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Chris Cargill: Not just a win, Spokane’s election message on the issues is a demand

In a democratic election, surpassing 50% is a win. A victory north of 60% is a mandate. Getting nearly 80% of the vote is a popular demand. On Nov. 5, voters in Spokane were crystal clear about their demands regarding two of Washington state’s most contentious issues – opposition to an income tax and support for open collective bargaining negotiations. Spokane voter opinion was so strong it could cascade across the Cascades.

$14.6M Mead schools levy would mitigate effects of recent budget cuts

Alone among the larger districts in Spokane County, the Mead School District decided this year to mitigate its budget problems by offering a two-year supplemental levy on the Nov. 5 ballot. If the $14.6 million measure passes, the district will reinstate some paraeducators who were let go in recent cuts, maintain nursing staff at current levels, increase safety and security personnel, and expand learning opportunities for nontraditional students.

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 officials in the county fear that voters may confuse their offerings with the city, which hosted a controversial drag queen story hour this summer and has some voters confused about which system their taxes will go toward.

Rebecca Schroeder: Our votes cannot be taken for granted

If the voters of Idaho don’t act quickly and decisively, the 2019 legislative session may go down as the year we all lost a cherished constitutional right: the right to take matters into our own hands when our elected leaders refuse to.

Editorial Endorsement: Idaho’s Prop 1 is a bad bet

Idaho is a devoutly free-enterprise state, yet voters there are being asked to change state law to prop up one industry: horse racing. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot purports to generate support for public education, but it would do little for schools. Instead it would be a windfall only for a few people – those who would operate video horse racing. The measure would legalize betting on past horse races. That seems like an oxymoron, but technology makes historical horse racing – also known as instant racing – feasible. It is legal in Oregon, Wyoming, Kentucky and Arkansas.