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Monthly Archives: May 2011

Grays Harbor Paper: 1993-2011

Excerpt: Grays Harbor Paper, which has for years supplied the Harbor/100 paper that we at NPI use for our everyday printing needs, announced yesterday that it is shutting its doors permanently and laying off two hundred and forty people in the process. GHP’s president, Patrick Quigg, released a statement attributing the shutdown to the following major […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Our Environment
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Republican state legislator skipped special session to go on a European cruise

Excerpt: According to a story in The Kitsap Sun, State Representative Jan Angel (R – Port Orchard) was absent for almost the entire special session of the Legislature – because she was on a European cruise. Angel won the European cruise at a Port Orchard event in November and claims to have consulted with Republican leaders […]
Written by:Steve
Categories:Open Government, Party Politics
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Here’s another chance to help improve our collective understanding of online activism

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: A few years ago, we asked readers to participate in an online survey to help researchers at the University of Tennessee and Texas Tech University learn more about how Americans use the Internet to obtain political information. The folks who put together that survey are presently conducting a follow-up, and would like NPI […]
Written by:Barb Kaye
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Register for NWroots 2011

Excerpt: Shortly before we lost our beloved Lynn Allen to ovarian cancer three months ago, she entrusted us with the responsibility of carrying forward the political and civic causes she was so passionate about. One of those causes was bringing progressive activists together to organize and mobilize for change. Not long after Lynn and I attended […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mercenary petitioners hawking Tim Eyman’s l-1125 target Bellevue College students

Excerpt: Though it’s not apparent from looking at Voters Want More Choices’ most recent reports to the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC), NPI can today confirm what we have suspected since the beginning of the month: Tim Eyman has found a new wealthy benefactor to put up the money for his latest scheme, Initiative 1125, which he […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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Congratulations, Michael!

Excerpt: Congratulations are in order to our good friend Michael Hood, who has been keeping a critical eye on talk radio over at blatherWatch since 2005. Yesterday, Michael became the first blogger from the Pacific Northwest credentialed to cover a White House press briefing, which is a pretty big deal. As Michael recounts, it may have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit christens University Link tunnel boring machines at Husky Stadium

Excerpt: Let the tunneling begin! This morning, at the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium, Senator Patty Murray, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, and local elected officials gathered to join Sound Transit in christening the boring machines that will excavate the tunnels between the U-District station at Husky Stadium and the Capitol Hill station at Broadway and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Public Planning
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Microsoft buys Skype for $8.5 billion

Excerpt: Microsoft confirmed today that it is spending eight and half billion dollars in cash to acquire peer to peer communications company Skype, which operates the world’s most preeminent VOIP (voice over Internet protocol) platform. The deal, which was first reported by the tech press a couple of days ago, is the biggest acquisition in Microsoft’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Peter Steinbrueck: Our fractured metropolis (Text of the keynote from NPI’s 2011 gala)

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Following the conclusion of our Spring Fundraising Gala a few days ago, we have been asked if we could make the text of Peter Steinbrueck’s keynote speech available. He has kindly agreed to do so; what follows are a polished version of his prepared remarks, delivered on April 28th at the Community Center […]
Written by:Peter Steinbrueck
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He’s not rich, he’s you

Excerpt: Excuse us for a moment as we break out our tiny violins and a box of kleenex to lament the plight of Congressman Denny Rehberg (R-MT), who is challenging Democratic Senator Jon Tester for his seat in 2012 . You see, although Mr. Rehberg is the 23rd richest member of Congress he informed constituents at […]
Written by:Ken
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Conservatives clinch majority in Canadian Parliament; New Dems now the opposition

Excerpt: You wouldn’t know it from watching American cable television or reading American newspapers, but Canada today held a major federal election to determine who will sit in the House of Commons of the 41st Canadian Parliament. (For those readers not familiar with Canadian politics, the House of Commons is their equivalent to our House of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, World Commmunity
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BREAKING: Osama bin Laden is dead, officials say; President Obama addresses the nation

Excerpt: Details are sketchy as of this hour, but America’s television networks, citing multiple sources, are reporting that U.S. forces have killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and have possession of his body. President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak to the nation shortly. The administration has not officially confirmed the news, but the president […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Who’s responsible for the Associated Press’s ongoing Tim Eyman worship?

Excerpt: A few moments ago, NPI’s news crawler alerted me that the Associated Press has just dumped another half-baked – no, make that quarter-baked – “story” out on the wire, glorifying an announcement Tim Eyman supposedly made about attempting to qualify an initiative for the ballot this year. I say supposedly because I haven’t seen any […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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