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Spin Control: I-976 fallout fuels split in state

Rancor over Initiative 976, stoked by its creator, fuels an us-versus-them feeling in Washington.


Wondering what you owe for that December license tab? Here’s how to find out

Washington motorists wondering how much they must pay to renew their December license tabs may have to wait for weeks to get the official notice from the state Department of …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

Game of chance to break tie in Fairfield Town Council race

Both Steven Walk and Dave Watling received 78 votes in the Nov. 5 contest to represent the town of roughly 600 residents. That means a game of chance involving numbered …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Car tab break set for today delayed, as Supreme Court continues block on lower fees

Hoping for a break on your license tab fees? It’s still in the courts.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Second challenge of order blocking I-976 filed with Supreme Court

A second legal maneuver to allow Initiative 976 to take effect this week and lower the cost of vehicle license tabs was filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Maps show voters didn’t cast ballots in predictable blocs in the Nov. 5 election

Voters are a discerning bunch, as a computer analysis of key races from the Nov. 5 election show.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 26, 2019

Spokane election results certified; tie in race for Fairfield Town Council

The Spokane County Auditor certified the results of this month’s general election on Tuesday.


Garfield County joins Western Washington transportation players in suing over car-tab initiative

Initiative 976 could shutter the small southeast Washington county’s transportation authority, a lifeline for many elderly and rural residents on fixed incomes who need rides to regional hubs. The Garfield …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

State to prepare for $478 million in transportation cuts

State lawmakers looking to trim some $478 million from the transportation budget during 2020 session.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Tip of a milk bottle could decide winner of tied Fairfield Town Council race as all ballots are counted

With every ballot in Spokane County counted, Dave Watling and Steven Walk are locked in a dead heat with 78 votes apiece as they seek position 3 on the Fairfield …


Spin Control: Time for filing election challenges and grousing about ignoring ‘will of the voters’

It’s that time of the year for filing election challenges and complaining about those challengers ignoring the will of the people.


Spokane County plans to use new technology to speed up election-counting process next year

The last Spokane ballots left to count were cast by voters who struggled to make a decision on an advisory vote or made a mistake on their ballots.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Beggs’ first job as council president is to fill his seat on council

By winning his race for Spokane Council president, Breean Beggs will vacate his seat representing the South Hill district.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

‘One or two votes is kind of a close thing’: Some Spokane County races still not settled

From Fairfield to Deer Park to the city of Spokane, many candidates are still waiting for votes to be counted.


Shawn Vestal: Beggs will play crucial role after supposed change election idles

After all that time, all that argument and all that Realtor money, the landscape at City Hall will be strikingly similar to the one we’ve had for eight years. Given …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 13, 2019

Commission determines campaign violations by labor-backed PACs active in Spokane election were minor

The Public Disclosure Commission has declined to further investigate complaints against the political fundraising arm of the Spokane Firefighters Union and a union-backed PAC, the Citizens for Liberty and Labor …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

As Beggs takes slim lead, City Council president candidates chase signatures

Entering the weekend separated by only 145 votes, the Wendle and Beggs campaigns have had teams canvassing the city to track down voters whose ballots were initially rejected by election …


Ferguson says his office can defend I-976 from legal challenges

Attorney general likely to ignore calls to hire outside lawyers to defend Initiative 976.


Mayor Condon invites Nadine Woodward to settle in at City Hall; two council members object

Two council members are concerned with the lengths Mayor David Condon has gone to make the transition to a new mayor as seamless as possible, raising objections to his clearing …


Agencies, lawmakers scramble to fill $4 billion pothole from I-976

State agencies and lawmakers are looking for solutions to the loss of billions of dollars that would have come from Initiative 976.


Spin Control: Tax votes aren’t an automatic no, this election showed

An article of faith among certain political “experts” says voters, given the chance, will always vote against taxes. But voters don’t automatically do so.


Nadine Woodward campaigned on change, but her victory was about cementing status quo

After declaring victory on election night, mayor-elect Nadine Woodward pledged to “represent the change that voters wanted.” But her success could just as easily be said to illustrate the change …


Elections results indicate Spokane Valley government may be shifting to center

If Brandi Peetz holds on to what was just a 350-vote lead as of Friday, the majority on council will flip, and the new more moderate majority of council members …


Shane Brickner defeats Steve Peterson to become Liberty Lake’s third mayor

Peterson has served as mayor for all but four years of the city’s existence. Brickner, 44, will take office in January and said his goal is to craft more comprehensive …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

Spokane council president race now even tighter, recount possible; disputed council races still close

The already tight race for Spokane City Council president narrowed even further on Friday and could be heading toward an automatic recount. The race between Councilwoman Karen Stratton and challenger …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

Races for Spokane council, council president narrow

The gap between candidates for Spokane City Council president was cut by more than half after additional ballots were counted on Thursday, indicating the race will go down to the …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Peetz pulls ahead in close Spokane Valley council race; other Valley races largely unchanged

Brandi Peetz took the lead in the close Spokane Valley race Wednesday, going from four votes behind her opponent, to more than 200 ahead.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Tight Spokane races stay that way after more votes are counted, remain too close to call

County elections officials offered an updated tally of the votes on Wednesday that was good news for those held a lead after the initial results rolled in on Tuesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Woodward plans for transition to mayor’s office; Condon pledges support

Though election results are not yet final, Nadine Woodward is forging ahead with transition plans after her opponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart, conceded on Tuesday night.


Shawn Vestal: Tim Benn’s candidacy ran counter to deluge of special-interest spending

If you are of the view that our politics is too controlled by big money, and that democracy is disfigured by the influence of the money-is-speech brigade, you weren’t disabused …