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Monthly Archives: April 2017

NPI presents Joni Earl and Paul Lawrence with the very first Lynn Allen Awards

Excerpt: This evening, at our ninth Spring Fundraising Gala on Mercer Island, we debuted a new event tradition: the Lynn Allen Awards. Named for our late sister Lynn Allen, a founding boardmember of NPI, these awards recognize people who have made indispensable contributions to progressive causes for a decade or more. We lost Lynn to ovarian […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit rolls forward with ST3 projects while Legislature dithers on state budget

Excerpt: Early this afternoon, Sound Transit’s elected leadership held a press conference to announce a series of strategic initiatives aimed at streamlining and accelerating the implementation of our voter-approved ST3 system expansion plan. Following that press conference, the agency’s board of directors held a business meeting in Union Station’s Ruth Fisher Boardroom and approved motions authorizing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Fox Noise fires Bill O’Reilly; bigmouth’s downfall was activist-led advertiser exodus

Excerpt: Bill O’Reilly, host of the highest rated program at the Fox Noise Channel, has been forced out of the network after executives at its parent company 21st Century Fox concluded that his show could no longer be effectively monetized due to a mass exodus of advertisers catalyzed by determined activists. Multiple women who formerly worked […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci to open NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: Today, we are very happy to announce that King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci will be the opening speaker at our 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala, which will take place April 29th at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center. A former Bellevue City Councilmember, Claudia joined the King County Council last year following her overwhelming 2015 […]
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Happy Easter 2017!

Excerpt: If you are observing the Easter holiday today, please accept best wishes from all of us at the Northwest Progressive Institute. Easter is the most significant holy day for Christianity’s many denominations, although not all of them are celebrating it today. Passages like the following excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew (28:1-10) are commonly read […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joni Earl, Paul Lawrence to be honored with Lynn Allen Awards at NPI’s 2017 Spring Gala

Excerpt: As progressives, we believe in championing political progress for all people — it’s why we call ourselves progressives. We believe that our society’s laws should be based on nurturant values like empathy and mutual responsibility. As committed progressive activists, we work every day to advocate for policies based on these values. It’s not easy being […]
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Senate Republicans unveil their candidate in WA’s 45th District: Jinyoung Lee Englund

Excerpt: With about a month to go until Filing Week 2017, Senate Republicans have finally unveiled their recruit for the Washington State Senate in the battleground 45th District: Jinyoung Lee Englund, a former vice president of strategy for the Digital Currency Council who has been active in national Republican politics. Englund is the second Republican candidate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Detainees at NWDC immigration prison revive hunger strike in response to abuse

Excerpt: Today at noon, over one hundred people being detained in the West Coast’s largest immigration prison in Tacoma — the Northwest Detention Center  — launched a hunger strike in response to inhumane living conditions at the prison. Detainees refusing their lunches circulated a letter of demand regarding violations of what most Washington residents would consider […]
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson issues immigration guidance to local governments

Excerpt: This week, the Washington State Attorney General’s office announced the release of newly-published guidance concerning immigration enforcement, assembled to help local government institutions recognize the limitations of federal agencies’ power to compel assistance with immigration enforcement. This guidance comes in response to Donald Trump’s recent punitive executive orders. The Trump regime plans to increase deportations […]
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Kudos to Senate Democrats for forcing Mitch McConnell to gut his precious filibuster

Excerpt: We need to restore the norms and traditions of the Senate and get past this unprecedented partisan filibuster. — Mitch “Filibuster” McConnell, speaking earlier today The man who staged an unprecedented number of partisan filibusters of executive and judicial nominees during Barack Obama’s presidency today pulled the trigger on the so-called “nuclear option”, marshaling Senate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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45th District Democrats unanimously endorse Manka Dhingra for Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Eager to reclaim the Washington State Senate following the treachery of Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon, the Democratic grassroots in Washington’s 45th District voted enthusiastically yesterday evening to endorse Manka Dhingra, an experienced senior deputy prosecuting attorney who has been moving swiftly to build a campaign focused on amply funding education and mental health. The 45th, which is […]
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Irresponsible Republicans escalate their legislative attacks on Sound Transit and ST3

Excerpt: As Tim Eyman’s initiative factory sits idle due to his constant lies and deceptions having finally caught up with him, Republicans in the Washington State Legislature have decided to take up one of Eyman’s favorite causes themselves: destroying Sound Transit, the regional agency tasked with building the rail spine our region needs to liberate more […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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These were the headlines following the Friday filing of new litigation against Tim Eyman

Excerpt: On Friday, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced that the State of Washington is suing Tim Eyman, William Agazarm, and Citizen Solutions for $2.1 million and also pursuing injunctive relief barring Eyman from continuing to manipulate money raised from gullible right wing donors. Eyman is accused of serious violations of Washington State’s public disclosure law dating […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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