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Spokane County prosecutors demand raises, complain of unfair bargaining practices

The union representing Spokane County’s deputy prosecutors has launched a public pressure campaign in hopes of rebooting contract negotiations and obtaining wage increases. Mediated negotiations stalled in August when the …


Commissioners to host public meetings on Spokane County budget

The Spokane County commissioners will host a series of community meetings to inform the public and gather input as they craft the county’s budget for 2019.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 7, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Spokane County budget includes $400,000 cut for regional health district

Some agencies and departments that receive funding from Spokane County avoided steep cuts in 2018. The Spokane County Regional Health District isn’t one of them.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 6:20 a.m.

Split Spokane County Commission approves 2018 budget

Commissioners Al French and Mary Kuney voted in favor of the spending plan, which will use money set aside from the road construction budget to cover day-to-day expenses next year …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:38 p.m.

Spokane County won’t ask job applicants about their criminal records

The Spokane County Board of Commissioners voted this week to remove questions about past criminal convictions from county job applications.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017, 9:54 p.m.

Mary Kuney sworn in as Spokane County commissioner

Mary Kuney was sworn in as a Spokane County commissioner Friday evening, two days after Gov. Jay Inslee appointed her to fill the seat that previously belonged to Shelly O’Quinn.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Governor taps Mary Kuney to fill vacancy on Spokane County Commission

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday tapped Mary Kuney to fill a vacancy on the Spokane County Commission, less than two weeks after the two sitting commissioners announced they could not …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 12, 2017, 8:14 p.m.

Spokane County commissioners deadlock on appointment of third Republican colleague, give decision to Democratic governor

Deadlocked in a heated debate about who should fill a vacant seat on the Spokane County Commission, Republican commissioners voted Tuesday to let the Democratic governor make the selection.


Editorial: Kuney is best choice as commissioner

We hope Kuney still has the support of French, because it would appear as if Commissioner Kerns is in Chase’s corner. A Kerns-Chase power bloc on the commission is worrisome.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 11:44 a.m.

Spokane County commissioners in stalemate over selection of third member

A rift in the Spokane County Republican Party has resulted in a stalemate between two county commissioners who are running out of time to choose a new colleague.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:59 p.m.

Spokane County Commission reverses course on property tax vote

Spokane County voters won’t be asked whether they want to raise property taxes this year. The county commissioners, Al French and Josh Kerns, voted to rescind a tax proposal on …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 1:05 p.m.

Spokane County leaders may abandon tax hike proposal, cut jail funds instead

The Spokane County commissioners may walk away from a proposal to raise property taxes to fix an estimated $10 million budget shortfall.


Chase, Kuney and Guarisco make shortlist to replace O’Quinn on Spokane County Commission

The Spokane County Republican Party convened Saturday in a church in Spokane Valley to pick three potential replacements for Shelly O’Quinn, who recently vacated a seat on the county commission …


Spokane County commissioners lift moratorium on outdoor pot grows

The Spokane County commissioners have lifted a moratorium on outdoor marijuana farms, but they replaced it with zoning rules that are significantly more restrictive to the pot industry.


UPDATED: Fri., June 16, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

Citing legislative duties, Shelly O’Quinn to stay another month on Spokane County Commission

Shelly O’Quinn was expected to resign from the Spokane County Commission this month to lead a major nonprofit organization, but the Legislature’s inability to craft a bipartisan budget has thrown …


UPDATED: Tue., March 21, 2017, 11:11 p.m.

Spokane County aims for accountability in negotiations with jail medical care contractor

Spokane County plans to add measureable performance standards to its contract with NaphCare Inc., the Alabama company that provides medical care to county jail inmates.


County officials balance budget with property taxes former commissioner says should be devoted to roads

For the third year in a row, Spokane County officials are balancing the budget by diverting money that a former commissioner says should be spent on road improvements.


Josh Kerns sworn in as Spokane County commissioner, replacing Nancy McLaughlin

Josh Kerns was sworn in as Spokane County commissioner Tuesday evening, replacing Nancy McLaughlin to represent the county’s northern district.


Kerns, Fennessy still leading in close races

All four candidates involved in close races in Spokane County picked up more votes in Wednesday’s second count of ballots, but no one was able to make enough of a …


Shelly O’Quinn wins re-election on Spokane County Commission; Josh Kerns leads

A Democrat on the Spokane County Commission? Probably not. Incumbent Republican Shelly O’Quinn easily won re-election Tuesday and Republican Josh Kerns had a strong lead for the other open seat.


Ad watch: Josh Kerns makes dubious claims about Candace Mumm

For the second time in his run for Spokane County commissioner, Josh Kerns’ campaign has distributed a mailer containing some dubious claims about an opponent.


Voters get distinct choice in race for open county seat

Either way voters choose, the candidate who replaces Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin will bring a markedly different political ideology.


Mumm, Kerns face off in debate for McLaughlin’s Spokane County Commission seat

The two candidates vying to replace Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin squared off in a debate Thursday afternoon at the Spokane Club.


Spokane County Commissioner McLaughlin, who lost primary, won’t endorse Mumm or Kerns

Republican Nancy McLaughlin, who is now a lame duck on the Spokane County Commission, said Thursday she has “no respect” for the campaign tactics of her GOP rival, Josh Kerns, …


Mumm to advance in commission race; McLaughlin trailing Kerns

Republican incumbent Nancy McLaughlin is trailing opponent Josh Kerns in her bid to retain her seat on the Spokane County Commission. Democratic City Councilwoman Candace Mumm will advance to the …


Nancy McLaughlin takes issue with claims made in challenger Josh Kerns’ mailer

Spokane County Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin took issue this week with a mailer sent by challenger Josh Kerns.


Three vie for seat on Spokane County Commission

Two challengers are vying for a chance to unseat Commissioner Nancy McLaughlin in the August primary elections.


Editorial: McLaughlin and Mumm for County Commission

Mumm and McLaughlin are more experienced and pragmatic than Kerns. We would like to see them advance to the general election.


Nancy McLaughlin chosen as new Spokane County commissioner

Former Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen Monday to replace outgoing Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.


Spokane County Commissioners to interview potential Mielke replacements Monday

The three candidates vying to replace Todd Mielke on the Spokane County Commission will field questions from Mielke’s former colleagues Monday morning.