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Category Archives: Appreciations & Remembrances

Read President Biden’s speech marking the anniversary of the January 6th attack

Excerpt: Access the complete transcripts of the speeches delivered by Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Nevada’s Harry Reid, a lion of the U.S. Senate and a conservation champion, passes on

Excerpt: Harry Reid served thirty years in the Senate. His biggest achievement for his state was arguably killing the U.S. Department of Energy's plans to use Yucca Mountain as a repository for “spent” but highly radioactive fuel rods from the nation’s nuclear power plants -- which he did almost single-handedly. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Justice Mary Fairhurst: 1957–2021

Excerpt: One of Washington State's best, most distinguished jurists has passed on. Read NPI's appreciation of Justice Mary Fairhurst, who served the people of Washington for decades on the Supreme Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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George Fleming passes on: He ran wild in the Rose Bowl, later served twenty years as a sturdy, progressive state legislator for Seattle

Excerpt: The death of Fleming at eighty-three has evoked Baby Boomer memories of when the Dawgs upset favored foes two New Year’s Days in a row, and of the first African-American to serve in the State Senate and champion of such causes as the Martin Luther King holiday.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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So long, soldier: The dour side, the bright side and wit of Bob Dole, dead at ninety-eight, the last of our “Greatest Generation” politicians

Excerpt: Read NPI contributor Joel Connelly's remembrance of former Republican presidential candidate and Senate leader Bob Dole.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Walter Mondale: 1928–2021

Excerpt: Read NPI's appreciation of the late Vice President Walter Mondale, a stalwart progressive leader from Minnesota, authored by Joel Connelly.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Ailing Fry’s Electronics is no more: Chain goes out of business after thirty-six years

Excerpt: The eclectic brick and mortar retailer, which was able to remain a going concern for years after the demise of competitors like Circuit City and CompUSA, has itself reached the end of the line after thirty-six years in business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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WaPo’s Marty Baron retires: An appreciation for one who confronted power with truth

Excerpt: The Marty Barons of this world are essential to an informed citizenry. As the Washington Post put it in a motto adopted under Baron: Democracy dies in darkness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Congratulations to NPI’s Gael Tarleton on concluding thirteen years of public service

Excerpt: As NPI's longest serving boardmember prepares to leave public office, we took a look back at her remarkable career and greatest accomplishments.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Jay Pearson, 1948–2020: Mellow manager of Democrats’ victories and comebacks helped build Washington’s governing party

Excerpt: Read NPI contributor Joel Connelly's celebration of the life and accomplishments of Jay Pearson, who for decades worked to help elect Democrats and empower them to govern well once in office.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Read tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from national and regional leaders

Excerpt: A collection of statements from senators, governors, nonprofit leaders, and former presidents honoring and celebrating the life of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933–2020

Excerpt: Read the Northwest Progressive Institute's obituary of a true legend, one of the finest people ever to serve our country as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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John Lewis: 1940–2020

Excerpt: There are few people in American history who lived their lives as courageously and conscientiously as Georgia's best known member of Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Priscilla O’Leary: 1958–2018

Excerpt: On November 4th, 2018, NPI lost one of its strongest supporters: Priscilla O'Leary. Read about Priscilla's life and her contributions to progressive causes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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