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  • SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 2009, 6:33 A.M.

    Campaigners count down to Tuesday

    Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 1, 2009

    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 …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2009, 9:57 P.M.

    State, local issues drive Tuesday’s vote

    Washington voters who have yet to turn in their ballots – and based on the latest figures, that’s most of us – have some interesting choices to make between now …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 31, 2009

    Following their campaigns’ cash

    Heading into the final weekend before the election, Spokane City Council candidates have raised about $188,000 for their campaigns. That’s more than the $125,000 candidates raised in 2007 – when …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

    Mayoral challengers focus on spending, jobs

    Three challengers seek to unseat mayors in Kootenai County’s two largest cities Nov. 3. In Coeur d’Alene, Joseph Kunka is attempting to prevent Sandi Bloem, the city’s first female mayor, …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 25, 2009

    Election 2009 issues and candidates

    A look at the statewide ballot measures in Washington and candidates and measures for Spokane and Kootenai counties and the major cities within.


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 24, 2009

    City seeks firefighting tax

    When the Spokane City Council placed a 10-year fire tax on November’s ballot, the timing was risky. But an agreement reached last month with the Spokane Fire Fighters Union helped …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009, 12:45 P.M.

    Group wants to hide donors in R-71 campaign

    A political action committee opposed to Washington state’s expanded partnerships for gay couples has sued in federal court, arguing it should be exempt from the state’s campaign finance laws.


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

    Proposition foes’ funding is mostly from out of town

    Opponents of Proposition 4 have complained that out-of-town influence helped shape the proposed amendment to the Spokane City Charter. But the opponents rely heavily on national and state development interests …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

    Justice blocks release of R-71 petition names

    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed a ballot measure on gay rights. Kennedy’s ruling Monday …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

    I-1033 pro: Limiting government revenue growth, unless voters approve

    Despite newspapers like The Spokesman-Review lobbying for and getting a massive taxpayer-financed bailout from Olympia this year, they don’t recognize that average taxpayers are hurting too. And the worst thing …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

    New face assured in Spokane’s northeast district

    The battle for the empty Spokane City Council seat representing northeast Spokane pits the right-hand man of Washington’s most famous political operative against a relative newcomer to city politics. Mike …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

    Verdict: Judge is no carpetbagger

    When someone hurls a political slur during campaign season, it’s probably too much to expect for the slur-slinger to get it right. But still … In an e-mail to constituents …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

    I-1033 con: One-size formula doesn’t fit all; voters already hold leaders accountable

    To officials struggling to maintain essential public services, Tim Eyman’s latest initiative brings a sinking feeling. Initiative 1033 would limit state, county and city government revenues to a formula of …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2009

    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 …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

    District 2 race a tight one

    The fault line in the race for a City Council seat representing southern Spokane is at Palouse Highway and Regal Street. Last year, Councilman Mike Allen voted to change rules …


  • FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

    School seats contested in Freeman, Liberty

    The Freeman and Liberty School Districts are a mix of contested and uncontested races in the ballots being mailed out this week for the November election. In Freeman the field …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

    EVSD board candidates state views

    The race for the East Valley School Board is crowded this year as ballots begin to hit mailboxes this week. The seat being emptied with the retirement of longtime board …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

    Candidates without opponents answer questions

    Here is the final installment in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

    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 …


  • WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

    Flood of last-minute cash targets I-1033

    OLYMPIA – National labor unions and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates are among the donors who have poured nearly $1.5 million of last-minute cash into the campaign against Initiative 1033, …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2009

    Prop 4 supporters, opponents make cases

    Proposition 4 is the most debated and argued, hated and loved, vilified and oversimplified question on November’s ballot. Supporters say the Community Bill of Rights – Proposition 4 on ballots …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2009

    Outcome of Prop 4 debate reflects setting

    Anyone laboring under the misconception that political debates take place on neutral turf would have been disabused of such foolishness Friday at a Proposition 4 debate. Three members of Envision …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 2009

    Valley council candidates Robertson, Grafos, Pace, Foote respond

    Here is the third in a series of reports in which Spokane Valley City Council candidates address issues in their own words. All the candidates were asked the same questions. …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 2009

    Spokane Valley council candidates air views

    Nothing separated Spokane Valley’s 10 City Council candidates at a forum Tuesday quite like the Sprague-Appleway Revitalization Plan. Candidates at the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce event tended to …


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