Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics

Clippers owner Donald Sterling banned “for life” from the NBA, commissioner announces

Good­bye and good rid­dance, Don­ald Ster­ling: NBA Com­mis­sion­er Adam Sil­ver has banned Don­ald Ster­ling for life from any asso­ci­a­tion with the Clip­pers or the NBA, it was announced today at a press con­fer­ence in Man­hat­tan. Com­mis­sion­er Sil­ver has also fined Mr. Ster­ling $2.5 mil­lion, the max­i­mum amount allowed under the NBA Con­sti­tu­tion. The fine money […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Elections, Policy Topics

An in-depth look at the April 22nd special election: Results from across the state

Although the demise of King Coun­ty Propo­si­tion 1 was the most note­wor­thy out­come of last night’s spe­cial elec­tion, it’s impor­tant to remem­ber there were oth­er mea­sures on the bal­lot as well.  Accord­ing to the Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of State’s office, there were thir­­ty-five bal­lot mea­sure on the bal­lot across the state. Turnout was depressed this April, which […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

King County voters turn down Proposition 1; Metro service remans in jeopardy

Well, the ini­tial batch of returns for the April 22nd spe­cial elec­tion just got report­ed by King Coun­ty Elec­tions, and they aren’t pret­ty. By a vote of 55% to 44%, vot­ers are reject­ing Propo­si­tion 1, the mea­sure unan­i­mous­ly referred to the bal­lot by the King Coun­ty Coun­cil to save Metro and fund bad­ly need­ed road […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

State Representative Cyrus Habib launches campaign for state Senate in 48th District

Last week, when Rod­ney Tom announced his deci­sion to retire from the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate, we observed that Tom’s depar­ture would like­ly result in a major shake­up in the race, with either State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter or Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cyrus Habib get­ting in, and cur­rent sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Joan McBride swap­ping places with one of them. […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

State Representative Ross Hunter tells 48th District Democrats he’s “staying in the House”

State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter (D‑48th Dis­trict: Belle­vue, Red­mond, Kirk­land, Clyde Hill, Med­i­na, the Points com­mu­ni­ties) announced this evening that he has decid­ed against a bid for the state Sen­ate in the wake of Rod­ney Tom’s retire­ment, and will instead run for reelec­tion to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives. At the April month­ly meet­ing of the 48th […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Rodney Tom ends reelection bid; fallout will reshape the 2014 electoral landscape in WA

Democ­rats across Wash­ing­ton who have been long­ing for an end to the Rod­ney Tom error in Ever­green State pol­i­tics got their wish ful­filled today with the unex­pect­ed news that Tom is drop­ping his reelec­tion bid to care for his injured father and spend more time with his fam­i­ly. Tom, fifty, is the Major­i­ty Leader in […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events, Meta

U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

As of this evening, we are just sev­en­teen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which (as in past years!) will be tak­ing place in the heart of King Coun­ty at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Events Cen­ter. For the past few months, we’ve been busy orga­niz­ing the event and putting togeth­er a great […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Flashback: The Seattle Times was for funding Metro bus service before they were against it

Read­ers, wel­come to anoth­er install­ment in our Flash­back series, where we enlist the help of past Seat­tle Times edi­to­r­i­al boards to debunk short­sight­ed and poor­ly rea­soned edi­to­ri­als pub­lished on the Times’ op-ed page in the present day. Today, 2000, 2006 and 2008 Seat­tle Times are going to be help­ing us defend Metro against 2014 Seattle […]

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Grandpa George Storm: 1915–2014

Sad news to share today: I’ve just learned that Grand­pa George Storm, the patri­arch of my moth­er’s fam­i­ly and the best sto­ry­teller I’ve ever known, died peace­ful­ly this morn­ing, before dawn. He was nine­­ty-eight years old. My fam­i­ly and I had known this day was com­ing for some time — Grand­pa had been cop­ing with complications […]

Posted inHumor & Satire

Dino Rossi, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Tim Eyman to join NPI’s Advisory Council

We have some excit­ing news to share today on this glo­ri­ous first day of April. As I men­tioned a few days ago, on Sat­ur­day, NPI’s board appoint­ed four out­stand­ing indi­vid­u­als to serve as the found­ing mem­bers of our Advi­so­ry Coun­cil: Steve Zemke, Mar­tin Chaney, Rob Dolin, and State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Luis Moscoso. Today, we’re pleased to announce […]