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Spin Control: We’re No. 5! Not a great chant, but respectable

Washington ranked fifth in turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.


Gun dealers must follow gun control initiative, Inslee and Ferguson warn

Washington gun dealers will be required to conduct enhanced background checks when selling semi-automatic rifles starting July 1, even if they disagree with the initiative that requires them, Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson warned today.


Adults and students may soon use the same Spokane libraries at schools

When it comes to the future of libraries in Spokane, civic leaders aren’t going by the book – they’re writing a new one. It’s been a great read so far. The tale began last year, with a bond proposal forged by an unlikely partnership and some creative land swaps. Last fall, Spokane voters got a sneak peek at the ending, which includes renovations at the downtown and Shadle branches and replacements for several others.


New conduct code, changes to deadly force law pass House

Without a single dissenting vote, the House on Thursday agreed to changes to the use of deadly force law voters approved in November and approved a new code of conduct for its members.


Opponents, supporters of deadly force law, I-940, agree with proposed changes

House panel hears no opposition to changes to deadly force initiative, I-940, that voters approved last November.


Almost half of young voters who signed up in 2018 didn’t cast ballots

About half the young voters in Spokane County who registered in 2018 didn’t vote in the general election.


Attorney for state Rep. Matt Shea counters PDC complaints over surplus funds

Attorney for Rep. Matt Shea rebuts PDC complaints over his surplus campaign fund.


Manweller submits resignation

State Rep. Matt Manweller, R-Cle Elum, formally resigns his seat.


Spin Control: Petition for Trump to stop I-1639 runs out of time

Petition for President Donald Trump to stop Initiative 1639 runs out of time.


Bonner County election officials discover 396 uncounted ballots from November election

Bonner County elections officials noticed something was wrong on Wednesday when they tried to balance the number of registered voters against the number of ballots counted.


Konis set to become new Spokane County assessor

Tom Konis will become the next Spokane County assessor following a machine recount of votes that concluded last Friday.


Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year

Backers and foes of a successful ballot measure with new standards on the use of lethal force by police said Monday they will work together to get improvements they both support through next year’s Legislature.


Ballots not cast can still sway elections

Despite near-record turnout for the midterm, tens of thousands of Spokane County voters didn’t vote and that has implications for future elections.


Washington saw most ballots ever cast in midterm election

Washington nearly set records for turnout and the number of ballots cast in a statewide election.


City Council President Ben Stuckart calls email about removing campaign signs ‘a joke’

The email exchange was posted online on the local Republican Party’s Facebook page earlier this month and prompted calls for discipline after City Council President Ben Stuckart suggested “a midnight mission” to remove an illegally placed Cathy McMorris Rodgers campaign sign. Stuckart said those calls are politically motivated ahead of his campaign for the mayor’s office.


Tom Konis overcomes 1,100-vote deficit to take lead in Spokane County assessor’s race

Tom Konis narrowly tops Spokane County assessor race, with a margin so thin it will require a recount.


Moscow considers additional polling stations

Following the highest voter turnout for midterm elections since 1994, Latah County officials – and some community members – are seeking additional polling stations in Moscow.


Shawn Vestal: School Board should be leery of ignoring a loud, clear vote on the downtown stadium

The Spokane Public Schools board should heed the wishes of voters who rejected building an outdoor stadium in downtown Spokane.


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

A former congressional candidate wants President Donald Trump to keep Initiative 1639 from becoming law.