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Monthly Archives: March 2016

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

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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Labor movement finally catches a break as Supreme Court deadlocks in Friedrichs case

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Litigation
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Happy Easter 2016!

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI boardmembers reflect on their 2016 Democratic presidential caucus experiences

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie Sanders wins Washington’s 2016 Democratic presidential precinct caucuses

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Safeco Field: Bernie Sanders returns to Seattle for final rally on caucus eve

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
Categories:Elections, Events, Live Coverage
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Bernie Sanders is coming back to Seattle… and he wants you to help him fill Safeco Field

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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March 22nd results: Bernie Sanders prevails in Idaho/Utah; Hillary Clinton wins Arizona

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit’s University Link light rail extension opens to the public for free rides

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie Sanders to rally with supporters this Sunday in Seattle, Vancouver, and Spokane

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit’s University Link light rail extension: An incredible experience

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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LIVE from Olympia: Washington’s Supreme Court hears oral argument in Lee v. State

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Litigation, Live Coverage
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State Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self to speak at NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Supreme Court to hear oral argument in Lee v. State tomorrow morning

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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