Spokane County Commissioners Al French and Todd Mielke, who have staked different positions on the ballot measure to expand the commission by two members, joined Karen Kearney, Sheila Collins and KSPS's Doug Nadvornick in a roundtable discussion.
At an event in Spokane addressing the state's worst fire season on record, little time was given to discussing the possibility of environmental policy addressing underlying weather conditions that give rise to massive blazes. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers acknowledged conditions were bad, but stopped short of saying environmental change is needed.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was one of 239 House Republicans who voted Friday to deny federal funds to Planned Parenthood, the controversial reproductive care group that has come under fire in recent weeks.
Republican Matt Shea and Democrat Bob Hasegawa offered ideas - including using precious metals as currency - on how to avoid what they saw as a rapidly approaching economic crisis at a event hosted by Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase on Wednesday.
Bonnie Mager, a former Spokane County Commissioner who lodged a complaint about the CEO hiring process now in the hands of the state attorney general, has launched a petition asking commissioners to start over.
Former Spokane County Commissioner Bonnie Mager has asked Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell to seek an "independent investigation" into the search for a new county CEO after former colleague Todd Mielke emerged as the top candidate in April.
The Republican commissioner, who is in the midst of a public disagreement over transit funding with colleague Al French, said Tuesday she supports a measure to add two members to the Spokane County Commission.
The other ballot measure in this month's special election to fund transit projects is an extension of a 20-year-old sales tax to fund the county's juvenile detention programs. County commissioners, divided on the transit issue, unanimously endorsed the juvenile jail sales tax on Monday.
The Washington Public Disclosure Commission on Thursday fined Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke $100 and put him on four-year probation after finding he improperly used county email to obtain information ahead of a candidate debate against John Roskelley in June 2012.
Kip Hill joined The Spokesman-Review in 2013. He currently is a reporter for the City Desk, covering the marijuana industry, local politics and breaking news. He previously hosted the newspaper's podcast.