WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, 2018
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers protests too much about claims she would vote for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Not only is it utterly credible to believe she might vote for such cuts – which would certainly be, like last year’s failed Trumpcare effort, swaddled in claims that the cuts are not cuts – but she’s already voted to do so. More than once.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018
GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018
When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 19, 2018
In the pages and pages of records surrounding the Jason Gesser case, Jack Thompson’s comment was not the most significant, perhaps, nor is he the person most responsible for taking action, since he’s not a university employee. But it seemed to fit a pattern of a cover-up.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 11, 2018
The question smacks you in the nose when first you walk in: Which deep-fried thing will you be eating today?
SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018
Robert Martin no longer lives as a homeless man in Boise, as he once did. But Martin, now a North Idaho resident, visits that city several times a year to see his son. And when he does, he doesn’t have a place to sleep. Martin’s experiences, along with those of a handful of other homeless people, are at the heart of last week’s ruling by the federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that it is unconstitutional for a city to prosecute a homeless person for resting on public property when there is no shelter available.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 6, 2018
A couple years back, Katy Azar looked at the road construction in downtown Spokane – streets torn up, deadlines blown, costs overrun – and feared for the future of her well-known Greek restaurant. The city was moving toward a major renovation project on North Monroe Street, where her restaurant is located. She and other business owners there feared they couldn’t outlast an extended construction project.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2018
We’re entering a new era in the Northwest’s long, depressing tango with racist extremists, and there’s a lot about this era that’s new – from the methods to the mediums these morons are using to spread their poison. This fresh class of robo-calling, YouTubing white supremacists is different from the last generation, with their compounds and annual rallies and parades. But there’s one piece of it that’s very familiar: A California connection.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 2, 2018
The Pell Grant was the chief way poor kids could get a higher education, and a key way the country kept its promises about the equality of opportunity.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 1, 2018
If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2018
If you enjoy euphemism, then you’ll love the language that has sprung up around the decision to put roughly 150 homeless people back on the streets until next summer.
THURSDAY, AUG. 23, 2018
When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery that makes the biggest difference.
TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2018
While some politicians are trying very hard right now to remain blind to the role of climate change in wildfires, the fact that global warming is driving the growth of Western wildfires is not a matter of debate among the people who study it.
SUNDAY, AUG. 19, 2018
Six-figure salaries could mean sustainability problems for the city’s budget. Numbers crunchers have talked for years about the consequences of possible “structural gap” between salaries and revenues. That pressure has eased lately, due to stronger economy and an absence of big increases, but it hasn’t gone away.
SUNDAY, AUG. 12, 2018
It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the insinuating – will probably be more important than policy.
FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2018
Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him. Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They quit rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s clearly improper order, an order later ruled illegal.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2018
If enough Idaho voters tune in to the emerging facts, what they’ll find is that expanding Medicaid would be good for tens of thousands of uninsured Idaho residents – and it would be good for the rest of Idahoans, too, because it would do so at bargain prices.
SUNDAY, AUG. 5, 2018
Mayor David Condon’s legacy will be one of getting things done at City Hall and not taking ‘No’ for an answer.
FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2018
Amazon is coming to town, and a lot of people are excited.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1, 2018
Last time we checked in on the most odious white nationalist on the Palouse and his relationship with the local Republican Party, we were assured that it was tragically unfair to tar the GOP with such an association.
SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2018
The most exciting, vital pieces of a massive city-school bond proposal lie right under the shadow cast by a plan to build a stadium: New schools. New libraries. New playfields and park spaces.
FRIDAY, JULY 27, 2018
Not long ago, I visited my family in the small southern Idaho town where they live. This town of about 2,700 people, Wendell, sits near the town of about 3,500 people where I grew up, Gooding.
TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2018
Our divided nation needs to heal, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We are heartbreakingly riven by political divisions, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We can no longer disagree without being disagreeable. We demonize those with differing political views. We must regain a sense of shared purpose and unity for the good of the nation, and each and every one of us must do our part.
SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018
In the annals of overhyped disappointments, the canyon fizzle holds a unique place. It had been touted for weeks in the newspapers, on television, on radio, in magazines. Evel Knievel sold the event as a celebrity-filled extravaganza. He had hired a legitimate space scientist to design a steam-powered rocket, the X-2 Skycycle.
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018
This year, four enormous sugar-water companies – the makers of Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and Red Bull – have spent almost $5 million to prohibitively outlaw any future taxes on their products.