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UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017

Oil trains at forefront of Spokane City Council race between Breean Beggs and Andy Dunau

Breean Beggs squares off against Andy Dunau in a contest for one of the most liberal-leaning areas of town. Dunau casts himself as a centrist, and says Beggs’ support of …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Deer Park candidates hope to increase law enforcement presence

As Deer Park continues to grow in size, candidates for the mayorship both hope to increase the amount of deputies patrolling and attract more businesses to the area.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Ed Pace, Ben Wick disagree on vaccination proposal as they seek second term on Spokane Valley Council

Spokane Valley Councilman Ed Pace tries for a second term while former Councilman Ben Wick tries to return to office.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Liberty Lake City Council candidates disagree on community center

In a burgeoning city expected to reach or exceed its proposed size in the next few years, Liberty Lake City Council candidates list growing pains as their largest concern.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017

Council candidate backs Liberty Lake overpass expansion; his opponent no longer wants seat

Though Mike Kennedy has no personal experience as an elected official, he’s been behind the political scenes of Spokane and Liberty Lake for years, he said. Now he’s a candidate …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 10, 2017

Spokane County Superior Court candidate decries judicial election system her opponent embraces

The race for a Spokane County Superior Court judgeship is partly about the race itself. Jocelyn Cook, who is vying to unseat incumbent Judge Tony Hazel in the November election, …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 8, 2017

Spokane Valley councilman who didn’t disclose juvenile felony charges when appointed hoping to retain seat

Drug and alcohol abuse have affected two Spokane Valley City Council candidates in very different ways.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

City prosecutor charged with DUI makes rare public appearance at campaign forum

In a rare public appearance, city prosecutor Adam Papini chose to face a roomful of his peers to talk openly about his beleaguered campaign as a candidate for municipal court …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 6, 2017

[Sold out!] Tickets available for Spokane candidate forum, Pints and Politics

Just before ballots arrive in the mail, all candidates competing for Spokane City Council and Spokane School Board seats will participate in a casual candidate forum.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Northeast Spokane City Council candidates campaigning in defiance of partisan labels

Kate Burke and Tim Benn say the problems facing the district they hope to represent transcend party politics. But a clear ideological divide has sprouted around their candidacies.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

Medical Lake schools board candidate plans to learn on the job

Lifetime Medical Lake resident Leo Spilker believes learning on the job is the best way to prepare for leadership, a strategy he intends to use in the race for Medical …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 4, 2017

School funding top priorities for West Valley school board candidates

For the West Valley School District, as for districts across the state, navigating the implications of the state Supreme Court case that forced Legislators to boost education spending will be …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 3, 2017

U High students arrange Valley council candidate debate

Students arrange Valley council candidates debate Wednesday evening at West Valley High School.


Jackson challenges Higgins for Valley Council Position 1

Spokane Valley City Council Position 1 pits incumbent experience against challenger’s youth.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 29, 2017

City prosecutor still on ballot after June DUI arrest

A city prosecutor arrested for DUI in June remains on the ballot for a municipal court judge position despite all signs pointing to an abandoned campaign.


Appellate ruling affirms Proposition 1 removal from November ballot

A last-ditch effort to revive the beleaguered initiative for this November’s ballot failed Friday, all but ending the possibility voters will weigh in on a policy some contend makes Spokane …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

Tossed immigration initiative in Spokane will get emergency appellate review

Proposition 1, an initiative that supporters say would strip Spokane of a disputed “sanctuary city” status, will get a hearing before an appellate court commissioner Thursday as the deadline looms …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 26, 2017

Judge tosses ‘sanctuary city’ proposition from Spokane’s November ballot

The proposal to roll back a Spokane policy prohibiting officers from asking about immigration status will not be before voters following an order from Spokane County Superior Court Judge Julie …


Spokane County GOP launches ad campaign pushing equality for women

A $12,000 contribution-supported ad campaign airing on local broadcast and cable channels argues the Republican Party is pushing equality and the issues most important to women.


Spokane recruits for committees address oil train, ‘sanctuary city’ ballot measures

Spokane lawmakers are looking for 12 people to serve on committees that will draft statements supporting and opposing the two ballot questions scheduled to be decided on this year’s ballot. …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

‘Sanctuary city’ opponents in Spokane receiving legal, financial support from national anti-immigration groups

The political advocacy group Respect Washington has received thousands of dollars and legal advice from organizations tied to John Tanton, a Michigan-based activist who has been criticized for holding staunchly …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Battle lines drawn in political fight over coal, oil train fines in downtown Spokane

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich repeated his promise Thursday to seek a legal injunction if the measure on the November ballot passes, and said he’s in talks with railroads about joining him. …


Spin control: First woman mayor in Seattle in 91 years? Ho hum.

Good for Seattle, which soon will have its second woman mayor, and the first in 91 years. Spokane had three in its last 32.


Durkan takes lead in race for new Seattle mayor

Seattle voters took the first step in choosing a new mayor with early returns in Tuesday’s primary showing former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan clearly in first in the race to …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Democrat Dhingra leads Republican Englund in race that likely will decide if GOP keeps control of state Senate

With control of the state Senate at stake, Democrat Manka Dhingra is ahead of Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund in the race for an expensive legislative race.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Rod Higgins, Pamela Haley top challengers in Spokane Valley City Council races

Chris Jackson and Angie Beem move on to the general election in Spokane Valley


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Liberty Lake turns down community center

Liberty Lake residents not getting a community center.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Tony Hazel finishes first in primary for Spokane County Superior Court judge

Tony Hazel finished first in the primary to hold his Spokane County Superior Court seat, but he’ll likely have to face Jocelyn Cook to keep it.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 1, 2017

Beggs and Mumm post strong showings in Spokane City Council primaries, Burke and Benn face off in northeast

The two incumbents on the primary ballots for Spokane City Council earned the majority of votes counted Tuesday in their districts. Kate Burke will square off against Tim Benn in …


Spin Control: Washington group checks candidate backgrounds for voters

Want to check on a primary candidate’s background? There may be a website that can help.