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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hey, Seattle Times editorial board! Care to step aside and let Sound Transit 3 proceed?

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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Angle Lake Link will open to the public on Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hey Link riders: Cellular service is rolling out to Sound Transit’s underground facilities

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Why say NO to I-732? It’s about justice — environmental and social justice

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Robin Barnes
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Three of Tim Eyman’s wealthiest benefactors are hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Poll Watch: Latest survey by Stuart Elway finds CarbonWA’s I-732 is in huge trouble

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s voter turnout has been declining under Kim Wyman, data shows

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kristine Reeves takes thirteen vote lead over Teri Hickel in 30th District House race

Excerpt: 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’ […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thursday afternoon update: Counting continues in Top Two election

Excerpt: 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) […]
Written by:Zach Haver
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Top Two results show Washington Democrats are poised to win both houses of Legislature

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hilary Franz ahead of four other Democrats in contest for Commissioner of Public Lands

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! Delaware Supreme Court declares state’s death penalty law unconstitutional

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians: Vote, vote, vote, vote!

Excerpt: Readers, a reminder that today is the last day of the August 2016 Top Two Election, the elimination round of our dysfunctional two-part general election system. Ballots must be postmarked or returned by a drop box by 8 PM tonight, or they won’t count. Be sure yours is in, and then remind friends and family […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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