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UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 10:14 p.m.

Gun dealers must follow gun control initiative, Inslee and Ferguson warn

Washington gun dealers will be required to conduct enhanced background checks when selling semi-automatic rifles starting July 1, even if they disagree with the initiative that requires them, Gov. Jay …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:17 p.m.

Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. …


UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 27, 2019, 11:55 a.m.

New conduct code, changes to deadly force law pass House

Without a single dissenting vote, the House on Thursday agreed to changes to the use of deadly force law voters approved in November and approved a new code of conduct …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 14, 2019, 7:28 p.m.

Opponents, supporters of deadly force law, I-940, agree with proposed changes

House panel hears no opposition to changes to deadly force initiative, I-940, that voters approved last November.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 3, 2019, 1:48 p.m.

Almost half of young voters who signed up in 2018 didn’t cast ballots

About half the young voters in Spokane County who registered in 2018 didn’t vote in the general election.


Attorney for state Rep. Matt Shea counters PDC complaints over surplus funds

Attorney for Rep. Matt Shea rebuts PDC complaints over his surplus campaign fund.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

Manweller submits resignation

State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Cle Elum, formally resigns his seat.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 11:28 a.m.

Spin Control: Petition for Trump to stop I-1639 runs out of time

Petition for President Donald Trump to stop Initiative 1639 runs out of time.


Konis set to become new Spokane County assessor

Tom Konis will become the next Spokane County assessor following a machine recount of votes that concluded last Friday.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 10:23 a.m.

Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year

Backers and foes of a successful ballot measure with new standards on the use of lethal force by police said Monday they will work together to get improvements they both …


Ballots not cast can still sway elections

Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Washington saw most ballots ever cast in midterm election

Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 8:40 p.m.

City Council President Ben Stuckart calls email about removing campaign signs ‘a joke’

The email exchange was posted online on the local Republican Party’s Facebook page earlier this month and prompted calls for discipline after City Council President Ben Stuckart suggested “a midnight …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 6:19 a.m.

Tom Konis overcomes 1,100-vote deficit to take lead in Spokane County assessor’s race

Tom Konis narrowly tops Spokane County assessor race, with a margin so thin it will require a recount.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: School Board should be leery of ignoring a loud, clear vote on the downtown stadium

The Spokane Public Schools board should heed the wishes of voters who rejected building an outdoor stadium in downtown Spokane.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 10:25 a.m.

Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

A former congressional candidate wants President Donald Trump to keep Initiative 1639 from becoming law.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018, 10:42 p.m.

Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.


Lisa Brown reflects on Congressional campaign, says she won’t run for Spokane mayor

The one bright spot for Lisa Brown in a decisive defeat by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday was the City of Spokane, where she earned a double-digit victory. Still, …


Spokane County ballot returns slacking off before hitting all-time record

Spokane County ballot counts beat all previous midterm elections, but might not beat all-time record.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 9, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Democrats still looking at gains in Washington Legislature

Democrats will pick up seats in the Washington state Legislature after Tuesday’s election but the exact number remains unclear with a handful of races still too close to call.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Only a few close races remain in Spokane County

Two days after polls closed, only a few local races in the November 2018 election cycle remain too close to call.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers won’t run for House Republican leadership position

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers announced Tuesday that she will not run for a party leadership position in House.


Washington Legislature getting bluer in 2019

Democrats make gains in the Washington Legislature.


Analysis: Why ‘a real race’ in Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown contest offered familiar November result

Democrats said they couldn’t match the fervor from energized Republicans in Eastern Washington that led to a comfortable GOP win in the district, despite rumors of a “blue wave.” Republicans …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:46 a.m.

6 election maps that reveal the desires of Spokane voters

During the 2018 election cycle, voters in the region appear to be split along geographic, as well as party, lines. We depict that split in 6 races.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 8, 2018, 6:48 a.m.

Graham maintains lead in close state House race; general obligation bond still on-track to pass; other updates

Jenny Graham remains ahead of Dave Wilson for a 6th District legislative seat.


2018 was a wave election, but the size and color are up for debate

For voters and most candidates, the wave election of 2018 has washed over them and passed.


2018 was a wave election, but the size and color are up for debate

For voters and most candidates, the wave election of 2018 has washed over them and passed.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 11:20 p.m.

Brad Manke leads Mike Berry in divisive Stevens County sheriff’s race; Tveit wins new term as judge

A divisive race to replace retiring Stevens County Sheriff Kendle Allen seemed too close to call on Tuesday evening, though early results showed one candidate leading the other by more …