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Monthly Archives: June 2021

Andrew Grant Houston talks with NPI about his 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government, Public Service
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If you’re a minor in the Pacific Northwest, you may be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, even if your parents say they won’t allow it

Excerpt: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho allow many minors to make their own decisions about getting vaccinated.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Supreme Court tosses Montana, Wyoming lawsuit that demanded dirty coal exports

Excerpt: The Court's decision means that lawyers for two Republican-controlled, pro-coal state governments will not get the opportunity to further plead their case to the six member right wing majority of justices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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“Unprecedented” heat wave arrives in the Pacific Northwest… and it’s not even July

Excerpt: This weekend, temperatures across the Pacific Northwest will ratchet up into the triple digits, bringing heat that is simply unprecedented for this time of year to pretty much every corner of the region.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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After a year of debate, Sound Transit moves closer to sanctioning ST3 project delays

Excerpt: With a month to go before a decision about a fix to a major budget hole, lengthy delays seem likely - but can they be averted by delaying the decision?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Categories:Public Planning
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Party Politics, Public Planning, Public Service
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Jessyn Farrell talks with NPI about her 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections, Public Service
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NPI launches a new podcast examining issues through a regional lens: PNWcurrents

Excerpt: Presented in a panel format, it brings together thinkers, activists, elected representatives, and topical experts to have constructive conversations about local and regional politics, policy, major issues, and ideas that impact the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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No surprise: Republicans block consideration of the For The People Act with a filibuster

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty to fifty, the Senate failed to invoke cloture on S. 1. Democratic senators vowed to keep on fighting, while Mitch McConnell, speaking on behalf of himself and his caucus, promised not to give an inch. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Anti-racist organizers recognized with Black Education Matters Student Activist Awards

Excerpt: Meet the three young people recognized for their anti-racist leadership by the Black Education Matters Student Activist Award.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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From chaos to coherence: President Joe Biden’s worldview comes into focus

Excerpt: When he says that he is fighting to save our democracy against all threats, foreign and domestic, natural or manmade, believe him. This is a politician who means what he says and says what he means. That’s what coherence sounds like.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Juneteenth ’21 at Jimi Hendrix Park: a Black-led parade, celebration, and call to action

Excerpt: Urging people advance racial equity now with real solutions, the 2nd Juneteenth Freedom March and Celebration took place across Seattle's Central District.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Categories:Civil Liberties, Holidays
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United States Supreme Court upholds the Patient Protection Act for the *third* time

Excerpt: Republicans have spent the last few years packing the Supreme Court full of extremely right wing justices and they still haven't been able to knock down the Patient Protection Act with a legal challenge.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Healthcare, Litigation
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Bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday clears Congress; Biden to sign it tomorrow

Excerpt: Legislation that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday has cleared the United States Congress by an extremely lopsided margin, with only a few extremist, white supremacist House Republicans in opposition.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Holidays, Legislative Advocacy
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