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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Tim Eyman’s Failure Chart has been given a new entry following yesterday’s I-1366 ruling

Excerpt: Now that the Washington State Supreme Court has put the kibosh on Tim Eyman’s I-1366 — an incredibly-destructive, Ted Cruz-style scheme to force the Legislature to sabotage the majority vote clause of our state Constitution by holding $8 billion in funding for education and essential public services hostage — we can add it to Eyman’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congratulations, Friends of 88.5 FM! $7 million raised to buy KPLU from Pacific Lutheran

Excerpt: This is truly wonderful news: The community group hoping to preserve 88.5 FM as an independent radio station has hit its $7 million fundraising goal a month ahead of schedule. KPLU General Manager Joey Cohn announced live on the air Thursday afternoon that nearly 18,000 donors have raised enough money to make a bid for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Eyman’s I-1366 is buried; now the Legislature needs to get back to work on school funding

Excerpt: Yesterday, Washington’s Supreme Court gave Tim Eyman’s I-1366 a proper and fitting burial, ruling 9-0 that the measure was unconstitutional. In affirming Judge William Downing’s decision striking down Tim Eyman’s I-1366 in its entirety, the high court both did its job and rescued the Legislature from having to worry about losing $8 billion in funding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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HUGE VICTORY: Unified State Supreme Court rules Tim Eyman’s I-1366 is unconstitutional!

Excerpt: This morning, in another landmark decision, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously affirmed King County Superior Court Judge William Downing’s ruling striking down Tim Eyman‘s draconian Initiative 1366 as unconstitutional in its entirety — relegating the mean-spirited, Ted Cruz-inspired hostage-taking scheme to Washington’s political graveyard forever. This is a huge victory. As I said in our […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hillary Clinton wins Washington’s (nonbinding) Democratic presidential primary

Excerpt: Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has swept to victory in Washington’s 2016 Democratic presidential primary, which the party won’t be using to allocate any delegates to the 2016 DNC in Philadelphia, early results show. With 661,403 ballots cast and counted so far, Clinton has a healthy 47,973 vote lead over Bernie Sanders, and is ahead in the state’s most populous […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie Sanders wins Oregon’s Democratic primary, completes sweep of Pacific NW

Excerpt: Initial results in Oregon’s 2016 primary election are in, and they show that Bernie Sanders has won the Beaver State as expected, although not by a huge margin. Of Oregon’s 2,293,928 voters, 954,125 cast ballots, for a total turnout of 41%. In Oregon, voters register by party, so we can also compare turnout among voters identifying with […]
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Bernie Sanders wins in West Virginia; celebrates with victory speech in Oregon

Excerpt: Defying the naysayers who have suggested he’s out of fuel and momentum, Bernie Sanders scored another late-in-the-season victory tonight by scoring what could be a double-digit victory in West Virginia’s Democratic primary. With 65.7% of precincts reporting, Sanders had around 51% of the vote (an outright majority), with Clinton well behind at 36.5%. A few gadflies accompanied Martin O’Malley […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump clinches the Republican nomination as John Kasich quits campaign

Excerpt: Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump clinched the Republican Party’s presidential nomination on Wednesday as his last remaining rival, Ohio Governor John Kasich, dropped out of the race, having concluded that there was no path to victory at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Kasich began his press conference by waxing nostalgic […]
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Ted Cruz ends presidential campaign after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana

Excerpt: Reactionary right wing Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has ended his presidential campaign following his loss in the Indiana Republican primary to fiery real estate mogul Donald Trump, who will now almost certainly be the Republican nominee. “What you have done, the movement you have started is extraordinary,” Cruz told somber supporters towards the end […]
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Kudos to the Seattle City Council for voting down street vacation for Chris Hansen

Excerpt: Yesterday, in a landmark five to four vote, the Seattle City Council turned down a request by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen to vacate part of Occidental Avenue South in the city’s South Downtown (SoDo) neighborhood. Hansen, who has been engaged in a multi-year quest to return an NBA franchise to Seattle, had petitioned the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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