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Tim Eyman: “I can’t wait to go to Trump’s rally in Everett tomorrow”

Deranged tycoon and neo­fas­cist Don­ald Trump is return­ing to Wash­ing­ton State tomor­row for a ral­ly and a fundrais­er with the same peo­ple who have kept ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman’s ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry going with cash in the past. As you might expect, Eyman’s pret­ty excit­ed about Trump’s vis­it, and he wants every­one to know just how […]

Posted inElections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Hey, Seattle Times editorial board! Care to step aside and let Sound Transit 3 proceed?

On Mon­day after­noon, for Tues­day morn­ing’s news­pa­per, the Seat­tle Times pub­lished an edi­to­r­i­al applaud­ing Sen­a­tor Reuven Car­lyle for his recent pro­nounce­ment that he can’t vote for Sound Tran­sit 3, while also scold­ing ST3 sup­port­ers for alleged­ly treat­ing Car­lyle “like a dis­si­dent in North Korea or Chi­na”. The unsigned edi­to­r­i­al, titled “Reuven Car­lyle is right to be […]

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Angle Lake Link will open to the public on Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Sound Tran­sit’s newest Link light rail exten­sion will open on Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 24th, just thir­­ty-one days from now, CEO Peter Rogoff and Board Chair Dow Con­stan­tine announced at a press con­fer­ence this morn­ing. “Open­ing the Angle Lake Sta­tion marks anoth­er mile­stone in build­ing a vibrant, region­al light rail sys­tem,” said Con­stan­tine. “Trains run­ning every six […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Hey Link riders: Cellular service is rolling out to Sound Transit’s underground facilities

Tired of los­ing cel­lu­lar ser­vice when you descend into an under­ground Link light rail sta­tion? Then rejoice, for Sound Tran­sit has announced that cus­tomers on all four of Amer­i­ca’s major wire­less providers (Ver­i­zon, AT&T, Sprint, and T‑Mobile) will soon be able to get a sig­nal in its under­ground facil­i­ties, which include the Down­town Seat­tle Transit […]

Posted inElections, Guest Posts

Why say NO to I‑732? It’s about justice — environmental and social justice

Edi­tor’s Note: The team at NPI is pleased to wel­come Robin Barnes to the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Robin holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Rut­gers, The State Uni­ver­si­ty of New Jer­sey. She cur­rent­ly works on inter­na­tion­al non-prof­it projects that pro­mote gen­der equi­ty, human devel­op­ment, and envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice. In this spe­cial guest post, she explains why vot­ers should reject Car­bon­WA’s […]

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Three of Tim Eyman’s wealthiest benefactors are hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump

Faye Gar­neau, one of Seat­tle’s rich­est denizens and a major donor to dis­graced ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman, says she’s plan­ning on par­tic­i­pat­ing in a fundrais­er for Don­ald Trump in Seat­tle, even though the mogul is run­ning an un-Amer­i­­can pres­i­den­tial cam­paign and tank­ing in the polls. “He’s hon­est, he’s talk­ing blunt­ly. He’s not real­ly a true politician […]

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Poll Watch: Latest survey by Stuart Elway finds CarbonWA’s I‑732 is in huge trouble

Car­bon­WA’s poor­ly con­ceived I‑732 is under water and far­ing worse than the oth­er five ini­tia­tives cer­ti­fied to Wash­ing­ton’s bal­lot this year, accord­ing to a new sur­vey released this morn­ing by long­time poll­ster Stu­art Elway. I‑732 would insti­tute a pol­lu­tion tax and use the pro­ceeds to low­er oth­er tax­es. Its pro­mot­ers say it’s rev­enue neu­tral, but the […]

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Washington’s voter turnout has been declining under Kim Wyman, data shows

For the past three and a half years, Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman has served as the lone Repub­li­can in the state’s exec­u­tive depart­ment, hav­ing tak­en over for Sam Reed fol­low­ing the 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. In that time, Wash­ing­ton has expe­ri­enced an extreme­ly wor­ry­ing decline in vot­er par­tic­i­pa­tion, cul­mi­nat­ing in last year’s worst-ever general […]

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Kristine Reeves takes thirteen vote lead over Teri Hickel in 30th District House race

Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger Kris­tine Reeves has regained a nar­row lead over Repub­li­can incum­bent Teri Hick­el in the con­test for 30th LD State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Posi­tion 2, as of the com­ple­tion of the fourth tab­u­la­tion of bal­lots since Elec­tion Night. On Fri­day, Hick­el had a lead of just two votes, with a total of 9,009 votes to Reeves’ 9,007. […]

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Thursday afternoon update: Counting continues in Top Two election

As the votes in Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 Top Two elec­tion con­tin­ue to be count­ed, here is the lat­est tab­u­la­tions in sev­er­al of the clos­est races. All data is from the Sec­re­tary of State and coun­ty elec­tions offi­cials. Lt. Gov­er­nor Cyrus Habib (D) — 20.78% Mar­ty McClen­don (R) — 19.81% 1st Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict, Sen­ate Mindie Wirth (R) ‑39.89% […]

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Top Two results show Washington Democrats are poised to win both houses of Legislature

You might not know it from read­ing mass media cov­er­age of Wash­ing­ton’s Top Two elec­tion, but the biggest sto­ry of tonight is that Democ­rats appear poised to win both hous­es of the Leg­is­la­ture this autumn, expand­ing their House major­i­ty and recap­tur­ing the Sen­ate major­i­ty with a com­pelling slate of can­di­dates. Some back­ground: At present, Democrats […]

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Hilary Franz ahead of four other Democrats in contest for Commissioner of Public Lands

Future­wise Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Hilary Franz appears to have earned a spot on the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot as the Demo­c­rat with the most sup­port for Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands. She’s cur­rent­ly ahead of four oth­er Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates — King Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­ber Dave Upthe­grove, for­mer Spokane May­or Mary Vern­er, Karen Porter­field, and John Still­ings. Repub­li­can Steve […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

A sig­nif­i­cant vic­to­ry for human rights has been won today: The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state’s death penal­ty law is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al – and the only chance at fix­ing it is to punt the issue to the already-divid­ed Gen­er­al Assem­bly. The top court released its rul­ing Tues­day that said Delaware’s cur­rent cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment statute vio­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by […]