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Aug. 6, 2019

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Spin Control: Play it again, Congress: As daylight time goes by

Time has come today, as the Chambers Brothers would say. But it’s not daylight saving time.

Council president race gets less civil, with Wendle defending doctored photograph, PAC calling her ‘reptile’

Cindy Wendle used a distorted photo of Breean Beggs in a recent mailer, and Wendle was the target of a recent uncivil ad calling her a “hollow-eyed reptile.” While Beggs condemned the attack on his opponent, Wendle defended the mailer.

Mayor David Condon releases 2020 budget, notes ongoing questions for successor

The $1.1 billion spending plan for 2020 is a good bedrock for whomever takes the office next year, Condon said Friday. But there are still several outstanding costs, including outfitting new police officers and long-term services for the homeless, that need to be addressed, he said.

Spokane Valley election spending grows slightly, while Spokane races break records

While spending in Spokane elections have hit a record breaking $1 million, Spokane Valley’s election spending hasn’t surpassed $120,000, which is slightly above what candidates normally spend.

Both sides assert affirmative action referendum will help veterans

Lawyers disagree on whether new affirmative action programs under Referendum 88 will help or hurt veterans.

Only 1 candidate for Liberty School District board remains eligible

Mark Bullock and Andy Schenk both appear on the ballot for school director position No. 5 for the district in southern Spokane County. But Schenk resigned his post in July and public records indicate he’s moved out of the district, leaving Bullock as the only eligible candidate.

Fuse justifies lie as way to show Woodward not being transparent

Political group that questions Nadine Woodward’s honesty had someone lie about their presidential support in an effort to get her to say she voted for Donald Trump.

As economies grow, so does homelessness in cities like Spokane, evidence suggests

Like other cities in the West, homelessness in Spokane has risen even as the economy has grown.

New Fairfield Town Council member faces challenger

Fairfield Town Councilwoman Jamie Paden is facing a challenge from Mark Matherly as she seeks to keep the position she was appointed to last year after it was vacated by a council member who moved. Paden said she started attending City Council meetings soon after she moved to Fairfield three years ago because she wanted to be involved in her new community.

Realtors boost already big spending on four Spokane candidates, including Nadine Woodward

With a week to go before city elections, the money race in Spokane is gathering speed.

City Council president candidates Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle on the record, on the issues

The Spokesman-Review asked the candidates for Spokane City Council president a series of questions about city policy and priorities in an attempt to glean further insight into their priorities and positions.

Ads for Beggs, Wendle offer different take on crime

A new ad for Cindy Wendle laments the sharp rise in drug-related crime in downtown Spokane. But a new ad for her opponent, Breean Beggs, celebrates a decrease in crime of more than 15% citywide. They’re both right.

As campaign ad shows Baltimore homeless camp, Cindy Wendle says she doesn’t recognize Spokane

In a 30-second spot released this week by a candidate for Spokane City Council president, a brief scene shows a row of tents shaking in the wind. But the footage appears to have been taken in Baltimore, not Spokane.

Stuckart backs warming center plan, while Woodward questions city’s planning

In a city election cycle that has featured homelessness as its central issue, the impact on voters of Spokane’s latest plan to address homelessness remains to be seen, as ballots have already landed in mailboxes and will be counted in less than two weeks.

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.