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Questions, answers about Tuesday’s presidential primary ballot

Presidential primary voters have three days left to mark and return ballots.


‘Blood is required of every generation’: Video surfaces of Rep. Matt Shea speaking in 2013

A recently surfaced video shows the embattled Spokane Valley lawmaker speaking at a gathering in Stevens County in 2013. “Arm yourselves. Arm your families. Arm the church,” he said.


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 25, 2020

Pompeo blasts China, Iran for response to virus outbreak

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday hit out at China and Iran for their response to the outbreak of coronavirus, accusing the two governments of censorship and of trying …


Then and Now: The 1960 state Democratic convention at Spokane Memorial Coliseum

On May 27, 1960, the Washington state Democratic convention drew speeches from Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy. The convention was held at the Spokane Memorial Coliseum, which had been …


Politicians are pugilists in Spokane Valley video game developer’s ‘Election Year Knockout’

“Election Year Knockout” releases on app stores Friday, in the midst of the presidential primary season. The ExceptioNULL Games title tasks the player with defeating a series of boxers themed …


Washington could join national nursing compact, but first needs legislative approval

A proposal for Washington to become the 35th state to join the national nursing compact survived Friday’s deadline in the Senate, although not all key stakeholders are on board. Joining …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 18, 2020

A look at Rep. Matt Shea’s legal career: Recently laid off, he’s sued bad drivers and a state university

Shortly after the Washington state House released a report concluding Rep. Matt Shea has engaged in domestic terrorism, the Spokane Valley lawmaker was quietly laid off from the law firm …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 29, 2020

Documents from Shea investigation show detailed plans for action

Spokane Valley Rep. Matt Shea laid out detailed plans to prepare for dramatic “government escalation” at an Oregon standoff and to protect the ability of a Priest River, Idaho, veteran …


Dog and goat vie for honorary mayor of Vermont town

It’s Lincoln the goat versus Sammy the dog in the race for honorary mayor of one Vermont town.


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 …


No longer leading Spokane City Council, Ben Stuckart starts consulting business

Ben Stuckart formally created a consulting business, Forward Principle Consulting, this month, but isn’t ruling out taking his career in a different direction in the future.


Betsy Wilkerson aims to bring inclusion, compromise to Spokane City Council

With a résumé boasting 20-plus years as a business owner and leadership roles in several nonprofits, Wilkerson was appointed to a vacant seat on the Spokane City Council last week …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Stripped of party support, Rep. Matt Shea arrives in Olympia amid calls for his resignation

Shea started the 2020 legislative session on a defiant note Monday, continuing to refuse bipartisan calls for his resignation even as he was stripped of his committee assignments and relegated …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 14, 2020

Woodward taps former city spokesman Brian Coddington, county budget director Tonya Wallace

If confirmed by the City Council, Brian Coddington, who worked for more than five years under Mayor David Condon, will return as the city’s director of communications and marketing, and …


Decade in Preview: What stories will we see in Spokane in the 2020s?

A national championship for a certain athletic team? Completion of major transit projects? Shopping for groceries in augmented reality? We asked local experts what to expect in the coming decade.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 18, 2019

Nurse practitioner Lori Feagan running as Democrat against state Rep. Matt Shea

Feagan, 61, announced her candidacy on Monday, just days before the expected release of an investigative report detailing Shea’s interactions with far-right activists and determining, officially, whether the six-term GOP …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Former Washington lawmakers apply lessons from Clinton impeachment to Trump

House Democrats on Wednesday announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Former lawmakers see similarities and differences between this go-around and …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Gov. Little urges collaboration, innovation at Western Governors’ Association workshop

Idaho Gov. Brad Little encouraged policymakers and stakeholders to “get out of their silos” at the Western Governors’ Association workshop in Post Falls on Tuesday.


With impeachment looming, both Republicans and Democrats are anxious about 2020

As Washington moves toward an impeachment showdown, members of both parties seem wracked with insecurity.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 20, 2019

Prosecutor seeks contempt ruling in convoluted case against Stevens County commissioners

A judge will decide Thursday whether the commissioners erred by authorizing the county to cover their legal expenses. In lawsuits started by the county prosecutor, the commissioners are accused of …


Shawn Vestal: Rep. Matt Shea saw ex-WSU GOPer James Allsup not as a bigot but as an ally

James Allsup would be a natural fit on Matt Shea’s team – that circle of loose screws, online tough guys, racist ignoramuses, Islamaphobes and homophobes, violent fantasists, Trump cultists and …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 15, 2019

Twitter details political ad ban, admits it’s imperfect

Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and advocacy for or against political content.


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: 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 …


China’s Communists hold key meeting amid rising challenges

China’s ruling Communist Party is holding a key meeting this week amid a drastically slowing economy, ongoing protests in Hong Kong and pushback abroad against Beijing’s global ambitions.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Mattis offers optimism, avoids talking Trump during speech in Spokane

The former defense secretary avoided his reportedly tumultuous tenure in President Donald Trump’s White House. Instead, he offered an optimistic view of America that he said would be well-served by …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Trump seeks to block California as global climate leader

The Trump administration on Wednesday moved to topple California as a leading voice against climate change, charging in a federal lawsuit that the state exceeded its constitutional authority by joining …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 23, 2019

Impeachment inquiry puts author Tom Mueller in TV spotlight just before Spokane appearance

Mueller spent the last seven years researching, writing about and interviewing whistleblowers. Just weeks ahead of the release of his book, “Crisis of Conscience: Whistleblowing in an Age of Fraud,” …


Lone mayoral candidate drops out in Harrison, following resignation of former mayor

Wanda Irish, who served two four-year terms as mayor of the small resort town of roughly 200 people, withdrew her name from the mayor’s race last month. That leaves only …


Shawn Vestal: Be the hero the republic – and Republicans – truly need, Representative

Preserve some honor, Congresswoman. Support the impeachment inquiry. Use whatever influence and leverage you have to set an example. Be the leader your words would have us believe you are.