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FRIDAY, DEC. 30, 2011

Sanders named city administrator 

Spokane's former Economic Development Director Theresa Sanders will be the top City Hall administrator under Mayor David Condon. Many city employees had speculated for months that Sanders would get that top job if he beat Mayor Mary Verner in the November election. Sanders was active…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

More from Verner's exit interview

Here are the rest of Spokane Mayor Mary Verner's responses to topics we asked her to reflect on as she prepares to leave office. The rest is in an article running today online and in print. Regionalism Background: As mayor, Verner opted to end the…

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 21, 2011

Condon transition team member resigns 27 

The portion of the Mayor-elect David Condon’s transition team devoted to public safety has decided to keep its discussions confidential. Tim Connor, communicaitons director for the Center for Justice, announced in an email to Condon this week taht he resigned from the committee as a…

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TUESDAY, DEC. 20, 2011


City Council approves 'complete street' rules 

If Spokane voters approve a new tax to repave a new round of crumbling streets, walkers, wheelchair users and bicyclists won't be ignored when streets are rebuilt. The Spokane City Council late Monday, in the last meeting before four of the members will be replaced,…

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MONDAY, DEC. 19, 2011


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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

SATURDAY, DEC. 10, 2011


City union agrees to contract extension

(This post was updated at 4 p.m. Saturday.) City Adminstrator Ted Danek said Friday that the membership of Local 270, the city's largest union, voted overwhelmingly this week to approve a three-year contract extension. The contract currently expires at the end of 2012. The proposal…

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THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7, 2011

Allen wins second count, but a third awaits 

Former Councilman Mike Allen's lead over incumbent Richard Rush grew by three to 91 on Wednesday after a recount of the Spokane City Council election for the city's south district. The race was recounted by machine because the result from the first count was within…

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McMorris Rodgers endorses Romney 

The campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has won the endorsement of U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Spokane, Romney's campaign announced today. McMorris Rodgers will serve as Romney's chairwoman in Washington, his campaign said in a news release.

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TUESDAY, DEC. 6, 2011

Recounts moved to Wednesday 

Spokane County Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said this afternoon that sorting ballots for recounting took longer than expected. Therefore, the Spokane City Council recount between Richard Rush and Mike Allen and the 4th Legislative District Senate race between Jeff Baxter and Mike Padden won't start…

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MONDAY, DEC. 5, 2011

Recounts start Tuesday

Spokane County election officials expect to start and complete on Tuesday the first two of the three recounts they need to complete to finish work from the November election. Elections Manager Mike McLaughlin said the office plans to count the ballots from the Spokane City…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30, 2011

Baxter pays for recount 

Former state Sen. Jeff Baxter is paying for a partial recount of ballots in his unsuccessful bid to retain his Spokane Valley seat despite losing the race by more than 3,400 votes. Baxter’s opponent in the contest, Mike Padden, was sworn in as senator representing…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 29, 2011

Rush-Allen recount will be done by hand 

The final outcome of the City Council race for a seat representing south Spokane won’t be decided until next week. That’s when the Spokane County Election’s Office will recount ballots in a contest so close that state law required a second examination. Former Councilman Mike…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2011

Why Verner lost: Part 3: Otto Zehm 

It’s hard to imagine how Mayor Mary Verner could have lost so much ground between the primary and the November election without concerns about the Otto Zehm case eating at her base. With some members of the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane expressing…

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FRIDAY, NOV. 18, 2011

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 16, 2011

Allen lead over Rush grows by 6

This post has been changed to correct the change in Allen's lead. The race between Richard Rush and Mike Allen for Rush's Spokane City Council seat representing the south district remains headed for a recount after the sixth day of counting. Allen's lead grew by…

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Why Verner lost: Part 1. Water rates 

Condon correctly predicted outrage was coming on water rates. Even before summer bills were mailed, he began attacking the water rate restructuring. When the bills were opened, he already had defined himself as the candidate who opposed them. On its face, focusing on sewer rate…

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Jonathan Brunt
Jonathan Brunt joined The Spokesman-Review in 2004. He is the government editor. He previously was a reporter who covered Spokane City Hall, Spokane County government and public safety.

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