Posted inAnnouncements, Meta

Robert Cruickshank elected president of the Northwest Progressive Institute for 2014

Spring has often been called the sea­son of renew­al, and we’ve always thought it’s as good of a time as any to recal­i­brate and reor­ga­nize. To that end, each March, before we file our year­ly report with the Sec­re­tary of State’s office, our board holds its annu­al meet­ing. The prin­ci­pal busi­ness of this meet­ing is […]

Posted inBreaking News, Our Environment, Policy Topics

U.S. House passes ill-conceived bill to gut the Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to designate national monuments

Act­ing as if they don’t have any­thing bet­ter to do (and they cer­tain­ly do!) the Repub­li­can “lead­er­ship” in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives today engi­neered a vote on a bill that would gut the Antiq­ui­ties Act, leg­is­la­tion dat­ing back the ear­ly 1900s that allows pres­i­dents to des­ig­nate nation­al mon­u­ments. As Ken Burns and his team […]

Posted inNational Defense, Policy Topics, Public Planning

President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the Pres­i­dent declared an emer­gency in the State of Wash­ing­ton and ordered fed­er­al aid to sup­ple­ment state and local response efforts due to the emer­gency con­di­tions result­ing from flood­ing and mud­slides begin­ning on March 22, 2014, and con­tin­u­ing. The Pres­i­den­t’s action autho­rizes the Depart­ment of Homeland […]

Posted inBreaking News

News helicopter shared by KOMO and KING crashes near Seattle Center, killing two

Awful, awful news this morn­ing: Two peo­ple were killed and one was crit­i­cal­ly injured when the KOMO News heli­copter crashed and burst into flames Tues­day morn­ing on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Nee­dle. Emer­gency per­son­nel imme­di­ate­ly rushed to the scene as thick smoke poured over the city at the height of the […]

Posted inEducation, Legislative Advocacy

Washington legislators reject Arne Duncan’s demand, refuse to force schools to teach to the test

Yes­ter­day the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture adjourned with­out tak­ing action on two bills that would have tight­ly linked teacher eval­u­a­tions to stu­dent test scores, despite plen­ty of evi­dence doing so is a bad idea. Leg­is­la­tors faced an enor­mous amount of pres­sure to pass these bills from U.S. Edu­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Arne Dun­can, who threat­ened to revoke the state’s […]

Posted inEvents

State Representative Chris Reykdal to speak at NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

This evening, we are pleased to announce that one of our state’s bright­est and hard­est-work­ing law­mak­ers will be the open­ing speak­er at our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on April 25th: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Reyk­dal. Since his elec­tion to the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2010, Chris has served his con­stituents in the 22nd District […]

Posted inElections

Mark Miloscia launches Senate campaign as a Republican — but he’s still a Democratic PCO

Last night, we report­ed here on the NPI Advo­cate that ex-Demo­c­ra­t­ic State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Mlos­cia had filed paper­work to chal­lenge his  for­mer col­league Tracey Eide for state Sen­ate… as a Repub­li­can. This morn­ing, Milos­cia offi­cial­ly launched his cam­paign and announced endorse­ments from State Repub­li­can Par­ty Chair Susan Hutchi­son, King Coun­ty Repub­li­can Chair Lori Soete­lo, unsuccessful […]

Posted inElections

Mark Miloscia files paperwork to challenge Tracey Eide as a Republican in the 30th LD

Des­per­ate to solid­i­fy their ten­u­ous hold on the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate, top Repub­li­cans have once again recruit­ed into their ranks a can­di­date repeat­ed­ly elect­ed to the Leg­is­la­ture as a Demo­c­rat with Demo­c­ra­t­ic vol­un­teers and dona­tions. Mark Milos­cia, who pre­vi­ous­ly served sev­er­al terms in the state House as one of two of the 30th Leg­isla­tive Dis­tric­t’s […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

G‑7 democracies suspend participation in G‑8 summit in Sochi to protest invasion of Ukraine

If Vladimir Putin and his entourage were bet­ting that the G‑8 sum­mit could still go for­ward with­out the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the Unit­ed States, Cana­da, France, and the Unit­ed King­dom in the wake of their inva­sion of Ukraine, they were mis­tak­en. The White House has announced that the oth­er three G‑7 coun­tries (Ger­many, Italy, and Japan) […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

Ukraine asks NATO, UN for help as Russians move in; new government mobilizes military

The news out of Ukraine just keeps get­ting worse. In the wake of the Russ­ian par­lia­men­t’s vote to endorse (or rub­ber stamp) Vladimir Putin’s already script­ed inva­sion of its neigh­bor, the new Ukran­ian gov­ern­ment is appeal­ing to the inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty for help and mobi­liz­ing its mil­i­tary, fear­ing that Putin has designs on more than just the […]