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UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017

Liberty Lake residents voting on tax to build $9 million Town Square community center

Voters in Liberty Lake are being asked to weigh in on a


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Fines for downtown Spokane coal, oil train traffic head to voters with promise of political fight

Spokane voters can expect a passionate political fight over a proposal to fine coal and oil trains passing through downtown after the City Council sent the question to the November …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Campaign signs in Spokane Valley vandalized with obscene graffiti

Some of Spokane Valley City Councilman Caleb Collier’s election signs were painted with obscene graffiti Monday. His challenger, Brandi Peetz, had signs stolen.


UPDATED: Mon., July 24, 2017

Initiative calling for public vote on covering Spokane park Pavilion facing likely City Council opposition

It’s a tight window, but the current Spokane City Council could put to voters the question of whether the U.S. Pavilion in Riverfront Park should be covered. Council members need …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017

Two of four Spokane Valley candidates have spent time in jail

Two of three candidates challenging incumbent Spokane Valley City Councilwoman Pamela Haley have spent time in jail. One man, Ingemar Lloyd Woods, has been open about his 1993 arrest in …


Mumm faces two challengers, criticism of City Hall’s business acumen in race for northwest Spokane seat

Brian Burrow, a project manager, and Matthew Howes, owner of a north side restaurant and pub, said they’ll do more to promote and assist businesses in town than the current …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Open City Council seat in northeast Spokane draws 3 challengers advocating change at City Hall

With the departure of City Councilwoman Amber Waldref due to term limits, three candidates seeking their first election to political office want to change the way the city engages with …


UPDATED: Thu., July 13, 2017

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins faces two challengers in re-election bid

The 2017 City Council election in Spokane Valley has turned into a barnstorm of new faces challenging incumbents. The five open seats have attracted 13 candidates resulting in two contested …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017

Three challenge Breean Beggs for Spokane City Council seat representing South Hill

Challengers seeking Breean Beggs’ appointed seat on the Spokane City Council criticize policies he’s floated on oil and coal trains and ways to pay for more police, but the 44-year-old …


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Initiative targeting marijuana businesses near Spokane churches fails to receive enough signatures

Petition-gatherers came up 528 signatures short for the measure to automatically appear on the November ballot, but the group says it will seek intervention from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.


UPDATED: Mon., July 10, 2017

Three candidates enter the running for Spokane County Superior Court judge

When Superior Court Judge Sam Cozza died unexpectedly this year, several members of Spokane’s legal community threw their hat in the ring to fill the vacancy left by the longtime …


UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017

With complicated, potentially contentious decisions on horizon, four vie for Spokane schools board seat

Spokane’s newest board member will inherit a slough of thorny and potentially contentious decisions in November.


Control of Washington Senate could come down to King County race

Control of the state Senate next year is likely to be decided by a special election race in King County suburbs between two novice candidates.


UPDATED: Fri., May 19, 2017

Council races in Spokane, Spokane Valley draw primary challenges

All three Spokane City Council races will be on the August primary ballot, as will two council positions in the Spokane Valley and two in Medical Lake


Candidate filing week ends Friday afternoon

With only one day left for candidates to file for local office, only a few races have enough candidates to be on the August primary ballot.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Three candidates seek open seat in northeast Spokane council district

Voters in Spokane’s northeast council district will have a contested primary, choosing between at least three potential replacements for Amber Waldref, who cannot run for re-election because of the city’s …


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

Candidates file to challenge Spokane City Council incumbents in 2017 elections

Candidates start filling up August primary ballot.


UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

Local candidates: On your mark, get set, file

Filing week for candidates seeking many local offices this year starts Monday morning and ends Friday afternoon.


Spin Control: Our 8 simple rules for running for office

Filing for office this week? Spin Control offers its eight simple rules for surviving as a candidate.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

Voters approve tax boost to fund fire services in southwestern Spokane County

Voters in Spokane County’s largest fire district approved a property tax increase that officials say will be used to replace aging trucks and equipment and respond to increasing call volumes.


UPDATED: Wed., April 26, 2017

Spokane County voters overwhelmingly approve sales tax for 911 services

Spokane County residents voted to renew a one-tenth of 1 percent sales tax that’s used to fund upgrades to emergency communication technology used by firefighters and law enforcement.


Knezovich, Stuckart, Baumgartner, Shea announce runs for McMorris Rodgers’ seat

The news that an appointment as interior secretary is imminent for Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers prompted City Council President Ben Stuckart to declare his candidacy for her vacant seat …


Knezovich vows legal challenge to proposed oil, coal train ban in Spokane

An independent legal review of a proposal to fine the shippers of coal and oil through downtown Spokane determined it violates federal law, but City Councilman Breean Beggs said he’ll …


Controversial immigration initiative could be headed to the ballot in Spokane

Spokane voters may see a controversial immigration initiative on ballots in November 2017, but not before a promised challenge in the courts. On Monday, the Spokane City Council reversed course …


Council candidate involved in discrimination lawsuit against Spokane County

Phillip Tyler, one of the people vying to replace Jon Snyder on the Spokane City Council, has sued Spokane County alleging workplace discrimination. Tyler worked in the Spokane County Jail …


Spokane City Council refuses to place immigration initiative before voters

It will take a judge to place a proposed ballot initiative on immigration on the ballot, even though supporters collected enough signatures to qualify. The Spokane City Council refused on …


Infighting jeopardizes Spokane immigration ballot initiative

Petitioners hoping to reverse Spokane policy prohibiting police from questioning if someone is in the country illegally have collected enough signatures to put the issue before voters. But voters may …