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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Introducing the Legislative Action Project

With the 2007 Washington State legislative session already convened and underway, Olympia has already become a busy place...and it's only going to get even busier as bills move through the legislative process. At times it can seem almost daunting to keep track of everything of interest.

That's why we're introducing the Legislative Action Project.

A group of NPI's own contributors will be working in partnership with a group of talented volunteers from the King County Democrats' Legislative Action Committee (who we've brought on board our blogging team) to monitor and track what's moving inside the statehouse.

We worked hard to increase our majorities in the House and Senate during the 2006 election cycle. Now that we've succeeded, it's time to follow up by taking a stand for common sense policies that reflect the populist progressive values the electorate recognizes and believes in. That means grassroots lobbying, but it also means supporting lawmakers who have the courage to propose bold reforms.

Here's an overview which gives a good idea of the scope of this project:
  • Comprehensive, timely legislative blogging, including backgrounders on bills and updates on their current status.
  • Analysis and breakdown of proposals
  • A special series of "Priorities" podcasts, featuring conversations with lawmakers and a look at legislation moving through the statehouse
  • Useful tools and information for making your voice heard in Olympia
We're pleased to announce that we're kicking off the project today. As always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, and questions.

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