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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Washington’s Senate Republicans pass bill transferring education funding to highways

Excerpt: Proving once again that their Fund education first rhetoric is nothing but a false front, Republicans today pushed a bill through the Washington State Senate that transfers sales tax revenue collected on transportation projects out of the state’s general fund and into its highway fund. Since the general fund principally pays for our schools and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Public Planning
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VICTORY!!! FCC votes to adopt strong Net Neutrality rules to protect the Internet

Excerpt: Organized money may be an increasingly powerful force in America and American politics, but today, organized people beat organized money to secure a historic, vital victory for Internet freedom in the United States of America. Just minutes ago, the Federal Communications Commission’s Democratic majority voted to adopt strong net neutrality rules that will keep the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer to speak at NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: Tonight, we are very pleased and excited to announce that U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer will be the opening speaker at our seventh Spring Fundraising Gala, which will take place April 10th at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. First elected to the U.S. House in 2012, Congressman Kilmer represents Washington’s 6th Congressional District, which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Port dispute at an end? ILWU says tentative agreement reached on new contract with PMA

Excerpt: A dispute between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), a group of West Coast terminal operators, is at an end following successful negotiations on a new contract, the parties say. “After more than nine months of negotiations, we are pleased to have reached an agreement that is good […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tables at NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala to be named after great progressive leaders

Excerpt: Late February is the time of year when many Northern Hemisphere dwellers like to say that spring is right around the corner. For those of us living west of the Cascades here in the Pacific Northwest, it feels like spring has already arrived, with the unusually warm temperatures we’ve been experiencing. The other day, my […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci announces campaign for King County Council, District 6

Excerpt: King County suburban politics got a lot less boring today with Bellevue Mayor Claudia Balducci’s announcement that she is giving up her seat on the Bellevue City Council to challenge Republican Jane Hague for King County Council’s 6th District. The 6th District encompasses Kirkland, most of Bellevue, Mercer Island, part of Redmond, the Points communities, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The new, extreme Republican Party has arrived in Washington State

Excerpt: Last week’s announcement from a group of State Senators of a new transportation package has dominated the political news in Washington State. NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve explained the numerous flaws of this proposal here on the Cascadia Advocate. But it’s also worth taking a step back and examining what this proposal means for the future […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Senate Republicans unveil pavement-heavy transportation plan laden with bad provisions

Excerpt: Washington State’s Senate Republican caucus held a news conference in Olympia this afternoon to take the wraps off of a transportation plan that’s somewhat better than what they belatedly offered last year, but still pavement-heavy and laden with a number of provisions that are completely unacceptable. The Republican-backed proposal, pushed by Senator Curtis King (who […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Philadelphia selected as host city for 2016 Democratic National Convention

Excerpt: It’s official: the Democratic Party has a host city for its next quadrennial meeting. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection, will serve as the gathering place for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which will be held the week of July 25th, 2016, following the Republican National Convention Cleveland. (Typically, the party that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NBC’s Brian Williams suspended for six months; Jon Stewart to leave The Daily Show

Excerpt: Today, something remarkable happened: The host of a fake news show made real news by announcing his departure from the program he has helmed since 1999, while the host of a real news show was suspended by his network for faking details about his experience as a war zone reporter over ten years ago. Who […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hearing on SB 5375 turns into The Pam Roach Show – with special guest Tim Eyman

Excerpt: Yesterday morning, as some readers may have heard on Twitter, I made a special trip down to Olympia with the intention of testifying in favor of Senate Bill 5375, one of the Northwest Progressive Institute’s priority bills for this session. I was hoping to be able to explain to the Senate Government Operations and Security […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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SB 5375 would bring needed accountability to Washington’s signature gathering industry

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The following are the remarks I prepared as the basis for my spoken testimony in favor of SB 5375. This bill was supposed to be heard by the Senate Government Operations and Security Committee today. I never got a chance to testify in favor of SB 5375 because committee chair Pam Roach refused […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Transportation Committee narrowly advances HB 1180 – after watering it down

Excerpt: This afternoon, the House Transportation Committee reported out House Bill 1180, one of NPI’s priority bills for this legislative session, with a “do pass” recommendation… but not before adopting a Republican-backed amendment that substantially watered down the bill for no good reason. In its now-amended form, HB 1180 would grant new revenue authority to Sound […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Raspberry Pi Foundation unveils new Pi that’s six times faster, will support Windows 10

Excerpt: Three years to the month after launching the first Raspberry Pi microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has unveiled a new Pi that uses a more modern processor and has twice as much memory onboard. The Raspberry Pi 2, as it’s being called, will sell for $35, just like its predecessors (the first generation Model A […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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