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Monthly Archives: October 2015

Tim Eyman’s I-1366 is bad public policy that even conservatives ought to be against

Excerpt: We are all standing together to ensure that Washington State moves forward, not backwards. We ask you to join with us in rejecting this false choice that Tim Eyman has manufactured as the latest bad idea to come out of his initiative factory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Here’s what Jeb Bush’s people have to say in private about Marco Rubio

Excerpt: Now this is entertaining reading. We’re not sure how it happened, but an extremely lengthy, one hundred and twelve page presentation prepared by Jeb Bush’s campaign, ostensibly for donors and other backers, was leaked to U.S. News & World Report. The whole thing has been published online for anyone to read. Midway through the presentation […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dow Constantine: Join me in supporting Best Starts for Kids (King County Proposition 1)

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: It is our great pleasure tonight to welcome King County Executive Dow Constantine to NPI’s Cascadia Advocate. In this special guest post, Executive Constantine explains why it is critical that we pass King County Proposition #1, the Best Starts for Kids levy, this November. NPI has taken a position enthusiastically supporting this measure, […]
Written by:Dow Constantine
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Four out of five KIRO talk radio hosts say they’re voting NO on Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Excerpt: Earlier this week, Bonneville International-owned KIRO 97.3 FM published a 2015 Election Guide, in which it asked five of its radio personalities how they feel about this year’s crop of candidates and ballot measures. As part of the survey, hosts John Curley, Tom Tangney, Dori Monson, Ron Upshaw, and Jason Rantz were asked how they […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s values need defending: Why Redmond must oppose Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Tonight, Northwest Progressive Institute Advisory Council member Kathleen Reynolds and I attended a special meeting of the Redmond City Council to urge Redmond’s seven elected lawmakers to take a position opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366. The following is a revised and extended copy of my remarks.  Good evening, Mayor Machione and members of the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s time to vote NO on Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Excerpt: We are just over a week away from Election Night 2015 here in Washington State. With the voting period more than halfway over, now is a good time to fill out that ballot and vote NO on Tim Eyman’s I-1366, Eyman’s worst measure yet. It is critical that we defeat I-1366 and reject the disastrous […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn says he won’t run again in 2016

Excerpt: Incumbent Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn announced today that he has decided against running for reelection in 2016, which means we will have an open race for OSPI next year. In a statement sent to NPI and other media outlets, Dorn announced his decision and made it clear he would not be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Flanked by Obama, Joe Biden declares he will not be a candidate for President in 2016

Excerpt: Vice President Joe Biden has announced that he will not be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States next year, saying that he did not see a path forward for a campaign after consultations with his family. Flanked by President Obama and the Second Lady, his wife Jill Biden, the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the 2015 Canadian federal election from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good afternoon! Today marks the end of a seventy-eight day campaign in Canada to determine who will govern the United States’ most important neighbor for the next few years. We’ve been following the campaign from a distance for the last few weeks, and tonight we’ll be sharing impressions with you as the results come in. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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City of Seattle joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s awful I-1366 with unanimous vote

Excerpt: The broad, diverse, bipartisan coalition fighting to defeat Tim Eyman’s awful Initiative 1366 by November 3rd just keeps on getting bigger. Today, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to put the state’s largest municipality on record as opposed to I-1366, which would slash $8 billion in sales tax revenue over the next six years — […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee fires up doorbellers for State Representative Carol Gregory in 30th LD

Excerpt: With ballots having been mailed out to Washington’s more than three and a half million registered voters this past week, today and tomorrow are the first of many GOTV (get out the vote) weekends for this year’s candidates and campaigns. Few races in the state are more fiercely contested than the showdown in the 30th […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dave Reichert takes a pass on challenging Jay Inslee for governor in 2016

Excerpt: Today in anticlimactic announcements, Dave Reichert declared that he he will be seeking reelection to Congress in 2016, and not running for governor. Like so many of you, I have been extremely disappointed in the decisions coming out of the Governor’s Office — regarding our schools, the health of our children, and most recently a decision to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New NPI poll finds Washingtonians strongly support a capital gains tax on the wealthy

Excerpt: A clear majority of Washington voters support taxing the capital gains of wealthy individuals to help pay for public schools, colleges and universities, according to a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling for NPI. Our recent annual research poll found 55% of Washingtonians likely to vote in the November 2015 general election support a capital gains tax, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ballots mailed for 2015 general election across Washington State

Excerpt: Elections officials across Washington State announced today that ballots are in the mail to the vast majority of the state’s three and half million registered voters, following last month’s distribution of ballots to overseas and military voters. “This election may not have the sizzle of the presidential-year election like we’ll have in 2016, but we […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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