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Inland Journal, July 26, 2018

Jul 26, 2018

This week on Inland Journal (7/26/18):      
    •    More conversations with candidates on Washington’s August 7 primary election ballot.
    •    Today, Spokane County commission candidates Mary Kuney
    •    Spokane County treasurer candidates Michael Baumgartner and David Green
    •    Fourth District state House candidates Mary May and Ted Cummings

Mary May

It’s been a long time since voters in the Fourth Legislative District, covering the Spokane valley and some of the north end of the county, have elected a Democrat. During the last 10 years, sometimes the Democratic Party hasn’t even fielded candidates. This year it has and we’ll hear from both of them, Ted Cummings and Mary May. We extended interview invitations to Republican Representatives Matt Shea and Bob McCaslin and neither responded.

David Green

When Spokane County voters cast their ballots in the next week-and-a-half, one of the down-ballot races will be for county treasurer. The incumbent, Rob Chase, is leaving to run for county commissioner. The race involves two candidates who have fundamental differences about the role of the treasurer.

Mary Kuney

Here is our full interview with Spokane County Commissioner Mary Kuney.

Kuney is a former chief deputy auditor in the county auditor's office. She was named by Governor Jay Inslee to fill a commission vacancy last year and now seeks public approval to fill the last two years of her term.

The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty provides flood protection to Portland and smoothes out Northwest hydropower production.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has finalized shorter hours for several border crossings in northeastern Washington state, effective this fall. The reduction in operating hours in one case was modified based on protests from the local community.

Mary May

Here's our full interview with Mary May.

The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington state in 2012 resulted in a dramatic decrease in the number of people sentenced for marijuana-related felonies, according to an analysis conducted for public radio by the Washington State Caseload Forecast Council.

Dennis Cronin

Here is our full interview with attorney Dennis Cronin.

Michael Baumgartner

Here's our full interview with Sen. Michael Baumgartner.