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Monthly Archives: March 2015

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson to keynote NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: With the first day of April near­ly upon us, and NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala not far behind, it’s now time for us to announce who the final speak­er at this year’s gala will be. Pre­vi­ous­ly, we had the plea­sure of reveal­ing that U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Derek Kilmer would be our open­ing speak­er and Kirk­land City […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Father Gerald F. Lovett: 1935–2015

Excerpt: May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. — Tra­di­tion­al Irish bless­ing We may still be in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Spirituality
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Push poll creator Tim Eyman doesn’t want fiscal impact disclosures added to ballot titles

Excerpt: A bill that would add fis­cal impact dis­clo­sures to the bal­lot titles of many future ini­tia­tives has drawn the ire of polit­i­cal prof­i­teer Tim Eyman only a week after pass­ing the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate by a three-to-one mar­gin. Sub­sti­tute Sen­ate Bill 5715, orig­i­nal­ly prime spon­sored by Sen­a­tor Joe Fain (R‑47th Dis­trict; Kent, Cov­ing­ton, Auburn) seeks […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kim Wyman and Pam Roach’s SB 5978 won’t guarantee a meaningful presidential primary

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Yes­ter­day, I trav­eled down in Olympia to tes­ti­fy before the House Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee on SB 5978, Kim Wyman and Pam Roach’s bill to replace our state’s pres­i­den­tial straw poll with an expen­sive, mean­ing­less straw poll in the event the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty decides to use a cau­cus to allo­cate its del­e­gates to the 2016 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet Tim Eyman’s new wealthy benefactor: Developer Clyde Holland of Holland Partners

Excerpt: The gears of Tim Eyman’s ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry appear to be spin­ning with full force once again fol­low­ing a major infu­sion of cash from two wealthy right wing devel­op­ers, new reports filed with the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion show. The cam­paign com­mit­tee for I‑1366, Eyman’s ini­tia­tive for 2015, report­ed that for Feb­ru­ary of 2015 (its first month […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kirkland City Councilmember Shelley Kloba to emcee NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: Tonight, with NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala now just six weeks away, we are thrilled to announce that we have a fan­tas­tic Mas­ter of Cer­e­monies lined up to run this year’s speak­ing pro­gram: Kirk­land City Coun­cilmem­ber Shel­ley Klo­ba. Shel­ley is one of the East­side’s most prin­ci­pled and hard­work­ing elect­ed offi­cials. She was appoint­ed by her […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate backs Kim Wyman’s irresponsible plan to alter Washington’s presidential primary

Excerpt: A bill that would auto­mat­i­cal­ly replace Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry with a mean­ing­less, fan­tas­ti­cal­ly expen­sive pres­i­den­tial straw poll if the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty refus­es to begin using the pri­ma­ry to allo­cate its nation­al con­ven­tion del­e­gates passed the Sen­ate with ease yes­ter­day evening fol­low­ing a bewil­der­ing floor debate. By a vote of thir­ty-six to twelve, the Sen­ate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House of Representatives passes bills to raise minimum wage and provide sick + safe leave

Excerpt: In a sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for work­ing peo­ple, the Wash­ing­ton’s House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives tonight adopt­ed leg­is­la­tion to raise the state’s min­i­mum wage to twelve dol­lars an hour by 2019. Fifty-one rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed to pass HB 1355, while forty-six vot­ed against pas­sage. One rep­re­sen­ta­tive was excused. The roll call was as fol­lows: Vot­ing Yea: Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Apple­ton, Bergquist, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen upholds majority rule in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a vic­to­ry for democ­ra­cy, sense, and the rule of law, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Brad Owen today ruled that a Repub­li­can-engi­neered Sen­ate rules change to require two-thirds votes to advance rev­enue-rais­ing bills is unen­force­able because it vio­lates the Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion. Owen, who pre­sides over the state Leg­is­la­ture’s upper cham­ber in his capac­i­ty as Pres­i­dent […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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