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Shawn Vestal: School Board should be leery of ignoring a loud, clear vote on the downtown stadium

The Spokane Public Schools board should heed the wishes of voters who rejected building an outdoor stadium in downtown Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


Shawn Vestal: Another election year, another record high for corporate spending on Washington’s initiatives

Corporations are “speaking” louder than any other entity in this election by spending tens of millions of dollars on statewide initiatives.


Shawn Vestal: Once again, Washington leads the country in regressive taxation

Another year, another victory for Washington in the race for the most regressive tax system in the nation, and another question for Halloween: Who’s afraid of the income tax?


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018, 9:05 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Dirty-tricks mailer is the season’s deepest plunge into the muck

Glen Morgan, a conservative gadfly from Olympia who paints himself as a transparency activist, has produced a series of incredibly dishonest mailers intended to trick Democrats into writing in other …


Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Trump’s fans at Missoula rally start early and stay late

The first rule of attending a Trump tent revival is the same as with any big jamboree, whether it’s Sasquatch or a Franklin Graham rally: Get there early.


Shawn Vestal: Former Black Panther turned business consultant says change starts with voting

A lot has changed in the half-century since Elmer Dixon and his brother founded the Seattle chapter of the Black Panthers, but the key issues that motivate him remain essentially …


Shawn Vestal: The Deep State in Idaho appears to be a good example of open government

How deep is the state? The deep, deep, perniciously deep state? Deeper than you might guess.


Shawn Vestal: No special treatment deserved by Legislators when it comes to open records

It’s the hardest thing for any of us to hear, let alone believe: You just ain’t that special.


Shawn Vestal: It’s time to let the death penalty perish for good

The death penalty has had a long, troubled life in Washington, serving vengeance more than justice. It’s already on life support from a gubernatorial moratorium, and it’s time to let …


Shawn Vestal: An artist you probably know – even if you don’t know him – could use your help

I don’t know Ric Gendron at all. You may not either. But in a vivid way, we know him through his gift to us – his paintings.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 7, 2018, 3:56 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Heroism under fire earned Puyallup native Medal of Honor

Following a widespread review of military decorations in the post-9/11 years, Ronald Shurer II was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for military valor.


Shawn Vestal: The tightrope walkers on the right keep slipping and revealing they just don’t care

Marv Hagedorn would have you believe that he took to Twitter the other day in order to pose an important question about sexual assault: “When is it too late to …


Shawn Vestal: New campaign looks to turn Seattle-Spokane narrative on its head

A $450,000 city marketing campaign aims to turn the old formula about Spokane’s little-brother relationship to Seattle on its head.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ vow against Social Security and Medicare cuts rings hollow

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers protests too much about claims she would vote for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Not only is it utterly credible to believe she might vote for …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Battling hate, one conversation at a time

GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.


Shawn Vestal: As federal government stalls, Spokane takes its place among localized climate actors

When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legendary WSU quarterback Jack Thompson’s alleged comments in Jason Gesser case fit a pattern of cover-up

In the pages and pages of records surrounding the Jason Gesser case, Jack Thompson’s comment was not the most significant, perhaps, nor is he the person most responsible for taking …


Shawn Vestal: Monroe ‘road-diet’ exceeded expectations

A couple years back, Katy Azar looked at the road construction in downtown Spokane – streets torn up, deadlines blown, costs overrun – and feared for the future of her …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: There’s a California connection to Northwest white supremacy

We’re entering a new era in the Northwest’s long, depressing tango with racist extremists, and there’s a lot about this era that’s new – from the methods to the mediums …


Shawn Vestal: For college students, Pell grants aren’t what they used to be

The Pell Grant was the chief way poor kids could get a higher education, and a key way the country kept its promises about the equality of opportunity.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Student launches program to collect school food for the hungry

If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.


Shawn Vestal: Council pushback shows progress on how we handle ‘quasi-impossible’ problems around homelessness

If you enjoy euphemism, then you’ll love the language that has sprung up around the decision to put roughly 150 homeless people back on the streets until next summer.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legislators continue to miss the point of public records and transparency

When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Health care – and health care rhetoric – will be at the center of congressional race

It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the …


Shawn Vestal: Ruckelshaus reminds us what Nunes and company have forgotten

Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him. Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They …


Shawn Vestal: From snowplow gates to parks, Condon’s legacy is creative progress

Mayor David Condon’s legacy will be one of getting things done at City Hall and not taking ‘No’ for an answer.