Ben Stuckart

Spokane Council Approves 2020 City Budget

Dec 16, 2019
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The Spokane City Council has approved a new budget for the city for 2020.

The document shifts several hundred thousand dollars from the mayor’s proposed spending plan to council priorities, including new support positions for the council.

Inland Journal, Nov. 6, 2019: General Election Wrapup

Nov 6, 2019
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Today on the Inland Journal podcast, we put a wrap on the 2019 municipal election for the city of Spokane and some of the other cities in Spokane County. We’ll hear who Spokane’s new mayor will be. We’ll hear about the city council president’s race where there isn’t yet a clear winner, and who will be sitting on the council next year. We’ll also look at results from Spokane Valley.

Nadine Woodward Appears To Be Spokane's Next Mayor

Nov 5, 2019

Nadine Woodward is apparently Spokane’s new mayor-elect. Woodward leads Ben Stuckart by a 52%-47% margin, with thousands more ballots to be counted.

Last night, Woodward said the voters wanted a change, and she intends to deliver that.

Inland Journal Election Programs This Week

Oct 28, 2019
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SPR's public affairs program, Inland Journal, will feature four one-hour election programs this week, Monday-Thursday at 6 pm on KSFC FM 91.9.

Monday:  Spokane mayoral candidates Ben Stuckart and Nadine Woodward, Spokane City Council president candidates Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle, plus an interview about election changes in Washington with Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

Inland Journal, Oct. 9, 2019: Spokane Mayoral Candidate Ben Stuckart

Oct 9, 2019
Ben Stuckart campaign

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the first of two conversations with Spokane’s mayoral candidates. We’ll hear today from City Council President Ben Stuckart.

Spokane Candidates Discuss Climate Change

Oct 3, 2019
Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Spokane’s mayoral and city council candidates have addressed a wide variety of issues during this fall campaign, from homelessness to land use.

On Wednesday evening, the topic of the day was one that some of the candidates don’t even consider a local issue: climate change.

City of Spokane

Some Spokane city council members held a press conference Wednesday to call attention to the need for an overnight shelter for the homeless.

Council President Ben Stuckart says the issue is highlighted by the fact the weather forecast is calling for cold temperatures and possibly snow by Saturday.


More public officials are now asking Washington state Representative Matt Shea (R-Spokane Valley) to resign.

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, the results from Tuesday’s Spokane County election, including the city of Spokane’s mayor’s race and four city council races.
We start with the mayor’s race where retired television newscaster Nadine Woodward won the primary, winning more than 42% of the vote. Second place went to city council president Ben Stuckart, with more than 37%.

Spokane City Councilman Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle will run in November for the right to serve as Spokane city council president. The winner will replace Ben Stuckart, who will leave office after two terms.

Mayoral Candidates Woodward, Stuckart To Face Off In November

Aug 6, 2019

Spokane city voters have chosen retired television newscaster Nadine Woodward and City Council President Ben Stuckart to face each other in November for the right to become the next mayor.

Today on Inland Journal (6 pm, KSFC), we spend an hour with the candidates for Spokane mayor. David Condon is leaving office, as mandated by the city charter, after two terms, and five people are in the running to replace him.

Spokane Council Votes To Buy Building For New Shelter

Jul 1, 2019

The Spokane City Council has voted to begin the process of buying an east Spokane grocery store to remodel as a new shelter. It’s a place where the city hopes to provide services to childless couples who are homeless.

City of Spokane/Ben Stuckart

Today on the Inland Journal podcast, Steve Jackson has the third in a series of interviews with Spokane mayoral candidates. He’ll talk with city council president Ben Stuckart.

A new ordinance that was designed to allow the homeless a place to stay during the daytime in Spokane City Hall has been vetoed by Mayor David Condon.


The Spokane City Council tonight (Monday) will consider a proposal to waive building and construction permit fees for certain green energy projects.

City of Spokane

Next week Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will ask his colleagues to override Mayor David Condon’s veto of Stuckart’s campaign finance ordinance.

The mayor issued his veto in a press release last Friday. That came as a surprise to Stuckart, who says the mayor hadn’t voiced his concerns to him during any of several conversations over the last few months.

This week, we asked Mayor Condon about his veto.

City of Spokane

This week the Spokane City Council approved a new budget that will have the city spend nearly a billion dollars in 2018. With that out of the way, City Council President Ben Stuckart is turning his attention to the rules that govern how political campaigns for city offices are funded. On Monday, the council will consider his Spokane Fair Elections program, which would regulate campaign contribution limits, define when candidates can raise money and limit when certain entities, such as public sector unions, can contribute to campaigns.

Inland Journal, Dec. 14, 2017

Dec 14, 2017

Inland Journal for December 14, 2017

This week on Inland Journal:

    ▪    Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart will talk about his campaign finance ordinance that would provide new rules for campaign contributions in city races.
    ▪    We’ll learn more about the development of a test for marijuana intoxication in drivers.
    ▪    We’ll talk with Temple Beth Shalom Rabbi Tamar Malino about Hanukkah and how it fits into the holiday season and the calendar of Jewish celebrations.

Inland Journal, July 13, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

Inland Journal for July 13, 2017

    ▪    What will the old U.S. pavilion look like after Spokane’s Riverfront Park is renovated? The city held an open house at City Hall this week to share the design.
    ▪    Direct medical care, bypassing insurance companies. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated both the Senate and House Republican health care proposals will lead to more than 20 million people eventually losing their health insurance. One option is direct medical care, paying your doctor directly for care. We talk with representatives from three Spokane medical offices that provide that service.
    ▪    The next McCleary. Governor Inslee and Washington legislators hope the new state budget will satisfy judicial concerns that the state doesn’t spend enough on basic education. The next big budget challenge may come from counties, challenging the states to provide them more money to cover services mandated by the state. We’ll talk with an eastern Washington legislator worried that this will become Washington’s next McCleary.  
    ▪    A Pullman hospital considers whether to allow one of its surgeons to do gender reassignment surgeries. A report from Anna King from the Northwest News Network.

The New York Times is reporting sources close to Donald Trump say 5th district Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington will be selected to be the new US Secretary of the interior.

Even before the official announcement, the Spokane City Council President is announcing he will run for her seat. Democrat Ben Stuckart has served two terms as Spokane city council president.  Friday, Stuckart announced he plans to run for the fifth congressional district , and said he had been considering the run since before the national election:

Kevin Boyd

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