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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.


Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon won’t seek re-election

Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon announced Monday that he is retiring from Congress and will not seek election to a 12th term.


Hayden property tax increase would more than double number of deputies on patrol

The tax on the November ballot would increase property taxes by 26 cents per $1,000 in assessed home value, which works out to an estimated $4.23 per month for a $300,000 home.


Christie Wood, Elaine Price vie to replace longtime Coeur d’Alene councilman

Coeur d’Alene voters will choose between two women with long-time ties to Coeur d’Alene for a seat on City Council.


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.


’Just too darn old:’ Sanders, Biden confront age concerns

Bernie Sanders insists he feels better than ever less than a month after heart surgery, but his return to the campaign trail this week sparked new questions about the unusually old age of the Democratic Party’s leading 2020 presidential candidates.


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.


UK’s Johnson seeks Dec 12 election to break Brexit impasse

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Thursday that the only way to break Britain’s Brexit impasse is a general election, and he will ask Parliament to approve a national poll for Dec. 12.


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.


Pennsylvania’s gas politics churn as Trump embraces industry

For a second time in three months, President Donald Trump is headed to Pennsylvania to promote his support for the natural gas industry, making clear that he sees his pro-industry policies as a boost to his chances of winning the battleground state.


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.


Television’s Weather Channel wades into climate debate

The Weather Channel is moving beyond cold fronts and heat waves to wade into the politics of climate change, with a special planned for early next month that includes interviews with nine presidential candidates on the topic.


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.


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