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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
Categories:Elections, Events, Live Coverage
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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
Categories:Breaking News, Elections, Live Coverage
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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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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