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Progressive center that opposed anti-tax measure fined for campaign violations

A progressive think tank will pay the state more than $30,000 to settle claims of campaign finance violations in its failed efforts to defeat a 2015 initiative.


Ben Wick Q&A: A more diverse council, Painted Hills decision on his mind

For departing Spokane Valley City Council member Ben Wick, the fifth time was the charm. Wick ran in the first Spokane Valley election, against 51 other people, then applied three …


I-1401 ivory restrictions might have little impact in Spokane

Even before I-1401 passed, jewelry and other items made of ivory were rare in Spokane stores.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 10:18 p.m.

Wood defeats Wick for Spokane Valley City Council seat

Spokane Valley City Councilman Ben Wick has last his re-election bid to Sam Wood. Wood has a 99-vote lead over Wick in the latest count of ballots, which was released …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 9, 2015, 9:46 p.m.

Haynes defeats Treppiedi for Spokane School Board

Incumbent Spokane School Board member Rocky Treppiedi has lost his re-election bid. The Spokane County Election’s Office finished counting on Monday almost all the remaining 5,000 ballots it had left …


Spin Control: Spin Control: That was the election that was

A look at some highlights and low-lifes of the past election


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 11:26 p.m.

Council races suggest conservative/progressive split in city

Tuesday’s election results suggest the city political strongholds are shifting.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 4, 2015, 10:25 p.m.

Doug Clark: One-term curse has ended, but Spokane politics won’t let me down

Despite the fact that the Curse of the One-Term Mayor ended on Election Night, Doug doesn’t anticipate any shortage of material to write about in the next four years.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015, 10:33 p.m.

Measures passing on animal protection, tax restrictions

Washington voters overwhelmingly supported a new law to protect endangered animals, and seemed likely to pass by a much smaller margin another attempt to force the Legislature to approve tax …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 2, 2015, 10:28 p.m.

Doug Clark: Want to join me on Election Night to potentially witness history being made?

Doug Clark is looking for one or two political junkies to join him on the Clark Pundit Posse on Election Night.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015, 9:44 p.m.

Spin Control: Plenty of reasons to vote, lots of help to decide how

Ballot returns are pretty low. Here’s some help for voters who have questions.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 10:25 p.m.

Candidate fact check: Has crime really fallen under the Condon administration?

With three days to vote, the wave of campaign literature continues unabated. But how true are the claims made by these mailers and door-hangers?


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 31, 2015

Ballots are due Tuesday in Washington

General election ballots must be mailed or deposited in drop boxes by Tuesday in Washington. Voters go to the polls in Idaho.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 26, 2015, 10:40 p.m.

Doug Clark: My ‘Extra Extra’ ballot will help clear things up for voters

Ballots for the Nov. 3 election arrived in my mailbox the other day and it looks like things are even more of a cluster than usual.


Truth-testing Spokane City Council candidates

The ballots are out, and candidates want your vote. But getting your vote can be a tricky proposition, so they try all kinds of methods. Pictures of them and their …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 6:28 p.m.

Poll: Tax initiative support slipping, animal initiative strong

Voter support may be waning for I-1366, the supermajority for tax increases proposal, but remains strong for I-1401, the animal protection measure, the Elway Poll suggests


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 19, 2015, 5:18 p.m.

I-1366 is another swing at tax supermajority requirement

I-1366 tries to force the Legislature into a super-majority to pass tax increases.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015, 10:50 p.m.

I-1401 would add state protection for some endangered animals

Initiative 1401 takes aim at poachers, but opponents say it’s a feel-good measure that will create problems for people who have legal ivory.


Condon says city is thriving; Lichty points to recent police controversy

Ronald Reagan, a political hero of Spokane Mayor David Condon, famously asked voters in 1980, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” The answer that year …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 18, 2015

Spin Control: Of David and the G-man

David and Goliath is almost as popular in politics as the Bible. But who would you really rather be as a candidate?


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 9:41 p.m.

372 voters in north Spokane County will get extra ballot

Extra ballot will soon arrive to 372 voters in north Spokane County to correct an error made on their ballots for the Nov 3 election. The voters live in an …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 8:04 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: More red tape won’t save the elephants

Initiative 1401 is an exercise in ineffective redundancy that will do little to curb the poaching of elephants and other magnificent animals.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 11:18 p.m.

In race to lead Spokane City Council, Stuckart faces legislative veteran

Not a lot of people wanted John Ahern to run against Ben Stuckart for the position of Spokane City Council president. Following his lopsided loss to Councilman Jon Snyder two …


Spokane Valley candidates offer different views on transportation

He’s half the age or younger than the other Spokane Valley City Council members, but that doesn’t seem to bother Ben Wick, 33.


Teacher squares off against nonprofit leader in Spokane school board race

ELECTION PREVIEW: The race for Spokane School Board between a Spokane Valley high school teacher, Paul Schneider, and a nonprofit leader, Patricia Kienholz.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 10:28 p.m.

Washington ballots for Nov. 3 election are in mail

Elections officials across the state are putting ballots for the general election in the mail


Retired school superintendent faces former student in election

The race for the only contested Spokane Valley Fire Department commissioner seat is between the former Central Valley School District superintendent and one of his former students.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 14, 2015, 11:03 a.m.

Only one challenger for Liberty Lake council seats

There are five open positions but only on contested race on the Liberty Lake City Council: Dan Dunne is being challenged by former council member Josh Beckett.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 13, 2015, 10:29 p.m.

In 9th District race, campaign trail and John Wayne Trail intersect

Republicans Mary Dye and Richard Lathim face off for a southeast Washington House seat.


Once-rejected Spokane County charter proposed again

The call for a charter to address representation issues in Spokane County government is nothing new.