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Monthly Archives: November 2021

Reagan Dunn launches bid for Congress, challenging Kim Schrier in Washington’s 8th

Excerpt: The longtime King County Councilmember is telling Republicans that "we're going to take mom's seat back," referring to the late Jennifer Dunn. Dave Reichert is serving as campaign chair.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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COVID-19 Update: Young children are now vaccine-eligible, to the relief of many parents

Excerpt: With the omicron variant B.1.1.529 threatening to complicate management of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is working on vaccinating young children against COVID-19 and enforcing vaccine mandates.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Happy Thanksgiving 2021!

Excerpt: Here's what our team at the Northwest Progressive Institute is grateful for this year.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Washington’s 2021 general election certified; turnout is the third-worst in state history

Excerpt: Fewer than four in ten voters voted for just the third time in a statewide general election, going back to when recordkeeping began. The turnout we just saw is the third worst general election turnout in state history, behind only 2017 and 2015.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New rules to bar oil/gas drilling in the vicinity of Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Excerpt: Situated in the remote Four Corners area in New Mexico and reached by a rough road, Chaco Culture contains remains of stone buildings and Great Houses that were once among the largest structures in North America.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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East Link from the air, part two: Get a bird’s eye view of station construction in Redmond

Excerpt: This second part of NPI's East Link from the air project focuses on NPI's hometown of Redmond, with two additional galleries of photos showcasing Sound Transit's forthcoming light rail extension linking Seattle to Redmond via Bellevue and Mercer Island.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Series & Special Reports
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (November 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Build Back Better Act and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Chuck Sams, the first Native American to lead the National Park Service.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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House of Representatives approves historic Build Back Better Act, sending it to the Senate

Excerpt: At 6:44 AM Pacific on November 19th, 2021, by a vote of 220-213, the House adopted H.R. 5376, known as the Build Back Better Act, after Biden's campaign slogan, with all but one Democrat in favor and all Republicans opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Supreme Court to Redistricting Commission: Tell us exactly what you did on Monday night

Excerpt: The Court sent a clear message to the commissioners with its order today: Explain yourselves. Give us a detailed accounting of what you were attempting to do and what the specific sequences of events were. No spin and no excuses. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattleites enthusiastic about making city’s streets more people-centric, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Even when it comes to seemingly contentious transportation projects that require converting a lane or traffic or parking spaces, Seattle voters are overwhelmingly supportive, a poll recently conducted for the Northwest Progressive Institute finds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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First raging fires, now epic floods: British Columbia suffers perils of climate damage

Excerpt: The “province on the Pacific” was just beginning to recover from a summer of record heat and wildfires when an atmospheric river showed up, resulting in massive floods.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Patty Murray maintains double digit lead over Tiffany Smiley for U.S. Senate, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 50% of 909 likely 2022 midterm voters surveyed last week said they'd vote for Murray, the Democratic incumbent, if the election were being held today, while 37% said they would vote for Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Did the 2021 Washington State Redistricting Commission fail? Deadline day meeting ends with rushed, last second votes and no maps

Excerpt: The bipartisan body tasked with drawing new legislative and congressional district maps for Washington State did not have maps ready to go by its constitutional deadline, seemingly pushing the process to the State Supreme Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mudslides, washouts have made key sections of Cascadia’s major highways impassable

Excerpt: Mudslides and washouts precipitated by torrential rainfall have made highways on both sides of the United States - Canada border impassable, stranding travelers and further disrupting commerce just days before the onset of the holiday season.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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