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Timm Ormsby’s election opponent focused on legislation, not Ormsby’s recent driving charge

Voters and donors aren’t backing away from incumbent 3rd District Representative Timm Ormsby, a Democrat, despite him being charged with driving under the influence in February. Since then Ormsby has …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:27 p.m.

Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase trying to block Avista’s sale

Rob Chase doesn’t want Avista Corp. to sell to a Canadian utility, and the Spokane County commissioner candidate says he’s deploying a little-known part of federal laws to try to …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Lisa Brown lay out health care philosophies at Spokane conference

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said the role of the federal government is to increase choice and competitiveness in the U.S. health care market, while Democrat Lisa Brown urged a push …


Ad watch: Ephrata group targets McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse with questionable claims about taxes, veterans

A political action committee from Ephrata, targeting Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dan Newhouse, is making some overly simplistic claims about legislation the Republican members of Congress have supported regarding …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 12, 2018, 2:29 p.m.

Recently appointed Superior Court Judge Shelley Szambelan faces challenge from attorney Dennis Cronin

Dennis Cronin thinks there’s reason to worry about Spokane County Superior Court. And it all starts with the image it presents to the public. Like a castle up high, overlooking …


New 911 leader hired amid controversy over integrated Spokane emergency communication system

A program to consolidate the region’s emergency communications services drew fresh criticism this month following the hiring of an executive director to oversee the transition.


Citizen commission to evaluate pay raises for Spokane Valley City Council

Spokane Valley is planning to appoint a five-person citizen salary commission to evaluate a pay increase for city council members.


McMorris Rodgers tells Inlander she is ‘open’ to Jim Jordan as Speaker

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said this week she has not ruled out support for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in his bid for Speaker of the House.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:19 p.m.

Lisa Brown addresses Social Security, debt, campaign ads at Spokane Valley Event Center

Democratic congressional candidate Lisa Brown made the case for her candidacy to an audience of about 300 potential voters Thursday night at the Spokane Valley Event Center, listening to audience …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 10:48 p.m.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces smaller, friendlier town hall crowd in downtown Spokane

A year removed from one of the most raucous town halls in her recent congressional career, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers faced a relatively calm – and sparse – gathering Thursday …


Fire roundup: Valley crews respond to call of man in river; passing boat pulls him on board

The Spokane Valley Fire Department responded to a report of a man in the Spokane River on Aug. 6 near the Denny Ashlock Bridge.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 21, 2018, 4 p.m.

Open Spokane County assessor seat draws two Republican candidates

Two Republican candidates are vying to become the newest Spokane County assessor following current assessor Vicki Horton’s retirement announcement earlier this year.


Shawn Vestal: The Six-Figure Club threatens to weigh down Spokane City Hall

Six-figure salaries could mean sustainability problems for the city’s budget. Numbers crunchers have talked for years about the consequences of possible “structural gap” between salaries and revenues. That pressure has …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Gun rights enthusiasts joined by Shea, Fagan at Franklin Park rally

Armed gun enthusiasts and local politicians gathered at Franklin Park Saturday to advocate for their second amendment rights


Valley entities hire lobbyist to promote Henry Road overpass

The city of Liberty Lake, the Central Valley School District and the Spokane Valley Fire Department have banded together to hire a state lobbyist with one goal in mind – …


Valley fire commissioner steps down after 20 years of service

The Spokane Valley Fire Department has bid farewell to a respected leader. Joe Dawson stepped down in May after 20 years as fire commissioner.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 8:43 p.m.

Traffic impact of 226-lot development project in Spokane Valley top concern with residents

The Vistas at Belleaire, a proposed 226 lot development in south Spokane Valley, is moving forward despite concerns from residents about increased traffic in the neighborhood.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 10:49 a.m.

McMorris Rodgers, Brown to meet at Sept. 19 town hall hosted by Spokesman-Review, KHQ

The free event will be part of the Northwest Passages Book Club’s Pints and Politics series, which has previously featured Gov. Jay Inslee and candidates for Spokane City Council and …


Public surveys offer wish lists for Finch Arboretum draft master plan

Upgrades to Spokane’s venerable arboretum are going to be guided by a new master plan under development by the parks department.


Democrats see fresh energy in Spokane County primary; French shrugs off second-place finish

Democrats fared well in Spokane County races Tuesday, but can that momentum last in the general election?


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 7, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

Johnson, Brandt advance in race for Spokane County District Court Judge

Patrick Johnson emerged as front-runner in the race for Spokane County District Court Judge, securing 39.5 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Johnson was one of three challengers …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 10:57 p.m.

City Council to solicit public input on proposed stadium’s location Monday

The Spokane City Council will meet once more Monday to decide whether voters should weigh in on the location for a new sports stadium.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

Cecily Wright resigns as Spokane County GOP chair, calls Allsup defense a ‘serious mistake’

A day after a video surfaced showing her defending a 22-year-old white nationalist, Cecily Wright resigned as chairwoman of the Spokane County Republican Party.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 2, 2018, 7:37 a.m.

Many voices, differing opinions as question of downtown stadium dominates school board meeting

The shadow of a downtown stadium loomed large over a packed meeting where the Spokane City Council was scheduled to consider only taxes for new libraries.


6th District candidates make final push leading up to primaries

As primary election night approaches, Spokane County 6th District House candidate Dave Wilson has raised several thousand dollars more than his opponents. None of the candidates, Wilson included, thinks that …


Sue Lani Madsen: Resolution on nuclear-free community a distraction from city priorities

Sandwiched between a resolution on a $77 million bond proposal for library projects and an ordinance vacating an alley is a resolution declaring Spokane a nuclear-free community and calling for …


UPDATED: Fri., July 20, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

County pushes back against state move to expand commission

As Washington moves forward on a new law to expand Spokane County’s board of commissioners from three members to five, the county is pushing back, with a lawsuit planned to …


UPDATED: Sun., June 24, 2018, 10:12 p.m.

After 45 years, Spokane County’s chief civil prosecutor, Jim Emacio, is stepping down

During Jim Emacio’s career as Spokane County’s chief civil prosecuting attorney, he’s provided legal advice to more than 23 commissioners, defended the county in several court cases, helped establish the …


Kootenai County Commissioner Dist. 3 candidates speak on building codes, other issues

A crowded ballot for Kootenai County Commissioner District 3 shows some familiar names. In 2016, Bob Bingham edged Leslie Duncan in the last Kootenai County commissioner primary. Bingham earned 29.2 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 10, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

Newport sees airport in its future

Newport is one of the few rural towns without its own airfield. An effort is underway to change that.