Posted inAnnouncements, Events

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

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 […]

Posted inElections, Legislative Advocacy

Push poll creator Tim Eyman doesn’t want fiscal impact disclosures added to ballot titles

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 […]

Posted inElections, Party Politics

Kim Wyman and Pam Roach’s SB 5978 won’t guarantee a meaningful presidential primary

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 […]

Posted inElections

Meet Tim Eyman’s new wealthy benefactor: Developer Clyde Holland of Holland Partners

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 of […]

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Kirkland City Councilmember Shelley Kloba to emcee NPI’s 2015 Spring Fundraising Gala

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 […]

Posted inElections, Party Politics

Senate backs Kim Wyman’s irresponsible plan to alter Washington’s presidential primary

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 […]

Posted inBreaking News, Economic Security, Policy Topics

House of Representatives passes bills to raise minimum wage and provide sick + safe leave

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, […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen upholds majority rule in the Washington State Senate

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 […]