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Democratic presidential candidates pledge to bolster unions

Democratic presidential candidates are pledging to strengthen workers’ rights to strike and organize and to work for a $15 federal minimum wage


Lawmakers may vote on I-1000 before session ends

Legislature may vote on affirmative action initiative in the final days of the session.


Democratic group teaches political skills to emerging women leaders

Spokane Valley’s Mary May might have lost her bid to be a state representative last November, but she didn’t throw her signs away.


Andy Rathbun drops out of mayor’s race to run for Spokane City Council, but there are still 8 people running for mayor

One of the most vocal critics of his opponents, Andy Rathbun, has withdrawn from the mayor’s race to run for City Council, saying he may not have the name recognition to win the city’s top position.


Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, would be the oldest and most experienced politician in the race.


Spokane firefighter and mayor candidate reprimanded for engaging in campaign activities while on duty

Spokane firefighter and mayoral candidate Shawn Poole was reprimanded by the city last fall for using images of city property in campaign materials, posting information he learned through his work as a firefighter online and campaigning while on duty.


Spokane County Library District hopes for almost $2 million from increased property tax

The Spokane County Library District will soon ask voters to approve an almost $2 million property tax increase to pay for maintenance, security and increasing the library’s digital resources.


Shawn Vestal: The ‘Not Nadines’ have a point about lack of coverage of their Spokane mayoral campaigns

When Nadine Woodward announced she was running for mayor, local media covered it as a capital-B capital-D Big Deal. When most other candidates announced, not so much.


Donald Trump campaign eyes chances to vie for states lost in 2016

As President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign kicks into high gear, it’s exploring opportunities to contest states he lost in 2016, aiming to keep divided Democrats on the defensive.


4 killed in Indian election violence as voting kicks off

At least four people were killed in clashes Thursday on the first day of polling in India’s general elections, a six-week process that’s seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, officials said Thursday.


Inslee gets national audience for presidential campaign pitch on climate change

In nationally televised pitch to win support for his 2020 presidential run, Gov. Jay Inslee tells town hall audience Washington is a good “template” for the rest of the country


Mike Fagan running for Spokane City Council president

Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan is running for the council’s highest position.


Netanyahu appears headed toward re-election in Israeli vote

Israeli voters decided Tuesday whether to give Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another term in office in a tight election that has become a referendum on his decade in power.


Biden jokes about accusations, targets union voters

Former Vice President Joe Biden tries to use humor to defuse his recent controversy about crossing physical boundaries with women — but acknowledges he’ll have to change the way he campaigns if he runs for president.


Stunned Eyman loses fight against possible ban on managing money for campaigns

Longtime initiative sponsor Tim Eyman lost an attempt to keep the state from banning him from the financial aspects of future campaigns if they prove he violated campaign finance law.


Gov. Jay Inslee visits WSU to talk climate change, renewable energy

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a 2020 presidential hopeful, says investing in the environment is critical now more than ever.


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