Posted inEducation, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

NPI calls on Governor Jay Inslee to uphold our Constitution by vetoing charters bailout

Editor’s Note: Two weeks ago, Repub­­li­­can-dom­i­­nat­ed majori­ties in the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Sen­ate passed a bill restor­ing fund­ing for char­ter schools and allow­ing new char­ters to be autho­rized, in defi­ance of the Supreme Court’s rul­ing in League of Women Vot­ers v. State of Wash­ing­ton. NPI is ask­ing Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee to veto […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Litigation, Policy Topics

Labor movement finally catches a break as Supreme Court deadlocks in Friedrichs case

A right wing attempt to severe­ly weak­en pub­lic sec­tor unions end­ed in fail­ure today when the Supreme Court announced in a one-sen­­tence rul­ing that it would not over­turn its 1977 deci­sion allow­ing such unions to charge non-mem­bers agency fees to cov­er the cost of rep­re­sent­ing them in col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing nego­ti­a­tions. Pre­sum­ably, the remain­ing mem­bers of […]

Posted inHolidays

Happy Easter 2016!

If you are observ­ing the East­er hol­i­day today, please accept best wish­es from all of us at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. East­er is the most sig­nif­i­cant holy day for Christianity’s many denom­i­na­tions, although not all of them are cel­e­brat­ing it today. Pas­sages like the fol­low­ing excerpt from the Gospel of John (20:1–9) are com­mon­ly read […]

Posted inElections

NPI boardmembers reflect on their 2016 Democratic presidential caucus experiences

Edi­tor’s Note: Although NPI is not affil­i­at­ed with a polit­i­cal par­ty, does not endorse can­di­dates, and does not engage in elec­tion­eer­ing for or against any can­di­date, NPI’s lead­ers are involved in Demo­c­ra­t­ic pol­i­tics as indi­vid­u­als, and par­tic­i­pat­ed in this morn­ing’s Wash­ing­ton pres­i­den­tial precinct cau­cus­es.  As our board­mem­bers each reside in a dif­fer­ent precinct in the […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Bernie Sanders wins Washington’s 2016 Democratic presidential precinct caucuses

Ver­mont Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders will like­ly wind up with a com­mand­ing vic­to­ry over for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hillary Clin­ton in Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial precinct cau­cus­es, ear­ly results sug­gest. Wash­ing­ton Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cau­cus­es — Pre­lim­i­nary Results Sat­ur­day, March 26th, 2016 Can­di­date Per­cent­age Leg­isla­tive Del­e­gates Nation­al Del­e­gates Bernie Sanders 74.7% 5,536 (so far) 18 (est) Hillary Clin­ton 25.1% 1,931 […]

Posted inElections, Events, Live Coverage

LIVE from Safeco Field: Bernie Sanders returns to Seattle for final rally on caucus eve

Good evening from Safe­co Field! It’s a beau­ti­ful spring evening here in Seat­tle’s SoDo neigh­bor­hood, where Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie Sanders is mak­ing his final Ever­green State appear­ance ahead of Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct cau­cus­es. Sanders is hop­ing for a big vic­to­ry in Wash­ing­ton to demon­strate that Hillary Clin­ton does­n’t have the nom­i­na­tion locked up yet. […]

Posted inElections, Events

Bernie Sanders is coming back to Seattle… and he wants you to help him fill Safeco Field

Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie Sanders is head­ed back to Seat­tle for what promis­es to be one of the biggest polit­i­cal ral­lies of all time in the his­to­ry of the Pacif­ic North­west and the Unit­ed States. Sanders will attempt to fill the Seat­tle Mariners’ home sta­di­um of Safe­co Field with tens of thou­sands of sup­port­ers for […]

Posted inElections

March 22nd results: Bernie Sanders prevails in Idaho/Utah; Hillary Clinton wins Arizona

Demo­c­ra­t­ic activists and vot­ers in three more states had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate today in the process of choos­ing a can­di­date to car­ry the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty’s stan­dard in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. In Ari­zona, fron­trun­ner Hillary Clin­ton won eas­i­ly. With near­ly 90% of precincts report­ing, she had 58% of the vote, to Sanders’ 40%. Arizona […]

Posted inPublic Planning

Sound Transit’s University Link light rail extension opens to the public for free rides

Flanked by King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine and the Emer­ald City’s First Gen­tle­man, Michael Shiosa­ki, Seat­tle May­or Ed Mur­ray this morn­ing used a giant pair of cer­e­mo­ni­al scis­sors to cut open a rib­bon at the entrance of Sound Transit’s new Capi­tol Hill Sta­tion, sig­nal­ing the open­ing of Sound Tran­sit’s Uni­ver­si­ty Link light rail to the […]

Posted inElections, Events

Bernie Sanders to rally with supporters this Sunday in Seattle, Vancouver, and Spokane

Bernie Sanders’ pres­i­den­tial cam­paign has announced that it will be hold­ing a series of big ral­lies across Wash­ing­ton this Sun­day in advance of the Ever­green State’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct cau­cus­es on Sat­ur­day, March 26th. The cam­paign events will be held in sequence, with the first in Van­cou­ver Sun­day morn­ing, the sec­ond in Seat­tle in the late afternoon, […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Sound Transit’s University Link light rail extension: An incredible experience

Yes­ter­day after­noon, as rays of sun­light broke through the cloudy skies above our region, Sound Tran­sit invit­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tives of region­al and local media out­lets to join agency lead­er­ship for a spe­cial Uni­ver­si­ty Link light rail pre­view ride and tour of the new Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton and Capi­tol Hill sta­tions. Uni­ver­si­ty Link opens to the public […]

Posted inElections, Litigation, Live Coverage

LIVE from Olympia: Washington’s Supreme Court hears oral argument in Lee v. State

Good morn­ing from Olympia! NPI Trea­sur­er Essie Hicks and I are here at the Tem­ple of Jus­tice, the meet­ing place of the Supreme Court, to lis­ten to oral argu­ment in Lee v. State, the legal chal­lenge to Tim Eyman’s I‑1366. Attor­neys rep­re­sent­ing each of the par­ties in the case will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to summarize […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

State Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self to speak at NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundraising Gala

With the sea­son of renew­al less than a week away, and NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala not far behind, it’s now time for us to announce who the final speak­er at this year’s gala will be. Pre­vi­ous­ly, we had the plea­sure of reveal­ing that U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Smith would be our keynote speak­er and Tina […]

Posted inElections, Litigation

Washington State Supreme Court to hear oral argument in Lee v. State tomorrow morning

Tomor­row morn­ing, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court is sched­uled to hear oral argu­ment in Lee v. State, the post-elec­­tion legal chal­lenge to Tim Eyman’s I‑1366, which nar­row­ly passed last Novem­ber amidst record low vot­er turnout. I‑1366 was an attempt by Eyman to coerce the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture into over­turn­ing a pre­vi­ous Supreme Court deci­sion, League […]