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Former state Rep. Ahern files Spokane initiative banning pot near churches, health care facilities

John Ahern wants churches with child care facilities and hospitals added to the list of locations that require a 1,000 foot buffer zone from marijuana businesses. The City Council has …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 11:18 p.m.

In race to lead Spokane City Council, Stuckart faces legislative veteran

Not a lot of people wanted John Ahern to run against Ben Stuckart for the position of Spokane City Council president. Following his lopsided loss to Councilman Jon Snyder two …


Condon builds fat stacks of campaign dollars

With about two months until Election Day, the elephant in the room is the mayor’s money. Mayor David Condon has outstacked the fat stacks he put together four years ago, …


Shawn Vestal: Pot peeks out of closet as revenue fills coffers

Less than a year after marijuana became available in stores, it is no exaggeration to say that it’s booming. Each new month brings increased sales and tax revenues. Marijuana bucks …


Public weighs in on pot policy

The public hearing on Spokane Valley’s one-year marijuana moratorium drew a crowd at Tuesday evening’s meeting. Spokane Valley adopted an emergency moratorium on Dec. 9 halting all new marijuana businesses …


City Council disrupted by rowdy crowd

After numerous, ultimately unsuccessful attempts to quiet the packed Spokane City Council chambers, Council President Ben Stuckart gaveled the meeting to an early close and stormed from the chambers Monday …


Spokane City Council prohibits immigration status inquiries by employees, including police

Beheadings and Ebola made an appearance at this week’s Spokane City Council meeting, as did some deferred gratitude from Council President Ben Stuckart, who thanked the Spokane Tribe of Indians …


John Ahern questions bill for City Council ballot recount

A failed candidate for Spokane City Council who paid for a partial ballot recount last year is questioning the bill he received for that service. Former state Rep. John Ahern …


Doug Clark: John Ahern’s recount strategy compounds big loss

Nobility sometimes rises out of a crushing defeat. It’s our way of romanticizing lost causes like Gen. Custer’s futile last stand at Little Big Horn, say, or those brave Alamo …


John Ahern seeks futile recount in Spokane City Council race

A Spokane City Council candidate who lost big in his attempt to unseat incumbent Jon Snyder mistakenly believes he still may have a shot at winning. John Ahern, a former …


Doug Clark: Election autopsy finds more bucks, zero bang

The Spokane City Council has been rocked by a seismic shift in the balance of impotence. The council’s right-leaning rube majority has been replaced by a preponderance of lunks of …


Mumm and Snyder take commanding leads in Spokane City Council races

The balance of the Spokane City Council will shift to the left after a season of record-breaking campaign spending. The first results from Tuesday’s election showed incumbent Councilman Jon Snyder …


Conservatives lose control of Spokane City Council; voters oust state senator

Progressives appear poised to regain control of the Spokane City Council.


Doug Clark: Council campaign fortune could be better spent

It takes a lot to shock me after nearly 40 years of journalism. I once had to conduct an interview while standing next to a charred corpse that lay among …


City Council campaign ads contain false claims

Beware. With money pouring into two Spokane City Council races at a frenzied pace, the campaign material arriving by mail, on the radio, on TV and on the Internet may …


Spokane City Council candidates square off in debates

Two debates filmed Tuesday showcasing candidates for Spokane City Council races had two distinct tones. A debate between Michael Cannon and Candace Mumm, who are vying for a seat representing …


District 2 City Council candidates Snyder, Ahern don’t see eye to eye

There’s more than an “h” separating Jon and John. Jon Snyder, 44, is an incumbent Spokane city councilman known for his focus on transportation issues, recently sold outdoor magazine and …


Incumbents survive their primary challenges

Washington voters – or at least the relative few that cast ballots in the summer primary – seemed willing to stick with the familiar Tuesday. Turnout was light in most …


Spokane City Council 2nd District candidates disparate

Jon Snyder knows he’s in a fight for his political life. His two opponents in the race to represent Spokane City Council District 2, John Ahern and LaVerne Biel, are …


State statute of limitations extended in child abuse cases

OLYMPIA – Virginia Graham’s journey to get justice for victims of child sex abuse isn’t over, but after nearly 10 years of pleading and prodding the Legislature she can take …


Vestal: Victim seeks to extend abuse statute

It happens every time a victim of child sexual abuse wins a lawsuit: the cries that these people are only in it for the money. Only in it for the …


Gay marriage wins 55-43 vote, now headed to Gregoire

OLYMPIA – By a vote of 55-43, the House passed and sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington. Gregoire, who has …


Some legislators opt to cut pay in solidarity

OLYMPIA – About half of the 15 members of the Spokane-area legislative delegation have volunteered for the same 3 percent pay cut they imposed on state workers. Many who have …


Hundreds of votes missed

OLYMPIA – With the Legislature more than a week adjourned, the government watchdog group Washington Votes has released its annual statistics about the number of bills introduced and passed, the …


Education Notes: Riverside goes modern with ‘Twelfth Night’

Riverside High School’s Drama Department will perform William Shakespeare’s popular comedy “Twelfth Night,” a tale of madness, humor, mistaken identity and professions of love, beginning Friday in the school’s multipurpose …


Oversight rules for medical marijuana head to Senate

OLYMPIA – Rules for growing, processing and selling medical marijuana passed the Washington state House of Representatives after heated debate Monday on whether the proposed law has enough safeguards to …


Town hall meetings Saturday

There’s a break in the Washington legislative action this weekend, so several Spokane-area senators and representatives will be back in their home districts to hold town hall meetings. The break …


House bill would end statute of limitation on rape of child by adult

OLYMPIA – Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was among victims of child sexual abuse urging the Legislature on Wednesday to drop the statute of limitations that they say shields pedophiles …


Nancy McLaughlin recounts abuse during House testimony

OLYMPIA – Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was among victims of child sexual abuse urging the Legislature Wednesday to drop the statute of limitations that they say shields pedophiles from …


Museums make case to avoid cutbacks

OLYMPIA – The proposed state budget would “mothball” the Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane and another facility in Tacoma, shutting out the public and possibly running afoul of …