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Stories tagged: 2009 election endorsements


Local impact of Tuesday’s election begs participation

Washington state posted a record 85 percent voter turnout last year, thanks to intense interest in the heated Obama-McCain presidential race as well as the repeat Gregoire-Rossi gubernatorial contest. No …


Editorial: Library ballot measure checks out

The Kootenai-Shoshone Library District has been through half a dozen consolidations, but for Post Falls voters, the ballot proposal facing them on the Nov. 3 ballot will be a new …


Prop 4 goals laudable, but undermined by vagaries

Focus on just one provision of Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights and you get an idea of the problem with the whole thing: Residents have the right to affordable …


Endorsement: City should prove worth as watchdog of fire funds

Property tax payers in Spokane probably aren’t wild about the $33 million bond they are being asked to support for firefighting gear, vehicles and stations. As property owners, however, they …


Robertson is best choice for Valley council

A bedroom community or an urban city? Seven years ago, Spokane Valley voters opted for the latter. Some residents have buyer’s remorse. Others never wanted incorporation, but a disincorporation effort …


Endorsement: Wilhite has best vision for future of Valley

A quick glance at the candidates and their platforms suggests Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Diana Wilhite and her challenger, Brenda Grassel, might be interchangeable. Both of them are bright, business-friendly …


Endorsement: Munson’s best choice for Valley and growth

After rejecting incorporation at least three times, Spokane Valley residents voted eight years ago to form their own city. It was a decisive turning point, a political affirmation of a …


Endorsement: Waldref has grasp of complex challenges

Northeast Spokane District 1 will have a new representative on the City Council, with term limits forcing the departure of Al French. Both candidates are opposed to Proposition 4 and …


Editorial: Tough times would last longer under I-1033

It’s been reported that the recession is over, even if some of its unpleasant effects linger. But they may linger indefinitely in Washington if voters approve Initiative 1033. The measure …


Our primary picks stand for Nov. 3 general vote

The commentaries below summarize endorsement positions taken by The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board before the Aug. 18 primary that remain applicable for the Nov. 3 general election. The full editorials can …


Staab still right choice for judge position

Spokane’s independent Municipal Court has been in operation since the beginning of this year, and the coming election gives the city’s voters their first chance to have a say about …


Editorial: Treppiedi best choice for board Position 4

The guiding force for school board members in the coming years will be the basic education reform adopted by the state Legislature last spring. Where in the past the district …


Editorial: Bierman right choice for seat on school board

The big news in the race to join the Spokane Public Schools board is that there are six candidates vying for two seats. It’s the first contested primary in the …


Editorial: McLaughlin tops field for council’s District 3

Of the half-dozen candidates in the District 3 City Council primary, three of them merit serious consideration. The incumbent is Nancy McLaughlin, a fiscal and social conservative who was elected …


Editorial: Allen’s vision merits election to a full term

The race for Mike Allen’s seat on the Spokane City Council has attracted a crowd, but we think it boils down to two candidates who have the credentials and principles …


Editorial: Fagan has experience to represent 9th District

Voters sorting through the menu of legislative candidates in the rural and conservative 9th District will need a better measuring stick than political philosophy. The differences just aren’t great enough …


Editorial: Vote to keep sales tax that benefits public safety

Suppose the Board of Spokane County Commissioners offered you a tax cut, enough to shave almost a penny off the cost of a latte and scone – or 2 cents …