Today was an important day for each of the coalitions working for progressive outcomes on the two statewide initiatives currently before Washington voters.
Keep Washington Rolling, which is working to secure the defeat of Tim Eyman’s incredibly destructive Initiative 976, went up on the air in Spokane with an ad that concisely summarizes what the Inland Northwest stands to lose if the measure is implemented. The spot, created by Kully Struble, notes that Spokane could lose funding for the North-South Expressway as well as for street maintenance.
This is the campaign’s fourth ad overall. Its previous spots, which launched last month, are “Engineer”, “Trooper”, and “Less Reliable”.
Of all the NO on I‑976 ads, this one might just be my favorite. It is well put together and uses different perspectives to communicate our coalition’s message. It mixes aerial scenes together with shots taken from the vantage point of a neighbor on the street. It also ends with a cheeky flourish.
Meanwhile, the Washington Fairness Coalition, which is working to defend I‑1000 (Washington’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Act), launched its first television ad, starring our very own President Rick Hegdahl, a veteran of the conflict in Iraq.
Watch the ad here:
Rick has been a valued staff and board member of NPI since 2006. He’s extremely articulate and we’re thrilled that the coalition asked him to participate in this spot, which will help Washington voters understand why it’s essential that we approve I‑1000. The ad also features Washington State Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer April Sims (one of our favorite people!) and Uwajimaya’s Denise Moriguchi.
The Northwest Progressive Institute belongs to both the Keep Washington Rolling and Washington Fairness coalitions, and we support each in their efforts to win these crucial ballot battles in November. Uniting Washingtonians against right wing attempts to take Washington State backwards is we’ve been doing for nearly eighteen years through our Permanent Defense project.
We will continue to enthusiastically provide support to each of these fine coalitions during the final three weeks of this campaign season.
When you get your ballot, please join us in voting NO on Tim Eyman’s I‑976 and APPROVED on Initiative 1000. We have a longer list of ballot measure recommendations here if you’re looking for additional guidance on how to vote.