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Council candidate Kate Burke’s story of sexual harassment prompts apology from political ally Ben Stuckart

The candidate for Spokane’s City Council seat in the northeast said she accepts the council president’s invitation to work on sexual harassment policies at City Hall, after she was critical …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Beggs’ defense of controversial magazine case in 1990s draws criticism from political foes

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs was part of a legal defense team that earned a $1.3 million judgment against a Whatcom County prosecutor targeting a bookstore for its sale of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 11:25 p.m.

Council candidate Howes offers free pizza for controversial campaign mailer

The northwest Spokane pizzeria owner said he’s trying to put a positive spin on a campaign ad he called “slanderous and uncalled-for.”


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:10 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: PAC fueled by Spokane firefighters’ money should clean up or get out of local politics

The end may be near for Spokane for Honest Government, the political action committee representing the firefighters union and other labor groups.


Pollution limits in Spokane River prompt city officials to seek reprieve from EPA

Mayor David Condon told the City Council this week he has been discussing the possibility of a workaround for environmental guidelines on carcinogenic chemicals being discharged into the Spokane River …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 4:08 p.m.

Campaign mailer funded largely by firefighters union exaggerates Spokane City Council candidate’s restaurant inspection record

The Spokane Regional Health District said in a statement Monday it did not participate in the creation of political communications charging City Council candidate Matthew Howes with ignoring health code …


Mumm, Howes take opposing sides in North Monroe debate in battle for Spokane City Council seat

Incumbent Candace Mumm is facing off against political newcomer Matthew Howes for the northwest Spokane seat. The district’s major political issue this fall has been a controversial lane reduction project …


Sue Lani Madsen: Spokane City Council’s focus on national issues takes away from its attention to local problems

There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:01 p.m.

Spokane council and school board candidates talk issues during forum with three weeks left until election

Spokane city council and school board candidates mingled with voters, disagreed thoughtfully and learned a few things about the city they hope to represent at a candidate forum Tuesday evening.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

City Council gives East Central Community Center contract to MLK Center over concerns about bias

A majority of the Spokane City Council voted to award a new contract to the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Outreach Center on Monday night to take over operations of …


Editorial: Dunau would bring balance to council

Andy Dunau is the rare Spokane City Council candidate who is genuinely moderate. On top of that, he has no desire to pursue issues beyond the scope of the position.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 5:02 p.m.

Editorial: Burke gets the nod for City Council

As campaigners, Kate Burke and Tim Benn say similar things, but they have support from opposing political forces. Voting for either will require a leap of faith if the goal …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 1:39 p.m.

Congressional candidate Lisa Brown marries Spokane City Council policy adviser

Lisa Brown and Brian McClatchey were wed in a small ceremony this week, the couple announced on Facebook. They’ve been dating about three years. Brown hopes to challenge Rep. Cathy …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 11:22 a.m.

Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …


Controversial deal would shift operations at East Central Community Center

A four-year contract granting the Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center operational control of the East Central Community Center will be up for a vote by the City Council on …


Resolution scrapping Monroe Street ‘road diet’ put on hold by City Council

A proposal brought forward by City Councilman Mike Fagan to keep Monroe Street a four-lane road was tabled Monday to determine what ramifications such a change would have on funding …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017, 10:21 p.m.

Northeast Spokane City Council candidates campaigning in defiance of partisan labels

Kate Burke and Tim Benn say the problems facing the district they hope to represent transcend party politics. But a clear ideological divide has sprouted around their candidacies.


Mayor, City Council consider adding 10 Spokane police officers in 2018

The salaries of the new hires, which could bring the ranks of the Spokane Police Department to 325 commissioned officers, will be paid for through a combination of grant money …


Parklets get permanent status in Spokane

The City Council voted unanimously to set up a regulatory structure for the miniature, pop-up parks that first sprouted in Spokane in 2015. Businesses will have to pay for a …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 20, 2017, 6:17 a.m.

City’s report on homelessness and basalt added under I-90 lacked context, Spokane leaders say

Installing tons of rocks beneath Interstate 90 was part of a long-term design plan and aimed at improving public safety, members of the City Council and the city’s head of …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 7, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Stuckart regrets decision to use boulders to move homeless, calls for ‘tent city’

Following significant blowback against the city’s action dumping tons of boulders under I-90 to stop homeless campers, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart is now calling for a “tent city” …


‘Net neutrality’ advocacy group targets McMorris Rodgers on downtown Spokane billboard

The group Fight for the Future has funded nine billboards targeting Republican lawmakers nationwide, arguing they favor a policy that will slow internet speeds and drive up costs. Rep. Cathy …


Main Avenue ‘road diet’ downtown gets City Council nod, traffic questions remain

The Spokane City Council gave its preliminary approval of a plan to reconfigure a four-block stretch of Main Avenue to include a dedicated bike lane and larger sidewalks. The city …


Editorial: America degraded by immigration politics

A decade ago, bipartisan momentum was building. But our leaders caved to cries of “amnesty” and “sanctuary,” and America has become degraded by the ugly consequences.


Spokane will plow neighborhood streets sooner under new snow removal plan in the works

Full city plows would occur when an inch or two of snow is on the ground, compared to the six that was required under old plans. The plowing would be …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 22, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Spokane City Council to consider jumping into Washington state construction budget fight

City lawmakers will soon decide whether to jump into the fray unfolding in Olympia over the state’s budget for new construction and a controversial court ruling involving water rights.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 10:24 p.m.

East Spokane pot shop gets OK to move, as video arcade that blocked it files lawsuit

Smokane quietly opened in its new location on East Sprague Avenue last week, a few months after the Spokane City Council stepped in to shrink the buffer zone between pot …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 14, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Dog tethering safety standards in Washington adopted by city of Spokane

Adopting the safety requirements laid out in a new state law will allow agents from SCRAPS, the region’s animal control agency, to issue citations within city limits, Director Nancy Hill …


Riverfront Park redevelopment could get more City Hall involvement under proposal

In response to concerns that city leaders weren’t being kept in the loop on the work underway in the downtown attraction’s redevelopment, the Spokane Park Board, City Council and mayor’s …


Condon touts progress on environmental policies, chooses not to sign climate change ordinance

The mayor said this week he had continued concerns about the future costs of some of the covenants agreed to by the City Council last month. Spokane has already taken …