Washington voters likely will have the chance to eliminate fees that many cities, including Spokane, use to pay for paving and transit projects. With members of a ready-made opposition campaign present, Tim Eyman, along with Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his father Jack Fagan, presented the final boxes of signatures for Initiative 976 to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office last week.
The two Eastern Washington Republicans pushed back on Gov. Jay Inslee’s requests for more spending and offered their insight into issues affecting Spokane, including homelessness, in a wide-ranging interview earlier this month. The entire chat is available as part of the Spokesman-Review’s podcast series “Newsmakers.”
New DreamAhead college savings program offers new option for families saving for college.
Here are the answers to Spin Control’s annual 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz.
To celebrate rather than castigate, Spin Control offers its annual 12 Trivias of Christmas, a tradition call for a seasonal halt to political wrangling.
Petition for President Donald Trump to stop Initiative 1639 runs out of time.
A task force to study possible removal of the Snake River dams could generate outsized controversy in Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget.
Gov. Jay Inslee will ask the Legislature for an extra $9.7 billion in spending in the state’s main budget over the next two years to pay for improvements to public schools and the mental health system, higher teacher and state worker salaries and environmental protections that would help save threatened salmon and Orcas.
Task force on legislative public records send off its recommendations. The question remains whether the 2019 Legislature use them as a springboard to more transparency.
Former Valley legislator Lynn Schindler died this week.
Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.
Frank Chopp, the state’s longest-serving speaker, talked to reporters about the upcoming session and beyond.
Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.
Medical marijuana could be covered under some government disability programs, an attorney general’s opinion says, but whether that would jeopardize federal funding for local programs isn’t clear.
House Speaker Frank Chopp will give up post after the 2019 session.
It’s been a sea-to-shining-sea year for our peripatetic governor.
Some more numbers to consider from the recent midterm elections.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., reached across the aisle this week to partner with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on legislation designed to assist low-income families with medical costs.
Mark Schoesler named Senate minority leader.
Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.
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