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  • Five-Man Cage Fight
  • Five-Man Cage Fight

    The scramble to represent Spokane’s 3rd District
      Three Democrats and two Republicans are vying to represent a swath of central Spokane. The 3rd District encompasses the city out east as far as Havana Street, south as far as 29th Avenue, west as far as the Spokane River, and north as far as Francis Avenue.
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  • Half the Food
  • Half the Food

    Spokane’s Marshallese are losing state funds that helped put food on the table
      In a room half-full of people, Linda Stone held up a piece of paper and circled two numbers to illustrate the bad news. The paper was a letter from the state, one that some of Spokane’s Marshallese had already received. It told them that, starting in July, the state Food Assistance Program benefits would be cut in half.
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  • Handcuffing Lawmakers
  • Handcuffing Lawmakers

    Are ballot measures that restrict taxes good public policy?
      But legislators have pushed back, voting to annul the initiatives as soon as they could. And now the courts are involved: The 2010 law was ruled unconstitutional earlier this year by a state Superior Court judge.
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  • Disaster Politics
  • Disaster Politics

    The snow is a perfect metaphor for how our state deals with crises
      Watching the snow dump on the East Coast over the weekend, you had to love New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg urging calm and doling out cash his city doesn’t have while wearing his crisis-mode bomber jacket. He was the perfect disaster manager — the highest purpose our elected leaders can fulfill.
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