Stories tagged: Ben Stuckart
UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:05 p.m.
Stuckart drops out of congressional race, citing family medical issues
The City Council president’s campaign released a statement Tuesday, six months after he declared his intention to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
UPDATED: Thu., June 1, 2017, 11:38 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: It’s early, but Stuckart’s heartened by polling
The election is 18 months away, but Ben Stuckart is finding fodder for optimism in early polling on his effort to unseat Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.
UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017, 11:22 p.m.
Spokane City Council narrowly approves former U.S. Attorney Mike Ormsby as city attorney
Supporters on the council touted Ormsby’s long career of public service and professionalism, but critics pointed to the continued debt of bonds issued for a downtown parking garage under his …
UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 6:56 p.m.
Lisa Brown stepping down as WSU Spokane chancellor, says she’s considering congressional run
Lisa Brown is stepping down as chancellor of Washington State University’s Spokane campus and says she is again considering a run for Congress.
Fri., April 28, 2017, 12:06 a.m.
Kendall Yards developer sees ‘enormous potential’ for residential neighborhood on downtown’s east end
Could another Spokane site magically morph into a thriving urban neighborhood like Kendall Yards is? Developer Jim Frank believes so. He sees “enormous potential” for the east end of downtown, …
UPDATED: Wed., April 12, 2017, 11:16 p.m.
WSU student wants to challenge Cathy McMorris Rodgers
A student of political science and physics at Washington State University will run for Congress next year, pushing the message that anybody can run for office, no matter his or …
Tue., April 4, 2017, 9:38 p.m.
Ben Stuckart hosts town hall as he challenges Cathy McMorris Rodgers for her seat
Spokane City Council president Ben Stuckart started his town hall meeting Tuesday night by thanking the Spokane County Republican Party for publicizing his event and “getting an active turnout.”
UPDATED: Wed., March 1, 2017, 8:07 a.m.
Former Downtown Spokane Partnership president files for mayor’s race in 2019
Michael Tedesco, a 38-year-old Spokane native, has filed to run when Mayor David Condon is termed out of City Hall in 2019. Tedesco called for a more collaborative relationship between …
Thu., Feb. 16, 2017, 5:36 p.m.
Ethics Commission again declines charges brought against Mayor Condon
Former City Council President Joe Shogan, whose ethics complaint against Mayor David Condon has now been dismissed twice by the city’s Ethics Commission, said he’ll refile one more time over …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, 4:43 p.m.
Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry
Mayor David Condon will sign a law passed unanimously by the City Council on Monday night prohibiting local officials from helping to establish a religious registry, an act that some …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
City leaders believe Trump’s ‘sanctuary city’ order won’t apply to Spokane
City Council President Ben Stuckart and Councilmen Breean Beggs said Wednesday they don’t believe President Donald Trump’s executive order cutting federal funding to “sanctuary cities” will affect Spokane because officials …
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016
Election surprises aren’t over yet
Last May, the 5th Congressional District race featured the incumbent Republican, Democrat Joe Pakootas, Independent Dave Wilson and Republican Tom Horne. Now, none of them may be our representative.
Fri., Dec. 9, 2016, 1:03 p.m.
Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat
The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …
Thu., Dec. 1, 2016, 4:03 p.m.
Spokane mayor asks retired Utilities Director Rick Romero to help craft long-range plan; Ethics Commission cries foul
The City’s Ethics Commission voted last month not to approve contracting with Rick Romero, the popular former utilities director who was the architect of the city’s integrated clean water plan. …
Fri., Nov. 11, 2016, 2:38 p.m.
Developer planning to appeal Spokane City Council’s decision to nix North Indian Trail apartment project
A 750-unit apartment complex near the Sundance Plaza shopping center was axed earlier this week by the City Council, which cited concerns about traffic safety brought forward by neighbors. But …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 9:21 p.m.
Stricter campaign finance and lobbying rules and ending sales tax exemption up for vote in I-1464
Initiative 1464 seeks to toughen state campaign and lobbying laws.
Wed., Sept. 21, 2016, 5:47 p.m.
After Columbus Day revision, City Council votes to recognize Italian American heritage
City Councilwoman Amber Waldref worked with the Italian American Club of Spokane to propose Oct. 1 each year as a day to recognize contributions by local Italian Americans to the …
Mon., Sept. 19, 2016, 5:30 a.m.
Mayor David Condon’s 2017 budget calls for 16 percent increase in spending and shift of police resources to property crimes
Spokane has the highest property-crime rate among Washington’s largest cities, a problem Mayor David Condon wants to address by moving police from patrol and traffic to investigations.
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016, 4 a.m.
Railroads keep most bridge inspection data secret
With railroad bridges carrying oil, coal and hazardous cargo through cities and towns, local officials are asking whether the structures are safe, but can’t get much information.
Tue., Aug. 30, 2016, 1:57 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Recalling the mayor doesn’t make much sense
Shawn Vestal: There are few things that make less sense for Spokane right now than a recall of the mayor.
Thu., Aug. 25, 2016, 5:34 p.m.
Council to vote on renaming Columbus Day
Spokane may become the latest city to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in place of Columbus Day.
Wed., Aug. 24, 2016
Editorial: Calm prevails in police search
Fortunately, a compromise was forged between the mayor and two councilmembers, Lori Kinnear and Breean Beggs, who asked for more time to bring in candidates. The mayor agreed to that …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 7 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief
City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2016, 6:25 p.m.
Meidl says he still wants police chief job, even without Stuckart’s support
In an interview Thursday, Craig Meidl said he wants to focus on reducing crime in Spokane and that he’s fine serving as chief without the support of City Council President …
Fri., Aug. 12, 2016, 4:38 p.m.
Stuckart to ask City Council to reconsider ballot measure fining coal, oil trains
City Council President Ben Stuckart said it may have been “hasty” to ask voters if the city should fine coal and oil train operators and will ask the measure be …
Wed., Aug. 10, 2016, 7:17 p.m.
Condon’s pick for city attorney drops out; former attorney blasts Straub report
Laura McAloon cites a “toxic” relationship with City Council President Ben Stuckart as her reason for dropping out of contention for the city attorney’s office. Stuckart says she didn’t have …
Mon., Aug. 8, 2016, 8:38 p.m.
City Council OKs deal with GSI to continue business development, federal lobbying
The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to …
Sat., July 30, 2016, 1:50 p.m.
Spokane city attorney nominee McAloon denies influencing Straub report
Laura McAloon said Saturday the 126-page report finding major issues in the handling of harassment investigations and public records requests at City Hall was not unduly influenced by her or …
Wed., July 27, 2016, 7:31 p.m.
New city attorney in jeopardy, council members say
City Councilmembers on Wednesday renewed their call for an elected city attorney, following involvement from new hire Laura McAloon prior to a revised version of the report into former Spokane …
Mon., July 25, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Spokane City Council president calls for additional police chief candidates to be interviewed
Mayor David Condon is still weighing his options in naming Spokane’s next police chief, but City Council President Ben Stuckart wants a larger pool to pick from.