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Longtime Coeur d’Alene Councilman Ron Edinger says goodbye after 50 years in office

The self-avowed “common man” of the Lake City was feted with a party at the Hagadone Event Center on Thursday night, some 52 years after his first election to city …


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 …


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.


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019

Spokane’s communities of color subject of City Council candidates debate

The needs of Spokane’s communities of color took center stage Saturday at the East Central Community Center, where candidates for Spokane City Council and City Council president gathered for a …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

Incumbents, new candidates file for office in Spokane and Spokane Valley

One incumbent and several new candidates have filed to run for office on the second day of filing week.


Getting There: Danish planner may show us how bikes can be a greater part of Spokane’s future

To show what might be possible for bicycling in Spokane, City Councilman Breean Beggs has brought Troels Andersen, a Danish cycling planner, to Spokane to help lead discussions this week …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

‘Walk’ sign would display for pedestrians without having to push button under proposed Spokane pedestrian safety rules

The city’s reliance on automobiles leads to the inevitable interaction between motorists and pedestrians. In 2018, there were 162 collisions between pedestrians and cars in Spokane, four of which were …


UPDATED: Tue., May 7, 2019

Spokane City Council reverses vote on Union Gospel Mission land deal

The Spokane City Council reversed course Monday and approved a land deal with Union Gospel Mission that had been shelved regarding concerns that the city had negotiated a one-sided deal …


Condon sends Sprague rehabilitation project out to bid without bikeways; Sen. Billig says not so fast

State Sen. Andy Billig, a Spokane Democrat who holds the powerful position of majority leader in the Senate, has locked horns with Mayor David Condon, a Republican and the only …


Clean air agency members counter Spokane council president’s criticism, cite Stuckart’s conflict of interest, ignorance of agency’s role

Board members of the local clean air agency say Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart has inappropriately injected politics into the regulatory process and accused him of being beholden to …


City Council preparing to fund new shelter space

Spokane City Council is poised to approve funding for 60 additional shelter beds, one of the first steps in a network of new or expanded warming shelters.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Republic, Washington, considers becoming a ‘sanctuary city’ to protect gun rights

The City Council of Republic, Washington is mulling legislation to countermand from state and national laws that limit Second Amendment gun rights, including the recently passed Initiative 1639.


Spokane City Council to hear proposal for Business Improvement District rate increases

Spokane City Council will consider raising fees for hundreds of downtown businesses inside the Business Improvement District during a hearing at their Monday meeting.


King County Council members clash over response to rape allegation against state Sen. Joe Fain

Three county-council members say Councilmember Kathy Lambert’s comments about rape allegations leveled against Sen. Joe Fain “do not represent the King County Council.”


Spokane Police Department could use drones in investigations

The Spokane Police Department could soon use drones to search for missing people and reconstruct crimes, if a resolution authorizing the use of unmanned aerial vehicles passes City Council next …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 10, 2018

City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund millions in school and library construction.


Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers

The Seattle City Council is scheduled to vote Monday afternoon on a proposal to tax the city’s largest employers to help address homelessness.


Walking across busy streets in Spokane more dangerous

Officials are working to make Spokane safer. Multiple lanes of traffic and too few crosswalks leave the city third in the rate of pedestrians getting hit by cars.


Montana man becomes city council member without running for office

A Laurel man has become a city council member without running for office.


Coin toss to decide winner of tied city council election

A coin toss will decide the winner of a tied election for a city council seat in a south-central Idaho city.


Another election tie in Idaho heading for possible coin flip

A coin toss will likely be needed to decide the winner of a west-central Idaho tied election, the second election tie in the state this week.


Minneapolis elects black transgender woman to City Council

Minneapolis has elected a black transgender woman to its City Council, another national first in what advocacy groups have described as a banner night for transgender people in public office.


Lewiston city council candidate Follett drops out of race

A large field of candidates for Lewiston City Council shrank by one Tuesday as Greg Follett dropped out of the race five days after it emerged that he purchased cocaine …


Moscow City Council, mayor candidates talk goals, accomplishments

Candidates for Moscow City Council and mayor answered questions ranging from the role of city government to their thoughts on the city granting a conditional use permit to New Saint …


Everett outlaws bikini-clad employees at certain businesses

The City Council in Everett, Washington has voted to require employees at coffee stands to wear a minimum of tank tops and shorts, in response to businesses where woman often …


Spokane leaders scrap decades-old plan for Ferris campus arterial

Signaling shift towards alternative transportation, City Council drops two ‘auto-centric’ items from growth plan


Shawn Vestal: Measures to curb global warming are squarely within city’s purview

As an organization that uses a lot of energy and emits pollution, the city is squarely within its purview to identify and adopt ways of saving gas, using less energy …


Doug Clark: Time in jail may be good thing for wannabe politicians

So two out of the four candidates running for a Spokane Valley City Council seat have reportedly spent time in jail.


Spokane Valley City Council unlikely to institute term limits for council members

The Spokane Valley City Council has the power to create term limits for council positions, but it is unlikely to do so as the measure has almost no support within …