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Category Archives: Announcements

NPI presents Joni Earl and Paul Lawrence with the very first Lynn Allen Awards

Excerpt: This evening, at our ninth Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on Mer­cer Island, we debuted a new event tra­di­tion: the Lynn Allen Awards. Named for our late sis­ter Lynn Allen, a found­ing board­mem­ber of NPI, these awards rec­og­nize peo­ple who have made indis­pens­able con­tri­bu­tions to pro­gres­sive caus­es for a decade or more. We lost Lynn to ovar­i­an […]
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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci to open NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: Today, we are very hap­py to announce that King Coun­ty Coun­cilmem­ber Clau­dia Bal­duc­ci will be the open­ing speak­er at our 2017 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which will take place April 29th at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Event Cen­ter. A for­mer Belle­vue City Coun­cilmem­ber, Clau­dia joined the King Coun­ty Coun­cil last year fol­low­ing her over­whelm­ing 2015 […]
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Joni Earl, Paul Lawrence to be honored with Lynn Allen Awards at NPI’s 2017 Spring Gala

Excerpt: As pro­gres­sives, we believe in cham­pi­oning polit­i­cal progress for all peo­ple — it’s why we call our­selves pro­gres­sives. We believe that our soci­ety’s laws should be based on nur­tu­rant val­ues like empa­thy and mutu­al respon­si­bil­i­ty. As com­mit­ted pro­gres­sive activists, we work every day to advo­cate for poli­cies based on these val­ues. It’s not easy being […]
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Rick Hegdahl elected President of NPI for 2017–18; Diane Jones elected Vice President

Excerpt: Spring has often been called the sea­son of renew­al, and we’ve always thought it’s as good of a time as any to recal­i­brate and reor­ga­nize. To that end, each March, before we file our year­ly report with the Sec­re­tary of State’s office, our board holds its annu­al meet­ing. The prin­ci­pal busi­ness of this meet­ing is […]
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Want to save on tickets to NPI’s 2017 spring gala? Act now to get the early-bird rate

Excerpt: Read­ers, we are just forty-eight days away from our 2017 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala on Mer­cer Island (Sat­ur­day, April 29th at 6 PM), and we’re look­ing for­ward to shar­ing details of our speak­ing pro­gram with you. Before we announce who our speak­ers are, though, I want you to know that you still have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to buy a tick­et to the gala […]
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Camp Wellstone returns to Seattle this May — don’t miss this premiere training opportunity!

Excerpt: Camp Well­stone — the sig­na­ture train­ing offered by the orga­niz­ing genius­es at Well­stone Action — will be return­ing to Seat­tle for the twelfth con­sec­u­tive year, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor Edith Sar­gon tells us. The 2017 camp has been sched­uled for May 19th-21st, coin­cid­ing with the end of Fil­ing Week here in Wash­ing­ton State. It will take place […]
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Join us tomorrow at the Rally for Student Civil Rights and Amply Funded Schools!

Excerpt: It is the para­mount duty of the state to make ample pro­vi­sion for the edu­ca­tion of all chil­dren resid­ing with­in its bor­ders, with­out dis­tinc­tion or pref­er­ence on account of race, col­or, caste, or sex. – Wash­ing­ton State Con­sti­tu­tion, Arti­cle IX, Sec­tion 1 Read­ers! Do you believe in the Con­sti­tu­tion of Wash­ing­ton State? Do you believe […]
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NPI’s tricolor logo gets a new, Cascadia-inspired palette: Meet “Forest & Mountains”

Excerpt: A new year has arrived, and with it a new look for NPI. Today, we’re unveil­ing a new iter­a­tion of our durable tri­col­or logo, using a palette inspired by the region we serve and love. Take a look: We call this palette “For­est & Moun­tains” because it was inspired by one of our favorite pho­tographs […]
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Washington voters want revenue bills decided by a simple majority vote, NPI research finds

Excerpt: Over the course of the past twen­ty-five years, right wing Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton have been on a mis­sion to sab­o­tage the major­i­ty vote clause of our state’s Con­sti­tu­tion. Through a series of statewide ini­tia­tives spon­sored by Lin­da Smith and Tim Eyman, they’ve repeat­ed­ly attempt­ed to grant them­selves the pow­er to block any bill that would […]
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Washingtonians really, really want a capital gains tax to address education funding crisis

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton vot­ers believe our pub­lic schools are under­fund­ed and strong­ly sup­port rais­ing rev­enue at the state lev­el to address the prob­lem, accord­ing to a new sur­vey con­duct­ed last week by Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling for the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute. 63% of the like­ly vot­ers who respond­ed to the sur­vey agreed that Wash­ing­ton’s schools need more fund­ing. […]
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NPI to provide live coverage of the 2016 Washington State Democratic Convention

Excerpt: This week­end, the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty will be hold­ing its 2016 Con­ven­tion, the last event in the par­ty’s bian­nu­al cau­cus and con­ven­tion cycle, at the Greater Taco­ma Con­ven­tion and Trade Cen­ter in the City of Des­tiny. As we have in years past, NPI will be offer­ing live cov­er­age of the goings-on at the Con­ven­tion, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ready for 2017 and beyond: NPI’s Permanent Defense to debut sleek new website Monday

Excerpt: This Mon­day, as a sign of our com­mit­ment to con­tin­ue oppos­ing Tim Eyman and the big mon­ey behind his ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry into 2017 and beyond, we will be debut­ing a sleek new web­site for Per­ma­nent Defense, NPI’s old­est project, which for four­teen years has pro­vid­ed a first line of defense against threats to the Con­sti­tu­tion […]
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State Representative Lillian Ortiz-Self to speak at NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: With the sea­son of renew­al less than a week away, and NPI’s 2016 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala not far behind, it’s now time for us to announce who the final speak­er at this year’s gala will be. Pre­vi­ous­ly, we had the plea­sure of reveal­ing that U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Adam Smith would be our keynote speak­er and Tina […]
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NPI to honor Representative Jim McDermott at 2016 Spring Fundraising Gala on April 1st

Excerpt: Three weeks from tomor­row evening, on Fri­day, April 1st, 2016, NPI will be hold­ing its eighth Spring Fundrais­ing Gala at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Event Cen­ter. As in years past, we’ve been work­ing hard to put togeth­er a strong speak­ing pro­gram for the event. We’ve pre­vi­ous­ly announced that our keynote speak­er for this year […]
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