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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Kim Wyman wants emergency funding for prepaid ballot return envelopes statewide

Excerpt: Prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes may not have been one of the Access to Democracy reforms passed by the Legislature during this year's incredibly productive short session, but it looks like voters might be getting it anyway -- and in time for the midterms! -- if Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman prevails.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: “Breaking the Cycle” dares us to think differently about prisons

Excerpt: "Breaking the Cycle" is a relatively short documentary that follows Jan Strømnes, warden of a maximum security prison in Norway, as he tours Attica Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison in New York. There are really no comparisons to be made; it is all stark contrasts.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Alliance for Gun Responsibility plans initiative for 2018 to restrict military grade weapons

Excerpt: NPI's friends at the Alliance for Gun Responsibility announced today they intend to spearhead a measure for the November 2018 ballot that would restrict access to military grade weapons in Washington State, also known as assault rifles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cantwell, Murray back push for vote of no confidence in Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA chief

Excerpt: A record number of United States Senators have signed on to a resolution expressing no confidence in Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump's anti-environmental Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chieftain, according to the offices of Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell of Washington.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State squares off at the Supreme Court with tribes, feds over culvert removal

Excerpt: Tomorrow morning, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case that concerns treaty-granted tribal fishing rights and barriers to the exercise of those treaty rights... specifically, culverts that impede salmon from spawning in Northwest streams and rivers.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman restarts his war on Sound Transit — this time, he claims, with seed money

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman declared this morning that he's ready to have another go at whacking Sound Transit and WSDOT's Amtrak Cascades, claiming that he now has $500,000 with which to launch a signature drive for Initiative 976.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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Book Review: Author Christian Davenport, for one, welcomes our new “Space Barons”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos, by Christian Davenport.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Disturbing Senate confirmation hearing shows why Pompeo should not be confirmed

Excerpt: Pompeo seems more interested in pleasing Donald Trump and hiding whatever members of the Foreign Relations Committee want to know about their secret meeting regarding Mueller's investigation. He should not be confirmed.
Written by:Essie Hicks
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Paul Ryan calls it quits: He’s abandoning the House Republicans at the end of 2018

Excerpt: Ryan's departure deprives the chaotic Republican House caucus of its singular unifying figure and sets up a contentious succession scramble that will likely pit  Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise against each other. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Happy Passover 2018!

Excerpt: If you are observing Passover, which ends tonight at sundown, please accept best wishes from all of us at the Northwest Progressive Institute.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Representative Kristine Reeves to speak at NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: We are just two days away from NPI's 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala in Renton on Saturday, April 7th. With the big evening just forty-eight hours away, we are delighted to announce that State Representative Kristine Reeves of Federal Way (D-30th District) will be our closing speaker this year.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sinclair Broadcasting should be broken up, not allowed to become even bigger

Excerpt: Rarely have we seen a pair of videos that so powerfully demonstrate the terrible harm that comes from unchecked media consolidation and concentration in our country, a highly destructive trend that has been continuing unabated for years, resulting in fewer journalists, fewer newsrooms, and fewer local owners.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34th District) to seek reelection to the House, won’t run for Senate

Excerpt: State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon (D-34th District: West Seattle, Vashon Island), announced today that after thinking the matter over, he has decided not to seek the position held by his mentor, State Senator Sharon Nelson, and will instead run for reelection to the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Happy Easter 2018!

Excerpt: If you're celebrating the holiday, please accept best wishes from all of us at NPI.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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