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Monthly Archives: December 2016

Tim Eyman’s brutal 2016

Excerpt: Count Tim Eyman among those who will surely be glad to see 2016 disappear into the rearview mirror. The brash-talking, braggadocios initiative profiteer had arguably his worst year yet since establishing his initiative factory around the turn of the century. In this post, we’re going to look back at Eyman’s awful year with a blow-by-blow […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2017

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2017 (and forty-second annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment on this New Year’s Eve: YOU, SIR – Hails from a more civilized era […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Obama administration strikes back at Putin regime for interfering in 2016 U.S. elections

Excerpt: It’s a start: President Obama struck back at Russia on Thursday for its efforts to influence the 2016 election, ejecting 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives from the United States and imposing sanctions on Russia’s two leading intelligence services. The administration also penalized four top officers of one of those services, the powerful military intelligence unit […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thanks, Tim Eyman, for reminding us you’re incapable of comprehending our Constitution

Excerpt: Notorious initiative profiteer Tim Eyman has been active in Washington State politics a very long time — around twenty years, in fact. And as readers of the Cascadia Advocate are well aware, Tim has made selling destructive right-wing initiatives his full time occupation… to the detriment of Washington State. The majority of the initiatives Eyman […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman quietly abandons I-869 and resumes explicitly fundraising for himself

Excerpt: Tim Eyman has thrown in the towel on his most recent attempt to defund Sound Transit and Amtrak Cascades, even if he isn't ready to overtly say so yet.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle rallies to celebrate the Sounders’ historic MLS Cup victory

Excerpt: After an arduous election year with shocking results, Washingtonians were in desperate need of a feel-good story to close out 2016. Cue the underdog Sounders’ barnstorming through the MLS Cup playoffs. The unexpected loss of the team’s two top scorers and mid-season firing of head coach Sigi Schmid set the stage for a storybook turn-around […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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Go Jay Inslee! Governor proposes $3.9 billion in new revenue for our K-12 public schools

Excerpt: Declaring that we have a duty to follow our Constitution and provide a quality education to every child in our state, Governor Inslee today unveiled a bold plan to fully fund our state’s K-12 public schools and end the McCleary litigation. “We face an opportunity — and an obligation — in this upcoming session to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!! Seattle Sounders FC win 2016 MLS Cup, defeating Toronto FC

Excerpt: Break out the blue and green victory banners — the MLS Cup is coming to Seattle! After many years of coming up short in the playoffs, the Seattle Sounders FC have finally won it all, defeating Toronto FC on their home turf in Canada’s largest city to bring home their first championship. It was a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) said to be Trump’s Interior Secretary pick

Excerpt: If news reports are to be believed, Donald Trump is on the verge of naming Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his choice for Secretary of the Interior. McMorris Rodgers has represented Eastern Washington in Congress for nearly ten years, having been elected and reelected five times. Ms. McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Starting in 2017, WA initiatives will require an additional 13,250 valid signatures to qualify

Excerpt: Beginning in 2017, the number of signatures required to secure a spot on Washington’s statewide ballot will be increasing to nearly 260,000, the Secretary of State’s office announced in an advisory today, The increase is a consequence of turnout in the Washington’s 2016 gubernatorial election. The Washington State Constitution says that the signature requirement for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman pal Michael Baumgartner prefiles amendment to repeal “paramount duty” language in Washington State Constitution

Excerpt: In a fairly blatant attempt to get some attention for himself and steer public discourse away from fully funding our public schools, extremist right wing Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has prefiled a constitutional amendment that would repeal the memorable opening words of Article IX of the Washington State Constitution (“It is the paramount duty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: Special nominating caucus to replace Pramila Jayapal in 37th underway

Excerpt: Good evening from Seattle. I’m here at the Rainier Arts Center, where the Democratic precinct committee officers of the 37th Legislative District are gathered to draw up a list of candidates to succeed U.S. Representative-elect Pramila Jayapal, who has submitted her resignation effective December 11th, 2016. Because Pramila is heading to the Other Washington to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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