Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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House Judiciary Chair Laurie Jinkins answers a question about getting death penalty repeal legislation to Governor Inslee's desk in 2019 (Photo: Tammi Laster/NPI)

House Judiciary Chair Laurie Jinkins answers a question about getting death penalty repeal legislation to Governor Inslee's desk in 2019 (Photo: Tammi Laster/NPI)

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State Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District) speaks at NPI's July 12th press conference to discuss the finding that 69% of Washingtonians surveyed prefer life in prison alternatives to the death penalty (Photo: Tammi Laster/NPI)

State Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District) speaks at NPI's July 12th press conference to discuss the finding that 69% of Washingtonians surveyed prefer life in prison alternatives to the death penalty (Photo: Tammi Laster/NPI)

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Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses NPI's finding that 69% of Washingtonians prefer life in prison alternatives to the death penalty #waleg

Attorney General Bob Ferguson discusses NPI's finding that 69% of Washingtonians prefer life in prison alternatives to the death penalty #waleg

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Audit finds seventy percent of B.C. fish-processing plants do not comply with environmental regulations

“An audit of British Columbia fish-processing plants sparked by gory video of a pipe spewing bloody water into the Salish Sea has found that more than seventy percent of plants audited are out of compliance with environmental regulations, and some operate under rules decades behind modern standards,” Lynda Mapes reports.

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It’s official: Medicaid expansion will be on Idaho’s ballot

This is a really, really, really big deal… and proof that progress is possible even in the reddest of the states. “Medicaid expansion is coming to Idaho if the people have their way,” Daily Kos’ Joan McCarter reports. “Dozens of volunteers, led by Reclaim Idaho’s Emily Strizich, Luke Mayville, and Republican State Representative Christy Perry, officially delivered petition signatures Friday morning to put Medicaid expansion on this fall’s ballot.”

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Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins concludes a press conference outside of the Secretary of State's Elections Annex following the submission of the final batch of signatures for I-1639

Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins concludes a press conference outside of the Secretary of State's Elections Annex following the submission of the final batch of signatures for I-1639

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Another composite image from last night's fireworks spectacular over Lake Union

Another composite image from last night's fireworks spectacular over Lake Union

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Happy Independence Day from NPI!

Happy Independence Day from NPI!

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Classic cars: A Fourth of July tradition

Classic cars: A Fourth of July tradition

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State Senator Manka Dhingra (D-45th District) and 48th District House hopeful Cindi Bright round the final corner of Kirkland's Fourth of July Hometown Heroes Parade

State Senator Manka Dhingra (D-45th District) and 48th District House hopeful Cindi Bright round the final corner of Kirkland's Fourth of July Hometown Heroes Parade

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U. S. Representative Suzan DelBene waves to onlookers while marching in Kirkland's Fourth of July Hometown Hero Parade

U. S. Representative Suzan DelBene waves to onlookers while marching in Kirkland's Fourth of July Hometown Hero Parade

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Happy Independence Day! (Filter: Lark)

Happy Independence Day! (Filter: Lark)

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Look, Ma... No tailpipe! This battery-powered Proterra Catalyst E2 is all electric, with an average range of one hundred and forty miles

Look, Ma… No tailpipe! This battery-powered Proterra Catalyst E2 is all electric, with an average range of one hundred and forty miles

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Deboarding in Olympia after a smooth, emission-free journey

Deboarding in Olympia after a smooth, emission-free journey

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Yes on 1631: Now boarding for Olympia!

Yes on 1631: Now boarding for Olympia!

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The future is electric! NPI supports a just and responsible transition to a clean energy economy

The future is electric! NPI supports a just and responsible transition to a clean energy economy

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On the road to Olympia to turn in signatures for I-1631

On the road to Olympia to turn in signatures for I-1631

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All aboard! Yes on I-1631 supporters prepare to board an Olympia-bound Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus to turn in signatures

All aboard! Yes on I-1631 supporters prepare to board an Olympia-bound Proterra Catalyst E2 electric bus to turn in signatures

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Two children watch the sun set on the longest day of the year 🌞 Happy summer from NPI!

Two children watch the sun set on the longest day of the year 🌞 Happy summer from NPI!

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Dana Milbank: Paul Ryan has been living in a cave

Trump congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his “election”?

PAUL RYAN: “I don’t know the content of that conversation.”

Trump’s claim that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower?

PAUL RYAN: “I didn’t see the interview.”

Trump’s conflicts of interest with his family business?

PAUL RYAN: “I haven’t looked at the details of the arrangement.”

Trump’s call for lawmakers to investigate “fake news outlets.”

PAUL RYAN: “I’m not familiar with the statement.”

“Sorry. I’ve been — I was pretty busy.”

Trump’s attacks on NFL players over the national anthem?

PAUL RYAN: “I haven’t seen all of his comments.”

FBI agents looking for information about the “Access Hollywood” tape when they raided Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s offices?

PAUL RYAN: “I didn’t even read the article.”

Trump’s strained call with the Australian prime minister?

PAUL RYAN: “Don’t know the content of the call.”

Trump threatening to pull FEMA from Puerto Rico after the hurricane?

PAUL RYAN: “I’m a little busy today. I haven’t been looking at Twitter.”

— Dana Milbank: Paul Ryan has been living in a cave

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U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell addresses the Washington State Democrats' 2018 Grand Apple Gala Banquet

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell addresses the Washington State Democrats' 2018 Grand Apple Gala Banquet