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Monthly Archives: February 2016

No, tablets aren’t dead

Excerpt: Every so often, AOL-owned technology blog TechCrunch publishes a piece written by a contributor that bizarrely declares something that remains in widespread usage to be dead. MG Siegler infamously proclaimed the mouse to be dead in 2010, and later that same year, in the span of a single week, TechCrunch writers astonishingly proclaimed that the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Technology
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Early numbers suggest Hillary Clinton has scored a big victory in South Carolina

Excerpt: As expected, it took only a few seconds following the closing of polls in South Carolina for cable and broadcast news networks to project that Hillary Clinton had won. Though the actual numbers are still trickling in, it looks like Clinton has scored an impressive victory. Presently, she has around four-fifths of the vote. South […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit celebrates new ridership milestones, advances engineering for Redmond & Federal Way light rail extensions

Excerpt: Happy news to share this afternoon: Sound Transit revealed today that demand for its express bus, commuter rail, and light rail services is booming, while also announcing that it has restored funding for engineering work on future light rail extensions to Federal Way and downtown Redmond, where NPI is headquartered. Sound Transit, as most Cascadia […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Hillary Clinton projected as the narrow victor in the Nevada Democratic caucuses

Excerpt: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will wind up eking out a narrow victory over Senator Bernie Sanders in the Nevada Democratic caucuses, if projections by cable and broadcast news networks are accurate. With 72.4% reporting, Clinton had 52.3% support, compared to 47.7% for Bernie Sanders. When all is said and done, she will probably […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right wing U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dead at seventy-nine

Excerpt: United States Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the most senior justice on the Roberts Court and a reliable vote for the Court’s right wing bloc, has died, according to a statement released today by Chief Justice John Roberts. “On behalf of the Court and retired Justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Litigation, Party Politics
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Liveblogging the sixth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the sixth Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being organized and broadcast by PBS affiliates like KCTS 9, and simulcast by CNN. If you don’t get PBS over the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! WA Senate defeats bill to roll back protections for transgender individuals

Excerpt: In a victory for LGBT civil rights, a discriminatory bill that tried to roll back protections for transgender individuals has died on the floor of the Washington State Senate today after being defeated by the narrowest of margins. The militants who control the Senate Republican caucus, including Tim Eyman’s pals Doug Ericksen, Michael Baumgartner, Pam […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump projected to win in New Hampshire after polls close

Excerpt: Now that most of the state’s polls have closed, America’s cable and broadcast networks are projecting that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump — who each finished second place in the Iowa caucuses last week — have won the Democratic and Republican 2016 presidential primaries in New Hampshire. Early unofficial results show both Sanders and Trump […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Is your school district having an election today? If it is, don’t forget to vote!

Excerpt: A reminder to all Cascadia Advocate readers who live in Washington that today is Election Day! Tonight, at 8 PM, is the the deadline to return ballots in the first of two special election periods scheduled to be held this year. We really ought to do away with special elections altogether and save a lot […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Here we go again: Tim Eyman resumes his war on Sound Transit and Link light rail

Excerpt: Tim Eyman is losing in court and under investigation by Attorney General Bob Ferguson for substantive violations of Washington public disclosure law, but that’s not stopping him from swinging for the fences in 2016. Today, Eyman announced that he plans to qualify not one, but two initiatives to the ballot this year. The first, unveiled […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Republicans trip all over themselves trying to explain Lynn Peterson’s ouster

Excerpt: In the wake of yesterday’s surprise vote to remove Lynn Peterson as Washington Secretary of Transportation, Senate Republicans have been asked, again and again, by their Democratic colleagues as well as by reporters: Why are you doing this? Different Republican senators have been giving different answers, especially in one-on-one interviews with the press…. even contradicting […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government, Public Planning
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Snohomish County’s 5th District PCOs meet to choose nominees to succeed Dave Somers

Excerpt: Good morning, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the special nominating caucus to fill the council vacancy created by the election of Dave Somers as Snohomish County Executive. This special nominating caucus has been called by the Snohomish County Democratic Central Committee in accordance with state party rules, to select three nominees to present […]
Written by:Rennie Sawade
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Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson forced out by Senate Republicans

Excerpt: After three years on the job, Washington State Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson’s employment has been abruptly terminated — though not by Governor Jay Inslee, the chief executive who hired her and who she reports to by law. Instead, in a stunning turn of events, Peterson is being forced to pack her bags by the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the fifth 2016 Democratic presidential debate from the great Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and welcome to NPI’s live coverage of the fourth Democratic presidential debate of the 2016 cycle. I will be watching and sharing impressions of the debate as it progresses. The debate is being broadcast by MSNBC. If you don’t have cable, you can livestream the debate online. Courtesy of MSNBC, here’s how you […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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