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Commission: Councilwoman Karen Stratton violated ethics code with letter on behalf of marijuana retailer

Calling the incident a “teachable moment,” the Spokane Ethics Commission issued a written reprimand to the two-term councilwoman Wednesday for advocating on behalf of a marijuana retailer hoping to relocate to Pasco.


Spin Control: Some mentions – honorable and dishonorable – for 2019

Before 2019 goes away, Spin Control marks its highlights and low lifes.


Buttigieg leads 2020 rivals in Wall Street contributions

The financial sector, blamed by progressives for spawning the 2008 financial crisis, is lining up behind Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign.


Spin Control: I-976 fallout fuels split in state

Rancor over Initiative 976, stoked by its creator, fuels an us-versus-them feeling in Washington.


UK election exit poll suggests Conservatives majority

An exit poll in Britain’s election projects that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party likely will win a majority of seats in Parliament, an outcome that would allow Johnson to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month.


Wondering what you owe for that December license tab? Here’s how to find out

Washington motorists wondering how much they must pay to renew their December license tabs may have to wait for weeks to get the official notice from the state Department of Licensing.


Game of chance to break tie in Fairfield Town Council race

Both Steven Walk and Dave Watling received 78 votes in the Nov. 5 contest to represent the town of roughly 600 residents. That means a game of chance involving numbered balls and a milk bottle will determine who assumes office next year.


Car tab break set for today delayed, as Supreme Court continues block on lower fees

Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.


Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


Impeachment fight leaves voters cold in contested Wisconsin

There’s not a lot that Republicans and Democrats in this political battlefield agree on, but the impeachment probe into President Donald Trump may have surfaced one: The public hearings aren’t moving the needle.


Maps show voters didn’t cast ballots in predictable blocs in the Nov. 5 election

Voters are a discerning bunch, as a computer analysis of key races from the Nov. 5 election show.


Spokane election results certified; tie in race for Fairfield Town Council

The Spokane County Auditor certified the results of this month’s general election on Tuesday.


Garfield County joins Western Washington transportation players in suing over car-tab initiative

Initiative 976 could shutter the small southeast Washington county’s transportation authority, a lifeline for many elderly and rural residents on fixed incomes who need rides to regional hubs. The Garfield County organization is the only one outside of the Puget Sound which has sued to overturn the $30 car-tab initiative, approved by Washington voters earlier this month.


High turnout in Hong Kong vote seen as referendum on protest

Voters are turning out in droves for a hotly contested election in Hong Kong that has become a referendum on support for anti-government protests.


State to prepare for $478 million in transportation cuts

State lawmakers looking to trim some $478 million from the transportation budget during 2020 session.


Tip of a milk bottle could decide winner of tied Fairfield Town Council race as all ballots are counted

With every ballot in Spokane County counted, Dave Watling and Steven Walk are locked in a dead heat with 78 votes apiece as they seek position 3 on the Fairfield Town Council. If those results hold after the election is certified and an automatic hand recount is conducted, the winner is chosen by a game of chance.


Spin Control: Time for filing election challenges and grousing about ignoring ‘will of the voters’

It’s that time of the year for filing election challenges and complaining about those challengers ignoring the will of the people.


Spokane County plans to use new technology to speed up election-counting process next year

The last Spokane ballots left to count were cast by voters who struggled to make a decision on an advisory vote or made a mistake on their ballots.


Beggs’ first job as council president is to fill his seat on council

By winning his race for Spokane Council president, Breean Beggs will vacate his seat representing the South Hill district.


‘One or two votes is kind of a close thing’: Some Spokane County races still not settled

From Fairfield to Deer Park to the city of Spokane, many candidates are still waiting for votes to be counted.