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President Donald Trump was more focused. Former Vice President Joe Biden was a bit folksy. Their second debate, with stricter rules that prevented them from interrupting each other when key questions were asked, may have had more substance than the first debate, a panel of observers who graded the candidates for The Spokesman-Review said after the 90-minute session ended. But with so many votes already cast, and so few voters left to persuade, it might not make a difference. Here’s how our panelists, who watched the debate individually from their homes, graded the debaters and viewed some of their best and worst moments.
Former county commissioner and head of GSI Todd Mielke will serve as chief administrative officer for the county police agency.
After more than three years as CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated, Todd Mielke announced he’s resigning from the organization effective Tuesday to pursue “other professional opportunities.”
Career Connected Learning will help give students – regardless of their economic status – a chance to thrive in a robust economy. It will help keep the greater Spokane area competitive and economically vibrant.
We celebrate the investment the state has made in K-12 and ask legislators to now focus on funding education beyond high school.
Greater Spokane Incorporated unveiled a new brand Thursday, which its chief executive officer says better reflects its dual role of recruiting new businesses while helping existing local companies grow.
Beyond the Amazon fulfillment center’s 1,500-plus jobs, local officials see the company’s presence here as an opportunity to raise Spokane’s profile as a place to do business.
Spokane is joining the stampede of cities competing to become Amazon’s second headquarters. The e-commerce giant will announce its selection next year.
The loss of a home-grown business can always be a shock, but the true effects can vary.
GSI letter to congressional delegation criticizes House Republican plan to repeal Obamacare.
The Spokane City Council signed a short-term deal Monday with Greater Spokane Inc. for business development services, following a monthlong delay on a contract extension. The contract requires GSI to solicit input from area companies about Spokane’s business climate and seeks to end conflicts of interest in joint federal lobbying efforts.
Spokane City councilmembers say they want to talk specific programs with Todd Mielke, the chief executive at Greater Spokane Inc., before approving a contract extension for economic development services.
Spokane County agreed it will not expand the area where urban growth can occur for at least nine years without meeting certain benchmarks, while controversial boundaries drawn in 2013 will remain largely in place. The compromise marks the end of nearly a decade of legal wrangling, both sides said.
Gov. Jay Inslee gave the final approval on Tuesday for the Spokane Tribe’s casino project, clearing the way to a $400 million gaming and retail development on the West Plains. The project has been opposed by downtown business interests as well as Spokane County leaders who have argued that the construction of a large commercial area near Fairchild Air Force Base could make the military base susceptible to closure. But the base never took a formal position on the issue, and supporters of the casino stressed that the project would create well-paying jobs for tribal members and other and boost the local economy.
Former Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was chosen Monday to replace outgoing Spokane County Commissioner Todd Mielke.
The three candidates vying to replace Todd Mielke on the Spokane County Commission will field questions from Mielke’s former colleagues Monday morning.
Todd Mielke’s seat on the Spokane County Commission will go to either two political veterans or an up-and-comer with wide support among state legislators.
Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich will continue to earn less than his undersheriffs after county commissioners rejected a proposal to boost the salaries of the sheriff and prosecutor. Knezovich and Prosecutor Larry Haskell asked Commissioner Al French to consider pay raises last year, and French agreed to introduce a proposal to boost their pay. That legislation was rejected on Tuesday in a 2-1 vote.
Todd Mielke was a bit confused the first time he was asked if he’d consider heading Greater Spokane Incorporated. Mielke said he was having lunch with the chamber’s former CEO Rich Hadley in October when the topic came up. Mielke and fellow Spokane County Commissioner Shelly O’Quinn were preparing the next day to endorse longtime county employee Gerry Gemmill as their next chief executive, after Mielke failed to gain Commissioner Al French’s support for the job in May.
Though the list of hopefuls is long, the Spokane County Republican Party will have several weeks after the new year to nominate replacements for outgoing County Commissioner Todd Mielke.