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Post-election Inland Journal, November 9, 2017

Nov 9, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:
    ▪    We’ll talk about a possible change in majority in the Washington state Senate, from a mostly Republican coalition to the Democrats. We’ll talk with Sen. Shelly Short (R-Addy), who won re-election, and with Northwest News Network Olympia correspondent Austin Jenkins.
    ▪    We’ll talk about the defeat of Proposition 2, the Spokane city initiative that would have fined companies that run uncovered coal and some oil trains through Spokane. Proposition supporter Jim Lee and opponent Michael Cathcart join us.
    ▪    We’ll talk with council members Breean Beggs and Candace Mumm, both of whom were elected to second terms.

Mumm, Burke, Beggs Win Spokane Council Seats

Nov 7, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane city voters have apparently re-elected two city council members. They’ve also picked a replacement for outgoing Councilmember Amber Waldref.

Washington 2017 General Election Results

Nov 7, 2017

The first results are in from Tuesday's general election in Spokane County.

Spokane city voters said no to Proposition 2, a measure that would have fined companies that run trains that carry uncovered coal or certain types of flammable oil on rail tracks within parts of the city. The measure was failing by a 58-to-42% count.

Voters in Spokane are now weighing in on the future of coal and oil trains. An initiative on the local ballot would regulate coal and oil shipments by rail through specific areas of the city.

Proposition 2 would impose a $261 fine on every rail car carrying uncovered coal and some types of oil through Spokane.

Today is General Election Day

Nov 7, 2017
University of Minnesota

Voters in Washington and Idaho will decide all kinds of races for municipal and special district positions. Spokane city voters will decide the fate of Proposition 2, a measure that would fine companies that use city rail lines to transport cars with uncovered coal and certain types of flammable oil loads. But Washington voters will offer opinions on three tax advisory measures. Also, control of the Washington state Senate is also up for grabs.

Spokane City Council Candidates Debate the Issues

Nov 2, 2017

Inland Journal for November 2, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    A special hour-long edition. We will broadcast a series of short debates with the candidates for three Spokane city council seats. This forum was originally broadcast by KSPS Public Television. We will hear Tim Benn and Kate Burke, the two candidates for a soon-to-be-open seat in the Northeast district; South district incumbent Breean Beggs and his challenger Andy Dunau; and Councilwoman Candace Mumm and her Northwest district challenger, Matthew Howes.

Spokane Public Radio

Two candidates are competing for a spot on the Spokane Public Schools board of directors.

The incumbent, Mike Wiser, has been on the board for six months. He was named to replace Bob Douthitt, who resigned before his term expired.  Wiser works for Community Health Association of Spokane (CHAS) as a strategic planner.

His challenger, Jennifer Thomas, did business development and brand planning, most recently on the Jonah Project, a non-profit organization that aims to end sexual slavery in the Spokane area.

Washington State Advisory Votes Explained

Oct 30, 2017

For the first time since the 1980s Washington voters will not be deciding a statewide initiative during the November general election. That  means more attention has been put onto three statewide measures that might ordinarily get little or no attention.

Beggs, Dunau Compete for Spokane City Council Seat

Oct 26, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Breean Beggs is running to retain his South Spokane city council seat; his challenger is Andy Dunau.

Spokane Judicial Candidates Vie for a Spot on the Bench

Oct 26, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

There’s one race for judge on the Spokane County ballot this election season. Superior Court Judge Tony Hazel is trying to keep his seat. The governor appointed Hazel to the bench in late April after the death of Judge Sam Cozza. Hazel is challenged by county public defender Jocelyn Cook.