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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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