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Monthly Archives: January 2022

Most Washington voters think upgrading our seismically vulnerable school buildings is a state responsibility, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: The finding, unveiled by NPI at a public hearing in the Senate Ways & Means Committee, affirms that voters see the Legislature as principally responsible for upholding the state's paramount duty to "make ample provision" for the education of all of the state's children, as the Framers of the Constitution intended when they wrote Washington's plan of government.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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New York investigators are closing in on the Trump Organization. Who will crack first?

Excerpt: The New York Attorney General's office has demonstrated it has evidence of unusual business practices regarding its valuations for certain properties that it would like the officers of the Trump Organization to explain.
Written by:Peter Orth
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Litigation, World Commmunity
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Two bills to polish and refine 2021 police reform laws clear Washington State House

Excerpt: House Bill 1719 and House Bill 1735 received nearly unanimous support in Friday afternoon floor action.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Why the 2022 midterms in Washington State could look more like 2018 than 2010 or 2014

Excerpt: In this in-depth post for The Cascadia Advocate, NPI's founder and executive director discusses how Republicans are working successfully to push reporters and pollsters to view the midterms on their terms and critiques Stuart Elway's recent Washington State polling.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Big news! Meaningful school seismic safety bills have been introduced in the Legislature

Excerpt: The bills (HB 2095 and SB 5933) would create a school seismic safety grant program, backed by general obligation bonds that would need to be voter-approved in a special statewide vote to be held in November of 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, National Defense, Public Planning
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Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from the U.S. Supreme Court at the end of current term

Excerpt: President Joe Biden has pledged to nominate a Black woman to succeed Breyer, and the White House has consistently reiterated that Biden intends to honor that campaign promise.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bills to strengthen initiative ballot titles and phase out odd year elections move forward

Excerpt: House Bills 1727 and 1876, both prime sponsored by Representative Mia Gregerson, received votes of support from a majority of the House State Government Committee this morning in executive session, with all four Democrats voting aye and all three Republicans voting nay.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Lawsuits challenging Washington’s new state capital gains tax on the wealthy seek to re-rig our tax code in favor of the rich — indefinitely

Excerpt: Read NPI alum Patrick Stickney's assessment of the legal challenge to ESSB 5096, the most important tax reform legislation passed in decades, which is being contested in court in a pair of cases known as Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al.
Written by:Patrick Stickney
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Litigation
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Book Review: Flying Blind examines the bad decisions that led to Boeing’s current crises

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, by award-winning Bloomberg reporter Peter Robison.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 17th-21st)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Ensuring Veterans' Smooth Transition Act, the Senate's failure to reform its undemocratic filibuster rules, and Senate confirmation of Holly Thomas to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Washington voters back phasing out odd year elections by a 2:1 margin, with 24% unsure

Excerpt: 52% of likely 2022 voters surveyed about two months ago said they either strongly or somewhat supported doing away with elections in odd-numbered years, while 24% were opposed and another 24% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Time is neutral, it can be used either destructively or constructively

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 10th-14th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and Senate confirmation of Gabriel Sanchez to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Will Senator Patty Murray break out of the protective cocoon that often surrounds veteran lawmakers for the 2022 midterms?

Excerpt: The cocoon does not become our senior senator, NPI contributor Joel Connelly writes, asserting: We need to see the butterfly, albeit someone who’s proven to be an iron butterfly under pressure.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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