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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 6, 2018, 10:34 p.m.

Michael Baumgartner will be next Spokane County treasurer

State Sen. Michael Baumgartner has emerged as frontrunner for Spokane County Treasurer, securing 57 percent of the vote over challenger David Green in Tuesday’s general election.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 9:22 p.m.

Patrick Baumgartner, brother of Spokane-based politician, hatched Washington State’s ‘Big Gulp’ formation in Cambodian bar

The veil has finally been lifted off the Microsoft engineer that drew up the “Big Gulp Left” formation Mike Leach and Washington State have used multiple times this season, most …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 17, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Spokane County treasurer candidates square off over office’s role in policymaking, proper investments

The two men running for Spokane County treasurer squared off in a television debate taped Tuesday morning, disagreeing over the treasurer’s role in policymaking.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 11, 2018, 9:39 a.m.

Michael Baumgartner, David Green differ on role of Spokane County treasurer

Both candidates for Spokane County treasurer have lots of experience. But they differ on the kind of experience that’s better suited for the job and how to use that experience.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 10:51 p.m.

Students, some too young to remember, gather at Whitworth University to honor victims of 9/11

Students at Whitworth University gathered to remember the victims of 9/11.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 12:11 p.m.

Republicans distance themselves from Allsup; Knezovich says he warned the party

Republican leaders continued to distance themselves from white nationalist James Allsup on Thursday, saying the Spokane County GOP chairwoman made an error in judgment when she introduced Allsup during a …


Shawn Vestal: The Mikes do Southeast Asia, one tweet at a time

Call it Mike and Mike’s Excellent Adventure: A Twitter Bromance.


UPDATED: Wed., July 19, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Local leaders offer optimism following Avista’s announced sale to Hydro One

City, county and state elected officials said Wednesday they were heartened by the utility’s public message following the announced sale that it would maintain its commitment to partnerships in and …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Spokane school board member accused of DUI won’t run for state office

Paul Schneider, 42, the Spokane Public Schools board member who allegedly clipped a bicyclist with his car and and hit multiple other objects while driving drunk, will not run for …


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:36 a.m.

Spin Control: Quick turnaround on levy cliff bill doesn’t mean on-time end to session

Yes, the Legislature passed a bill to delay a cut in school funding in a day last week, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish their work on time.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Baumgartner town hall in Spokane focuses on education funding

There was no large raucous crowd chanting their support for the Affordable Care Act or immigration at state Sen. Michael Baumgartner’s town hall meeting Saturday. Instead a mostly polite group …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 10:35 p.m.

Former WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber charged with assault

Former Washington State University football player Robert Barber, whose summertime melee and subsequent expulsion led to calls for the university to review its student conduct policy, now faces a felony …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 18, 2017, 10:34 p.m.

State Republican education funding proposal jeopardizes poorest students, Spokane educators say

A public school funding proposal unveiled by state Republicans earlier this month may reduce the amount of money Spokane’s poorest schools receive, according to district administrators.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 10:26 p.m.

Proposed bill would put Washington Senate in charge of insolvent athletic departments

A new bill proposed in the Washington legislature would give the state Senate the power of the purse over university athletic departments that are consistently insolvent.


Shawn Vestal: Behind the dramatics, a real issue with university student-conduct boards

You may not have heard much about this – since it didn’t involve a football player and a state senator braying at the regents – but there was an appeals …


Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat

The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …


Sen. Mike Baumgartner files amendment to state constitution calling for Legislature to have sole authority to set school funding

How to come up with enough money for public schools is likely to consume much of the 2017 legislative session, but a Spokane senator has a suggestion to redirect the …


John Blanchette: Robert Barber not about sports? Don’t kid yourself

This really shouldn’t be on the sports page, you know. Because it has nothing to do with football.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 2:22 p.m.

Forum at WSU brings threats by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner amid impassioned defense of football player Robert Barber

The Washington State board of regents conducted an open forum Friday at the Compton Union Building on the Pullman campus, drawing passionate pleas from several people on behalf of suspended …


Proposal to ban marijuana with strong alcohol gets public hearing in Spokane

Sen. Michael Baumgartner headed a meeting of local and state legislators Thursday discussing the potential to ban sales of marijuana where strong alcoholic drinks are already outlawed. But it’s unlikely …


Spokane lawmaker’s bill wouldn’t let cities enact sick leave or wage laws

Proposal wouldn’t let cities enact new sick leave or minimum wage laws


Editorial: Washington Legislature should raise smoking age for children’s sake

Bills to raise smoking age deserve passage


Washington Supreme Court rejects charter schools

OLYMPIA – Charter schools are unconstitutional in Washington, the state Supreme Court said in a decision that endangers two charters in Spokane that just opened. The court in its decision …


Shawn Vestal: Washington state gas tax a tale of two votes

Today we have a tale of two votes – a Republican yes and a Republican no for a state package that will bring $1 billion in new transportation investments to …


Senate OKs delaying I-1351

OLYMPIA – With no votes to spare, the Senate on Thursday mustered the super-majority needed to suspend parts of the citizen initiative requiring smaller class sizes. With that vote and …


Effort to name medical school after WSU’s Elson Floyd gains steam

OLYMPIA – A campaign to name a new Washington State University medical school in Spokane for WSU’s late President Elson Floyd is gaining support online and in the Legislature. More …


Spokane teachers approve May 27 strike

Spokane Public Schools teachers and staff voted Wednesday to have a one-day walkout on May 27 to protest a lack of state funding for schools. More than 65 percent of …


Gov. Inslee requires study before raising speed limit

OLYMPIA – Legislation that could raise highway speed limits to 75 mph in some parts of Washington was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill, which will …


Baumgartner bill targets left-lane slowpokes

OLYMPIA – Slowpokes beware. Driving under the speed limit while in the fast lane could get pricey under legislation being pushed by state Sen. Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, who wants a …


Protesters call for $15 minimum wage

Marchers took to the streets of the nation’s cities Wednesday evening in support of a $15 an hour minimum wage, following a similar if much smaller rally in Spokane earlier …