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Monthly Archives: October 2016

Tim Eyman’s wealthy benefactors funding Rodney Tom’s attacks on Justice Wiggins

Excerpt: New­ly filed reports with the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion show that sev­er­al of Tim Eyman’s top wealthy bene­fac­tors are work­ing with Med­i­na’s Rod­ney Tom to fund $350,000 worth of attack ads against Supreme Court Jus­tice Char­lie Wig­gins, who is one of three incum­bents seek­ing reelec­tion to the state’s high­est court this year. Tom’s polit­i­cal action com­mit­tee, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ignore the Seattle Times editorial board and the naysayers — vote YES on Sound Transit 3

Excerpt: To the aston­ish­ment of no one, the Seat­tle Times edi­to­r­i­al board this week pub­lished an edi­to­r­i­al for­mal­ly rec­om­mend­ing a “no” vote on Region­al Propo­si­tion 1, the bold and much need­ed plan to expand light rail, com­muter rail, and express bus ser­vice that’s on the bal­lot in urban Puget Sound. Com­mon­ly known as Sound Tran­sit 3 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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Paul Ryan keeps invoking Bernie Sanders to rile up his base, delighting Bernie’s team

Excerpt: Bernie Sanders and his team are cer­tain­ly hav­ing a ban­ner week. While the Ver­mont Sen­a­tor trav­els the coun­try cam­paign­ing for Hillary Clin­ton, his team has been work­ing to ful­ly cap­i­tal­ize on Paul Ryan’s recent attempts to rile up his right wing base by invok­ing Sanders as a bogey­man. Team Sanders has respond­ed by send­ing out […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the final presidential debate of 2016 from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the final 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s incumbent Secretary of State could be doing more to lead on cybersecurity

Excerpt: Respond­ing to Don­ald Trump’s absurd recent alle­ga­tions about elec­tion rig­ging, incum­bent Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman today pub­lished a stern­ly-word­ed state­ment rebuk­ing her par­ty’s nom­i­nee (though not by name) and express­ing full con­fi­dence in Wash­ing­ton State’s own elec­tions sys­tems. Said Wyman: In recent days, we have heard heat­ed cam­paign rhetoric about Amer­i­can elec­tions being […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Technology
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Tim Eyman: “All the initiatives are awful this year — vote no over and over and over again”

Excerpt: Big media may think of Don­ald Trump as the star of the 2016 elec­tion cycle, but here in Wash­ing­ton State, the real stars of this elec­tion are not peo­ple, but ideas. Wash­ing­ton’s bal­lot this year fea­tures a pletho­ra of wor­thy pro­gres­sive pol­i­cy pro­pos­als, from rais­ing the min­i­mum wage to pass­ing extreme risk pro­tec­tion orders to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Today is the last day to register to vote online (or by mail) in Washington for 2016 election

Excerpt: Read­ers, a reminder that today is the dead­line to reg­is­ter to vote in Wash­ing­ton for the 2016 gen­er­al elec­tion. We ought to have same-day vot­er reg­is­tra­tion — allow­ing peo­ple to reg­is­ter up until and on Elec­tion Day — but we don’t. It will be pos­si­ble to reg­is­ter in-per­son for a cou­ple more weeks, but that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Liveblogging the second presidential debate of 2016 from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the sec­ond pres­i­den­tial debate of 2016. NPI staff and board 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans deserve to be stuck with Donald Trump, the monster they created

Excerpt: GOP con­sumed by cri­sis as more Repub­li­cans call on Trump to quit. Pres­sure Mounts on Trump to Step Aside. Trump Says He Won’t Quit as Repub­li­can Offi­cials Aban­don Him. These are just some of the head­lines we’re see­ing in big media today fol­low­ing The Wash­ing­ton Post’s pub­li­ca­tion of an extreme­ly lewd, behind the scenes con­ver­sa­tion […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta closing after over two decades in Redmond: An appreciation

Excerpt: At the end of next week, one of the most beloved restau­rants in NPI’s home­town of Red­mond will be going out of busi­ness after a twen­ty-three year run in the heart of the city’s com­mer­cial dis­trict — to the dis­may of many cur­rent and for­mer res­i­dents. Frankie’s Piz­za & Pas­ta has been a fix­ture on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances
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Poll Watch: Tina Podlodowski narrowly ahead of Kim Wyman; I‑732 well under fifty percent

Excerpt: With Novem­ber 8th only a month away, we’re start­ing to see new polling released on a near-dai­ly basis. Today, KOMO TV and Strate­gies 360 released a new set of results from a recent poll they col­lab­o­rat­ed on, while Tina Pod­lodowski’s cam­paign dis­trib­uted find­ings from a poll show­ing Pod­lodows­ki nar­row­ly ahead of incum­bent Repub­li­can Kim Wyman […]
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Liveblogging the 2016 vice presidential debate from the great Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Good evening, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the 2016 vice pres­i­den­tial debate. NPI staff will be watch­ing and shar­ing impres­sions of the debate between Demo­c­ra­t­ic nom­i­nee Tim Kaine and Repub­li­can nom­i­nee Mike Pence as it pro­gress­es. The debate, spon­sored by the Com­mis­sion on Pres­i­den­tial Debates, is being broad­cast on all major net­works as […]
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State of Washington sues Kim Wyman for public disclosure law violations

Excerpt: The State of Wash­ing­ton is suing Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman for mul­ti­ple pub­lic dis­clo­sure law vio­la­tions, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office announced in a news release this after­noon. “The com­plaint alleges the Wyman cam­paign failed to time­ly file con­tri­bu­tion and expen­di­ture dis­clo­sure reports, as required under the state’s cam­paign finance laws. It also […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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