Washington state politics have been dominated by Democrats for 30 years. The initiative process is a necessary counterbalance to one-party rule. It’s also a useful get-out-the-vote tool, one that Democrats have used for years. In 2024, Republicans will be wielding the power of the initiative.
“Vigil” is a frequently used word these days. On Nov. 13, a vigil was held at the University of Idaho to acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the horrific killings of four UI students in their Moscow apartment. Friends and family gathered in Moscow (and other Idaho colleges) to continue the grieving for lost friends and healing of aching hearts.
Do we understand how extraordinary it was that Sandy Williams established a beloved Black newspaper, the Black Lens, in Spokane? It started in 2015 and while the independent Black press goes back to pre-Civil War America, most of the notable Black papers today are in cities like Memphis, Baltimore and Chicago. But Sandy decided the Black community in and around Spokane needed a place for stories that gave inspiration, knowledge and pride along with a thoughtful discussion of issues important to Black people.
The first test for the newly consolidated Spokane’s city government will be respecting Proposition 1 while managing homelessness. It’s a good time for the Community Assembly and neighborhood councils to step up and exercise their power in the conversation.