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Friday, November 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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.


The Spokane City Council wants you to support tax to maintain 30 firefighters and hire 20 new police officers. The mayor doesn’t.

Spokane voters will decide on a $5.8 million a year levy to pay for fire department and police staffing, a tax that six of the seven members of the City Council support, but Spokane’s mayor opposes.


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.


Tshisekedi declared Congo’s president, but runner-up revolts

Congo’s election crisis deepened early Sunday when the Constitutional Court confirmed the win of Felix Tshisekedi, rejecting claims of fraud, and runner-up Martin Fayulu promptly declared himself the country’s “only legitimate president.”


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.


Catholic Church challenges Congo’s surprise election result

Congo’s powerful Catholic church challenged the surprise win of opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi in the presidential election on Thursday, saying official results do not match the outcome compiled by its 40,000 observers at all polling stations across the troubled country.


Kevin Parker, Michael Baumgartner say they won’t run for Spokane mayor; KXLY anchor Nadine Woodward says she has ‘no immediate plans’

As the race for Spokane mayor draws closer, local leaders say the pool of candidates will likely narrow and stronger candidates will come forward later in the election season. Two prominent local Republicans announced they wouldn’t be running for mayor in a social media post last week and a long-time local TV anchor said she didn’t have immediate plans to run for office.


Secret campaign to use Russian-inspired tactics in 2017 Alabama election stirs anxiety for Democrats

A secret effort to influence the 2017 Senate election in Alabama used tactics inspired by Russian disinformation teams, including the creation of fake accounts to deliver misleading messages on Facebook to hundreds of thousands of voters to help elect Democrat Doug Jones in the deeply red state, according to a document obtained by the Washington Post.


Congo delays announcing results of presidential election

Congo’s government Sunday postponed the release of the results of last weekend’s presidential election, fueling suspicions President Joseph Kabila’s ruling party is maneuvering to cling to power.


U.S. sends troops for possible ‘violent’ Congo vote protests

On the eve of the first expected results of Congo’s long-delayed presidential election, President Donald Trump said military personnel had deployed to the region to protect U.S. assets from possible “violent demonstrations,” while the country’s powerful Catholic church warned of a popular “uprising” if untrue results are announced.


Congo’s Catholic church says data show clear election winner

The Catholic church in Congo announced Thursday its data show a clear winner in Sunday’s presidential election, and it called on the electoral commission to publish the true results in “respect of truth and justice.”


Eyman-Fagan initiative would eliminate many vehicle license fees, including Spokane’s

Washington voters likely will have the chance to eliminate fees that many cities, including Spokane, use to pay for paving and transit projects. With members of a ready-made opposition campaign present, Tim Eyman, along with Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan and his father Jack Fagan, presented the final boxes of signatures for Initiative 976 to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office last week.


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.


Documents detail how absentee ballots gathered in NC vote

Affidavits released Sunday by North Carolina’s elections board allege absentee ballots were collected from voters by the man at the center of vote fraud allegations or those working for him.


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.


North Carolina officials sought to charge ballot operative

North Carolina officials sought criminal charges after the 2016 election against the man now at the center of absentee ballot fraud allegations, but prosecutors didn’t indict him before the now disputed 2018 congressional race, according to documents released Wednesday.


Senate report: Russia social media influence efforts ongoing

A report compiled by private researchers and expected to be released Monday by the Senate intelligence committee says that “active and ongoing” Russian interference operations still exist on social media platforms, and that the Russian operation discovered after the 2016 presidential election was much broader than once thought.


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.