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June 12, 2021, 6 p.m.
A trip away from home prompts a question with no universally accepted answer: To mask or not to mask?
Spin Control: Holding a member of the newest generation, born amid a pandemic, brings a surge of hopeJune 5, 2021, 6 p.m.
There may be nothing that chases away the dark shadows of the news – a pandemic, a dysfunctional Congress, an unknown but number of people believing the loser of the last presidential election will magically become the winner before summer is over – as quickly and thoroughly as holding a new grandchild.
Spin Control: In drawing new lines for Washington's congressional districts, consider trading Walla Walla for Okanogan CountyMay 29, 2021, 6:15 p.m.
The Washington Redistricting Commission’s once-per-decade task of redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative boundaries is guaranteed not to please everybody.
May 26, 2021, 4 a.m.
If she were still alive, Pauline Flett might tell middle school students the story of how people came to live along the Spokane River in two languages, English and Spokane Salish.
School name finalist: Carla Peperzak helped save people from Holocaust and teaches about evils of Nazi regimeMay 23, 2021, 3:30 a.m.
If they think about it at all, students entering a Spokane middle school may have a hard time connecting their young lives with the name of the person above the main entrance. They might be able to imagine themselves in the shoes of a young Carla Olman Peperzak, who some 80 years ago joined the Dutch Resistance as a teenager and helped save other Jews from the Holocaust.
Spin Control: Here are 10 simple rules for new candidates to survive the campaign. Hint: Don't whineMay 22, 2021, 6:15 p.m.
New candidates and their new campaign staffs sometimes call with questions they think a person who has covered politics since the Stone Age will answer. Newspaper reporters aren’t paid to give advice, but from time to time, Spin Control offers its 10 simple rules for surviving your first campaign
May 18, 2021, 5:19 p.m.
OLYMPIA – Businesses, local governments and the state will be able to offer people freebies or other incentives to convince them to get vaccinated against COVID-19, based on action taken Tuesday.
Major police reforms become law in Washington after Inslee signs bills he calls 'just the beginning'May 18, 2021, 4:06 p.m.
A week shy of the one year anniversary of the death of George Floyd during a Minneapolis police arrest that prompted protests in Washington and all over the country, Gov. Jay Inslee signed sweeping legislation Tuesday to reform law enforcement policies and oversight.
May 15, 2021, 6:15 p.m.
May 2021 is a bit early to talk seriously of the 2022 elections, let alone those in 2024, so take the following with a grain of salt.
May 13, 2021, 1:03 p.m.
OLYMPIA – A Spokane motorist should have the right to a trial over a speeding ticket he received in 2016 from an automated traffic camera in a school zone that he contends wasn't properly set up, the Washington Supreme Court was told Thursday.
Spin Control: Why is Washington so behind on vaccine freebies? Here's some of the incentives it could offerMay 9, 2021, 4 a.m.
As a person who went through more than a month in early 2021 trying to get an appointment anywhere within 30 miles for a COVID vaccination, I confess to scratching my head at reports there is currently more vaccine than people willing to sit down and roll up their sleeves.
May 8, 2021, midnight
While it continues to reel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington’s restaurant industry is worried about recently approved legislation it fears could significantly increase the cost of takeout, which has become the primary – and for some the only – type of business.
May 1, 2021, 6:01 p.m.
Of the roughly 1,000 bills introduced in the late, great 2021 session, most of the conversation and conflict right now centers on those that survived the gauntlet of multiple hearings and votes to reach the governor’s desk.
Supporters say equity training bill for schools in Washington has no link to critical race theory, but conservatives cry foulApril 25, 2021, 3 a.m.
The recently passed bill requiring public schools to provide annual “equity training” to staff is controversial with some groups, but it is expected to have little to no impact on Spokane Public Schools.
Spin Control: Walter Mondale was the last visitor of Spokane's 1984 campaign season. Here's who else used to stump in townApril 24, 2021, 6 p.m.
The passing of former Vice President Walter Mondale last week turned the final page on a time when Spokane seemed to be a must-stop on the presidential campaign trail. He was the last of the seven top tier candidates or their surrogates to come through town before the 1984 election, and was the last surviving visitor from that busy campaign
April 19, 2021, 6:48 p.m.
The political winds were strongly against Democratic presidential candidate Walter Mondale when he came to Spokane on Oct. 30, 1984 for a rally at the old Davenport Hotel.
April 17, 2021, 6:16 p.m.
Although apparently no one in authority is proposing Washington issue COVID vaccine passports to those who get the shot, there are people fired up enough about such an edict that they are proposing such documentation be banned.
'Only going to get tougher from here': Spokane County redistricting committee deadlocks on picking leaderApril 15, 2021, 6:04 p.m.
The special bipartisan committee tasked with dividing Spokane County into five new commissioner districts hit a brick wall Thursday in its first big task, picking a nonvoting chairperson to run the process.
April 14, 2021, 6:11 p.m.
As a legislator, Dick Barrett had a reputation of being able to get along with everyone.
Spin Control: Want a few fixer uppers? It's likely auction or destruction for these historic Washington capitol buildingsApril 11, 2021, 3:30 a.m.
State may auction off press houses, but will demolish them if there are no takers.
April 4, 2021, 4 a.m.
The way some local elected officials do or don’t follow pandemic guidelines has kept the Washington Supreme Court busy in recent months deciding what would warrant giving voters a chance to bounce them out of office for not following COVID protocols.
The Washington National Guard has been on COVID-19 duty an entire year now. Here's how its work has evolvedMarch 28, 2021, noon
When members of the Washington National Guard were called up to help the state deal with COVID-19, they thought they were looking at a short-term assignment.
March 28, 2021, 4 a.m.
Sometimes in politics, it seems as though we are through the looking glass like Alice, where Humpty Dumpty contends that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” That’s how I feel when I hear the term “bipartisan legislation”, which seems to mean exactly what the politician speaking wants it to mean.
March 21, 2021, 3 a.m.
When editors asked me to write about the 50th anniversary of the passage of 18-year-olds being able to vote, it was partly because as a Baby Boomer I was the only person available who remembered it happening.
Civics lesson: 50 years ago, Congress backed voting for 18-year-olds. Here's how some of the first teens to vote feel nowMarch 21, 2021, 2:30 a.m.
Five constitutional amendments describe who can vote, although the 14th Amendment – which says voters must be 21 and male and was actually stating the standard practice for the first 80 years of the country – has been changed by the other four.