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Monthly Archives: April 2019

Faithless presidential electors in Washington? Not in 2020, and never again with new rules

Excerpt: NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve explains the recent changes to Democratic Party rules and state law that will put an end to faithless presidential electors in Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Washington State Legislature adjourns Sine Die; Jay Inslee says session a huge success

Excerpt: The 2019 Washington State legislative session has adjourned Sine Die. Read NPI's recap of the session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Washington State Legislature passes clean levy flexibility bill to help school districts

Excerpt: It was a close call, but the House and Senate managed to agree on legislation to give school districts back some of the levy authority taken away in the 2017 McCleary deal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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A huge win for inclusion and opportunity: Washington State Legislature adopts I-1000

Excerpt: The House and Senate have approved an initiative that would allow Washington to remedy discrimination faced by underrepresented and disadvantaged communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Estela Ortega honored with Lynn Allen Award at NPI’s 2019 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: El Centro de la Raza's Estela Ortega has become the fifth person to earn NPI's highest honor, the Lynn Allen Award. Learn more.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden is (finally) running for President

Excerpt: Joe Biden has declared his candidacy for President of the United States. NPI's Ruairi Vaughan analyzes the former Vice President's entry into the race.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections
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April King County special election results: LWSD levy passing, Evergreen bond failing

Excerpt: Read NPI's summary and analysis of results in the April 23rd, 2019 special election for jurisdictions in King County.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Big Earth Day victory: 100% clean electricity bill goes to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: We've just taken another step towards a future where we meet our energy needs more sustainably and responsibly than we have for the past few centuries.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Democratic leaders celebrate adoption of Oregon’s groundbreaking rent control law

Excerpt: Oregon has become the first state in the country to adopt rent control legislation at the state level.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Happy Easter 2019!

Excerpt: If you are observing the Easter holiday today, please accept best wishes from all of us at the Northwest Progressive Institute.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House should investigate extremist Matt Shea’s disturbing conduct

Excerpt: The Guardian has obtained a copy of a chat in which militant Republican Matt Shea and his pals discussed surveilling and physically attacking political opponents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Washington State Senate passes bill ending the personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Excerpt: Parents in Washington may soon no longer be able to opt schoolchildren out of being vaccinated for measles, mumps, or rubella on philosophical grounds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Legislation to abolish death penalty won’t get a vote in the Washington State House in 2019

Excerpt: Speaker Frank Chopp has blocked the Washington State House from voting to abolish the death penalty during the 2019 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Documentary Review: Robert Reich’s “Inequality for All” is an essential film

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Inequality For All, a film based on the work of progressive thought leader and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Economic Security, Views & Reviews
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