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Spokane firefighters union continues financial support of fined political action committee

Spokane Firefighters Local 29 made a $2,000 payment to the group Spokane for Honest Government in February, four months after pledging to no longer have any financial relationship with the …


UPDATED: Wed., March 21, 2018, 10:44 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Cambridge Analytica was paid $50,000 for work in Spokane City Council races last year against Beggs, Mumm

Breean Beggs remembers the call: a pollster asking questions about Spokane City Council races – including his own. “They said, ‘This is Cambridge Analytica,’ ” Beggs said.


Father of Spokane Valley councilwoman loses Spokane City Hall job following investigation into unfair campaigning

Bob West, father of Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Brandi Peetz, said he wasn’t using his public computer at City Hall to campaign on her behalf against Caleb Collier. He was …


Spokane City Council races cost candidates, supporters more than $400,000 in 2017

Final reports filed with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission show November’s contests for three seats on the Spokane City Council cost a total of nearly $420,000, based on the amount …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 21, 2017, 10:16 p.m.

Kate Burke takes oath for Spokane City Council seat

Spokane’s newest city councilwoman takes the seat that will be vacated by longtime Councilwoman Amber Waldref, representing Spokane’s northeast district. A gathering of friends, family and local lawmakers observed her …


Spin Control: Lesson for candidates: Know where the votes are

The results of the 2017 election hold a lesson for Spokane-area candidates to study if they want to maximize their chances in 2018.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 6:21 a.m.

Rod Higgins overcomes election night deficit, re-elected to Spokane Valley City Council

Rod Higgins is poised to retain his seat as Spokane Valley mayor against challenger Chris Jackson in a race that’s been close since initial ballots were counted Nov. 7.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 13, 2017, 3:24 p.m.

Municipal Court candidate who lost election bid after DUI charge back at work as assistant city prosecutor

It’s been five months since Municipal Court judicial candidate Adam Papini worked as a lawyer. Today, that changed.


Higgins widens lead over Jackson

Incumbent Rod Higgins increased his lead over challenger Chris Jackson in the Spokane Valley Council Position 1 race.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley’s politics changed, but they are still red … just a lighter shade

Let’s not paint the Spokane Valley blue just yet. Maybe just a lighter shade of red. A nice pink, say.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 9, 2017, 7:42 a.m.

Defeat of Spokane Valley incumbents may limit city council’s debate of issues in state, federal jurisdiction

When Spokane Valley council members Ed Pace, J. Caleb Collier and Mike Munch were ousted from their seats in Tuesday’s election, it sent a message from Spokane Valley voters that …


At the ballot box, taxpayers say repeal new taxes

Voters advise lawmakers to repeal the taxes they enacted earlier this year, but Legislature isn’t required to do it.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Maps show Valley voters rough on incumbents; Higgins edges ahead of Jackson

Voters throughout the Valley pulled support from most incumbents.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Opposition to Proposition 2 grew in precincts farthest from downtown rail lines

Map of vote split in Spokane city precincts shows voters closest to downtown core and its rail line supported Proposition 2, those farthest away strongly opposed.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:13 p.m.

Spokane Valley Fire Commission candidates locked in close races

The races for two Spokane Valley Fire Commission Board seats are too close to call. Stan Chalich, 73, is leading incumbent Patrick Burch with 49.8 percent of the vote for …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 7:46 a.m.

How Democrats win to take control of Washington Senate will affect 7 issues

Some things that could change now that control of the state Senate will switch from Republican to Democrat in this year’s election.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

In two East Valley School Board races incumbents lead, but 18-year-old challenger is close

In East Valley School district’s two contested board races incumbents lead, however 18-year-old newcomer is within striking distance


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 8:34 a.m.

Spokane Valley voters toss incumbents on City Council; Munch, Collier and Pace lose seats

Voters on Tuesday rejected conservatives on the Spokane Valley Council on Tuesday, voting out incumbents Mike Munch, Ed Pace and J. Caleb Collier, and putting a fourth conservative in danger …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:20 p.m.

Spokane voters reject fines for coal, oil trains traveling through downtown

Proposition 2 was failing with only 41 percent of votes cast in favor of the measure, which had been criticized as illegal and potentially embroiling the city in costly legal …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:14 p.m.

Breean Beggs, Kate Burke, Candace Mumm coast to victories in Spokane City Council races

Early ballot returns indicate the Spokane City Council will retain its progressive-leaning majority, as voters gave comfortable leads to a slate of candidates endorsed by Ben Stuckart in what became …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 9:35 p.m.

Incumbent Mike Wiser beats out challenger in Spokane Public Schools only contested board race

Incumbent school board member Mike Wiser beat challenger Jennifer Thomas in Spokane’s only contested board race.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 9:31 a.m.

Democrats take control of Washington State Senate

Control of Senate switches to Democrats with Manka Dhingra’s win in a suburban King County district.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Election Day has arrived but most voters have yet to cast ballots

Only about 17 percent of ballots across the state, and a slightly better though still dismal 22 percent of ballots in Spokane County, had been turned in.


No one wanted to serve on the Latah Town Council in May; now 5 percent of the town is on the ballot

A few months ago, it seemed no one wanted to be the mayor of Latah or a member of the Town Council.


In November election, former Fairfield public works director challenges mayor who fired him

Derek Knecht has said he wants to be the mayor of Fairfield to “bring back honesty, integrity, accountability and transparency.” Anonymously, others have insinuated that he’s running with “vengeance in …


Spin Control: Holding on to that ballot to get more info on candidates? We’ve got places you can look

For voters who haven’t cast ballots – which is to say, most of them – here’s some help in finding information about the candidates and issues in the 2017 general …


Wrapping up the races: Tuesday’s off-year election to decide city council contests

The general election ballot full of candidates for city offices as well as some school board and a few legislative positions.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 6:57 p.m.

Fundraising, outside spending reach historic highs in Spokane City Council races

For the first time in at least a decade, spending by outside groups in this year’s City Council races reached all corners of the city. Through Friday, more than $372,000 …


Incumbent East Valley School Board member challenged by man with minor criminal record

Incumbent East Valley School Board member Justin Voelker says his experience on the board, as a hospital executive and as a parent makes him the best choice in the November …


Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart

The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical …