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Monthly Archives: November 2017

Manka Dhingra sworn in; Washington State Senate now has a Democratic majority

Excerpt: Democrats now have a majority in the Washington State following the swearing in of Manka.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oops, we did it again: Washington sets record for worst-ever general election turnout

Excerpt: For the second time in two years, Washington's November voter turnout has sunk to a new low. Only 37.1% of voters participated in the 2017 general election.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Founding NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton calls on the FCC to protect net neutrality

Excerpt: Read Gael Tarleton's message to the FCC urging Ajit Pai, Michael O'Rielly, and Brendan Carr not to scrap the rules that protect Internet freedom in the U.S.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Lawbreaker Tim Eyman accuses Bob Ferguson of “personally profiting” from suing Donald Trump’s regime in his latest plea for money

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's latest plea for money paints Attorney General Bob Ferguson as villain who'll stop at nothing to personally profit from politics. Sound familiar?
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s public schools still aren’t amply funded, state Supreme Court concludes

Excerpt: The McCleary case isn't over. Lawmakers need to fully fund teacher salaries in order to be constitutionally compliant, Washington's State Supreme Court says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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Senator-elect Manka Dhingra will serve as Vice Chair of two state Senate committees

Excerpt: Dhingra's assignments include Transportation, Law & Justice, and Human Services & Corrections. She has been chosen to serve as Vice Chair of the latter two.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate Democrats announce 2018 committee assignments

Excerpt: There's a new majority in Olympia! Democrats are preparing to take over management of the Senate from the Republicans. Here are their committee assignments.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “The Breach” sounds the alarm about threats to our wild salmon

Excerpt: Read NPI's impressions of Mark Titus' 2015 film, which explains why wild salmon are disappearing from the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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“This is what democracy looks like”: Read Manka Dhingra’s Election Night victory speech

Excerpt: Read the text of Senator-elect Manka Dhingra's 2017 victory speech following the release of initial results for State Senate in Washington's 45th Legislative District.
Written by:Manka Dhingra
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King County gets a new Sheriff: Mitzi Johanknecht defeats John Urquhart

Excerpt: It appears that King County will soon have a new top law enforcement official, thanks to a strong Thursday showing for Mitzi Johanknecht.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cary Moon concedes Seattle mayoral race to Jenny Durkan after Wednesday’s ballot drop

Excerpt: Seattle mayoral hopeful Cary Moon ended her campaign this afternoon, acknowledging that she's too far behind Jenny Durkan to catch up in late ballots.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Second 2017 general count in: Manka Dhingra increases her lead over Jinyoung Englund

Excerpt: King County Elections has just published updated election results which include several thousand newly tabulated ballots. With the Day Two count in, Manka Dhingra has expanded her share of the vote from 55.42% last night to 55.45% today, while Englund's has contracted, going from 44.58% to 44.55%. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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KVI hosts John Carlson and Kirby Wilbur are 0 for 3 in their 2017 “contests that matter”

Excerpt: Last week, pri­or to Elec­tion Day, right wing talk show hosts Kir­by Wilbur and John Carl­son (both long­time fix­tures on KVI who also have served the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty in dif­fer­ent capac­i­ties) released a pod­cast in which they dis­cussed their key picks for the 2017 local elec­tions. The pair chose to focus on three […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Manka Dhingra defeats Jinyoung Lee Englund in 45th, Washington’s Senate flips Democratic

Excerpt: Voters in Washington State's 45th Legislative District are decisively backing Democratic Senate hopeful Manka Dhingra in early Election Night returns, putting an end to five years of Republican control of Washington's Senate and uniting the Left Coast under a trifecta of Democratic-run statehouses.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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