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Election 2009

Millions spent for initiatives in final push

OLYMPIA – Led by a multimillion dollar battle over liquor sales in Washington, initiatives and candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot have spent more than $18 million to sway voters in the past three weeks. This may not surprise state residents who can’t turn on the television without seeing firefighters argue whether voters’ lives will be better or worse if state-run liquor stores go away. Other state initiative campaigns have their own TV messages, and campaigns are filling mailboxes with mailers.

Scaled-back Bill of Rights still packs in issues

Much is different and much is the same in Envision Spokane’s second attempt to get voters to approve a version of its Community Bill of Rights. Its proposal on the November ballot is significantly scaled down. Instead of the nine rights the group floated in its failed 2009 citizen initiative, this list only includes four.

Editorial: Council fair in deciding not to add ballot items

The Spokane City Council made an equitable decision in deciding Monday night to forgo adding two ballot questions that relate to Envision Spokane’s proposal to enshrine a Community Bill of Rights in the charter. This is Envision Spokane’s second attempt, though it is scaled back from the 2009 ballot measure. This version would grant individuals rights to neighborhood protections against development, collective bargaining for laborers and a clean river and aquifer. It also precludes corporations from infringing on these rights.

City won’t add two ballot questions

Voters will have to make a decision on a proposed citizens initiative without the observations of elected city leaders on the same ballot. The Spokane City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to add two questions to the November ballot that City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin described as red flags about the initiative that also will be decided in the election.

Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday the addition of two nonbinding questions for the November election. The two proposals would ask voters how the council should respond to Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights if it’s approved: raise taxes or cut services.

Spin Control: Bill of Rights back, and fight awaits

Conspicuous by their absence last Monday were leaders of Greater Spokane Incorporated, when the City Council voted to place the latest version of a Community Bill of Rights before voters. That shouldn’t be taken as a sign the business community is okey-dokey with the ballot measure.

‘Bill of Rights’ to be on ballot

Spokane voters will be asked again this fall whether they want to add a “Community Bill of Rights” to the City Charter. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously to place the initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot, although not before some council members said they disagree with its content.

‘Community Bill of Rights’ group launches new proposal

A group that sponsored a ballot proposal that was thoroughly rejected by Spokane voters in 2009 says it hopes to offer voters a shorter list of requests this year. Gone from Envision Spokane’s new “Community Bill of Rights” are stipulations for the city of Spokane to guarantee its residents affordable preventive health care, affordable housing, affordable and renewable energy and regulations on local banks.

Judge upholds CdA election result

The city of Coeur d’Alene and an incumbent councilman emerged victorious Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenged the legality of the November 2009 City Council election and accused Kootenai County’s elections department of misconduct. Challenger Jim Brannon lost the Nov. 3 election to Mike Kennedy by five votes and responded by suing his opponent, the city and Kootenai County, which was later dropped from the suit. The trial began Sept. 13 and lasted six days.

Audio


  • Amber Waldref on downtown YMCA

    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 emergency response times

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


  • Amber Waldref on I-1033

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


  • Amber Waldref on N. Spokane freeway funding

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