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NPI research prompts Rob McKenna to reveal that he’s a NO vote on Tim Eyman’s I‑1125

Reg­u­lar read­ers may recall that a cou­ple week­ends ago, we pub­lished a post crit­i­ciz­ing Rob McKen­na for refus­ing to tell Wash­ing­to­ni­ans where he stands on Tim Eyman’s anti-tolling, anti-light rail Ini­tia­tive 1125. The Seat­tle Times had just pub­lished a sto­ry by reporter Andrew Gar­ber on I‑1125 the day before. For his sto­ry, Gar­ber had tried to […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology

Ubuntu 11.10 “Oneiric Ocelot” released

Ear­li­er today, Canon­i­cal Ltd. announced the avail­abil­i­ty of the lat­est release of the world’s most pop­u­lar GNU/Linux dis­tri­b­u­tion, code­named “Oneir­ic Ocelot”. Ubun­tu 11.04 is the fif­teenth incar­na­tion of what start­ed out as an ambi­tious fork of Debian sev­en years ago. Canon­i­cal, the com­mer­cial spon­sor of Ubun­tu, has man­aged to push out a new ver­sion of […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman loses first round in lawsuit against the City of Redmond over traffic camera vote

A law­suit recent­ly filed by Tim Eyman against NPI’s home­town over the city’s deci­sion not to for­ward peti­tions seek­ing a vote on the issue of red light cam­eras was dis­missed today by King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Lau­ra Inveen, who held that the mea­sure, “exceeds the law­ful scope of local ini­tia­tive pow­er.” The rul­ing means that […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Seattle Port Commission adopts resolution opposing Tim Eyman’s I‑1125

The Port of Seat­tle’s gov­ern­ing leg­isla­tive body today joined with the city coun­cils of Red­mond, Kirk­land, and Ren­ton in urg­ing a no vote on Tim Eyman’s Ini­tia­tive 1125, which would jeop­ar­dize cru­cial trans­porta­tion projects around the state by impos­ing sense­less restric­tions on tolling. In a unan­i­mous vote, the five port com­mis­sion­ers respon­si­ble for gov­ern­ing the […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Microsoft invests $600,000 into NO on 1125

Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling, the coali­tion that is fight­ing Tim Eyman’s I‑1125, has just received a huge finan­cial boost from one of Wash­ing­ton’s largest employ­ers: Microsoft (which, like NPI, is head­quar­tered in Red­mond). The com­pa­ny had pre­vi­ous­ly donat­ed $100,000 to the cause, but last Fri­day, it wrote anoth­er check for six times that amount, bring­ing its […]

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Al Rosellini: 1910–2011

Gov­er­nor Albert D. Roselli­ni, who served as Wash­ing­ton State’s chief exec­u­tive in the late 1950s and ear­ly 1960s, died today from com­pli­ca­tions of pneu­mo­nia, his fam­i­ly announced today. He was a hun­dred and one years old. Since leav­ing office at the end of 1964, Roselli­ni has been a friend and men­tor to gen­er­a­tions of Demo­c­ra­t­ic leaders. […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

Netflix finally listens to its members, drops plans to spin off DVDs-by-mail as Qwikster

Net­flix is stay­ing Net­flix. The com­pa­ny announced this morn­ing that it was drop­ping its ill-con­­ceived plans to spin out its DVDs-by-mail into a sep­a­rate web­site called Qwik­ster, after weeks of get­ting irate emails and phone calls from its mem­bers. Dear Mem­ber: It is clear that for many of our mem­bers two web­sites would make things […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman is wrong: Variable tolling is fair

On occa­sion, Tim Eyman inad­ver­tent­ly does us all a ser­vice by devi­at­ing from his well-rehearsed talk­ing points and reveal­ing just how lit­tle he knows about the sub­ject mat­ter of his own ini­tia­tives. This hap­pened again last week, when Eyman sent out a mis­sive attack­ing vari­able tolling, which is cur­rent­ly per­mit­ted by state law, but would […]

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I‑1125 campaign site admits that 1125 was bought and paid for by Kemper Freeman

Not long ago, Tim Eyman began pro­mot­ing a new “Yes on 1125” web­site that appears to have been com­mis­sioned by his No. 2 all-time wealthy bene­fac­tor Kem­per Free­man, Jr., the man respon­si­ble for more than eighty per­cent of the mon­ey behind Ini­tia­tive 1125. I say appears to have been com­mis­sioned by because its text bears […]

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Tim Eyman tries to hit back at Jay Inslee after Inslee urges Washington to vote down I‑1125

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, at the Wash­ing­ton Con­ser­va­tion Vot­ers’ annu­al Break­fast of Cham­pi­ons in Seat­tle, Demo­c­ra­t­ic guber­na­to­r­i­al can­di­date Jay Inslee took aim at Tim Eyman and his ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry, call­ing for the rejec­tion of Eyman’s lat­est scheme, I‑1125, and declar­ing, “It’s time to start build­ing bridges instead of fund­ing Tim Eyman’s bank account.” His speech, which was […]

Posted inBreaking News

Steve Jobs: 1955–2011

Steve Jobs, the bril­liant entre­pre­neur and vision­ary who cofound­ed Apple at the age of twen­­ty-one and lat­er res­cued it when it seemed on the brink of col­lapse, died today, the com­pa­ny announced. He was fifty-six. “Apple has lost a vision­ary and cre­ative genius, and the world has lost an amaz­ing human being. Those of us who […]

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City of Redmond adopts resolution opposing Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1125

As reg­u­lar read­ers may remem­ber, two weeks ago, NPI urged the City of Red­mond — which we proud­ly call home — to join us in tak­ing a stand against Tim Eyman’s lat­est scheme to par­a­lyze our com­mu­ni­ties and wreck gov­ern­ment, Ini­tia­tive 1125. (I‑1125 made the bal­lot back in July thanks to a boat­load of money […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Coalition against I‑1125 includes past, likely future Tim Eyman supporters

One of the phras­es Tim Eyman fre­quent­ly uses to describe the anti-tolling, anti-light rail scheme that he pur­chased a pub­lic vote on (with Kem­per Free­man Jr.‘s mon­ey) is “Son of 1053”. To hear Eyman tell it, 1053 clos­es a pur­port­ed loop­hole that he left in his own uncon­sti­tu­tion­al ini­tia­tive last year — the loop­hole being […]

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Amanda Knox freed from prison, will return to Pacific Northwest tomorrow

As you’ve prob­a­bly heard if you’ve seen the news with­in the last few hours, an Ital­ian appeals court has over­turned the mur­der con­vic­tion of Wash­ing­ton State native Aman­da Knox, who along with Raf­faele Sol­lecito, was found guilty by an Ital­ian court of killing British exchange stu­dent Mered­ith Kercher in Decem­ber 2009. The appeals court threw out […]