Election 2017

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Washingtonians Asked for Advisory Votes on Taxes

Oct 19, 2017

This year, the Washington legislature approved increases, or adjustments, in several state taxes. Three measures on the statewide ballot in November are asking whether you approve of those changes. Those are Advisory Votes 16, 17 and 18.

According to the Secretary of State’s website, advisory votes were authorized by voters in 2007 when they approved Initiative 960. The votes are non-binding and won’t change anything, but they give people the chance to express their opinions on tax increases.

Northwest District Councilwoman Seeks Second Term

Oct 19, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Candace Mumm is a former television journalist who later was chosen to serve on and lead the city Plan Commission. We met her at the Shadle library in the shadow of the big green water tower. It’s the hub of a neighborhood center surrounded by a library, a shopping center, Shadle Park, a city pool, a baseball field and a high school.

Pizza Restaurant Owner Vies for Spokane Council Seat

Oct 19, 2017
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

“I am the American Dream," said Spokane city council candidate Matthew Howes. "I came here from Vietnam in 1969. I’ve lived in Spokane for the last 42 years.”

That’s Matthew Howes, speaking during a recent debate at KSPS Public Television. Now Howes is a finalist for a Spokane City Council seat in the Northwest district. He owns Adelo’s Pizza in the Indian Trail neighborhood.

In his campaign literature, Howes says he feels underrepresented by the current city council. He thinks that body is tipped too far in favor of progressives.

Montana Environmental Information Center

***Note: Burlington Northern, B-N-S-F, is an underwriter of Spokane Public Radio programming.***

The prospect of a catastrophic accident is driving the sponsors of Proposition 2. That’s the ballot measure that would fine the owners of railroad cars who ship uncovered loads of coal or certain types of petroleum on rail lines within the city of Spokane. Supporters and opponents generally agree about the need to protect the region from the effects of a destructive rail-related incident. But they disagree about whether this ballot measure is the right way to do it.

Spokane Public Radio

The battle for a Washington state House seat in the 7th Legislative District pits a newcomer Democratic candidate against the Republican incumbent, who has only held the seat for a few months.