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USA Today

Every piece of legislation considered by a body of elected officials has some kind of back story. Sometimes a bill is sparked by an idea from a constituent. That was the case with one bill (Senate Bill 5472) now waiting for Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s signature. It started with an innocuous question about election drop boxes.

Spokane City Voters to Decide Library Funding Measure

Apr 14, 2017
Spokane Public Library

For years, the Spokane Public Library’s entire budget came from the city’s general fund. But in 2013, library officials convinced city leaders to let them ask for extra money for what they say was a chronically-underfunded system.

“We were at the verge of having to close down some branches and drastically reduce hours to the public. And the board, as well as city council, came together with a different funding mechanism for libraries. And the levy lid lift was the solution," said library director Andrew Chanse.

Inland Journal, April 13, 2017

Apr 14, 2017

Inland Journal for April 13, 2017

  • Steve Jackson reports on Spokane County emergency communications ballots measure
  • Spokane city library ballot measure
  • Interview with Idaho Sen. Shawn Keough (R-Sandpoint) about Governor Butch Otter's veto of the repeal of the state grocery sales tax
  • A new public campaign to promote smoking cessation, featuring interviews with two former smokers
  • Heart attacks; an interview with Spokane cardiologist Dr. Brad Batkoff

Kevin Boyd

The battle for Spokane city council president pits the incumbent against a former state legislator.

Fagan and Ramos Take Differences To City Council Race

Oct 1, 2015
City of Spokane

An outspoken conservative and a newcomer to politics are facing off in Spokane’s election. Incumbent Mike Fagan and challenger Randy Ramos are running for City Council district one, which represents the city’s east and northeast neighborhoods.