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Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Cathy McMorris Rodgers introduces new Military Outreach Liaison

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement Thursday announcing retired Air Force service member and longtime veterans advocate John Davis as her new Veterans and Military Outreach Liaison.

“I am both humbled and honored to welcome John Davis to my team. Over the past four decades John has dedicated his life to serving our country, our military and our veterans, and his compassion for the Eastern Washington veteran community has impacted countless lives,” the congresswoman said.

Davis' role with the congresswoman's office will be to assist veterans with their claims and records, and provide support and information on how to navigate the VA system.

Davis enlisted in the Air Force in 1968 and served in many locations, including Fairchild Air Force Base in the 92 Munitions Maintenance Squadron. While assigned at Fairchild AFB, John graudated from Spokane Falls Community College and Eastern Washington University where he studied counseling and sciences.

Eastern Washington election results by county

Eastern Washington election results by county

Adams

US Representative District 4

  • Clint Didier (R) - 1,051
  • Estakio Beltran (D) – 153

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Susan Fagan (R) - 1,722

State Representative, Position 1, District 9

  • Joe Schmick (R) - 1,709

County Assessor

  • Sherri Brewer (R) - 1,800

County Auditor

  • Heidi Hunt (R) - 1,801

County Clerk

  • Susan Kirkendall (R) - 1,792

County Commissioner

McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

 McMorris-Rodgers to seek 6th term

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she will seek her sixth term in the U.S. House from Washington's Fifth Congressional District.

McMorris Rodgers on Monday announced the kickoff of her re-election campaign. The Fifth District includes Spokane and the eastern third of the state.

McMorris Rodgers is a member of House Republican leadership and is the highest ranking GOP woman in Congress.

She says her top priorities have been to control federal spending and stop needless regulations.

Spokane City Council sends letter to County Prosecutor about timely investigations

The Spokane City Council voted quickly Monday night to send a letter to prosecutor Steve Tucker asking for faster answers on officer involved shootings. The special resolution passed 7-0.

Councilman Jon Snyder brought the letter forward.

"We don't want them to rush it, but we do want to see if we can close the loop and get a more timely review done because we think that's better for the officer. We also think that's better for the public," Snyder said.

Snyder said members of the Department of Justice asked similar questions when they were in Spokane reviewing the police department.

"They commented, 'why does it take so long?' and it made me think, I've had that same concern myself," Snyder said.

Officers involved in a shooting outside the Salvation Army last year waited eight months to find out the shooting was justified. During that time, they were on paid administrative leave and off the streets.

"Yet (they) may have to sit and wait for a year, before they find out whether they're going to be prosecuted for doing their duty," Snyder said.

Attorney Breean Beggs is running for county prosecutor, and fully agrees with the letter.

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

Prosecutor candidate cites Shorty Belton's death as part of platform

This November, Spokane County voters will elect a new prosecutor and, as of Friday night, the campaign has its first controversy, involving one of the candidates using the death of WWII veteran Shorty Belton as part of his platform.

Spokane attorney Breean Beggs is one of two men running for county prosecutor and, in a letter to his supporters, Beggs brings up the murder of Delbert "Shorty" Belton, saying our criminal justice system failed to protect Belton from a pair of teenagers who had already been in trouble with the law.

The two teenagers suspected of killing Belton -- Kenan Adams-Kinard and Demetrius Glenn -- had both been arrested and punished at the juvenile detention center prior to Belton's murder.

Beggs thinks, in hindsight, not enough was done to keep those young offenders on the straight and narrow. In his letter to supporters Beggs writes the attack on Belton "was predictable based on prior violence."

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Victims' families angry with Inslee death penalty decision

Washington Govenor Jay Inslee's decision to suspend executions of death row inmates has prompted a new senate bill, introduced by State Senator Steve O'Ban of Tacoma that has gained the support of the families of murder victims whose killers are on death row.

Three of the nine men on death row are from Spokane: Byron Scherf, who killed prison guard Jayme Biendl, Spokane serial killer Robert Yates, who killed 13 people, and Dwayne Woods, who beat two Spokane women to death.

Families of their victims are joining O'Ban to show Inslee his decision is not in favor of the victims. The bill will require Inslee to gather input from the state clemency and pardons board before signing a reprieve that would halt executions.

"Everyone here sees a name, but they don't get faces. This is Telisha," Sherry Shaver said.

Shaver is Telisha Shaver's mother; Telisha was one of two women beaten to death in 1997 by Dwayne Woods. She addressed the Senate Law and Justice Committee pleading on behalf of her daughter.

Spokane's LGBT business leaders react to Arizona bill veto

Local LGBT business leaders are applauding Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's decision to veto the bill that would have allowed businesses to turn away people based on their religious beliefs.

"It's a great day in the nation to know that this type of legislation was vetoed and this type of discrimination was not approved in Arizona," Marvo Reguindin said.

Reguindin is the General Manager for the region's LGBT chamber of commerce affiliate, Inland Northwest Business Alliance. He said although it was a state issue, it would have impacted people living in the Inland Northwest.

"If that bill would have passed, many residents, many LGBT and ally residents in Spokane would make decisions of boycotting Arizona," he said.

SB1062 would have provided businesses and individuals a cushion for discrimination lawsuits if they could prove that their acts were based on religious beliefs. In short, gays and other minorities could be turned away from places like restaurants. It's a move that local LGBT professionals call a "financial disaster."