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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: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1634, a ban on local soda and grocery taxes, approved

Local governments looking for more tax money will have to look somewhere else than soda.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:08 p.m.

Voters back changes to deadly force standards in I-940

Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:06 p.m.

I-1639, which creates restrictions on semiautomatic rifles, passes

Washington residents will face more scrutiny on the purchase of semiautomatic rifles.


Costs of I-1631 carbon fee up for debate

Cost of the proposed carbon fee in Initiative 1631 is subject to debate and dispute.


I-1634 would ban new local taxes on all groceries, including soda

Soda industry backs an initiative that would keep local governments from putting taxes on soda or groceries.


I-1631 campaign pits environmental groups against oil companies

Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:31 a.m.

With court fight over, gun control measure goes around Legislature to voters

Supporters and opponents of gun control initiative campaign didn’t pause while the courts decided whether it would be on the ballot.


Opponents and supporters of Washington Initiative 940 on deadly force were allies, and could be again

Initiative 940 will pit once and possibly future allies against each other this fall.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 29, 2018, 11:56 a.m.

Deadly force initiative, I-940, headed to Washington ballot without proposed changes

Initiative 940, which changes the rules for reviewing cases of the police use of deadly force, must go on the November ballot, a divided Washington Supreme Court rules.


Initiatives on carbon fees, soda taxes qualify for ballot

Two more initiatives have enough signatures to go on the November ballot.


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

Gun control initiative passes signature check, gets new legal challenge

Initiative 1639, a gun control measure, has enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot, but faces a new lawsuit.


Spin Control: Is it true democracy if it takes millions to get an initiative on the ballot?

Some groups spend big to get signatures for ballot initiatives.


Spin Control: Dozens of initiatives won’t make the ballot

The initiatives likely to make the ballot are a small sample of those that won’t.


UPDATED: Mon., July 2, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Carbon fee initiative likely headed for Washington’s November ballot

Supporters of an initiative to impose a fee on fossil fuels turn in signatures.


UPDATED: Thu., June 28, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

Will voters have 1, 2 or no “deadly force” measure on November ballot?

Washington Supreme Court to decide whether an initiative on the police use of deadly force must go on the November ballot by itself, with an alternative version, or not at …


Supreme Court to review deadly force initiative

The Washington Supreme Court sets hearing on whether voters should vote on an initiative that would change state laws on police use of deadly force.


Maintain support for transgender protections

Government cannot mandate acceptance, but it should support and defend equal treatment with thoughtful rules and guidelines. Washington state has a proud legacy of doing just that.


With Initiative 1433, Washington voters could increase minimum wage to $13.50 and mandate paid sick leave

The effects of raising the minimum wage through I-1433 are hard to predict.


Washington considers taxes for Oregon shoppers

BEND, Ore. – Washington state voters are considering ending the sales tax exemption their neighbors in Oregon currently enjoy. The Bulletin of Bend reported the Washington initiative would get rid …


Gun control initiative will be on Washington ballot

Voters will decide whether Washington judges should be able to order people considered dangerous to give up their guns.


Scope of initiatives limited in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley does have initiative process, but it’s rarely used.


Idaho ballot proposal would lower sales tax, cut exemptions

The League of Women Voters of Idaho is launching a ballot initiative drive to lower Idaho’s sales tax from 6 percent to 5 percent.


Spokane voters to decide on expanded bus service

Bus service in northwest Spokane would see significant improvements under a ballot measure that would raise the sales tax by an additional 0.3 percent to bolster transit. Spokane Transit Authority …


Coeur d’Alene bus service is part of STA tax request

An express bus service from Spokane Valley to Coeur d’Alene is among the improvements to service Spokane Transit Authority officials are considering if voters approve a tax increase this spring. …


Initiative hurdles proposed

BOISE – Some Idaho lawmakers want to make it harder for citizen initiatives to qualify for state ballots. The move by Idaho state Senate Republican leaders happened Monday in the …


$65 million tax issue called economy booster

Ten years after Spokane voters approved a major expansion of convention facilities, they are being asked to approve another one. The Spokane Public Facilities District is proposing a 10-year extension …


Ballot seeks levy lift

Emergency calls in Spokane County Fire District No. 4 have been increasing year after year, but the district’s property tax revenue has not gone up at the same pace. Fire …