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New Councilman Cathcart wants community policing in his district

Mayor Nadine Woodward is moving quickly to identify and open a new downtown police precinct focused on community-oriented law enforcement, with more officers patrolling on foot and bike. New City …


Getting There: Northeast City Council candidates discuss North Spokane Corridor, street planning, public transit

Northeast Spokane has seen several major transportation construction projects in the past few years, including changes to Crestline and Sprague. An even larger one looms with completion of the North …


Spokane’s Proposition 1 would make bargaining between the city and unions public

The proposal is intended to bring more transparency to talks between City Hall and public employees, including clerical and maintenance workers, firefighters and police. The initiative is sponsored by Better …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 5, 2019

Spokane Proposition 2 would outlaw a local income tax, as courts weigh legality of Seattle measure

Sponsor Michael Cathcart said the measure is intended to make sure the city remains competitive in business recruitment.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates

As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Northeast Spokane guaranteed a conservative councilman, so Benn, Cathcart highlight experience

Preview of the city council race between Michael Cathcart and Tim Benn in the northeast.


Election preview: Crowded 7-member field of candidates seeks to replace Mike Fagan on Spokane City Council

The open seat to represent northeast Spokane on the City Council has drawn multiple challengers, including seasoned political players and first-time candidates. They all agree, however, that their district has …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019

Collective bargaining transparency, income tax ban sought by pro-business group at Spokane City Council

The Spokane City Council on Monday will hear two initiatives submitted by Better Spokane, a fiscally conservative group that supports business-friendly political candidates. One would prevent the city from enacting …


Caroline Woodwell: Better Spokane can do better

Michael Cathcart, executive director of Better Spokane, says that Spokane cannot afford the City Council’s energy mandate (“Spokane can’t afford City Council’s energy plan,” Aug. 18, 2018). He is wrong. …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane Council President Ben Stuckart takes a shot at slowing dark-money politics

These days local, knock-on-the-door, face-to-face politics is being swamped by the most corrosive elements of post-Citizens United moneyball politics: Dark money, gray money, PAC shell games, special interests, and cash …


Spokane City Council finalists lean liberal

Not even a year ago, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart was stymied by a conservative majority on the city’s legislative body on votes concerning tax issues, urban growth and …


Minimum wage not on agenda in Spokane, Stuckart says

Don’t expect Spokane to follow Seattle’s lead on a $15-an-hour minimum wage. City Council President Ben Stuckart said Friday he has no plans to call for an increase, nor does …