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Monthly Archives: April 2015

Vashon parks levy, Enumclaw school bond cross 60% minimum threshold for passage

Excerpt: Some good news to share this afternoon: The latest numbers uploaded by King County Elections following today’s ballot count show that two ballot measures to fund parks and public schools in two different areas of King County are now passing, after having been short of the sixty percent threshold in earlier counts. The first, a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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April special election results: King County public safety radio network levy winning big

Excerpt: Minutes ago, King County Elections published the results of the first round of ballot counting for the April 2015 special election. While there are no offices up in this election, voters in a number of jurisdictions were asked to decide the fate of a number of ballot measures, including a countywide levy to replace a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s Special Election Day! Have you voted?

Excerpt: In many jurisdictions across Washington State, today is a special election day. While it is common knowledge that we hold a Top Two election in August and the general election (which is really more like a runoff, thanks to Top Two) in November of every year, state law also provides for two special election windows: […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Horrible tragedy unfolding in Nepal following massive quake; thousands dead and injured

Excerpt: Last night, as most of the Pacific timezone was headed to bed or snoozing away following the end of another workweek, a massive earthquake struck Nepal, including the capital of Kathmandu. Initially reported as a magnitude 7.5 tremblor by the U.S. Geological Survey, it was later revised to 7.8. The quake stuck at a depth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; special session to begin next week

Excerpt: With a great deal left undone, the Washington State Legislature adjourned sine die this evening, two days ahead of the deadline for adjournment of an odd-year regular session fixed in the Washington State Constitution. The Democratic-controlled House and Republican-controlled Senate remain far apart on an operating budget for 2015-2017, and haven’t yet finished working on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Loretta Lynch confirmed as the United States of America’s new Attorney General

Excerpt: Well, it’s finally happened. After many contemptible delays, the United States Senate finally took up Loretta Lynch’s nomination today and voted to confirm her as the nation’s next Attorney General, which means that incumbent Eric Holder can finally pack his bags and leave office, as he has wanted to do for many months. A relieved […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Lake Washington teachers latest to walk out in protest of inadequate education funding

Excerpt: Teachers in the Lake Washington School District – which serves 26,700 students in NPI’s hometown of Redmond along with the neighboring cities of Kirkland and Sammamish – have voted to walk off the job on Wednesday, May 6th in protest of the Legislature’s completely inadequate response to the Supreme Court’s McCleary decision, and its refusal […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ubuntu and Kubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” released; Debian 8 “Jessie” due Saturday

Excerpt: Editor’s note: If the terms GNU and Linux don’t mean anything to you, this post is probably going to read like a bunch of gibberish. Sorry. But do read on if you’re interested in learning more about the wonderful world of free software. Free software enthusiasts, it’s time to rev up your Advanced Packaging Tool […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden vote to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership in Senate Finance

Excerpt: Deeply disappointing news to share tonight: So-called “fast-track” legislation that would prevent Congress from considering amendments to prior to a future vote on ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is moving forward after the U.S. Senate’s Finance Committee voted twenty to six to advance it. Among the twenty senators who voted in favor were Washington’s Maria […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Browse with confidence: NPI’s core network now encrypting all visits by default

Excerpt: It seems like hardly a week goes by these days when we don’t hear about yet another data breach or newly-discovered exploit in widely used software. Bad neighborhoods have existed on the Internet for a long time, but danger now seems to present itself at every turn. There’s malware lurking all over the place, email […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Analysis: State Treasurer’s grand tax reform plan is fatally flawed, shouldn’t move forward

Excerpt: Yesterday, State Treasurer Jim McIntire – who is responsible under state law for managing and overseeing the investment of the public’s money – unveiled a rather grand and ambitious plan for reforming the state’s tax code, which he says he hopes will be a “conversation starter”. The plan would dramatically alter Washington State’s tax structure […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to region’s congressional delegation: Stand strong against fast-track for TPP

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The following message regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnership is being sent today to our region’s United States Senators and Representatives, excluding Ron Wyden and Dave Reichert, who are on record in support of legislation to give President Obama the authority to negotiate a final incarnation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that couldn’t be amended by […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Federal grand jury returns ten count indictment of State Auditor Troy Kelley

Excerpt: State Auditor Troy Kelley has been indicted by a federal grand jury for filing false tax returns, making false declarations, obstructing justice, and possessing stolen property, the United States Attorney for Western Washington announced today. The ten count indictment was returned by a jury in the U.S. District Court in Seattle. Kelley is due to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Live in King County? Vote Yes by April 28th, 2015 to upgrade our region’s emergency public safety radio network

Excerpt: April may not seem like an election month, but in Washington, it’s actually one of two times during the year when local jurisdictions may schedule special elections, most often for the purpose of sending the voters a levy for their consideration. This year, the nine-member King County Council has opted to place a proposition on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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