Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology

BlackBerry’s next-generation smartphone platform gets big boost with 10.2.1 upgrade

Today, mobile com­put­ing pio­neer Black­Ber­ry con­tin­ued to defy the many tech pun­dits who have called its demise inevitable by releas­ing a major upgrade to its next gen­er­a­tion smart­phone plat­form. Ver­sion 10.2.1 of Black­Ber­ry 10 began rolling out across the globe this morn­ing, bring­ing new fea­tures and enhance­ments to the ultra-mod­­ern oper­at­ing sys­tem that pow­ers the […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

More senseless gun violence claims the lives of two young employees of Zumiez

Tragedies like these have seem to have become a week­ly occur­rence. We are so desen­si­tized to vio­lence now that we are not as shocked as we all should be when more lives are end­ed by sense­less gun vio­lence: As throngs of patrons strolled and browsed at the Mall in Colum­bia on a gray, cold Saturday, […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Seattle Seahawks advance to Super Bowl, Pacific Northwest celebrates big playoff win

For only the sec­ond time in fran­chise his­to­ry, the Seat­tle Sea­hawks have found their way to the Super Bowl, the most watched sport­ing event in the world and the annu­al cham­pi­onship game of the Nation­al Foot­ball League. Seat­tle punched its tick­et by beat­ing its divi­sion rival, the San Fran­cis­co 49ers, for the sec­ond time this […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Education, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Navy veteran Matt Isenhower announces he’s challenging Republican Andy Hill for Senate

The Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s effort to recap­ture the state Sen­ate got a big boost today with the announce­ment that the par­ty has found a chal­lenger to take on fresh­man Repub­li­can Andy Hill in the 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict. Hill is the Chair­man of the Sen­ate’s Ways & Means Com­mit­tee. Matt Isen­how­er, thir­­ty-three, says he’s running […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Move King County Now: Dow Constantine unveils plan to save Metro, fund road repairs

Flanked by over a dozen coun­ty and city lead­ers rep­re­sent­ing Seat­tle, the East­side, and the South Sound, King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine announced this after­noon that vot­ers from Vashon to Sno­qualmie will get the oppor­tu­ni­ty this spring to decide whether to raise rev­enue to pre­vent dra­con­ian ser­vice cuts to Metro and address an increas­ing­ly dangerous […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Education, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

Bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, Senator! An open letter to Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Edi­tor’s note: Ear­li­er today, fol­low­ing the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives’ light­ning fast pas­sage of the DREAM Act, NPI founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor Andrew Vil­leneuve sent this mes­sage to Sen­a­tor Rod­ney Tom, who rep­re­sents the 48th Dis­trict (Belle­vue, Red­mond, Kirk­land, Med­i­na, Clyde Hill) and is — at least in name — the Major­i­ty Leader of the Washington […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

Save the Date: NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala will be Friday, April 25th, 2014

As long­time sup­port­ers know, each year, in the mid­dle of spring, we hold a major event to thank our sup­port­ers and raise mon­ey to sup­port our work. It takes the com­bined strength of our board, staff, and con­trib­u­tors to suc­cess­ful­ly put togeth­er, but with each pass­ing year, we’ve got­ten more adept at orga­niz­ing it. Last year, […]

Posted inEvents, Media & Culture

On January 18th, help organize the return of progressive talk radio with Norman Goldman

Edi­tor’s note: At NPI, we believe strong­ly in coop­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion, which is why we’ve been assist­ing a grass­roots group called Pro­gres­sive Radio North­west in their effort to bring talk­ers like Stephanie Miller, Thom Hart­mann, Ran­di Rhodes, and Nor­man Gold­man back to the Seat­tle radio dial. Read on to learn more about their work and […]

Posted inBreaking News

“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”: Emails show Chris Christie’s office planned lane closures to punish Democratic mayor

Top aides to Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Chris Christie of New Jer­sey ordered the Port Author­i­ty to close sev­er­al lanes on the George Wash­ing­ton Bridge to delib­er­ate­ly cause grid­lock in the town of Fort Lee after its Demo­c­ra­t­ic may­or refused to endorse Christie’s reelec­tion bid, a new­ly released trove of explo­sive emails and texts show. Democ­rats have […]

Posted inBreaking News, Economic Security, Policy Topics

Anguished Machinists narrowly vote to accept Boeing’s most recent offer on 777X work

Mem­bers of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Machin­ists and Aero­space Work­ers have vot­ed by a nar­row mar­gin to accept the terms of The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny’s most recent con­tract exten­sion offi­cer, IAM lead­ers announced tonight in Everett. By a vote of 51% to 49%, the union agreed to Boe­ing’s terms, with many mem­bers telling reporters and writing […]

Posted inHolidays, Humor & Satire, Series & Special Reports

Banished Words for 2014

Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Supe­ri­or State Uni­ver­si­ty has released a thought­ful and humor­ous “List of Words Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­er­al Use­less­ness”. Here is the 2014 (and thir­­ty-ninth annu­al) edi­tion, for your read­ing enjoy­ment: SELFIE — Has the hon­or of receiv­ing the most nom­i­na­tions this year. “Peo­ple have taken […]