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  • FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2012

    Verner’s defense of pay request cruelest cut

    Any idea what an “average middle-class family’s income in the city of Spokane” is? If you guessed $100,000, you’re way, way off.


  • SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2012

    Doug Clark: Mary, Mary, you’ve become quite contrary

    Listen up, gang. I’m looking for volunteers to make cookies, cupcakes and zucchini bread for our first (and hopefully last) Mary Verner Bake Sale. We need to raise $140,000. That’s …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 14, 2012

    Verner pay request denied

    Former Mayor Mary Verner says she will not receive the $140,000 in back pay she requested in her final days in office. Verner told KHQ-TV that she received a “determination …


  • THURSDAY, JAN. 12, 2012

    Verner preceded her exit with request for back pay

    In her final days as Spokane’s mayor, Mary Verner decided that she wanted a raise. After voluntarily capping her annual pay at about $100,000 for four years – and pledging …


  • SATURDAY, JAN. 7, 2012

    Verner, fire union reached deal

    Former Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and the leadership of the city’s fire union tentatively agreed to a new contract in the final days of Verner’s term. But the deal still …


  • FRIDAY, JAN. 6, 2012

    Mayor, officials endorse Chase commission plan

    Spokane’s youth programs would remain independent from other nonprofit groups under a new plan that has support from Mayor David Condon. Former Mayor Mary Verner, whose 2012 budget eliminated the …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 31, 2011

    Changes begin among city staff as three top administrators depart

    Even before he officially took office, Mayor-elect David Condon shook up City Hall on Friday when he informed three top administrators that they won’t be back to serve with him …


  • Verner looks back at trials, triumphs

    Spokane Mayor Mary Verner will leave office at the end of the week as the city’s longest serving strong mayor of the four who have served in that capacity. But …


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 18, 2011

    Huckleberries: The Big One got away from birthday tracker

    Kerri Thoreson was keeping track of everyone’s birthdays in Kootenai County before Facebook arrived and wanted to be friends. Kerri, a woman of many hats (Post Falls councilwoman, Coeur d’Alene …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 17, 2011

    Rush proposes end to city utility tax

    It was as if pigs had grown wings and landed on the roof of Spokane City Hall. George McGrath, a conservative, longtime follower and critic of the City Council, approached …


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011, 10:07 A.M.

    Ferris High School debate questions

    Questions of school board candidates at the Faceoff at Ferris Debate.


  • FRIDAY, DEC. 16, 2011

    Zehm settlement elusive

    Despite calling for “all courses of action” four months ago to settle the civil suit brought by the mother and estate of Otto Zehm, it appears Mary Verner will step …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

    District investigating Ferris political debate

    An October debate for school board and mayoral candidates at Ferris High School was promoted as student-led and -run, from start to finish. But few, if any, of the questions …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 15, 2011

    Democrats see opportunity in 5th District

    A former dean of Gonzaga University Law School is among the Democrats considering a campaign against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers next year. Dan Morrissey, who served as dean from 2001-’04 …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011

    City cuts Youth Department

    Roland Chase has a message for incoming leaders of Spokane’s city government: “I would not turn my back on the youth of Spokane.”


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

    Sheriff offers to lead SPD

    The search to replace Spokane police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick hasn’t even begun, but there’s already a high-profile candidate: Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Knezovich confirmed Thursday that he’s willing to …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 17, 2011

    Doug Clark: A word to the weasels: There’s an app for that

    These cellphones are getting more sci-fi sophisticated every day. In fact, I just installed this totally unbelievable new app that promises to “translate Weaselspeak.”


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

    An open door requires not coming unhinged

    In politics, everyone’s for openness – for accountability, for transparency – until they get a good dose of it. Then, more often than not, they climb into a bunker, start …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

    Ex-city economic director to lead Condon transition

    Spokane Mayor-elect David Condon on Tuesday announced that his transition will be led by the city’s former economic development director, and he promised to oversee an open government. “Obviously, I …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2011

    Verner seeks federal probe

    The entire Spokane Police Department could soon be under full federal investigation. Outgoing Mayor Mary Verner announced Monday she will ask the U.S. Justice Department to launch a “pattern and …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2011

    Doug Clark: Condon, put your pull where your rhetoric was

    We’re still weeks away from that familiar moment when Spokane’s next one-term mayor will slide behind the desk in that spiffy City Hall office with a view. Although quite frankly, …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2011

    From rhetoric to reality: Mayor-elect faces challenges

    And now comes the hard part: governing. David Condon made a spectacular comeback in his bid to become the mayor of Washington’s second largest city.


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 12, 2011

    Shogan aside draws protest

    After years of frustration over Spokane City Council President Joe Shogan’s temper, a majority of council members for the first time this week engaged in a minor protest of Shogan’s …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011, 6:58 P.M.

    It’s now Spokane Mayor-Elect Condon

    David Condon, the former deputy chief of staff of Republican U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, claimed enough votes on Thursday to make any last-minute, shocking comeback by Mayor Mary Verner …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

    Health district funds chopped 8.7 percent

    Local public health officials voted Wednesday to cut 8.7 percent from the Spokane Regional Health District’s budget for next year. The move, announced last month, included several layoffs and changes …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

    Doug Clark: Thank Mayor Bair for the one-term curse

    Now comes that post-election moment for rationally minded pundits to scientifically pick apart how David Condon, a political upstart, made up a Goliath-size disadvantage to knock off a sitting Spokane …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011

    Clark: To those who disgraced the law they swore to uphold

    “Members of the Spokane Police Department will so conduct their public and private lives that they exemplify the high standards of integrity, trust, and morality demanded of a member of …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

    Condon campaign donation scrutinized

    The state Republican Party gave David Condon’s campaign for mayor $25,000 on Oct. 27. It’s easily the largest contribution to a Spokane candidate this year, and has supporters of Mayor …


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