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  • Smart Bombs: Is leadership women’s work?

    Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living magazine recently published its “best of” lists, and Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen “Best Politician.” Runners-up were Spokane Mayor Mary Verner and U.S. Rep. Cathy …


  • Prop 4 goals laudable, but undermined by vagaries

    Focus on just one provision of Envision Spokane’s Community Bill of Rights and you get an idea of the problem with the whole thing: Residents have the right to affordable …


  • Candidates differ over police

    Like most people running for elected office, both candidates seeking a City Council seat representing northwest Spokane say public safety is No. 1. But incumbent Nancy McLaughlin said that priority …


  • Our primary picks stand for Nov. 3 general vote

    The commentaries below summarize endorsement positions taken by The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board before the Aug. 18 primary that remain applicable for the Nov. 3 general election. The full editorials can …


  • Spokane police may pare ranks

    Spokane police would cut 24 positions, most of them by attrition, to cover the department’s share of a projected city shortfall if officers don’t agree to wage concessions, Chief Anne …


  • Facing a wave of opposition

    One of the dominating issues in City Council races this year is one on which every candidate agrees. All six hopefuls for three City Council seats say they oppose the …


  • Audio: City Council candidates Nancy McLaughlin, Karen Kearney debate

    Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin and her challenger in the 2009 election, Karen Kearney, joined reporter Jonathan Brunt in The Spokesman-Review newsroom Sept. 22 for an informal debate.


  • County leaders considering higher taxes, fees

    Spokane County drivers may be required to pay an extra $20 per year to register their vehicles and voters may be asked to approve an extra 3.75 cents per gallon …


  • Even primary election serves up political hash

    I’m always relieved to get past a primary. The only point of a primary election is to weed out those less-popular candidates who, if elected, might actually do the public …


  • Voters decisive on council race, tax

    Tuesday’s two Spokane City Council primary races yielded one landslide and one battle too close to call. Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin easily topped a list of five challengers for her seat …


  • Council candidates split on global warming’s cause

    Only four of the dozen candidates running for Spokane City Council say human activity contributes significantly to global warming. The rest – including two incumbents – question what has become …


  • Union contracts contentious issue in six-way council race

    It’s not easy to goad Nancy McLaughlin into a fight. Even during the most passionate Spokane City Council debates, she’s among the least likely of the seven members to shout, …

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