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Spokane City Council to consider overriding Condon veto of campaign finance reforms

With many members bristling at the notion that they should leave campaign finance laws to lawmakers in Olympia, the Spokane City Council will decide whether to affirm or toss a …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 29, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

With veto of City Council ordinance, Condon says campaign finance better left to the state

The mayor said he supports certain efforts to curb the role of “dark money” in politics. But, he said, the issue is better managed at the state level, and the …


Spokane City Council passes local campaign finance reform laws

City Council President Ben Stuckart said the city needed to create its own regulatory scheme given the proliferation of outside spending on local races this year. Opponents criticized the law …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 11:27 a.m.

Spokane budget adds police, upgrades alleys and maintains homeless funding amid Public Works concerns

Lawmakers unanimously approved a spending plan bolstered by healthy sales and real estate tax receipts, but not before ushering through a series of amendments aimed at reversing some of the …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart takes a shot at slowing dark-money politics

These days local, knock-on-the-door, face-to-face politics is being swamped by the most corrosive elements of post-Citizens United moneyball politics: Dark money, gray money, PAC shell games, special interests, and cash …


Shawn Vestal: Delay in approving Spokane budget looks more like meddling by City Council

The Condon administration moved seven employees from one office to another.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 1:15 p.m.

Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division

A unanimous City Council on Monday delayed a vote on next year’s spending plan three weeks to get more information about the proposed movement to City Hall of six city …


Getting There: City floats plan to phase parking lots out of downtown

12,658: That’s how many parking spaces there are in the city core, about 80 percent of which is off-street parking in privately-owned lots and garages.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 6, 2017, 10:58 p.m.

Stuckart abruptly ends City Council meeting amid criticism of sexual harassment handling

The city council president, who recently apologized for his handling of sexual harassment allegations brought to him by political ally and city council candidate Kate Burke, abruptly ended a meeting …


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 …


Ben Stuckart targets ‘dark’ and ‘gray’ political money with city campaign finance law

City Council President Ben Stuckart will push for the creation of a set of reporting standards for local political campaigns. The new requirements would affect nonprofits operating in the political …


Quit smoking; you’re not in this alone

One of the surprises to those trying to quit is all of the help that is available. Insurance may cover nicotine patches, gum, lozenges and other medications that control cravings.


Answering challenge, local leaders set out to kick their smoking habits

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has called out other local leaders to join him in a challenge to quit smoking, including state Rep. Timm Ormsby (D-Spokane) and Spokane City …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

Spokane police and fire chiefs push back on sheriff’s criticism of North Monroe project

Spokane’s police and fire chiefs said they are united in their support of a street renovation project on North Monroe Street, and do not share Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s concern that …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Stuckart regrets decision to use boulders to move homeless, calls for ‘tent city’

Following significant blowback against the city’s action dumping tons of boulders under I-90 to stop homeless campers, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is now calling for a “tent city” …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

Avista. Telect. Now Red Lion. What gives?

The loss of a home-grown business can always be a shock, but the true effects can vary.


UPDATED: Mon., July 31, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Utility rate increases of 2.9 percent through 2020 approved by unanimous City Council

The rate increases, which are tied to the city’s estimated 25-year average of inflation, will be used to continue funding improvements to Spokane’s water treatment facilities. They take effect Jan. …


UPDATED: Wed., July 26, 2017, 9:32 p.m.

Independent Agnew joins 2018 Congressional race that is far from solidified

Eric Agnew, a 39-year-old manager at Itron Inc., says he hopes to take advantage of a districtwide swing to the left following the 2016 campaign that he believes won’t be …


Altering Spokane Park Board authority in wake of U.S. Pavilion flap would undo century of independence

City Council President Ben Stuckart said no formal proposal is on the table to alter the uniquely Spokane form of governing the park system, but concerns over early designs featuring …


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …