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Doug Clark: John Ahern’s recount strategy compounds big loss

Nobility sometimes rises out of a crushing defeat. It’s our way of romanticizing lost causes like Gen. Custer’s futile last stand at Little Big Horn, say, or those brave Alamo …


Spokane County elections could see recount

With about 500 ballots left to count countywide from the Nov. 5 election, one race appears headed to a mandatory recount. For position 1 on the Latah City Council, incumbent …


Spin Control: Undervotes could have brought win to ballot losers

Spokane County’s effort to raise property taxes failed on Tuesday, but it could have won. John Smith could have beat Brian Dansel in Northeast Washington’s 7th Legislative District, Linda Thompson …


Spokane City Council power shifts post-election

To the victors go the committee assignments. It may not sound exciting, but the first likely change in the new Spokane City Council as a result of Candace Mumm’s victory …


Schimmels, Pace among Spokane Valley races to go to wire

Voters in Spokane Valley will not know for at least several days, perhaps longer, whether City Council incumbent Gary Schimmels will keep his seat or if challenger Ed Pace will …


Sen. Ed Murray wrests seat from Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

SEATTLE – The leader of Washington’s successful effort to legalize gay marriage is now set to become Seattle’s next mayor. Updated election results Wednesday night showed state Sen. Ed Murray …


Spokane County rural voters deny Proposition 1

Efforts to raise property taxes to buy homes and land around Fairchild Air Force Base dimmed Wednesday as “no” votes piled up – especially in rural and poorer areas of …


Front Porch: Initiative confusion reigns again

As America’s accidental sage Yogi Berra once said, “It’s like déjà vu all over again.” Of course, he was talking baseball, watching Yankee greats Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris repeatedly …


Fairchild encroachment tax, Valley incumbent Schimmels slide in new vote counts

A tax to relocate residents in a Fairchild Air Force Base’s accident potential zone appears to have failed based on updated vote counts in Tuesday’s election.


Shawn Vestal: Politics makes us dumb

Two questions for the morning after: Who’d you vote against yesterday? And are you feeling smarter yet, now that the fog of politics is lifting? The day after Election Day …


Fairchild Air Force Base tax outcome uncertain

A tax measure to protect Fairchild Air Force Base from civilian encroachment was trailing in Tuesday night’s count, but the race was too close to call. Spokane County Proposition 1 …


Mumm and Snyder take commanding leads in Spokane City Council races

The balance of the Spokane City Council will shift to the left after a season of record-breaking campaign spending. The first results from Tuesday’s election showed incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder …


Coeur d’Alene moderates victorious in election

Coeur d’Alene voters passed over a slate of hard-line conservatives and elected moderate or left-leaning candidates for mayor and City Council on Tuesday. Business owner Steve Widmyer will take over …


Conservatives lose control of Spokane City Council; voters oust state senator

Progressives appear poised to regain control of the Spokane City Council.


Democrat McAuliffe wins Virginia governor’s race

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe has been elected Virginia’s next governor, defeating Republican Ken Cuccinelli after pledging to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls and portraying his rival …


Washington elections draw big out-of-state donations

SEATTLE – Initiative 522 would change the law only in Washington state, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the lists of campaign donors. Of the $22 million raised …


Editorial: The Spokesman-Review’s choices for Tuesday’s election

The Spokesman-Review editorial board has wrapped up endorsements for the 2013 election season, which comes to an end on Tuesday. To read the full text of the editorials online, go …


Spokane Valley Council candidates benefit from PACs contributions

Recent donations from PACs and associations have inflated the coffers of some Spokane Valley City Council candidates in time for a last-minute advertising push before Election Day. The Washington Association …


City Council campaign ads contain false claims

Beware. With money pouring into two Spokane City Council races at a frenzied pace, the campaign material arriving by mail, on the radio, on TV and on the Internet may …


City Council candidates show similarities at forum

The lack of controversy in the races for Spokane Valley City Council was evident in the candidate forum held Wednesday by the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. At one …


Spokane City Council races escalating with PAC money

Two independent political action committees seeking to influence the outcome of Spokane City Council races this fall have raised more than $100,000 combined in what could be the most expensive …


County sees plenty of races

It’s an unusual state of affairs this year in small town Spokane County politics: Nearly every open position is contested. Often it’s tough to find one person interested in filling …


Hafner states views in Valley council race

The race for Position 5 on the Spokane Valley City Council pits longtime Spokane Valley resident Chuck Hafner against newcomer Donald Morgan Jr. Hafner, the incumbent, headed up the Positive …


Greenstone disavows ad campaign attacking Mumm, Snyder

The president of Greenstone Corp. has disavowed any connection between his company and a negative television campaign against Spokane City Council candidates Jon Snyder and Candace Mumm. At the same …


Voters to decide array of posts, issues

Control of city councils and school boards is up for grabs as ballots for the Nov. 5 general election begin arriving later this week in the mailboxes of voters across …


Ed Pace, Gary Schimmels race for council Position 4

The race for Position 4 on the Spokane Valley City Council has centered on which candidate is more deserving of the Positive Change mantle. Incumbent Gary Schimmels is one of …


Higgins, Thompson face off again for Spokane Valley council seat

Appointed incumbent Rod Higgins and challenger Linda Thompson are facing off in the race for Position 1 on the Spokane Valley City Council, and it’s not the first time the …


Spokane City Council candidates square off in debates

Two debates filmed Tuesday showcasing candidates for Spokane City Council races had two distinct tones. A debate between Michael Cannon and Candace Mumm, who are vying for a seat representing …


Bill Bates , Fred Beaulac battle for Spokane Valley council seat

Two men – Bill Bates and Fred Beaulac – are vying for the City Council seat 7, currently held by Mayor Tom Towey. Towey announced earlier this year that he …


District 2 City Council candidates Snyder, Ahern don’t see eye to eye

There’s more than an “h” separating Jon and John. Jon Snyder, 44, is an incumbent Spokane city councilman known for his focus on transportation issues, recently sold outdoor magazine and …