Posted inElections

Republican Kim Wyman’s call for “citizenship checks” of voters draws swift condemnation

Incum­bent Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman made it known this morn­ing that, if reelect­ed, she will be ask­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to enact leg­is­la­tion to at least par­tial­ly imple­ment the pri­­va­­cy-infring­ing fed­er­al “REAL ID” Act in order to “check for cit­i­zen­ship of peo­ple who want to reg­is­ter and vote in Wash­ing­ton”. “Our pack­age is reasonable; […]

Posted inElections, Events, Live Coverage

Liveblogging the first presidential debate of 2016 from the great Pacific Northwest

Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the first pres­i­den­tial debate of 2016. NPI staff will be watch­ing and shar­ing impres­sions of the debate between Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee Hillary Clin­ton and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump as it pro­gress­es. The debate, spon­sored by the Com­mis­sion on Pres­i­den­tial Debates, is being broad­cast on all major networks […]

Posted inBreaking News, Open Government

BIG NEWS: Attorney General Ferguson files *three* new complaints against Tim Eyman!

Respond­ing to a set of cit­i­zen’s action notices sent ear­li­er this year by Wash­ing­to­ni­ans For Eth­i­cal Gov­ern­ment and Keep Wash­ing­ton Rolling, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office announced this morn­ing it has filed three new com­plaints in Thurston Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court against Tim Eyman and his asso­ciates for seri­ous vio­la­tions of Wash­ing­ton’s pub­lic dis­clo­sure laws. “Washington’s campaign […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Sound Transit inaugurates service on Angle Lake Link, bringing light rail to S. 200th Street

The com­mu­ni­ties of South King Coun­ty, and lead­ers from around the Puget Sound Region gath­ered this morn­ing in Seat­ac to offi­cial­ly inau­gu­rate ser­vice to and from Sound Tran­sit’s newest Link light rail sta­tion at South 200th Street and 28th Avenue South. Angle Lake is the first of sev­er­al new Link exten­sions approved and fund­ed under […]

Posted inLive Coverage

State collects $20,000 in attorney’s fees and court costs from Tim Eyman and his PACs

Scan­­dal-plagued ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman and the polit­i­cal com­mit­tees he con­trols have agreed to reim­burse Wash­ing­ton State tax­pay­ers to recoup the costs incurred to com­pel his coop­er­a­tion into its inves­ti­ga­tion into his con­ceal­ment of cam­paign funds, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office has announced. “I refused to allow Tim Eyman and Cit­i­zen Solu­tions to impede our […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

LIVE from Link: All aboard to Angle Lake!

Good after­noon from SeaT­ac! Near­ly eight years ago, I had the great priv­i­lege of join­ing fel­low activists, elect­ed lead­ers, and media for a pre­view ride on Sound Tran­sit’s Link light rail sys­tem, which at the time was under­go­ing test­ing in prepa­ra­tion for its grand open­ing nine months lat­er. Today, Sound Tran­sit has once again invited […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

NPI thanks Redmond City Council for voting to endorse Sound Transit 3

Edi­tor’s Note: Ear­li­er tonight, the Red­mond City Coun­cil vot­ed 5–2 to take a posi­tion sup­port­ing a yes vote on Region­al Propo­si­tion 1, also known as Sound Tran­sit 3, which NPI strong­ly sup­ports. The fol­low­ing let­ter of appre­ci­a­tion was penned by NPI founder Andrew Vil­leneuve to the five coun­cilmem­bers who vot­ed in favor of the res­o­lu­tion to […]

Posted inElections

Kim Wyman’s explanation for Washington’s decline in voter turnout doesn’t make sense

Last week, the League of Women Vot­ers of Seat­tle and King Coun­ty held a well-attend­ed debate between the two can­di­dates run­ning for Sec­re­tary of State this year — Repub­li­can incum­bent Kim Wyman and Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger Tina Pod­lodows­ki. A key top­ic dis­cussed at the debate was what to do about vot­er turnout in Wash­ing­ton State, which […]

Posted inElections

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren headed to Ohio to campaign for Hillary Clinton

Pro­gres­sive heroes Bernie Sanders and Eliz­a­beth War­ren are both head­ed to Ohio this week­end to anchor orga­niz­ing events for Hillary Clin­ton’s pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Hillary For Amer­i­ca announced this morn­ing. Details for Sanders’ appear­ances are as fol­lows: Bernie Sanders to Cam­paign for Hillary Clin­ton in Ohio, Lay Out Stakes of Elec­tion for Mil­len­ni­al Vot­ers On Saturday, […]

Posted inElections

Tina Podlodowski to Snohomish County officials: Act now to protect the right to vote

Edi­tor’s Note: Tina Pod­lodows­ki is one of two final­ists for the posi­tion of Sec­re­tary of State. Today, her cam­paign pub­lished this open let­ter to Sno­homish Coun­ty elect­ed lead­ers, call­ing on them to take imme­di­ate action to pro­tect the right to vote. Request­ed actions include the place­ment of more drop box­es through­out the coun­ty. NPI strongly […]

Posted inAppreciations & Remembrances

In memoriam, fifteen years later

Today is the fif­teenth anniver­sary of the Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, which destroyed New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, dam­aged the Pen­ta­gon, and claimed the lives of thou­sands of inno­cent Amer­i­cans. In hon­or of those who died that day, we’re repub­lish­ing a poem that we post annu­al­ly here on The Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate. Two thou­sand one, nine eleven […]

Posted inEducation, Litigation, Media & Culture, Policy Topics

Tim Eyman continues attack on state Supreme Court, misquotes Orwell’s “Animal Farm”

With no ini­tia­tive on the bal­lot to sell this year, scan­­dal-plagued ini­tia­tive pro­mot­er Tim Eyman has turned his atten­tion to launch­ing attacks on indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions he does­n’t like, name­ly the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court, Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­dates for office at all lev­els, and Sound Tran­sit. This after­noon, Eyman sent out yet anoth­er mis­sive exco­ri­at­ing the […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

Attorney General Bob Ferguson proposes legislation to ban sale of assault weapons

Vow­ing to pro­tect lives and strength­en the state’s many diverse com­mu­ni­ties, Wash­ing­ton’s chief legal offi­cer announced today he will be propos­ing leg­is­la­tion to ban the sale of assault weapon­ry — in oth­er words, guns designed for the sole pur­pose of killing large num­bers of human beings. The agency request leg­is­la­tion, which already has the support […]