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Monthly Archives: October 2018

If it weren’t for local newspapers, many local judicial races might have gotten no coverage

Excerpt: TV and radio rarely cover judicial races, which means that our surviving newspapers are almost the only media producing journalism about these elections.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hey, Northwesterners: Is your vote for sale? Big Soda would buy it from you if they could

Excerpt: Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Red Bull are trying to con voters in Washington and Oregon into voting for measures against the public interest.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pinky Vargas, Sharon Shewmake, and Justin Boneau hope to make history in 42nd District

Excerpt: The Democratic Party believes this could be the year the 42nd Legislative District, located in Whatcom County along the Canadian border, flips blue.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Meet the candidates in 2018’s only contested Court of Appeals race, for Division 1, District 3

Excerpt: Cecily Hazelrigg-Hernandez and Tom SeGuine each hope to represent Whatcom, Skagit, Island, and San Juan counties on the Court of Appeals.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More right wing terrorism: Refugee hating extremist attacks Pittsburgh synagogue

Excerpt: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that an individual matching the name of the shooter had threatened to attack the synagogue on the right wing social media platform Gab.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Sound Transit gets serious about permanently fixing its problematic station escalators

Excerpt: The main lesson here is that it pays to invest in well engineered, carefully thought out stations instead of trying to save a few bucks here and there on things like escalators -- especially to appease naysayers who will never be happy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Watch Justice Steve Gonzalez’s challenger run away from KIRO7’s Essex Porter on camera!

Excerpt: KIRO7's Essex Porter was able to secure what he thought would be an interview with Nathan Choi, the admonished attorney challenging Justice Steve Gonzalez. But when Choi found out that it wasn't going to be a live interview, he tried to run away. On camera!
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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MAGABomber arrest: Law enforcement takes Trump admirer Cesar Sayoc Jr. into custody

Excerpt: The authorities have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the bombs mailed to prominent Democrats.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Washingtonians For Ethical Government files bar complaint against Rob McKenna

Excerpt: The complaint stems from McKenna's participation in an ad urging a no vote on Initiative 1631. McKenna represents Chevron, one of the companies funding the no campaign, but he did not disclose his relationship in the ad.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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NPI talks to King County Elections Director Julie Wise about the 2018 general election

Excerpt: Read NPI's interview with King County's top elections official. Topics discussed include preparations for the 2018 November general election, ballot security, and reforms like prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes that are making it easier to vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State and local judicial contests aren’t getting enough attention — and that needs to change

Excerpt: We badly need more coverage of state and local judicial contests here in the Pacific Northwest. It's not just the U.S. Supreme Court that matters. Click to learn more about our surprising State Supreme Court poll finding from last May.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ignore the Seattle Times editorial board and vote YES on I‑1631 for a clean energy future

Excerpt: The Seattle Times has come out in opposition to I-1631 in yet another incredibly lame endorsement editorial. NPI's Gael Tarleton explains why you should ignore the Voice of the Blethens and vote YES on I-1631.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Documentary Review: Rick Steves’ The Story of Fascism in Europe is critical viewing

Excerpt: We are doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it, the saying goes. Read NPI's review of Rick Steves' new special, The Story of Fascism in Europe. Then, make time to ask friends and family if they've voted.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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Flashback: Eight years ago, the Seattle Times deemed Dino Rossi wrong on many big issues

Excerpt: In this installment of our Flashback series, 2010 Seattle Times helps debunk 2018 Seattle Times' endorsement of Dino Rossi for Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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