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  • Editorial: Final say on community rights

    The Supreme Court found all four of the “rights” asserted in the initiative to be out of bounds. The rationale was simple: This is the wrong jurisdiction for your complaints.


  • Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

    More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


  • Court orders initiative vote

    Envision Spokane, the twice-failed initiative seeking to bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights, will be before voters again, after a decision Thursday by a state appellate court. The …


  • Spin Control: Initiative opponents, right or not, get win

    Opponents of two proposed charter changes for Spokane won their fight to keep the initiatives away from voters Friday when Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno barred them from the November …


  • Initiative draws countersuit

    Envision Spokane, a group that has failed twice at the ballot box with its far-reaching Community Bill of Rights, has countersued a coalition of business and government groups that sought …


  • County commissioners join fight against ‘Bill of Rights’ initiatives

    Spokane County commissioners voted Friday to challenge a pair of Spokane city initiatives that could change the way local business and government function. They join a coalition of economic development …


  • Spokane County to challenge city voter initiatives

    Spokane County commissioners voted Friday to challenge a pair of Spokane city initiatives that could change the way business and government function locally.


  • We’ll learn more if we let folks vote

    As the city amasses legal rationalizations for denying citizens a vote, there has been a refrain from those who object to these pesky citizens’ initiatives. It runs something like this: …


  • Proposed initiatives in Spokane may get fight

    The city of Spokane may have grounds to challenge two proposed charter amendments and seek court orders to keep them off the ballot, lawyers have told the Spokane City Council. …


  • Vestal: Mike Fagan reaffirms principle over politics

    Let the record show that Mike Fagan took the high road this week. He considered the contradiction inherent in something he was doing and issued a public statement acknowledging that …


  • Groups hope to place initiatives on city ballot

    Envision Spokane hopes the third time is a charm. The group was one of two that filed signatures this week with Spokane City Clerk Teri Pfister to place initiatives on …


  • Spokane council will discuss initiatives plan

    A resident’s right to bypass the Spokane City Council to craft city laws could be revamped on Monday. Along with a host of minor changes that have general acceptance, two …


  • Incumbents slide, try to explain shift

    Many of those elected Tuesday to serve in Spokane City Hall were the most outspoken ahead of the election that Proposition 1 would doom the economy. But the same electorate …


  • Many candidates, issues familiar from past ballots

    Washington voters checking their ballots this weekend for the first time may feel a sense of déjà vu. They voted last year on proposals to get the state out of …


  • Scaled-back Bill of Rights still packs in issues

    Much is different and much is the same in Envision Spokane’s second attempt to get voters to approve a version of its Community Bill of Rights. Its proposal on the …


  • Editorial: Council fair in deciding not to add ballot items

    The Spokane City Council made an equitable decision in deciding Monday night to forgo adding two ballot questions that relate to Envision Spokane’s proposal to enshrine a Community Bill of …


  • City won’t add two ballot questions

    Voters will have to make a decision on a proposed citizens initiative without the observations of elected city leaders on the same ballot. The Spokane City Council on Monday rejected …


  • Councilwoman wants Prop 1 advisories on November ballot

    Spokane voters could get a hint from the Spokane City Council when deciding the fate of a citizens initiative on the November ballot. The City Council will consider on Monday …


  • Spin Control: Bill of Rights back, and fight awaits

    Conspicuous by their absence last Monday were leaders of Greater Spokane Incorporated, when the City Council voted to place the latest version of a Community Bill of Rights before voters. …


  • ‘Bill of Rights’ to be on ballot

    Spokane voters will be asked again this fall whether they want to add a “Community Bill of Rights” to the City Charter. The Spokane City Council voted unanimously to place …


  • ‘Community Bill of Rights’ group launches new proposal

    A group that sponsored a ballot proposal that was thoroughly rejected by Spokane voters in 2009 says it hopes to offer voters a shorter list of requests this year. Gone …


  • Shadle Park teacher to return

    A Shadle Park High School teacher put on leave for handing out the lyrics of a rap song with off-color language will return to the classroom on Monday. But Brad …


  • Teacher passed out lyrics containing profanity

    Off-color language, not an indictment of the educational system contained in a hip-hop song, was the reason a Shadle Park High School teacher was placed on leave after he distributed …


  • Prop 4 goals laudable, but undermined by vagaries

    Focus on just one provision of Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights and you get an idea of the problem with the whole thing: Residents have the right to affordable …


  • Prop 4 supporters, opponents make cases

    Proposition 4 is the most debated and argued, hated and loved, vilified and oversimplified question on November’s ballot. Supporters say the Community Bill of Rights – Proposition 4 on ballots …


  • Proposition 4: Give control of city back to the people

    At first glance, Spokane seems far removed from the constitutional conventions of the 1700s. However, the campaign over Proposition 4 – a citizen initiative to place a Community Bill of …


  • Outcome of Prop 4 debate reflects setting

    Anyone laboring under the misconception that political debates take place on neutral turf would have been disabused of such foolishness Friday at a Proposition 4 debate. Three members of Envision …


  • Proposition 4: Pipe dream discourages investment, invites lawsuits

    Proposition Four is bad for Spokane. It is a wish list of things that would be great to have: low-cost housing, affordable health care, a super-clean river and good wages. …


  • Opponents’ fundraising exceeds that of bill of rights supporters

    The fight over a proposed Spokane city charter amendment may dwarf the campaign spending of candidates who will share the November general election with the ballot issue. Opponents of a …


  • Council’s tactic inspires skepticism, not democracy

    Whether they realize it or not, the Spokane City Council is asking to cook the books on the Community Bill of Rights charter amendment and skew the results of the …


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