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Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. …


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 11, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

Seattle’s politics and problems play role in Spokane mayoral election

Though voters in Seattle appeared last week to dismiss the notion that their city is “dying,” the November general election is shaping up to test if Spokane feels sick.


Realtors’ investment in Spokane elections pays dividends

Advocating for change at every level of city government, the Association of Washington Realtors threw their support behind political novices at an unprecedented level in the months leading up to …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Spokane City Council president race narrows to contest between two very different candidates

The picture that emerged on Tuesday night remained essentially unchanged after more votes were counted Wednesday in the primary election for Spokane City Council president, setting up a contest between …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Change is coming, but we still have to decide how much

The early primary results included both signs of swing – chiefly in Nadine Woodward’s leap to the front of the mayor’s race and strong performances from other critics of the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 10:57 a.m.

Incumbents advance in Spokane Valley City Council races; Woodard’s opponent uncertain

Voters whittled down their choices for three seats on the Spokane Valley City Council on Tuesday night, but with some votes still to be tallied, the slates for the general …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:30 p.m.

Medical Lake to become part of Fire District 3 after measure earns strong voter approval

Voters in both Medical Lake and Spokane County Fire District 3 voted to merge the city’s fire department with the district Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:25 p.m.

Voters renew Spokane County public safety sales tax

Spokane voters overwhelmingly chose Tuesday to renew


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:27 p.m.

Voters signal support of Spokane County library levy

In the first night’s count, many Spokane County voterscast their ballots for an increase in property taxes for county libraries, with about 53.3% voters saying yes on Spokane County Library …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:29 p.m.

Two of three Spokane school board primaries have clear winners; Position 1 still up for grabs

Two of the three races for the Spokane Public Schools board appeared clear cut after initial results came back from Tuesday’s primary election, but the Position 1 race was far …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 3:24 p.m.

Beggs and Wendle in lead for Spokane City Council president; Fagan lags

Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle earned the most votes for Spokane City Council president in early returns posted Tuesday night.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019, 12:52 p.m.

Nadine Woodward bests Ben Stuckart as both advance to November election for Spokane mayor

Political newcomer Nadine Woodward bested Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart in the primary race for Spokane’s mayor Tuesday night, with both vowing a tough general election campaign ahead.


Live Updates: 2019 Washington Primary

Live updates from the August 6, 2019 primary election in Spokane County, with the latest headlines and updates from major races and ballot measures brought to you by Spokesman-Review and …


Stuckart and Woodward find almost equal financial support, but in different places

Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward have raised – and spent – nearly the same amount of money in their campaigns for mayor. Both describe their base of support as diverse, …


Spokane Valley Council race gets ugly, with name-calling, accusations of harassment, inaccurate claims

Two candidates running for a council seat in Spokane Valley have accused each other of bullying, with one candidate calling the other a socialist and a “little girl” and the …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Spokane County Fire District 3 commissioner candidates take different positions on tax increase and serving Medical Lake

A longtime Fire District 3 commissioner says she brings valuable experience at a time of big change while her opponent hopes to bring a new perspective.


Vote for mayor may impact police oversight, with role of ombudsman in flux

The upcoming mayoral election could have serious implications for the future of police oversight in Spokane, as whoever wins could determine the extent of the power held by the police …


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019, 4:21 p.m.

Spokane Valley fire commissioner tries to fend off two challengers for seat

A one-term incumbent Spokane Valley Fire commissioner is hoping to retain his seat, as a former city councilman and a first-time candidate challenge him.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 11:29 a.m.

Medical Lake voters will decide if city fire department is absorbed by Spokane County Fire District 3

Medical Lake has had its own fire department since 1904, but voters could decide next month to eliminate it.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

Spokane County Fire District 5 tries again for levy increase for equipment improvements

Spokane County’s Fire District 5 is asking voters for a property tax levy increase of $0.46 to fund equipment and facilities improvements. The levy would be in effect from 2020-2035 …


Police union endorses Woodward as candidates spar on approach to public safety

As public safety and police accountability continue to play a central role, the Spokane Police Guild has endorsed Nadine Woodward for mayor in the primary election.


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

Spokane County Libraries wants voters to know it didn’t host Drag Queen Story Hour as it seeks approval on levy

The Spokane County Library District hopes to avoid reductions in services through passage of a $2 million property tax increase to fund operations at the system’s 11 branches. But library …


Realtors buying voice in Spokane elections

Realtors are pouring an unprecedented amount of money into Spokane primary campaigns, with the Washington Association of Realtors throwing substantial support behind mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward and three fresh faces …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 10:50 a.m.

Spokane County asks voters to renew sales tax to maintain criminal justice system

Spokane County leaders are asking voters to renew a $6 million-a-year sales tax that the region has approved twice before to maintain the criminal justice status quo.


Housing, homelessness at stake in Spokane Valley council race, candidates say

The race to replace Sam Wood on the Spokane Valley City Council features four political newcomers who all say housing and homelessness are among the key issues at stake.


Three first-time candidates drawn to vacant Nine Mile Falls School Board position

Three candidates filed for the Nine Mile Falls School Board position No. 2 vacated by Debbie Williams, who is moving out of the district. Incumbents Mac Mikkelsen and Bill McBride …


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 7:36 a.m.

Ben Stuckart’s not the mayor, but he and his opponents talk like he is

Voting in the primary election begins this week as five candidates seek to become Spokane’s next mayor.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 3:06 p.m.

3 new faces vie for seat on Spokane public school board

The job will last for only two years, but the winner of the Position 4 race has a chance to make a big impact on the Spokane Public Schools board …


Getting There: Spokane mayoral hopefuls take stands on 12 transportation issues

The five candidates for Spokane mayor talk road diets, public transportation, bike lanes and whether bringing Lime scooters to the streets (and sidewalks) of Spokane was a good idea.


UPDATED: Sun., July 14, 2019, 7:40 a.m.

Two council members, two newcomers vie for Spokane City Council president

Four candidates hope to past the primary election for Spokane City Council president.