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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State Senator Manka Dhingra eloquently speaks to the impact one vote can make

State Senator Manka Dhingra eloquently speaks to the impact one vote can make

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King County Executive Dow Constantine rallies the Democratic faithful in Wenatchee

King County Executive Dow Constantine rallies the Democratic faithful in Wenatchee

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Democratic activists enjoy the 2018 Grand Apple Gala Banquet on the eve of the state party's midterm convention

Democratic activists enjoy the 2018 Grand Apple Gala Banquet on the eve of the state party's midterm convention

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Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta recounts how the "Fantastic Four" (of which he is a part) swept last year's council elections, preventing a right wing takeover of the city

Burien Mayor Jimmy Matta recounts how the "Fantastic Four" (of which he is a part) swept last year's council elections, preventing a right wing takeover of the city

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East Wenatchee City Councilmember Matthew Hepner opens the the Washington State Democrats' Grand Apple Gala Banquet

East Wenatchee City Councilmember Matthew Hepner opens the the Washington State Democrats' Grand Apple Gala Banquet

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Wenatchee at night (Filter: Lark)

Wenatchee at night (Filter: Lark)

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Campaign Kickoff Season in Pictures: Emily Randall (Senate, 26th Legislative District) is one of the Democratic Party's top 2018 prospects

Campaign Kickoff Season in Pictures: Emily Randall (Senate, 26th Legislative District) is one of the Democratic Party's top 2018 prospects

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By 2016, more than half of states controlled by Democrats had restored education spending per pupil to 2009 levels, but the same was true in only five of twenty-two states controlled by Republicans.

— Robert Gebeloff: The numbers that explain why teachers are in revolt

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East Link night construction work at NE 148th Avenue; published in memory of Kiewit foreman Walter Burrows, who fell to his death from a column last month while working on this project

East Link night construction work at NE 148th Avenue; published in memory of Kiewit foreman Walter Burrows, who fell to his death from a column last month while working on this project

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Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins speaks at the organization's fifth annual luncheon

Alliance for Gun Responsibility CEO Renee Hopkins speaks at the organization's fifth annual luncheon

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Young people are our future! Niko Battle spoke articulately for lifesaving gun safety laws at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's fifth annual luncheon

Young people are our future! Niko Battle spoke articulately for lifesaving gun safety laws at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's fifth annual luncheon

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Packed ballroom for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility annual luncheon

Packed ballroom for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility annual luncheon

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Auctioneer and comedian Fred Northup, Jr. invites Alliance for Gun Responsibility luncheon attendees to raise their bid cards

Auctioneer and comedian Fred Northup, Jr. invites Alliance for Gun Responsibility luncheon attendees to raise their bid cards

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Bid cards in the air were a common sight at today's luncheon, where The Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced it has secured $3 million to fund its next gun safety initiative

Bid cards in the air were a common sight at today's luncheon, where The Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced it has secured $3 million to fund its next gun safety initiative

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Young people were the featured speakers at today's fifth annual luncheon for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

Young people were the featured speakers at today's fifth annual luncheon for the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

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Highlights from the final episode of SNL’s forty-third season:

The cold open: Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro) happens upon Donald Trump’s (Alec Baldwin) dinner with Rudy Giuliani (Kate McKinnon), Michael Cohen (Ben Stiller) and Eric and Donald Trump Jr. (Mikey Day, Alex Moffat)

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Progressives have to speak to those left behind by wrenching economic and social change. But our voices are as authentic, and as worthy, as anyone else’s. I am a real American, too. Deal with it.

— Eugene Robinson: ‘Real’ Americans are a myth. Don’t you dare buy it.

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Representatives Tana Senn, Kristine Reeves, and NPI's Gael Tarleton with NPI Advisory Councilmember Rituja Indapure (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Representatives Tana Senn, Kristine Reeves, and NPI's Gael Tarleton with NPI Advisory Councilmember Rituja Indapure (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: First Lady Trudi Inslee's rhubarb pie was a favorite item at the Dessert Dash (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: First Lady Trudi Inslee's rhubarb pie was a favorite item at the Dessert Dash (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner with Major General Paul Eaton (Retired), NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve, and NPI President Rick Hegdahl (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

Flashback to NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala: Master of Ceremonies Darcy Burner with Major General Paul Eaton (Retired), NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve, and NPI President Rick Hegdahl (Photo: Theresa Curry Almuti/NPI)

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Trump has overwhelmed the news industry, exhausting capacity and journalists alike. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has been the subject of more legitimate corruption stories in the past couple months than eight years of President Barack Obama’s full cabinet combined. Pruitt’s ethics scandals demand so much attention that reports on his toxic influence on U.S. environmental policy are overlooked.

— Francis Wilkinson: Democrats watch the Trump Show from the bleachers