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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Olympia Snowe to retire; Republican hopes of taking over the U.S. Senate take a hit

Excerpt: Big news out of the Pine Tree State this afternoon: Olympia Snowe, one of Maine’s two incumbent Republican senators, has announced that she has decided not to seek reelection in 2012, citing a desire to be free of the partisan rancor that pervades Capitol Hill these days. Her decision to retire could have a profound […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus’ entire board of directors resigning to make way for new leadership

Excerpt: Months after the Olympus’ ex-CEO-turned-whistleblower began demanding their resignations, the entire board of directors of the scandal-ridden Japanese electronics maker is finally stepping down, the company said today. “[A]ll the current directors and corporate auditors express their intentions to resign at the end of the extraordinary general shareholders meeting and have submitted letters of resignation […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific NW Portal 5.2 (Seal Rock) released

Excerpt: This evening, we’re pleased to take the wraps off a new version of Pacific NW Portal: Version 5.2, codenamed Seal Rock. This is a maintenance release – the second in the Newport series – so there aren’t any grand, sweeping changes in this version. However, we think you’ll agree that the improvements we have made […]
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President Obama arrives in Everett for first 2012 visit to the real Washington

Excerpt: Good morning, everyone, and greetings from the Boeing plant in Everett, where Patrick, Eve, and I are waiting to be transported to Paine Field and the factory where the 787 Dreamliner is assembled on press buses. We’re here in Everett to cover the final leg of President Obama’s mid-February tour of the Left Coast, which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Save the Date: NPI’s 2012 Spring Fundraising Gala will be April 12th, 2012

Excerpt: We are pleased to announce this afternoon that we have finalized a date for our 2012 Spring Fundraising Gala, which is unquestionably the best opportunity we offer to learn about what we do and support our work. This year’s event will be taking place Thursday, April 12th, 2012, at the Mercer Island Community Center – […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Permanent Defense celebrates ten years

Excerpt: Today, we at NPI celebrate a milestone like no other in our history to date: the ten year anniversary of the founding of Permanent Defense, NPI’s oldest project. For a decade, Permanent Defense has stood as a bulwark against Tim Eyman’s initiative factory, responding to anti-government propaganda, reframing the debate around taxes, pushing for direct […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State House passes NPI-supported bill to make ballot advertising more transparent

Excerpt: Good news out of the Capitol Campus this afternoon: Washington’s House of Representatives has just approved a bill sponsored by Representative Andy Billig that makes it easier for voters to find out who’s trying to influence them to vote in favor of (or in opposition to) ballot measures. I testified in favor of this bill […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House sends marriage equality legislation to Governor Gregoire

Excerpt: Joyous news to report this afternoon: After many hours of debate, our state House has followed in the footsteps of the Senate and approved a bill making marriage equality the law of the land of Washington. The vote was fifty five to forty-three. SB 6239, prime sponsored by Senator Ed Murray, now heads to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rick Santorum running ahead in Minnesota, Colorado caucuses… and the Missouri primary

Excerpt: After going more than a month without a victory (or even a second place finish, for that matter) it looks like Rick Santorum will finally get to bask in the glow of victory for a change. In two states that are holding caucuses tonight (Minnesota and Colorado) he is currently running well ahead of his […]
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Conne family’s ordeal should serve as a reminder to all of us to be prepared

Excerpt: Some happy news this weekend: A family that had gotten lost on the Oregon coast while out picking mushrooms were found alive (though hungry and with minor injuries) by search and rescue teams, who pinpointed the family’s whereabouts after they were spotted from a helicopter piloted by Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor, who was flying […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s Senate approves marriage equality legislation after long debate

Excerpt: Wonderful, wonderful news to celebrate tonight: After a debate that stretched for more than an hour and a half, and saw the adoption and rejection of more than a dozen amendments, Washington’s state Senate has voted to approve legislation making marriage equality the law of the land. The vote was twenty-eight to twenty-one. Four Republicans […]
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President Obama’s schedule for February 17th Seattle visit begins to take shape

Excerpt: A few days ago, White House officials let it be known that President Obama would be stopping in Washington State again for a mid-February visit. They didn’t announce his itinerary or schedule, but we figured it wouldn’t be long before the campaign began sending out invitations to fundraisers with the President. Yesterday, the first invitations […]
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