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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

How we created a Christmas card for our readers

Every holiday season, we like to surprise our readers with a Christmas card from The Spokesman-Review staff.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Project in Spokane will bail accused low-level offenders out of jail in bid to even the field

The Bail Project is intended to fight fundamental inequities built into the cash bail system, and perhaps help reduce crowding in Spokane’s perpetually cramped jail along the way.


Shawn Vestal: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

Good news, everyone: Matt Shea has found a couple of interviewers he apparently doesn’t consider too dirty, godless or hateful to answer.


Shawn Vestal: Homeless volunteers get to work through Goodwill Hope Works program

Hope Works is run by Goodwill in partnership with the city of Spokane, Catholic Charities and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. The goal is to reach out directly to panhandlers, gather …


Shawn Vestal: A thank you to regulators who nixed Avista deal

Those of us who pay Avista to heat our homes owe a big thanks to Washington state regulators today.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Proposed rule changes in immigration policy don’t favor ‘huddled masses’

Maybe it’s time to revise that slogan on the Statue of Liberty.


Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …


Shawn Vestal: Gov. Inslee’s travel budget smudges the line between political and professional

It’s been a sea-to-shining-sea year for our peripatetic governor.


Shawn Vestal: Discovering gratitude in the unlikeliest of moments

The abundance and ease of the average American life in 2018 is a marvel, and it’s surpassingly easy to simply list the reasons we have to be thankful. But isn’t …


Shawn Vestal: Longtime Spokane newsman, slain reporter’s son remembers Jonestown

TV news veteran Don Harris had covered Saigon in the final days of the Vietnam War and the Six-Day War in the Middle East, and he liked to be prepared. …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

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.