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Canada’s Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada’s national elections, claiming a “clear mandate” Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional lines.


Ben Stuckart wants City Council to rally against car-tab initiative; Tim Eyman travels to Spokane to protest

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart introduced a resolution on Monday that would formalize the council’s opposition to Initiative 976, which critics believe could jeopardize funding for critical transportation projects like the North Spokane Corridor.


Spokane Firefighters Union PAC hasn’t revealed source of $66,000, complaint alleges

A complaint filed with the Public Disclosure Commission alleges that the firefighters union, which has poured funding behind efforts in opposition to mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward, failed to account for the source of some $60,000 in contributions to its political action committee this summer.


Getting There: Northwest Spokane City Council candidates talk Monroe, Five Mile and other needed street repairs

City Councilwoman Karen Stratton and her opponent in the November election, Andy Rathbun, both say there are roads in the northwest part of town that need attention from City Hall. They offered their opinions on road diets and what should be done to alleviate heavy traffic in the rapidly growing reaches of the Five Mile area.


Third-generation leader of multibillion-dollar real estate firm gives big in support of Nadine Woodward

Fritz Wolff, the scion of a multibillion-dollar real estate empire founded in Spokane Valley 70 years ago by his grandfather, is spending his personal wealth in a way not seen before in Spokane to influence city elections, throwing his weight behind conservative causes and candidates including mayoral hopeful Nadine Woodward.


Up for debate: A closer look at claims, arguments Spokane’s mayoral candidates keep making

From Border Patrol to Boise, here’s a deeper look into some of the oft-discussed topics of debate.


Spin Control: Seattle city elections about issues similar to those at stake in Spokane

There’s a city that starts with an “S” that has municipal elections this year, where solutions to homelessness – or the lack thereof – have been controversial, where the questions of experience versus new blood are being raised and businesses are spending a boatload of money on their preferred candidates.


Thousands of genealogy books being phased out at downtown Spokane library ahead of renovations

Members of the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society, who’ve been meeting in the downtown library since it opened in 1994, said they were surprised when asked to reduce their collection of materials by thousands of volumes. The library is seeking a more streamlined, Spokane-focused offering of genealogy and history resources when the remodeled library opens in 2022.


Spokane County Fire District 10 commissioner candidates have signficant experience

The race for Spokane County Fire District 10 commissioner comes down to financial versus emergency management experience. After the first primary election for a District 10 commissioner in more than a decade, voters whittled down their choices to Gordon Hester, a volunteer district 10 captain, who has been a commercial real estate broker for about 30 years, and Kevin Haughton, a Spokane city fire lieutenant, who has worked with Northwest Incident Management teams for about 13 years.


Candidates for Spokane County Fire District 5 Commission have long ties to community

Spokane County Fire District 5 Commissioner Isla Durheim and challenger Ed Marston rode the same school bus together as children.


First ballots mailed for Spokane County general election Nov. 5

A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board and fire district races decided. Also included are a dozen advisory votes on state tax and fee increases.


First-time candidates vie for Airway Heights City Council seat

Sarah Slater, a para-educator, faces Jennifer Morton, an assistant to Spokane’s mayor, in the race for a seat on the Airway Heights City Council.


Debate rivals assail Warren as she joins Democrats’ top rank

Elizabeth Warren repeatedly came under attack during the Democratic presidential debate as rivals accused the Massachusetts senator of ducking questions about the cost of Medicare for All and her signature wealth tax plan in an attempt to derail her rising campaign.


Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing Spokane’s population living on the streets at a Pints and Politics debate downtown Tuesday.


New big contributions smash record for outside spending on Spokane elections

The race for Spokane mayor has been infused with significant cash since the beginning of the month, as outside political committees ramped up their spending power with three weeks to go before Election Day.


Beggs touts specifics, Wendle collaboration, in race for Spokane City Council president

Breean Beggs has detailed solutions for Spokane’s most pressing issues. But Cindy Wendle asks why, if he’s an effective leader, haven’t they already been implemented?


30-year incumbent faces challenge in race for Spokane Valley Fire Commission

A retired Spokane Valley railroad conductor is challenging a 30-year incumbent for his seat on the Spokane Valley Fire Board of Commissioners.


Incumbent says voters should vote for her opponent for Riverside School Board

There are two names on the ballot to represent district 3 on the Riverside School Board, but only one candidate wants the position. Sandra Huggins, the incumbent director said she is no longer seeking re-election, even though she originally filed for the election. Huggins missed the deadline to have her name removed from the ballot.


Spokane Valley fire commissioner candidates clash over communication, fire commissioner leadership

Candidate for the Spokane Valley Fire Commission Bradley Mertens said he hopes to improve communication and work with unions, while incumbent Patrick Burch said a fire commissioner’s first responsibility is to taxpayers, not unions.


MacFarlane emphasizes security, Slagle diversity in race for Spokane Public Schools board

Kelli MacFarlane says all schools, including elementaries, in the Spokane Public Schools should have an armed security officer. Her opponent, Jenny Slagle, believes security can be improved in different ways.


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