Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

What greed and instant gratification look like: Inside a Georgia Wal-Mart on Black Friday

Through­out the past week, in hon­or of Thanks­giv­ing and in protest of Black Fri­day, we’ve been tak­ing a crit­i­cal look at exces­sive con­sumerism and the con­se­quences it por­tends for our­selves as a soci­ety and plan­et Earth. We’ve cov­ered the plight of Wal-Mart’s under­paid and poor­ly treat­ed work­ers (some of whom have gone on strike), talked about […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

Stay home and sleep in this weekend: The Black Friday madness isn’t worth it (literally!)

This week­end is Thanks­giv­ing week­end, tra­di­tion­al­ly one of the longest week­ends of the year (owing to Thanks­giv­ing always falling on a Thurs­day). It’s also tra­di­tion­al­ly the begin­ning of the Christ­mas shop­ping sea­son, and is thus a very impor­tant time of year for retail­ers. Since the turn of the cen­tu­ry, major retail chains have gone to […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

“Seattle’s Progressive Talk” to be shut down; CBS Radio converting AM 1090 to sports

Last week, as we report­ed a few days ago, Clear Chan­nel pulled the plug on pro­gres­sive talk radio in Port­land, con­vert­ing AM 620 KPOJ (“Port­land’s Pro­gres­sive Talk”) to a Fox Sports affil­i­ate after more than eight years of serv­ing as a home for pop­u­lar hosts like Thom Hart­mann, Ed Schultz, Ran­di Rhodes, Nor­man Gold­man, Rachel […]

Posted inEducation, Elections, Policy Topics

Randy Dorn says I‑1240 is unconstitutional; he may go to court to overturn the initiative

Wash­ing­ton Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Schools Randy Dorn is con­tem­plat­ing legal action against I‑1240, the char­ter schools ini­tia­tive financed by Bill Gates, Paul Allen, and Jeff Bezos, Q13 Fox’s C.R. Dou­glas report­ed last night. “Cre­at­ing a new agency under the governor’s office to over­see ten to forty pub­lic schools, to me, is a clear vio­la­tion of […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

Occupy offshoot launches “Rolling Jubilee”

Last week an off­shoot of Occu­py Wall Street launched Rolling Jubilee, a new project billed as “a bailout for the 99%”. The project, which has been gen­er­at­ing con­sid­er­able inter­est in the finan­cial press, aims to help out ordi­nary Amer­i­cans by pur­chas­ing and abol­ish­ing their debt. It’s a nov­el idea: Banks sell debt for pen­nies on the […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections, Public Service

U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene sworn into office as our newest member of Congress

All of us at NPI would like to extend our warmest con­grat­u­la­tions to our good friend Suzan Del­Bene, who, as of today, is the newest mem­ber of Con­gress from the great state of Wash­ing­ton, suc­ceed­ing our gov­er­nor-elect. Suzan, as most read­ers like­ly know, was eas­i­ly elect­ed to serve out the remain­der of Jay Inslee’s term […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology

Research in Motion to launch new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on January 30th, 2013

Big news out of Water­loo, Cana­da today: Research in Motion has just announced via press release that it has set a launch date for Black­Ber­ry 10, the com­pa­ny’s next gen­er­a­tion mobile-oper­at­ing sys­tem, which Black­Ber­ry fans like us have been anx­ious­ly await­ing for many months. Black­Ber­ry 10 marks a clean break from RIM’s old­er Black­Ber­ry OS, […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

Clear Channel kills progressive talk in Portland; activists rallying to bring it back

Clear Chan­nel has struck again. Last Fri­day, with­out pro­vid­ing any expla­na­tion, the radio and out­door adver­tis­ing con­glom­er­ate trashed the entire pro­gram­ming line­up for KPOJ 620 AM (“Port­land’s Pro­gres­sive Talk”) and con­vert­ed the sta­tion into a Fox Sports affil­i­ate. The sud­den for­mat change means Ran­di Rhodes, Mike Mal­loy, Thom Hart­mann, and oth­er pro­gres­sive hosts can no […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Rob McKenna concedes gubernatorial race; congratulates Governor-elect Jay Inslee

Repub­li­can Rob McKen­na is final­ly throw­ing in the tow­el. After hav­ing spent sev­er­al days main­tain­ing that there was still a viable path to vic­to­ry over Jay Inslee, McKen­na and his cam­paign team have come to the same con­clu­sion that we reached when we assessed the race dur­ing the last few min­utes of Novem­ber 6th: Jay Inslee […]

Posted inElections

Rob McKenna’s camp still hanging on to hope of victory; Team Inslee says Jay will win

Today is the third “day after” the 2012 gen­er­al elec­tion. Bal­lot count­ing con­tin­ues in most of Wash­ing­ton’s thir­­ty-nine coun­ties, as coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials open mail, ver­i­fy sig­na­tures, and tab­u­late votes. In the mean­time, the out­come of sev­er­al races remains uncer­tain (par­tic­u­lar­ly the con­test for Sec­re­tary of State). The guber­na­to­r­i­al race is not as close as many […]

Posted inElections, Meta

Congratulations, Gael!

Last night, as the first elec­tion results were released, one of our own learned that she will almost cer­tain­ly be the next fresh­man state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Wash­ing­ton’s 36th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict, which encom­pass­es neigh­bor­hoods like Mag­no­lia and Bal­lard as well as much of Queen Anne. On behalf of all of NPI’s oth­er board mem­bers and all of NPI’s […]

Posted inElections

Secretary of State contest very close: Democrat Kathleen Drew trails, but could reclaim lead by end of the week

Over the last few days, I’ve heard sev­er­al peo­ple pre­dict that Wash­ing­ton’s 2012 guber­na­to­r­i­al race would like­ly be as tight as the 2004 con­test between Chris Gre­goire and Dino Rossi, which dragged on for weeks as bal­lots were count­ed and recount­ed. It does­n’t look like that will be the case; Jay Inslee has a lead […]

Posted inElections

Record number of Democratic women headed to U.S. Senate for 113th Congress

Exact­ly two decades after the 1992 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, some­times called the “year of the woman” or “year of the women”, the Amer­i­can peo­ple have made his­to­ry by elect­ing a record num­ber of female can­di­dates to the nation’s upper leg­isla­tive cham­ber. Near­ly all of them are Democ­rats. Vot­ers enthu­si­as­ti­cal­ly reelect­ed Sen­a­tors Maria Cantwell of Wash­ing­ton, Kristen […]