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  • Spokane GOP picks McLaughlin, Kerns and Baxter to replace Mielke

    Todd Mielke’s seat on the Spokane County Commission will go to either two political veterans or an up-and-comer with wide support among state legislators.


  • Spokane weighs residency mandate for appointments

    Two months after City Council members forced the withdrawal of a controversial nomination to the Spokane Airport Board, they will consider new rules requiring all city board appointees to live …


  • Mayor David Condon’s Airport Board nominee withdraws

    A businessman nominated for a seat on the Spokane Airport Board has withdrawn after questions arose over his $1,800 contribution to Mayor David Condon’s 2015 re-election campaign just a day …


  • Spokane City Council District 3: Candace Mumm vs. Michael Cannon

    If convincing people to contribute to a political campaign is a sign of future success in government, Candace Mumm will be a hit. Mumm has raised more than $70,000, beating …


  • City Council’s balance could hinge on District 3 race

    Call it a race for supremacy at City Hall. A tug of war between the mayor and City Council president. Just don’t call it boring.


  • Supermajority margin for tax hikes approved for Spokane

    The next time the Spokane City Council considers a tax increase, it will take five of seven votes to pass. Most of the remaining ballots in Tuesday’s special election were …


  • Shawn Vestal: Nailing down the hammer analogy

    Perhaps you’ve come across the latest low-water mark in our debate about guns. It is the assertion – made recently in Spokane City Council chambers and at a public forum …


  • Why doesn’t this tax plan require a supermajority?

    Last year, voters in Washington approved Initiative 1185, a measure requiring supermajority votes of two-thirds to raise taxes in the Legislature. Voters approved I-1185 with a not-quite-supermajority of 63.9 percent.


  • Voters to decide whether 5-2 split needed on taxes

    Spokane’s Proposition 2 is a way to ensure strong consensus on important issues or a strategy for a minority to seize control from the majority. That’s the debate among Spokane …


  • Voters likely to get library plea

    There could be something for almost everyone on a special election ballot in February. Originally wary of spending the money to hold a special election, the Spokane City Council on …


  • Council mulls supermajority requirement

    It could soon get harder for Spokane city leaders to raise taxes. The Spokane City Council on Monday will consider whether to ask voters if raising tax rates should require …


  • Democrats holding edge in Legislature

    Democrats appear likely to hold on to both chambers of the Washington Legislature. Republicans had pushed to recapture the state Senate, where the Democrats currently have five more seats than …


  • Campaign fliers are mum on author

    Dozens if not hundreds of fliers left on cars and doorsteps against Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin’s campaign for state Senate could violate state disclosure law. The black-and-white fliers that …


  • McLaughlin, Billig seek Senate seat

    Andy Billig and Nancy McLaughlin are well-known and, judging by past election results, popular. And that’s what makes the race for the state Senate seat currently held by Senate Majority …


  • Spokane city leaders settle with detective, apologize

    City leaders have apologized to a police detective fired last year for what officials described as a “troubled work history.” The Spokane City Council voted 5-1 on Monday to approve …


  • City apologizes to fired detective

    City leaders on Monday issued an apology to a police detective fired for what officials described as a “troubled work history.”


  • Spin Control: McLaughlin flap puts originality, or lack of it, in spotlight

    One of the first things a candidate does these days, after announcing he or she wants to do good things for the good people of this good community, is get …


  • Andy Billig, Q&A on 15 topics

    ANDY BILLIG, Democrat 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? I have a successful record of delivering results on the issues most important to our community: …


  • Nancy McLaughlin, Q&A on 15 topics

    NANCY MCLAUGHLIN, Republican 1. Why do you feel that you are the best candidate? As your city councilwoman, I have been in touch with moms and dads, singles, retirees, …


  • McLaughlin apologizes for false claims

    Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin publicly apologized this week to her opponent in the race for state Senate for using false information on a campaign mailer she sent before last …


  • Why city chose to blame Zehm remains unexplained

    Spokane city leaders finally are admitting that mistakes were made during a 2006 police confrontation that led to the death of Spokane resident Otto Zehm. But it remains unclear if …


  • Sen. Brown was financially ready for campaign

    State Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown perhaps was too prepared for her re-election bid. She already had ordered her campaign signs when she made the surprise announcement last week that …


  • City Council to address gay marriage

    The debate on gay marriage is headed to the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring a nonbinding resolution in support of “marriage equality,” and despite a Republican-leaning …


  • Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

    The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …


  • Measure 1 campaign pulls McLaughlin ad

    The campaign to extend taxes to pay for the expansion of the Spokane Convention Center and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena has pulled a TV ad featuring Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy …


  • Council to tackle firefighter contract

    Spokane city leaders are readying for a showdown with the Spokane Firefighters Union over a three-year contract negotiated between the firefighters and former Mayor Mary Verner in the final days …


  • Votes usher in new power

    There’s a new majority in town. The Spokane City Council’s new, more conservative majority flexed its muscle in its first meeting of the year on Monday when it voted 4-2 …


  • New council already has its feathers ruffled

    The honeymoon period for the new Spokane City Council may have ended before its first regular meeting, with a debate about which council member should represent the city on the …


  • Spokane’s new mayor takes the reins

    Now all David Condon has to do is wait. After a year of researching, campaigning, debating and fundraising in what some thought was a long-shot bid to become mayor of …


  • Shawn Vestal: Completing streets might prevent more ghosts

    They call them Ghost Bikes. You’ve likely seen them around town over the past year or so: bikes painted all white, chained to a post or fence. They memorialize, in …

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