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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Beau Biden: 1969-2015

Excerpt: Former Delaware Attorney General and Delaware Army National Guard Major Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, has died after succumbing to brain cancer, the Vice President’s office has announced. He was only forty-six. “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Public Service
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Militant Republican legislator Elizabeth Scott to challenge Suzan DelBene in 2016

Excerpt: Last night, it was reported that Republicans have found a challenger to run against Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene in 2016: the gun-toting, background check-denouncing Elizabeth Scott, who currently serves in the Republican minority in the Washington State House of Representatives. Republicans have not defeated a Democratic incumbent for federal or statewide office in Washington for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Nebraska lawmakers abolish executions, overriding Republican governor’s veto

Excerpt: Joyous news to report on today. Lawmakers in the reliably conservative state of Nebraska today took a courageous stand for human rights and dignity by overriding Republican Governor Pete Ricketts’ veto of legislation that would permanently abolish executions. With no votes to spare, the unicameral Nebraska Legislature voted to make the Cornhusker State the nineteenth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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U.S. Senate adjourns after failing to take any action to reform or renew the unPatriot Act

Excerpt: Well, that was really something. Just minutes ago, the United States Senate adjourned for an extended Memorial Day weekend recess after having failed to pass any legislation to reform or renew expiring provisions of the (un)Patriot Act — which means that the National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation will need to start winding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Big Bird or Big Oil? Mismanagement is jeopardizing the future of Seattle’s KCTS

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: John de Graaf is a respected documentary filmmaker and progressive activist with decades of public television experience. He was the keynote speaker at NPI’s 2010 Spring Fundraising Gala and is a valued supporter of NPI’s work. In this post, he explains what has been happening recently at KCTS Seattle, and what we as […]
Written by:John de Graaf
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Poll Watch: Jay Inslee holds sizable lead over Andy Hill and Bill Bryant, PPP finds

Excerpt: Respected public opinion research firm Public Policy Polling has just published the results of a poll it recently conducted in Washington on 2016 races and voter attitudes towards background checks on gun sales, marijuana, and marriage freedom. It finds that both Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray are in excellent shape for reelection, leading […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Join the coalition opposing I-1366 – Tim Eyman’s most destructive initiative yet

Excerpt: This November, in addition to choosing leaders at the city, county, and port level, Washingtonians will very likely be deciding the fate of the most destructive initiative that Tim Eyman has ever proposed: Initiative 1366. I-1366 is a clone of last year’s I-1325, which failed to make the ballot because Eyman wasn’t able to find […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Steve Fields files to run against John Marchione for Mayor of Redmond

Excerpt: It’s official: We have a contested mayor’s race here in Redmond! Earlier today, businessman and government effectiveness enthusiast Steve Fields, a longtime resident of the Bicycle Capital of the Northwest, filed his candidacy to run for mayor of NPI’s hometown, challenging incumbent John Marchione. “Redmond is changing very fast. We are building everywhere. We have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to fast-track Trans-Pacific Partnership blocked in U.S. Senate (for now)

Excerpt: Divisive trade promotion authority legislation the White House is seeking to put the Trans-Pacific partnership on a fast-track to passage ran off the rails today, with the United States Senate voting mostly along party lines not to invoke cloture on the bill. The legislation could still come up again, but at least for the time […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Faye Garneau, Suzie Burke, NECA keeping Tim Eyman’s initiative factory lubricated with cash

Excerpt: Thanks to a mix of new and old wealthy benefactors who have been filling his campaign coffers with megabucks, Tim Eyman appears to have all the money he needs to buy his way onto this November’s ballot with the destructive, hostage-taking initiative that he tried and failed to qualify last year. Reports just filed with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sherril Huff confirms retirement as King County Director of Elections; won’t run again

Excerpt: King County’s incumbent Director of Elections Sherril Huff confirmed this morning what political insiders and a number of activists have been hearing over the last few days: She’s retiring from the job and will not run again this year. In a news release sent to NPI, Huff said she had been planning to run for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Filing Week 2015: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Monday afternoon

Excerpt: Welcome to Filing Week 2015! Today through Friday, elections officials around the state will be accepting formal declarations of candidacy from Washingtonians who have decided they want to run for office at the local level (and, in a couple legislative districts, the state level). There are many important contests within King County on the ballot […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama unwisely ratchets up feud with Senator Warren over fast-track, TPP

Excerpt: In a just-published interview with political columnist Matt Bai, who now writes for Yahoo, President Barack Obama has unwisely chosen to ratchet up his feud with Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and fast-track legislation that would require a final version of the TPP to receive an up or down vote […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl to retire next year after University Link opens

Excerpt: One of the most transformative, dynamic, and capable civic leaders the Pacific Northwest has ever seen will soon be stepping down, leaving behind a great legacy, but also giant-sized shoes in need of filling. Joni Earl, sixty-one, has been at the helm of Sound Transit for nearly a decade and a half. Under her direction, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Public Service
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