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Eye on Boise: Now they’re even in your phone – Idaho campaigns reach out by text

Pretty much everyone I know with an Idaho cellphone number, including me, received one or more texts in the past week from the campaign promoting Proposition 1, the initiative to …


Faith and Values: When better angels provoke us

Self-examination requires we look deep and wide for our “better angels.” Resolve requires we listen courageously to those better angels.


Sue Lani Madsen: Community service is not just a punchline

The contrast between Voters’ Pamphlet statements by U.S. Senate candidate Susan Hutchison and incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell sparked more than a few jokes.


Shawn Vestal: Once again, Washington leads the country in regressive taxation

Another year, another victory for Washington in the race for the most regressive tax system in the nation, and another question for Halloween: Who’s afraid of the income tax?


Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner …


Spin Control: Campaigns ramp up as ballots hit the mail

With ballots in the mail, expect campaigning to ramp up and stay there for a couple of weeks.


Eye on Boise: Otter, reflecting on career: ‘Congress was the part I liked least’

The first time Idaho Gov. Butch Otter came to the Idaho state Capitol, he was a fourth-grader on a class field trip from St. Joe’s Catholic School just down the …


Paul Turner: Natural selection and the Spokane squirrel

There’s a problem with squirrels. They are fast, unpredictable and lack any real understanding of the threat to them posed by vehicular traffic.


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiatives – live grass or artificial turf

The grassroots origin of the 1912 initiative and referendum process has been invaded by noxious weeds.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Trump’s fans at Missoula rally start early and stay late

The first rule of attending a Trump tent revival is the same as with any big jamboree, whether it’s Sasquatch or a Franklin Graham rally: Get there early.


Getting There: High Drive redo echoes vision of its early planners

From forested parkway to South Hill “highway,” High Drive has been it all.


Eye on Boise: Of endorsements, education, and an event in a bar

Cindy Wilson, the Democratic candidate for state superintendent of schools, last week received the endorsement of former Republican Attorney General Jim Jones, who also is the former chief justice of …


Sue Lani Madsen: Politics as a team sport

It’s the 4th quarter and the game is tied. The red and blue teams are both looking to score campaign points with undecided voters, who will have to make the …


Huckleberries: In Hayden, a glass for the departed

Bruce Twitchell was filling in behind the bar at the popular Mad Bomber pub in Hayden when a man in his late 20s walked in.


Getting There: Jim Frank buys 1,600 bus passes for Kendall Yards workers, residents

When Jim Frank describes why he’s giving free bus passes to everyone who lives or works in his fast-growing, 78-acre downtown development, Kendall Yards, it’s hard not to be jealous …


Eye on Boise: Jordan calls for Utah-style prescriptive road law; Little opposes it

Paulette Jordan, the Democratic candidate for governor, is calling for Idaho to enact a law similar to a longstanding one in Utah that makes any road that’s been used by …


Paul Turner: Goodbye, and thanks – it’s been a great ride.

Paul Turner looks back on a long career with The Spokesman-Review, and says farewell.


The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not

The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not


Shawn Vestal: The tightrope walkers on the right keep slipping and revealing they just don’t care

Marv Hagedorn would have you believe that he took to Twitter the other day in order to pose an important question about sexual assault: “When is it too late to …


Paul Turner: Leave paddling in the dustbin of history

My wife was at home and happened to be looking out a window one recent afternoon. She observed a minor traffic collision. The fault in the matter was quite clear. …


Shawn Vestal: New campaign looks to turn Seattle-Spokane narrative on its head

A $450,000 city marketing campaign aims to turn the old formula about Spokane’s little-brother relationship to Seattle on its head.


Paul Turner: Are you suffering from Octoberitis?

So we have arrived at the eve of October.


Sue Lani Madsen: A teachable moment on teen drinking

It’s been a gut wrenching week for anyone following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and a teachable moment to discuss community norms and parents’ role in underage drinking.


Faith and Values: Turn a blind eye and bias takes over

Earlier this month I spoke on a panel addressing racism and prejudices in our community. I had prepared a short talk on how I went from a child who didn’t …


Huckleberries: Politics in the public library

Seems a Trump supporter thinks the Coeur d’Alene Library is involved in a


Paul Turner: The rush to fireplace season

There are two kinds of people in the Inland Northwest.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Battling hate, one conversation at a time

GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.


Faith and Values: Silence has many faces

We don’t always know why another person is silent. Even when we do, our own silence is often the best gift we can offer another person.


Shawn Vestal: As federal government stalls, Spokane takes its place among localized climate actors

When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.


Getting There: A piece of forgotten history runs along North Monroe

One of the most fascinating stories in Spokane is about a wall. Specifically, the retaining wall on North Monroe, which begins just south of Glass Avenue on the west side …