. I voted. I’m refreshed. Now, let’s get this show on the road. You can use this HBO Election Central Wild Card to post news tips, observations, etc., that …

Documents


  • City Legal Department analysis

    This is the City Legal Department analysis of possible challenges to two proposed ballot measures for the 2013 ballot.


  • Envision Spokane letter to City Council

    This is a letter from Envision Spokane and other groups to the City Council urging them not to challenge ballot measures like the Community Bill of Rights.


  • 2012 Community Bill of Rights Initiative

    Envision Spokane submitted this proposed initiative to the Spokane City Clerk’s office on April 12, 2012. This is the third time the group has proposed a Community Bill of Rights for the Spokane ballot. In 2009 and 2011 the group succeeded in gaining enough signatures to put the matter on the ballot. In 2009, the proposal was soundly defeated. But voters only narrowly defeated a scaled-back version last year. The 2012 version, which could go on the ballot this year or next, is similar to the 2011 initiative.


  • Envision Spokane’s 2011 Community Bill of Rights

    Envision Spokane filed on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 an initiative petition with the Spokane City Clerk’s office indicating the group’s intention to collect signatures of registered voters to place their proposed Community Bill of Rights on the November ballot.


  • Envision Spokane expenditures

    This spreadsheet shows expenditures by Envision Spokane, the sponsor of Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • Save Our Spokane expenditures

    This spreadsheet shows expenditures by Save Our Spokane, or SOS, a group opposing Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • JOBS expenditures

    This spreadsheet shows expenditures by the group Jobs and Opportunities Benefiting Spokane, which opposes Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • Community Builders Trust contributions

    This spreadsheet shows contributions to Community Builders Trust in the campaign against Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • JOBS contributions

    This spreadsheet shows contributions to the group Jobs and Opportunities Benefiting Spokane, which opposes Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • Save Our Spokane contributions

    This spreadsheet shows contributions to Save Our Spokane, or SOS, a group opposing Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • Envision Spokane contributions

    This spreadsheet shows contributions to Envision Spokane, the sponsor of Proposition 4 in the November 2009 election.


  • Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights

    The full text of Envision Spokane’s proposed Community Bill of Rights. The November 2009 ballot in Spokane will include Proposition 4, a vote on adopting the document.

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