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Monthly Archives: February 2013

It’s time to update Tim Eyman’s Failure Chart

Excerpt: Now that the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled, at long last, that the main provision of Tim Eyman’s I-601 clones is unconstitutional and void, it’s time for us to update Tim Eyman’s Failure Chart. The Failure Chart is a handy resource that we maintain over at Permanent Defense which shows that most of the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee, advocates thrilled with today’s landmark Supreme Court decision

Excerpt: The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in LEV v. State has now been up on the World Wide Web for a couple of hours, and we’ve been on the receiving end of a number of statements and press releases commenting on the decision. We’d like to share some of what we’re hearing with you. First, Governor […]
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UNCONSTITUTIONAL! State Supreme Court strikes down Tim Eyman’s two-thirds scheme!

Excerpt: OH, HAPPY DAY! In a 6-3 decision released only minutes ago, the Washington State Supreme Court finally rendered a momentous verdict in League of Education Voters et al. v. State of Washington, et. al, finding the two-thirds requirement at the heart of Tim Eyman’s I-601 clones – also present in I-601 itself – to be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ruling coming tomorrow on constitutionality of Tim Eyman’s I-960/I-1053/I-1185

Excerpt: The Washington State Supreme Court signaled today that it plans to issue a ruling tomorrow morning in League of Education Voters, et al. v. State of Washington, et al, the all-important legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1053 filed in June 2011 by a group of Democratic lawmakers, parents, and teachers. In a notice on its […]
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Don’t feed the trolls: Why we asked Andrew Garber and his colleagues to ignore Tim Eyman’s repugnant attack on Jay Inslee

Excerpt: Yesterday, at a press conference on the Capitol Campus in Olympia,  State Representative Judy Clibborn (D-41st District) and House Democrats unveiled a “Connecting Washington” transportation package that proposes to invest $10 billion in Washington’s highways, streets, ferries, and local transit agencies. Some of the money would go to road maintenance, some would be dedicated to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Elite American security firm: Chinese military is behind attacks on U.S. corporate networks

Excerpt: For many months now, independent security researchers and journalists have been openly speculating that the Chinese military is behind a significant percentage of the increasing number of cyberattacks on U.S. corporate and government networks. Now, elite American security firm Mandiant – which Bloomberg Businessweek profiled in one of its recent issues – has publicly released […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sorry about that downtime…

Excerpt: If you’re a loyal reader of the NPI Advocate, you may have noticed that this blog abruptly disappeared off the World Wide Web around 1:30 PM Pacific Time yesterday (along with the rest of nwprogressive.org) and you may have wondered, Wow, what happened? What’s going on? After all, it’s pretty unsettling to load up a […]
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Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl to speak at NPI’s 2013 Spring Fundraising Gala on April 5th

Excerpt: Today is Permanent Defense’s eleventh anniversary, and given that Permanent Defense was initially created to oppose I-776 (Tim Eyman’s scheme to block Central Link light rail from being built), it seems like the perfect time for us to announce that Joni Earl, the CEO of Sound Transit, will be one of the speakers at NPI’s […]
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Marco Rubio’s water grab becomes the talk of Twitter and social media

Excerpt: Since the mid-1960s, when Lyndon Johnson was president, the party not in control of the White House has provided a formal response to the State of the Union Address for television and radio networks to air a few minutes following the conclusion of the main event. Republicans carried on that tradition tonight, tapping Senator Marco […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the 2013 State of the Union Address from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union Address! Patrick and I invite you to join us as we watch the President’s speech and react to it in real time with our commentary and observations. The White House has sent along the full text of President Obama’s remarks as […]
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King County Council appoints Rod Dembowski to succeed Bob Ferguson in 1st District

Excerpt: This just in from the King County Courthouse: Minutes ago, in a unanimous 8-0 vote, the King County Council chose attorney Rod Dembowski to succeed Bob Ferguson as the next Councilmember from the 1st District (North Seattle, Shoreline, Lake Forest Park, Woodinville, Bothell, Kenmore, Kirkland). Dembowski was one of three individuals named by King County […]
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Pope Benedict XVI surprises Catholics everywhere by announcing his retirement

Excerpt: Earlier today, at the Concistory Hall in Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world community by announcing that he has decided to step down as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church at the end of this month and allow the College of Cardinals to choose his successor while he is still alive. In […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Postal workers denounce Patrick Donahoe’s scheme to end Saturday mail delivery

Excerpt: Earlier today, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe (who seems to thinks his job at the United States Postal Service is Dismantler-in-Chief, as opposed to chief executive) announced that he and his subordinates have unilaterally decided to end Saturday mail delivery to U.S. homes and businesses as of August 5th, 2013… without congressional approval. Federal law has […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama picks REI CEO Sally Jewell to serve as the next Secretary of the Interior

Excerpt: Great news from our nation’s capital this morning: At an event in the White House’s State Dining Room, President Barack Obama announced that he has chosen Washington’s Sally Jewell to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Jewell, fifty-seven, is currently the chief executive officer of Recreational Equipment Incorporated, better known as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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