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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 …


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 …


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.


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 …


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. …


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 …


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.


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 …


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.