Voters last fall shot down an attempt to expand the Spokane County Commission to five members, but a bill sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, is an improvement worth considering.
We supported an expansion initiative last year, and we like this bill even more because it ensures the process of drawing new district boundaries is bipartisan.
Spokane County voters would elect five county commissioners in districts drawn by a special panel under a bill introduced this week in the Washington Legislature.
The proposal also would end the system of commission candidates running in the district for a primary but in the entire county in the general election. Under the bill sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D-Spokane, candidates would run solely in their districts in both elections.
What’s one thing you’d like to see happen where you live next year?
That’s the question Spokesman-Review staffers posed to people in the political, educational, culinary, industrial, health care and other fields over the past few weeks.
A newly released report finds that while children’s toys are generally safer, many still present a significant risk, such as higher-than-legal levels of toxic chemicals.
“We’re on the toxic treadmill of chemical toys,” said Washington Rep. Marcus Riccelli at a news conference Tuesday…
Jack Roberts got a bill in the mail the other day for an unpaid $3.50 highway toll that came from driving one afternoon last month on Washington’s West Side.
This was a curious development for a couple of reasons:
Jack’s wife, Terrie, says her husband wouldn’t be caught dead driving in the Seattle area.
Jack Roberts is, in fact, dead.
We are excited to begin our 2015 Inland Northwest State of Reform Conference with Morning Keynote Speaker Lisa Brown, PhD, Chancellor of WSU Spokane and former Senate Majority Leader. She will be joined by her former aide, current State Representative Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), who will moderate the discussion on policy, politics and the future of medical education in Eastern Washington.
The Inland Northwest is mourning the loss of a beacon for health after Thomas Fritz was found dead in a fishing net near his boat on Lake Coeur d'Alene Monday afternoon.
Fritz, best known for his work with Inland Northwest Health Services, was 63.
Last week, mass transit, bicycling and pedestrian advocates were celebrating with “cookies and confetti” the hundreds of millions, if not billions, of dollars headed toward alternative transportation projects and programs approved by the Washington state Legislature and signed into law by the governor.
This week, as Gov. Jay Inslee contemplates enacting a low-carbon fuel standard, the celebrations have halted and the alarms have been sounded.