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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.

Editorial: Prop. 2 well-meaning but misdirected

Ultimately this is a federal matter, so voters should turn down Proposition 2. But that doesn’t mean community leaders and citizens shouldn’t keep up the pressure.

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 a rail initiative fining coal and oil trains is evidence the council doesn’t reflect the values of the city. Beggs says he’s concerned about safety and has worked to improve relationships at City Hall.

Guest Opinion: Pro: Proposition 2 empowers the people, not oil and coal corporations

Proposition 2 is about truth, justice and protecting our community. It’s about whether “We the People” control our own governance, or concede it to the money and power of the oil and coal corporations and their hired guns. Truth: Bakken crude oil that ships through Spokane is extremely volatile, up to 75 percent more explosive than gasoline. (If in doubt, Google “Bakken oil train explosions.”)

Editorial: Street repair, Riverfront ballot issues deserve ‘yes’ vote

Propositions 1 and 2 offer Spokane voters savvy options for maintaining the streets and refurbishing a beloved park – without increasing current tax rates. Proposition 1 is the next step in financing street repairs, after the successful 10-year bond expires this year. This time it’s a 20-year levy, and if voters agree to extend current property tax assessments, the city would use the revenue to attract matching funds for up to $25 million annually to repair and upgrade streets and curbs and add bike lanes, lighting and landscaping.

Riverfront Park face-lift seen as legacy project

Spokane's identity is so deeply entwined with the world's fair it hosted 40 years ago, and the massive transformation in its wake downtown, that it's difficult for some to remember Spokane as it once was: the steel heart of a powerful mining and lumber region.