A member of the council's majority, Karen Stratton is facing a challenger backed by Mayor David Condon
Diane Crow stands in the parking lot at Indian Trail Elementary School before six people who are giving up a few hours of one of the last days of summer to talk to strangers. Specifically, they're here to ring doorbells alongside Karen Stratton in hopes of convincing voters that she should keep her seat on the Spokane City Council.
Why poor people are imprisoned in Benton County; plus, Congress lets a major conservation fund to expire
DEBTORS' PRISONS The American Civil Liberties Union and the Terrell Marshall Law Group in Seattle filed a class-action lawsuit against Benton County for jailing people who cannot afford their COURT-IMPOSED DEBTS.
How a debate over adding two more commissioners turned political and personal
Over the years, plenty of local politicians have mused about the merits of expanding the number of Spokane County commissioners. In 2007, Commissioner Bonnie Mager argued that five commissioners would provide more representation.
What exactly is Spokane missing without a police ombudsman?
From day one, Spokane's new police ombudsman — interim or not — will walk into office greeted by a stack of backlogged complaints and at least four requests to conduct investigations independent of the police department's Internal Affairs Division, something that has never been done before. Those four cases will test police accountability advocates' argument that the ordinance passed by the city council in 2014 weakens the ombudsman's authority to investigate independent of the police department.
Mayor David Condon and Chief Frank Straub have parted ways. What that means for the SPD and next month's mayoral election
The timing couldn't have been much worse for Spokane Mayor David Condon.
Envision Spokane's new initiative would take the city beyond a $15 minimum wage; businesses say it hurt workers
"What this proposal is about is not too hard to grasp," says Kai Huschke, standing under the gaze of hard-hat-wearing workers depicted in a labor-themed mural outside of the Laborers Local 238 office.
The Northwest's drought continues; plus, surprising support for Washington's charter schools
RUNNING DRY Remember that HISTORIC DROUGHT you spent the summer hearing about?
Anyone can say anything they want at Spokane City Council meetings; is this the best way to get the public's input?
It's the most democratic three minutes in Spokane. After Council President Ben Stuckart gavels the city council's evening legislative session to order, after the Pledge of Allegiance and a couple of proclamations are read, it's time for open forum, when anyone gets three minutes to share their thoughts on almost any subject with the city's lawmakers.
Spokane Public Schools looks to cut after handing out raises; plus, heat-packing protesters
MIND THE GAP There's no such thing as a free lunch — or, in the case of Spokane Public Schools, no such thing as free raises for lunch ladies.
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Spokane and its one-term mayors: It's a punch line we love to repeat, but it's not that funny anymore. Recent events have shown there's a reason for our one-term-itis — Spokane mayors live and die by their relationship with the Spokane Police Department.
Celebrating Indigenous People's Day instead of Columbus Day would be a great start to better race relations in Spokane and beyond
Sometimes I think about Hitler and the ethnic cleansing that occurred in Europe. It hurts my heart to imagine the pain, suffering, and loss at the hands of such a monster.
It's no coincidence John Boehner announced his resignation just after pope's visit
John Boehner's resignation as Speaker of the House and congressman was as much a surprise to his former colleagues as to his fellow members. His resignation, however, is best described as an act of courage driven by his faith as a devout Catholic — a man who has taken the words of Pope Francis to heart.
Memo to Marshall Farnell: Your plans for retirement have been postponed — indefinitely. Spokane County's CEO, now in his mid-70s, can't quit because the commissioners can't agree on his replacement.
Tim Eyman's latest initiative continues his long history of self-serving hyperbole and deception
An old colleague of mine in Olympia loved trivia.
What does Frank Straub's resignation tell us about David Condon?
So former Police Chief Frank Straub was considered by senior officers to be insulting and demeaning, and, by golly, Mayor David Condon can't have that. When it comes to charges like these, I'm not the most understanding guy on the block.
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Why the state cannabis board is accepting new retail applications
The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board recently announced changes that should please both licensed producers and those hoping to become licensed. On Monday, the board will begin accepting new retail cannabis license applications as part of their process to align the previously unregulated medical marijuana market with the recreational market.
Locals Canna House opens in Spokane Valley
Spokane Valley's "green corridor" just welcomed a new recreational dispensary. Locals Canna House had a soft opening in July and celebrated its grand opening Aug. 22.
A Spokane company launches a new cannabis-focused social media platform
Marsh Sutherland wants you to get high with new friends. The Spokane entrepreneur has four tech startups under his belt.
Researchers and industry professionals debate marijuana use in the NFL
Many NFL fans across the nation can reel off facts about chronic traumatic encephalopathy — a degenerative brain disease found in people with a history of repetitive brain trauma — as easily as they comment on Russell Wilson's botched pass at the end of Super Bowl XLIX. Another debate rests on the sidelines, as researchers and former players plead to legalize marijuana use in the league, particularity to treat concussions.
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