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Monthly Archives: December 2015

Banished Words for 2016

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2016 (and forty-first annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment on this New Year’s Eve: SO — So the word that received the most […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington will lose money with CarbonWA’s I-732, legislative staff analysis shows

Excerpt: Last week, against what should have been their better judgment, Yoram Bauman and the key people involved in spearheading CarbonWA’s deeply flawed Initiative 732 announced they had decided to move forward and turn in all of their remaining signatures to Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office. This means I-732 will likely qualify as an initiative […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Liveblogging the third 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the third Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. NPI Treasurer Essie Hicks and I will be watching the debate and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being broadcast by ABC and its affiliates. Courtesy of ABC, here’s where you can […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Two out of five Trump backers think rounding up Japanese Americans was a good thing, favor bombing Aladdin’s fictional homeland

Excerpt: As if The Daily Show‘s recent focus group with Donald Trump supporters wasn’t scary enough, Public Policy Polling (which periodically does public opinion research for NPI) has now published the results of its latest national poll, which finds that Donald Trump’s popularity among Republican voters continues to grow, and that many of those voters are […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Tim Eyman is wrong: Washingtonians have previously supported levying an income tax

Excerpt: Prolific initiative sponsor and serial liar Tim Eyman sent out an email this morning once again taking aim at the grand tax reform proposal unveiled by State Treasurer Jim McIntire and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn back in the spring. Though the proposal is over six months old, Eyman was irked that The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Crosscut creator David Brewster hops on Seattle media consolidation bandwagon

Excerpt: Yesterday, David Brewster simply floored me. Over the years, Brewster has played an admirable and respected role in Seattle, using media to encourage civic engagement and participation as a founder of The Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, an online news service, and the wonderful Town Hall venue for important lectures. While I wouldn’t call Brewster’s politics boldly […]
Written by:John de Graaf
Categories:Media & Culture
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King County Elections uses Business Reply Mail for signature updates – why not ballots?

Excerpt: On Friday, I received a routine letter from King County Elections requesting that I complete a form to update my signature for their records, to minimize the possibility that there will be any issues verifying my ballot in future elections. While my signature was not challenged in the November 2015 general election, it has been […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton elected Majority Floor Leader by Washington’s House Democrats

Excerpt: Earlier this evening, we received word that State Representative and NPI Vice President-Secretary Gael Tarleton has been elected by her Democratic colleagues to serve as the new Majority Floor Leader in the Washington State House of Representatives, succeeding Representative Kristine Lytton, who is taking over the chairmanship of the House Finance Committee from Reuven Carlyle. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: 36th’s Democratic PCOs choose nominees to succeed Reuven Carlyle

Excerpt: Tonight, the King County Democratic Central Committee (KCDCC) is holding a special nominating caucus consisting of the Democratic PCOs in the 36th Legislative District to draw up a list of names to succeed Reuven Carlyle as State Representative, in the event that he is chosen by the King County Council to take the place of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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