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Editorial: Final say on community rights

The Supreme Court found all four of the “rights” asserted in the initiative to be out of bounds. The rationale was simple: This is the wrong jurisdiction for your complaints.


Washington Supreme Court rules against Envision Spokane

The Washington state Supreme Court sided against Envision Spokane in a case related to its 2013 ballot initiative, which was taken off the ballot by the Superior Court. The state’s …


Community Bill of Rights goes to Supreme Court

Supreme Court reviews whether voters should get a chance at the Community Bill of Rights.


Patience wins political battles

Activists can’t move the ball if they shoot for the end zone on every play.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 3, 2015

Spokane voters reject worker bill of rights

A controversial measure to bolster worker rights in Spokane failed at the polls tonight, as 62 percent of voters rejected it. City of Spokane Proposition 1 would have amended the …


Truth-testing Spokane City Council candidates

The ballots are out, and candidates want your vote. But getting your vote can be a tricky proposition, so they try all kinds of methods. Pictures of them and their …


Election preview: Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights

Spokane Proposition 1, the Worker Bill of Rights, is a four-pronged proposition that would amend the city charter to require large employers to pay workers a “family wage,” ensure equal …


Supreme Court will decide if Envision Spokane’s 2013 initiative will be placed on ballot

More than two years after the Community Bill of Rights was blocked from the ballot by a Superior Court judge, the Washington state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case …


Judge rejects Condon’s attempt to block vote on worker rights

A Superior Court judge on Thursday denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot, saying that the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 13, 2015

Judge rules against mayor, allows Envision to appear on November ballot

A Superior Court judge denied Spokane Mayor David Condon’s request to block Envision Spokane’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the Nov. 3 ballot this afternoon, saying that the …


City responds to Envision claim

The city of Spokane asserted the mayor’s right to “initiate and control litigation” in a court document Wednesday, a claim aimed at Envision Spokane, which argued earlier in the week …


City to Envision: Mayor can “initiate and control” lawsuits

The city of Spokane asserted the mayor’s right to “initiate and control litigation” in a court document today, a charge aimed at Envision Spokane, which yesterday argued that the mayor …


Envision Spokane: Mayor doesn’t have authority to block measure from reaching ballot

Envision Spokane is pushing back against Mayor David Condon, who last week sued to keep the group’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the city’s general election ballot in …


Envision moves to block Condon suit against Worker measure

Envision Spokane is pushing back against Mayor David Condon, who last week sued to keep the group’s Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on general election November ballot. In a …


Shawn Vestal: People, not city, should vote on workers’ bill of rights

Are we confused, electorate? I know I am. On one hand, the city of Spokane has, in essence, sued its citizens on behalf of corporations, trying to prevent voters from …


Condon sues to keep Envision’s Worker Bill of Rights off ballot

Spokane Mayor David Condon is trying to block the Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the November ballot just a week after the City Council approved the measure for …


Condon wants Worker Bill of Rights blocked from ballot

Spokane Mayor David Condon is trying to block the Worker Bill of Rights from appearing on the November ballot just a week after the City Council approved the measure for …


Workers Bill of Rights proposal qualifies for Spokane ballot

Enough signatures have been collected in Spokane to put a proposed Workers Bill of Rights charter amendment on this November’s ballot. If passed, the newest measure put forth by Envision …


Court orders initiative vote

Envision Spokane, the twice-failed initiative seeking to bolster environmental protection and neighborhood and labor rights, will be before voters again, after a decision Thursday by a state appellate court. The …


Spin Control: Initiative opponents, right or not, get win

Opponents of two proposed charter changes for Spokane won their fight to keep the initiatives away from voters Friday when Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno barred them from the November …


Judge orders 2 initiatives to be blocked from ballot

A Spokane County judge stopped two controversial ballot measures from appearing on November’s ballot Friday, saying they fell outside the scope of the initiative power. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno …


Controversial initiatives will not be on ballot

A judge ordered Friday that two controversial initiatives will not appear on November’s ballot.


Spokane OKS early citizen initiative review

The battle at the ballot box briefly entered City Hall on Monday night, as supporters and opponents of Envision Spokane’s Bill of Rights squabbled over changes to the initiative process. …


Hearing set for controversial city initiatives

A Spokane County judge on Friday declined to stop two city initiatives from going to the ballot this fall – at least for now. Superior Court Judge Maryann Moreno rejected …


Initiative draws countersuit

Envision Spokane, a group that has failed twice at the ballot box with its far-reaching Community Bill of Rights, has countersued a coalition of business and government groups that sought …


County commissioners join fight against ‘Bill of Rights’ initiatives

Spokane County commissioners voted Friday to challenge a pair of Spokane city initiatives that could change the way local business and government function. They join a coalition of economic development …


Spokane County to challenge city voter initiatives

Spokane County commissioners voted Friday to challenge a pair of Spokane city initiatives that could change the way business and government function locally.


Spokane City Council wants initiatives sent to voters

Voters should have a say on two controversial citizens’ initiatives, the Spokane City Council decided Monday. The 4-3 vote opposing lawsuits to stop votes in November was a victory for …


We’ll learn more if we let folks vote

As the city amasses legal rationalizations for denying citizens a vote, there has been a refrain from those who object to these pesky citizens’ initiatives. It runs something like this: …


Proposed initiatives in Spokane may get fight

The city of Spokane may have grounds to challenge two proposed charter amendments and seek court orders to keep them off the ballot, lawyers have told the Spokane City Council. …