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Monthly Archives: January 2015

Our region needs Sound Transit 3: NPI founder’s testimony in support of HB 1180

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: On Wednesday, I traveled down in Olympia to testify before the House Transportation Committee on HB 1180, which would give Sound Transit the authority it needs to propose an ST3 package to voters in urban King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties in 2016. The following is the text of my prepared testimony. Good afternoon, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Proposed constitutional amendment to thwart unfunded mandates should be discarded

Excerpt: On Wednesday of this week, Republican State Senator Joe Fain introduced a new constitutional amendment intended to prevent the people of Washington from proposing and passing any more initiatives that the attorney general’s office deems to be an unfunded mandate. The amendment, which is officially known as Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 8201, has an impressive […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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Roger Freeman’s former legislative aide joins Republican Party to run for Legislature

Excerpt: Following in the footsteps of his idol Mark Miloscia, Federal Way City Councilmember and former Democratic legislative assistant Martin Moore announced today that he is joining the Republican Party and will run against Democratic State Representative Carol Gregory for the seat held by Freeman prior to his death last October. Moore, thirty, belonged to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied”

Excerpt: Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and we do every year in honor of Dr. King’s memory, I’m posting an excerpt from his Letter From Birmingham Jail. In these passages, he is explaining why he has rejected calls to wait on advancing civil rights. King makes the point that people who wish to expand […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Holidays
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Actions speak louder than words, and Tim Sheldon’s actions make him a Republican

Excerpt: Aside from Senate Republicans’ adoption of a set of rules containing an undemocratic, unconstitutional procedural two-thirds vote requirement for bills proposing new revenue sources, the main news being reported out of the statehouse by Washington newspapers on Monday was the surprise election of Pam Roach to the office of President Pro Tempore. As we had […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Party Politics
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Democrats settle score with Tim Sheldon by electing Pam Roach as President Pro Tem

Excerpt: Washington State’s Senate Democratic caucus made the most of an opportunity to hold Tim Sheldon accountable for his treachery at the end of 2012 by joining forces this afternoon with militant Republicans Don Benton and Pam Roach to elect the renegade Roach as President Pro Tem of the Washington State Senate. Sheldon had expected the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Islamic terrorists attack offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, France, leaving twelve dead

Excerpt: This is just awful: At least two masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of satirical [French language] weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, killing twelve people and injuring eleven more before escaping in a car. It was France’s deadliest terrorist attack in decades. Some of France’s most prominent cartoonists were among the dead, including the magazine’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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California’s experience proves Governor Inslee is right to pursue cap and trade

Excerpt: Governor Jay Inslee’s bold yet sensible step to bring Washington State into the growing North American cap and trade system is predictably generating opposition from Republicans. State Senator Curtis King, the Republican chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, took to the pages of the Seattle Times to denounce Governor Inslee’s plan. Unfortunately for King, his attack on […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Pacific Northwest unlikely to gain U.S. House seats in 2020 reapportionment, data indicates

Excerpt: Shortly before Christmas, the United States Census Bureau released its 2014 State and National Population Estimates. Strikingly, the data released by the Census Bureau shows that the United States’ population is growing at slowest rate since 1937. There is a parallel: Then, as now, we were witnessing a combination of recovery from a weak economy […]
Written by:Richard Champion
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Curtis King’s response to Governor Inslee’s transportation plan is devoid of substance

Excerpt: With the upcoming long session of the sixty-fourth Washington State Legislature set to begin in a week, The Seattle Times has opted to devote a portion of its editorial page to commentary on state issues, instead of the usual syndicated fare. Readers of this morning’s paper may have noticed that the Times invited the chairs […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2015

Excerpt: 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 2015 (and fortieth annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment on this New Year’s Day: BAE — One of the top nominees. “Meaning ‘before […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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