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Monthly Archives: September 2022

Seattle Mariners end playoff drought, clinch postseason spot with walkoff win

Excerpt: The victory brought the longest ongoing drought in professional sports to an end in spectacular fashion, sending the very ready sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Park into a massive, raucous celebration. Mariners players donned October Rise shirts and caps and took a team photo out on the field as the display boards in the parks shimmered with the word "CLINCHED" repeated over and over.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bellevue residents enthusiastically back range of ideas for increasing housing attainability

Excerpt: These findings show that Bellevue residents are broadly in agreement on a number of ideas to tackle the city and region's housing crisis, from creating additional homeownership assistance programs to allowing the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) such as backyard cottages in every neighborhood to relaxing restrictions like building height limits for projects that preserve existing mature trees on the property rather than cutting them down.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The threat to American elections: No time for hysteria, but we should all be worried

Excerpt: With a nation’s news media “hollowed out” by closings and downsizings, Seattle-based InvestigateWest is swimming against a tide as it pursues a task vital to the republic: It has taken on the job of seeking the truth about those seeking power in America, specifically reporting on ongoing threats to American democracy.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Patty Murray up by twelve points in NPI statewide pollster’s latest Washington survey

Excerpt: 52% of seven hundred and seventy respondents interviewed by Public Policy Polling this week said they'd vote for Murray if the election were being held today, while 40% said they'd back Smiley. 8% were undecided. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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University of Idaho warns its staff: Promoting reproductive healthcare could be a felony

Excerpt: On Friday, September 23rd, the University of Idaho sent a warning to employees Friday that promoting abortion or contraception while on the job could be a felony. 
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, Joe Kent spar in vigorous, heated WA-03 debate

Excerpt: Gluesenkamp Perez, a small business owner, skillfully and effectively used her experience as the owner of an auto repair shop throughout the debate to relate to people in the audience and invite them to relate to her, while Kent leaned hard into right wing populist rhetoric in an attempt to make his militant, dangerous ultra MAGA beliefs sound as appealing and mainstream as possible. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Are we a January 5th nation, or a January 6th nation? We Americans must decide, Senator Raphael Warnock tells Seattle crowd

Excerpt: The senator-reverend’s way of thanking donors was to raise spirits of what remains possible in this country, and the role of an enlightened government in making that possible.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 19th-23rd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Presidential Election Reform Act and the Invest to Protect Act along with Senate ratification of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol and Senate confirmation of Florence Pan to be an appeals court judge.
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Poll Watch: Elway finds solid lead for Murray; Steve Hobbs barely ahead of Julie Anderson

Excerpt: With less than a month until ballots drop, Elway Research has found a thirteen point lead for Democrats in Washington's 2022 U.S. Senate race along with a statistical tie in the Secretary of State contest.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A close contest in WA-03: Marie Gluesenkamp Perez narrowly trails Joe Kent, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Only three percentage points separated the candidates in the survey's final head-to-head matchup, with Kent garnering 47% and Gluesenkamp Perez 44%. 9% are not sure. Those figures are almost identical to responses to the initial head-to-head question, in which Kent got 48% and Gluesenkamp Perez got 44%.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tiffany Smiley’s emails: Heavy on ultra MAGA cliches and feverish pleas for donations

Excerpt: The real reason for despair is that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is shoveling more than $60 million into unexpectedly difficult contests to hold onto seats of retiring Republican Senators Rob Portman and Pat Toomey in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Smiley has raised a lot of money but appears largely on her own.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Democrats pursue 2022 sweep of 10th LD’s House seats with Navy veteran Clyde Shavers

Excerpt: Meet one of the Washington State Democratic Party's rising stars, whose performance in the Top Two election indicates that the battleground 10th Legislative District could be on the verge of sending two Democrats to the State House in 2022.
Written by:Aaron Cahen
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 12th-16th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Preventing a Patronage System Act and Ensuring a Fair and Accurate Census Act along with Senate confirmation of several of President Biden's appellate nominees.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Washington State Debate Coalition announces October 2022 schedule of candidate debates

Excerpt: The Coalition and Braver Angels, a nonprofit working to create dialogue between progressives and conservatives, are organizing debates or candidate forums for U.S. Senate, Secretary of State, U.S. House, and even State Senate in the 26th LD.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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