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Monthly Archives: June 2016

VICTORY! Tim Eyman ordered to cooperate with AG investigation, pay enforcement costs

Excerpt: Hopefully putting an end to months of stonewalling by Tim Eyman, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Ellen Fair today ordered the initiative profiteer to cooperate with Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s investigation into his alleged violations of Washington’s public disclosure law, which began last fall with a referral of a complaint from the Public Disclosure Commission. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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KPLU SAVED! Deal with KUOW is off, 88.5 FM to become an independent NPR affiliate

Excerpt: A major victory for media diversity and independent journalism has been won today with the news that Pacific Lutheran University has agreed to sell NPR affiliate KPLU to the nonprofit group Friends of 88.5 FM, which successfully raised $7 million in the span of just a few months to keep the station independent. The just-announced […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Brexit vote: “Leave” wins stunning victory, but Scotland and N. Ireland vote to Remain

Excerpt: A majority of voters in the United Kingdom of Great Britain have decided to break up with the European Union, British mass media outlets are projecting, stunning financial markets and pundits who had predicted a victory for the Remain campaign when all was said and done. At around midnight Eastern time and 9 PM Pacific, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Sound Transit Board sends ST3 to ballot; Mass Transit Now campaign launches to pass it

Excerpt: Sound Transit’s eighteen member Board of Directors voted unanimously to adopt the revised draft ST3 (Phase III) plan and refer it to the voters of urban King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties this afternoon, successfully concluding several years of extensive planning and public outreach. Board Chair Dow Constantine thanked Sound Transit staff for their hard work […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Planning
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YES on Sound Transit 3: Now is the time to make a bold investment in regional mobility

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Today at Union Station, I spoke in favor of Sound Transit’s ST3 plan, and urged the Sound Transit Board of Directors to place it on the ballot. The following is the text of my prepared testimony. I delivered an abbreviated version of these remarks before the Board during its public comment period. Good […]
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HAPPENING NOW: U.S. House Democrats stage sit-in on House floor over gun violence

Excerpt: Fed up with inaction in Congress on gun safety reform, Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives have decided to occupy the well of the House until Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team agree to hold a vote on legislation that would address the nation’s gun violence epidemic. The sit-in began with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Live Coverage
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Washington voters want revenue bills decided by a simple majority vote, NPI research finds

Excerpt: Over the course of the past twenty-five years, right wing Republicans in Washington have been on a mission to sabotage the majority vote clause of our state’s Constitution. Through a series of statewide initiatives sponsored by Linda Smith and Tim Eyman, they’ve repeatedly attempted to grant themselves the power to block any bill that would […]
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Washingtonians really, really want a capital gains tax to address education funding crisis

Excerpt: Washington voters believe our public schools are underfunded and strongly support raising revenue at the state level to address the problem, according to a new survey conducted last week by Public Policy Polling for the Northwest Progressive Institute. 63% of the likely voters who responded to the survey agreed that Washington’s schools need more funding. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Tacoma: Washington’s PLEO national delegates have been chosen

Excerpt: Good afternoon from Tacoma. Today is the third day of the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention, the last event in the state party’s caucus and convention cycle for this year. Committee meetings and constituency caucuses were held on Friday along with the gala banquet; the general session was held yesterday along with the state leaders […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Tacoma: Final Credentials report heard; Noel Frame elected Permanent Chair

Excerpt: The 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention is rolling along in Tacoma. In the span of a few short minutes, the Convention heard a Final Credentials Report from co-chairs Javier Valdez and Linda Isenson, then proceeded to elect a permanent chair for the Convention: 36th District Representative Noel Frame. As of the time that registration closed, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Live Coverage, Party Politics
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LIVE from Tacoma: Preliminary Credentials Committee report delivered and adopted

Excerpt: We are now into our second hour here at the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention in Tacoma; and we’ve just heard the preliminary report of the Credentials Committee, co-chaired by King County Committeeman Javier Valdez and Pierce County Chair Linda Isenson. The report of the committee was as follows: 445 Bernie Sanders delegates have signed […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hillary Clinton easily leads Donald Trump in Washington State, new NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has a double digit lead over presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, according to a survey┬áconducted this week by Public Policy Polling for the Northwest Progressive Institute. The survey asked respondents: If the candidates for President this fall were Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, who would you vote for? […]
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Senator Chris Murphy’s talking filibuster to stop gun violence enters its fourteenth hour

Excerpt: Early this morning, at 8:21 AM Pacific Time, Democratic U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut took to the Senate floor to call for action to address gun violence. But instead of merely giving a short speech and then yielding the floor, Murphy courageously began what has now turned into the eighth longest “talking filibuster” in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to provide live coverage of the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention

Excerpt: This weekend, the Washington State Democratic Party will be holding its 2016 Convention, the last event in the party’s biannual caucus and convention cycle, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in the City of Destiny. As we have in years past, NPI will be offering live coverage of the goings-on at the Convention, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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