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Spokane City Council considers $5.8 million property tax increase for police, firefighters

The city of Spokane may ask voters to approve a $5.8 million increase in property taxes to pay 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers in a special election in February.


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.


Republican takes House race by 1 vote after recount

Republican Bart LeBon has won an Alaska state House race by one vote after a ballot recount, officials said.


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.


Early endorsements stack up for mayoral candidates

The two men who have already announced intentions to replace outgoing Mayor David Condon have almost a year before their names might be on the ballot.


‘Something being legal does not make it right’: Abrams says she still has concerns about Georgia’s election

Abrams, who hoped to become the nation’s first female African-American governor, has accused Kemp of widespread voter suppression and said voting irregularities have tainted the race. On Friday, Kemp had 50.22 percent of the tally, an edge of nearly 55,000 votes.


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.


Trump ally Kevin McCarthy selected to lead House GOP

Republican Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, a familiar role for the underestimated scrapper whose top priority will be to protect President Donald Trump’s agenda and try to build the party back to retake the majority.


Democrat Harder ousts California GOP U.S. Rep. Denham

First-time candidate Josh Harder defeated four-term Republican U.S. Rep. Jeff Denham on Tuesday in California’s farm belt, giving Democrats their fourth pickup of a GOP House seat in California.


Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

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


Phillip Tyler announces run for Spokane City Council president, says domestic allegations are the past

Phillip Tyler, a prominent community activist who has faced multiple allegations of domestic violence from his ex-wives, announced Tuesday he’s running for Spokane City Council President.


Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019

Spokane Democrat Andy Billig was named majority leader of the state Senate Monday as members of the caucus gathered to select new leaders for the 2019 session.


Lisa Brown reflects on Congressional campaign, says she won’t run for Spokane mayor

The one bright spot for Lisa Brown in a decisive defeat by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Tuesday was the City of Spokane, where she earned a double-digit victory. Still, Brown says she’s going to take a break to examine her options and said the future of the Democratic Party looks bright in Eastern Washington.


Spokane County ballot returns slacking off before hitting all-time record

Spokane County ballot counts beat all previous midterm elections, but might not beat all-time record.


Democrats still looking at gains in Washington Legislature

Democrats will pick up seats in the Washington state Legislature after Tuesday’s election but the exact number remains unclear with a handful of races still too close to call.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.


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