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  • City Council candidate Mark Hamilton tossed from ballot

    Spokane City Council candidate Mark Hamilton is not qualified to run for city office, a Spokane County Superior Court judge ruled this afternoon.


  • Judges hire fired city attorney Howard Delaney

    The city of Spokane’s former top attorney, who was fired last year by Mayor David Condon, is back on the city’s payroll. Howard Delaney was hired last month by the …


  • GMO issue attracts out-of-state interest

    OLYMPIA – In another sign that Washington will be the national battleground this fall for the fight over genetically altered foods, opponents of a ballot measure requiring those products to …


  • City braces for budget cuts despite strong sales taxes

    Spokane is collecting sales taxes like it hasn’t since before the recession. Even so, city officials are preparing for another multimillion-dollar deficit in 2014.


  • Suit tests whether candidate a resident

    The race for a City Council seat representing northeast Spokane could soon be down to one. Two voters in Spokane’s northeast council district are suing Spokane County Auditor Vicky Dalton, …


  • Candidates give voters a choice at deadline

    Two city council incumbents in Spokane County face challengers who declared their intent to run for office Friday, the last day to file. Spokane Valley Councilman Rod Higgins will again …


  • City Council races draw more candidates

    Two more candidates jumped into Spokane City Council races Thursday, ensuring primary races in two of the city’s three council districts. Laverne Biel, 60, the CEO at Access Unified Networks, …


  • Candidates must file for office by Friday

    Candidates for local offices around Washington will officially enter their races this week as filing week begins this morning. On the ballot this year are council seats in cities and …


  • Council OKs spending $1.1 million on police equipment, training

    Spokane police patrol cars may soon be equipped with cameras to record encounters with the public. The Spokane City Council last week agreed to spend $1.1 million from reserves to …


  • Spokane Council candidate’s residency doubts resurface

    More doubts are being raised about a Spokane City Council candidate’s eligibility to hold the seat he’s seeking even as he continues to run an active campaign and collect contributions, …


  • Groups hope to place initiatives on city ballot

    Envision Spokane hopes the third time is a charm. The group was one of two that filed signatures this week with Spokane City Clerk Teri Pfister to place initiatives on …


  • Council candidate’s residency questioned

    A candidate for Spokane City Council who already has the backing of two other elected leaders may be ineligible to run. Mark Hamilton, the pastor of the former Spokane Christian …


  • Supermajority margin for tax hikes approved for Spokane

    The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were …


  • Fraud suspected in initiative signatures

    OLYMPIA – Three paid signature gatherers apparently committed extensive fraud while collecting support for two Washington initiatives, elections officials said Wednesday. The secretary of state’s office said many of the …


  • Voters approve supermajority requirement

    The Spokane City Council must approve tax increases with supermajority votes.


  • Spokane voters approve library tax

    Spokane voters easily approved a City Charter amendment giving the police ombudsman more authority and a tax to ensure that branch libraries won’t close.


  • ‘Supermajority’ proposition on tax hikes hotly contested

    Of the three items Spokane voters will consider Tuesday, one has clearly sparked the most heated debate. Campaign groups have formed on each side of Proposition 2. Signs are up …


  • Group sends mailer opposing EV school bond

    Citizens for Responsible Taxation mailed fliers this week targeting the $65 million East Valley School District bond on the ballot in Tuesday’s special election. The bond would pay to renovate …


  • Spokane campaign group fails to report funds

    Spokane’s Feb. 12 special election has spawned three official campaign organizations, along with campaign reporting violations. It wasn’t until mid-December when the Spokane City Council decided to hold the Feb. …


  • Ombudsman power in the mail for vote

    The Spokane City Council has tried several times over the past two decades to craft a police oversight system with teeth. Now it’s the citizens’ turn.


  • Voters will decide school measures

    The Spokane County Elections Office is mailing ballots today for the Feb. 12 special election. Depending on where you live, you might see a school bond or levy, or levies …


  • Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes

    Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …


  • Rockford vote could free up funds for water system

    The town of Rockford is putting a law enforcement services levy on the February ballot to pay for its law enforcement contract with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. The idea …


  • Spokane Library open fewer hours than most of its regional counterparts

    Seven people stood outside the Hillyard Library as they waited for its doors to open at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Several more were waiting in their cars. The wait to get …


  • Council OKs tax proposal

    Spokane voters will have a lot to consider on their February ballot, including a proposal to require supermajority votes by the City Council to raise taxes and some fees. Other …


  • Council mulls supermajority requirement

    It could soon get harder for Spokane city leaders to raise taxes. The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider whether to ask voters if raising tax rates should require …


  • Voters likely to get library plea

    There could be something for almost everyone on a special election ballot in February. Originally wary of spending the money to hold a special election, the Spokane City Council on …


  • Library tax could be on ballot

    Spokane voters in February may get a chance to save the city’s small library branches and substantially increase branch hours. Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is proposing that voters …


  • Council members want police ombudsman in city charter

    City officials have a new strategy to achieve independent police oversight after multiple failed attempts: Let the voters decide. Spokane City Council members Steve Salvatori and Mike Allen want to …


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