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Monthly Archives: November 2016

LIVE from Seattle’s U District: Bernie Sanders joins supporters to discuss Our Revolution

Excerpt: Good evening from the Uni­ver­si­ty Dis­trict, and wel­come to NPI’s live cov­er­age of the Seat­tle stop of Bernie Sanders’ Our Rev­o­lu­tion book tour. Sen­a­tor Sanders is join­ing a packed house of sup­port­ers at Uni­ver­si­ty Tem­ple Unit­ed Methodist Church to pro­mote his recent­ly-released book and talk about the direc­tion of the pro­gres­sive move­ment as Amer­i­ca enters […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The counting is over: Washington counties certify results of 2016 general election

Excerpt: The count­ing of bal­lots in Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 gen­er­al elec­tion has come to an end, with coun­ties cer­ti­fy­ing the results a full three weeks after elec­tion day. King Coun­ty Elec­tions report­ed that final vot­er turnout was 82%, exceed­ing the statewide aver­age of 78.75% across all thir­ty-nine coun­ties. “The depart­ment cer­ti­fied the results, which offi­cial­ly declared win­ners […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Big milestone for Sound Transit: Ridership on Link light rail has surpassed that of ST Express

Excerpt: Rid­er­ship on Sound Tran­sit’s Link light rail line just keeps going up. Today, Sound Tran­sit released its lat­est rid­er­ship num­bers, show­ing a 71% increase in Link light rail rid­er­ship com­pared to the same peri­od in 2015. The mas­sive growth is being dri­ven to a large degree by the Uni­ver­si­ty Link exten­sion, which brought light rail […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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It’s the day after Thanksgiving: a good day to “Opt Outside” and buy nothing

Excerpt: With all of the pressure to BUY, BUY, BUY!, it's worth remembering there is no law that says you have to go out and make a purchase today. Much of what's being advertised as on sale or a good deal isn't actually a good deal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Chris Reykdal set to become Washington’s next Superintendent of Public Instruction

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Reyk­dal (D‑22nd Dis­trict: Olympia, Tumwa­ter) is set to become Wash­ing­ton State’s next Super­in­ten­dent of Pub­lic Instruc­tion after fresh results show it’s become math­e­mat­i­cal­ly impos­si­ble for him to lose. “We are up over 28,000 votes with less than 18,000 to count in our race. We have achieved a math­e­mat­i­cal vic­to­ry,” Reyk­dal not­ed in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Education, Elections
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Steve O’Ban’s scheme to mess with Sound Transit’s governance should be rejected

Excerpt: Recent­ly reelect­ed Repub­li­can State Sen­a­tor Steve O’Ban announced a few days ago he plans to file a new bill that would dra­mat­i­cal­ly change how Sound Tran­sit is gov­erned. O’Ban’s pro­pos­al would replace the agen­cy’s effec­tive fed­er­at­ed board with a brand new board of tran­sit com­mis­sion­ers that right wing mil­lion­aires like Kem­per Free­man, Jr. could attempt […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans nominate Dino Rossi, Toby Nixon, and Joel Hussey to succeed Andy Hill

Excerpt: The King Coun­ty Repub­li­can Par­ty has nom­i­nat­ed for­mer State Sen­a­tor Dino Rossi, Kirk­land City Coun­cilmem­ber Toby Nixon, and peren­ni­al leg­isla­tive can­di­date Joel Hussey to suc­ceed Andy Hill, per a tweet from Repub­li­can con­sul­tant Brett Bad­er, who we’re guess­ing attend­ed the par­ty’s nom­i­nat­ing meet­ing today. Rossi, fifty-sev­en has served mul­ti­ple stints in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump fans, welcome to the backlash against your backlash. It’s only just getting started.

Excerpt: Peo­ple all across the Dis­unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca, dis­gust­ed with Don­ald Trump’s vic­to­ry in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, have tak­en to the streets to protest the foul-mouthed neo­fas­cist, with many declar­ing “He’s Not My Pres­i­dent.” In city after city, from Den­ver to Chica­go to Los Ange­les to San Fran­cis­co and Oak­land to New York to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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A horrible week just got worse: Mass shooting reported in downtown Seattle

Excerpt: Author­i­ties in Seat­tle have cor­doned off an area near 3rd & Pine fol­low­ing a mass shoot­ing in the heart of the city. We don’t know very much at this time, except that five peo­ple are said to be wound­ed and two have life-threat­en­ing injuries. The perpetrator(s) are unknown at this time and the inves­ti­ga­tion is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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California’s Democratic leaders offer a fitting, appropriate response to Trump’s “triumph”

Excerpt: Hillary Clin­ton, Barack Oba­ma, and oth­er nation­al Demo­c­ra­t­ic fig­ures are show­ing a lot of def­er­ence to Don­ald Trump in the hours fol­low­ing the pro­jec­tion of his like­ly vic­to­ry in the Elec­toral Col­lege — per­haps owing to their belief that def­er­ence is required to ensure a peace­ful tran­si­tion of pow­er. Said Clin­ton: Don­ald Trump is going […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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As darkness envelops American democracy, Washington State charts a progressive path

Excerpt: Cat­a­stro­phe. Dev­as­tat­ing. Tragedy. Those are some of the words I’m see­ing being used in an attempt to describe the out­come of the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, which end­ed last night in a series of dark, dis­turb­ing defeats for Hillary Clin­ton and the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty. And yet, while vot­ers in Michi­gan, Wis­con­sin, and Penn­syl­va­nia were hand­ing the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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30th Legislative District celebrates Democratic swing

Excerpt: Ten­sion was high at the joint elec­tion night par­ty for state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives can­di­dates Kris­tine Reeves and Mike Pel­lic­ciot­ti. Democ­rats gath­ered as con­cern­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion results poured in pri­or to Wash­ing­ton poll clo­sure. Just before 8 PM, 30th LD Demo­c­ra­t­ic Chair Tim Burns round­ed up the 60 or so vol­un­teers and guests in a […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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Networks call Left Coast for Clinton: She easily wins Washington, Oregon, California

Excerpt: Hillary Clin­ton has swept to vic­to­ry in Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, and Cal­i­for­nia, as well as Hawaii, news net­works are pro­ject­ing. That gives her an esti­mat­ed 209 elec­toral votes. She would need sev­er­al dozen elec­toral votes more to win, how­ev­er. None of these out­comes are a sur­prise. The Left Coast has been solid­ly Demo­c­ra­t­ic for many, many […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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No Senate upsets behind Trump’s southern firewall

Excerpt: As antic­i­pat­ed going into Elec­tion Day, many of the Sen­ate seats up for reelec­tion were expect­ed to be Safe Repub­li­can. Out of a total of 34 seats, 24 are held by Repub­li­cans. This might seem like a big oppor­tu­ni­ty for Democ­rats inter­est­ed in hav­ing a Con­gress sym­pa­thet­ic to the poten­tial Clin­ton agen­da, but many of […]
Written by:Greg Evans
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