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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Looking Back at 2012: Republicans and conservatives in their own words

Excerpt: Remember these quotes? Take a stroll down Memory Lane: “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alexandria police arrest Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for driving under the influence

Excerpt: But not to worry, we hear you can be forgiven for driving drunk (or, in Larry Craig’s case, soliciting sex in an airport bathroom) if you’re a Republican: Police in Alexandria, Virgina  said the three-term senator from Bonneville County failed field sobriety tests after an officer saw Crapo’s vehicle run a red light and pulled […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NRA’s answer to Newtown tragedy: Put armed guards in every school in America

Excerpt: This morning, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its zealous leader, Wayne LaPierre, finally broke their silence over the slaughter of twenty children and seven adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. At a press conference in the District of Columbia, not far from the White House, LaPierre said that immediate action needed to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Olympia: Washington’s electors meet to vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Excerpt: Good afternoon from Olympia! Eve and I are here at the Washington State Capitol Campus to witness one of many Electoral College meetings taking place across the United States. Twelve individuals, chosen by the Washington State Democratic Party, are here to cast votes for president and vice president on behalf of the people of the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rodney Tom to constituents: “I believe my credentials as a Democrat are rock solid”

Excerpt: Since announcing on Monday that he has decided to join with Tim Sheldon in engineering a new Republican majority in the Washington State Senate, Medina’s Rodney Tom has been fielding phone calls and emails from unhappy Democratic constituents in the 48th District who have told him in no uncertain terms that they regard his actions […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Party Politics
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A modest proposal

Excerpt: In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings of December 14th, many are calling for reform of gun control laws, stronger gun control laws, a re-introduction of the assault weapons ban, and so forth. These are worthy conversations that should be had. To them I would add another idea. On Saturday, author Maureen […]
Written by:Jason Black
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Authorities release the names of those killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary

Excerpt: Authorities in Connecticut have now released the names of the children and faculty killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The overwhelming majority of those killed were very young children, only six years old, as has been reported. Three of the children were seven years old. The adults (all women) ranged in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Activists, artists, elected leaders react to the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut

Excerpt: The slaughter of more than two dozen children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut is, without question, one of the most horrific events we have gone through as a country. No surprise, then, that it has become the chief topic of conversation all over the country…. in shops, offices, homes, and online. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At least eighteen children and eight adults slaughtered at school in Connecticut

Excerpt: Devastating, heartbreaking, horrible news out of New England this morning: At least 27 people — including 18 children — were killed Friday morning at a local elementary school, marking the deadliest shooting ever in Connecticut and one of the worst ever in the country. The shooting happened at about 9:40 AM [6:40 AM Pacific Time] […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

Excerpt: This afternoon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington State Department of Ecology, and Whatcom County (the co-lead agencies) are holding the seventh in a series of scoping meetings to determine how to best proceed with an environmental impact statement for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal and Custer railroad spur at the Washington State Convention […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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LIVE: Van Jones at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center Conference

Excerpt: NPI liveblogs Jones speaks at the Budget and Policy Center lunch, laying out a vision nationally: 12:35 PM: “If your news station is named after a sneaky and predatory animals…you might question whether your news is fair and balanced.” 12:37 PM: “If we just stand our ground, we can finally bring the Reagan values to […]
Written by:Patrick
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Rodney Tom, majority leader of Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon, claims Lisa Brown’s office

Excerpt: Rodney Tom, the former Republican turned Democrat turned de facto Republican, admitted today while talking to the Capitol press corps that he’s “expecting” to take over current Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown’s corner office in the Legislative Building, even though he will be the chamber’s “majority leader” in name only. Tom is evidently eager to get […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans seize control of state Senate with the help of Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon

Excerpt: Senate Republicans announced today they have formally reached a deal with Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon (of the 48th and 35th Districts, respectively) to run Washington’s Senate for the next two years, which means that Democrats will be in the minority for the first time since the 2006 session. At a press conference in Olympia, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A point of personal privilege

Excerpt: As 2012 draws to an end and I head into my second decade as a progressive activist, I want to take a moment to publicly say thanks to a number of people who have helped me and helped NPI get to where it is today. First, thanks to everyone who supported and donated to NPI […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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