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  • Baxter will keep seat warm an extra day

    Because of a quirk in state law, Spokane’s 4th Legislative District will have one senator for the first day of the upcoming special session and a different senator for the …

  • King County opposition dooms tolling proposal

    OLYMPIA — A state ballot measure to place new restrictions on projects involving toll roads and bridges has failed.

  • State must close all of its liquor operations by June

    Sometime after the first of next year, the impact of the successful initiative ending Washington’s 78-year control of liquor sales will become more apparent. That’s when state liquor stores, which …

  • Doug Clark: Thank Mayor Bair for the one-term curse

    Now comes that post-election moment for rationally minded pundits to scientifically pick apart how David Condon, a political upstart, made up a Goliath-size disadvantage to knock off a sitting Spokane …

  • Liquor initiative puts contract businesses in peril

    Sometime after the first of next year, the impacts of the successful initiative ending Washington’s 78-year control of liquor sales will become more apparent. That’s when state liquor stores, which …

  • Condon’s lead holds in second ballot count

    Challenger David Condon’s lead over incumbent Spokane Mayor Mary Verner is holding in the latest ballot count released this evening.

  • Sprague will stay one-way in the Valley

    The first numbers are in for Spokane Valley. Proposition 1, which would have changed Sprague and Appleway back to two-way streets, is losing with an overwhelming 82 percent no vote.

  • Liquor initiative passes with widespread support

    Washington voters have approved a plan to privatize liquor sales, siding with Costco in the costliest initiative campaign in state history.

  • 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 …

  • Panel rejects liquor plans

    OLYMPIA – It’s apparently all in or all out for Washington state’s involvement in the liquor business. After studying two proposals to take over the state’s liquor distribution system, the …

  • The battle over booze

    The multimillion- dollar fight over state-run liquor sales is flooding the airwaves and stuffing mailboxes across the state as both sides in the Initiative 1183 debate try to empty their …

  • Cash rolls in for, against liquor sales initiative

    OLYMPIA – This year’s ballot measure to get state government out of the liquor business is shaping up to be another multimillion-dollar fight that will pit one of Washington’s largest …

  • Doug Clark: Mayor race yields losers, worse losers

    The primary is past tense. The shocking election results are (mostly) in. In capturing a whopping 59.9 percent of the vote Tuesday night, incumbent Mary Verner is making the most …

  • Mixed fiscal outlook on initiatives

    OLYMPIA – Washington would collect more revenue if an initiative to privatize liquor sales passes, but could pay more for road projects if another ballot measure on toll roads succeeds. …

  • Verner takes commanding lead in re-election bid

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner took a commanding lead in early results Tuesday, capturing 16,290 of the ballots cast. Challenger David Condon laid claim to the second spot in the five-way …

  • Spin Control: Palin movie elicits stiff-arms, light turnout

    Sarah Palin may not be much of a draw in Spokane. That’s one conclusion – and a charitable one, at that – to draw from an event a little more …

  • Liquor, tolls, care staff initiatives likely qualify for November ballot

    OLYMPIA – Washington voters will likely face proposals on tolls, liquor and home health care workers on the November ballot. But not on chickens or marijuana.

  • Funds growing in race for Spokane mayor

    With about six weeks to go before the August primary, one challenger for the job of Spokane mayor has raised almost twice as much as incumbent Mary Verner. The other …

  • Time to sign up or shut up as initiative deadline nears

    OLYMPIA – As Washington residents hit the parks, the malls and the supermarkets this holiday weekend, they may get a chance to take part in one bit of democracy central …

  • Spin Control: 2012 campaigns threaten to overrun ‘11 elections

    Turning on the television Monday evening created a sudden moment of panic. Had I slept, Rip Van Winkle-like, for months and awoke in January 2012? Seven Republican presidential candidates were …



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