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Spokane sales tax will fund affordable housing after measure passes council

The Spokane City Council unanimously adopted legislation on Monday that will redirect a portion of the state’s sales tax revenue into local affordable housing projects.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Should City Council be a full-time gig? New council rules say yes, mayor says no

The City Council is flexing its strength by writing the expectation of a 30- to 50-hour work week into its rules. Mayor David Condon is pushing back.


Spokane sales tax revenue could be funneled to affordable housing

The City Council is scheduled to consider a measure Dec. 9 that would redirect some of the local sales tax collections directly toward affordable housing in Spokane, before it reaches …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Hoping to avoid conflict, Stuckart to make quiet exit and hand reins to Beggs

With just a handful of meetings left, the outgoing two-term City Council president has informally ceded his post to Councilman Breean Beggs, who will be sworn in as the new …


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 …


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 …


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

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.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Stuckart explains decision to quickly concede mayor’s race as observers left stunned

“I’ve had people asking me, ‘Why did you concede?’ ” Stuckart said. “Because it’s mathematically impossible for me to win. Barring a miracle, I lost.” Still, the decision took a …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Woodward claims victory in race for mayor

Nadine Woodward, a former TV anchor in her first run for public office, claimed victory Tuesday night in the race for Spokane mayor.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Analysis: Candidates for Spokane’s mayor have taken confusing, but understandable postures. So does either one have the advantage?

Tuesday’s election features a candidate running pretty much as the incumbent mayor, though he isn’t the incumbent mayor, against an opponent who for the most part concedes that she’s running …


As economies grow, so does homelessness in cities like Spokane, evidence suggests

Like other cities in the West, homelessness in Spokane has risen even as the economy has grown.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 28, 2019

Realtors boost already big spending on four Spokane candidates, including Nadine Woodward

With a week to go before city elections, the money race in Spokane is gathering speed.


Tangled relationship between Spokane firefighters, Stuckart continues in mayor’s race

If $118,000 says anything, it’s that the firefighters of Spokane have a stake in this year’s municipal elections, particularly in the mayor’s race.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 26, 2019

‘A Place of Truths’: New downtown plaza teaches Spokane tribal history, river preservation

The city of Spokane debuted A Place of Truths Plaza downtown Friday afternoon. The $25 million project features public art from indigenous artists and a wastewater tank that will keep …


Stuckart backs warming center plan, while Woodward questions city’s planning

In a city election cycle that has featured homelessness as its central issue, the impact on voters of Spokane’s latest plan to address homelessness remains to be seen, as ballots …


Spokane plans to manage its own emergencies, drop out of county agreement

The city of Spokane will launch a new, independent office of emergency management next year, leaving Spokane County and many of the smaller area governments to manage – and pay …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Ben Stuckart wants City Council to rally against car-tab initiative; Tim Eyman travels to Spokane to protest

Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart introduced a resolution on Monday that would formalize the council’s opposition to Initiative 976, which critics believe could jeopardize funding for critical transportation projects …


Up for debate: A closer look at claims, arguments Spokane’s mayoral candidates keep making

From Border Patrol to Boise, here’s a deeper look into some of the oft-discussed topics of debate.


Third-generation leader of multibillion-dollar real estate firm gives big in support of Nadine Woodward

Fritz Wolff, the scion of a multibillion-dollar real estate empire founded in Spokane Valley 70 years ago by his grandfather, is spending his personal wealth in a way not seen …


Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward on the issues

The Spokesman-Review asked Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward, Spokane’s candidates for mayor, a series of questions to learn their positions on important issues that may not make it to a …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019

Spokane’s response to homelessness dominates mayoral, city council president debate Tuesday night

Whether it was Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for mayor, or Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle for City Council president, candidates for public office laid out different plans for addressing …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

New big contributions smash record for outside spending on Spokane elections

The race for Spokane mayor has been infused with significant cash since the beginning of the month, as outside political committees ramped up their spending power with three weeks to …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Rob Curley: Hearing the candidates one more time before you vote, only this time with a little more discussion and a little less debate

There have been so many dang debates in Spokane this election season that it’s hard to tell whose heads are swimming the most: the candidates’, the voters’ or the journalists’. …


Stuckart vows to stick to facts, principles that have guided his City Hall career if elected Spokane mayor

As Ben Stuckart faces November’s vote, he contends with a well-documented, eight-year record at City Hall. But he also offers a deep, hands-on background in local government in politics. Stuckart …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019

‘Tent cities’ concept sparks debate between Woodward, Stuckart

“One idea that I’ve seen other cities do, and that is, like a tent city that is temporary during inclement weather,” mayoral candidate Nadine Woodward said during the Greater Spokane …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 6, 2019

Spokane mayor’s race: Ben Stuckart softens, Nadine Woodward attacks when going head-to-head

Contrary to his style on the dais during council meetings, Ben Stuckart has largely shrugged off or declined to respond to attacks from opponent Nadine Woodward as the two vie …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 3, 2019

Spokane city employee leading homeless shelter efforts resigns

As the city scrambles to open a new shelter and temporary warming center before winter, the man leading the effort has resigned – prompting city leaders to ask if he …


Spokane backs Boise’s appeal of homeless camping ruling to Supreme Court

As part of a larger effort, the city of Spokane has voiced its support of Boise in that city’s appeal of a 2018 court decision that requires cities to provide …