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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Turnout abysmal across Washington State with twenty-four hours left to vote

Excerpt: Earlier this month, ballots for the August Top Two election (which concludes tomorrow) were mailed to 3,850,467 voters in Washington State. Regrettably, only 541,577 have been returned thus far… an abysmal turnout rate of just 14.1%. No county elections division has seen a majority of ballots issued come back, although some small counties have had […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rodney Tom is wrong: Split government isn’t serving Washington State well at all

Excerpt: Yesterday, management at The Seattle Times tacitly admitted they couldn’t bring themselves to endorse the campaign of Republican Jinyoung Lee Englund, who is running to take over from appointee Dino Rossi in the 45th Legislative District. In the apparent place of an endorsement of Jinyoung, the Times today published an op-ed by ex-Senator Rodney Tom […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge denies Eyman associate’s motion to dismiss campaign finance enforcement suit

Excerpt: Tim Eyman’s associates William Agazarm and Citizen Solutions will remain defendants in a $2.1 million campaign finance enforcement lawsuit against Eyman’s initiative factory, Thurston County Superior Court Judge James Dixon ruled today. Agazarm and Citizen Solutions had asked Dixon to dismiss the lawsuit against them and award their lawyer Mark Lamb (who also represents Eyman) […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trumpcuts defeated again as John McCain casts decisive vote against “skinny repeal”

Excerpt: Millions of Americans have once again won a reprieve from losing their healthcare coverage after the narrow failure of Mitch McConnell’s latest scheme to eviscerate the Patient Protection Act in the United States Senate. By a vote of fifty-one to forty-nine, the Senate rejected McConnell’s Amendment No. 667, the latest iteration of Trumpcuts. Amendment No. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee protects transit investments in Washington

Excerpt: Billions of dollars in sorely needed funding for mass transit and infrastructure projects in Washington State will be included in the Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill now moving to the full United States Senate, Patty Murray’s office announced today. “Today, a bipartisan group of senators came together to reject [Donald] […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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U.S. Senate votes to advance Trumpcuts, with Mike Pence casting the tiebreaking vote

Excerpt: The United States Senate has voted by the narrowest of margins to begin considering legislation with unknown provisions that would eviscerate the Patient Protection Act signed into law by President Obama seven years ago.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Lynda V. Mapes’ Witness Tree makes for pleasant summertime reading

Excerpt: If humanity doesn’t immediately reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, and other climate-warming air pollutants, global temperatures could rise by as much as 11.5 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of the century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s most pessimistic forecasts. For some reason, this knowledge isn’t as frightening to us as […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Jinyoung Englund vs. Jinyoung Englund: Past tweets contradict candidate’s mailer claims

Excerpt: With Washington’s 2017 Top Two election set to conclude in less than ten days, the fight for control of the Washington State Senate has been heating up. Voters across the 45th Legislative District (Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammmish) — who will decide which party controls the Senate in 2018 — are now receiving mailers for and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Voters in Washington are enthusiastic about putting a price on pollution, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Nearly three in five Washington voters agree it’s time for the state to put a price on pollution to fund a socially responsible transition to clean energy, according to a survey conducted last month by Public Policy Polling for NPI. 59% of likely 2018 voters surveyed agree that Washington State should reduce emissions of air pollutants […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Washingtonians still want a capital gains tax to fund public education, NPI poll confirms

Excerpt: A majority of Washingtonians remain supportive of levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy to ensure our state meets its paramount duty of providing an amply funded education for all children residing within its borders, the Northwest Progressive Institute’s most recent statewide survey has confirmed. 57% of likely 2018 Washington voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican incompetence jeopardizing 2017-2019 capital budget for Washington State

Excerpt: State legislators may have been able to avoid a state government shutdown by passing an operating budget on June 30th, but they are only hours away from facing the consequences of failing to pass a 2017-2019 capital budget, which will include layoffs, project delays, and the continued denial of an amply funded public education to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene to speak at NPI’s Fourteenth Anniversary Picnic

Excerpt: We are delighted to announce that U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene will be one of our featured Summer Anniversary Picnic speakers this year. Suzan has ably represented Washington's 1st Congressional District in our nation's capital since January of 2013.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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PPA repeal effort fails: Millions of Americans spared (for now) from losing their healthcare

Excerpt: “This is an epic fail. This is historic. This is seven years of arguing going down the drain.” — Republican pundit Charles Krauthammer Republican efforts to eviscerate or simply get rid of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act have run into a series of fatal roadblocks in the United States Senate, which means millions […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the new progressive government of British Columbia, led by Premier John Horgan

Excerpt: Today, a new progressive government was sworn in to oversee Washington and Idaho’s northern neighbor of British Columbia, Canada’s third largest province. Led by John Horgan, it consists of eleven men and eleven women from the New Democratic Party (NDP), the more progressive of B.C.’s two major political parties. The NDP is returning to power […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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