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Category Archives: Breaking News

NPI poll finds 69% of Washingtonians favor life in prison alternatives to the death penalty

Excerpt: An overwhelming majority of Washingtonians would rather send convicted murderers to prison for life than execute them, a recent poll commissioned by the Northwest Progressive Institute has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Tim Eyman’s I‑940 legal challenge is another gambit to weaponize the initiative power

Excerpt: Once again, the right wing is seeking a constitutional interpretation it can use to tie the hands of Democratic legislative majorities for years to come.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Gavin Newsom and Dianne Feinstein secure top spots in California’s marquee contests

Excerpt: Tuesday, June 5th, 2018 was Top Two Election Day in California. Read our analysis of the early returns in the marquee contests for Governor and United States Senator.
Written by:Alison Wendler
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De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 approved by the Legislature along with a compromise bill

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the House and Senate of the State of Washington have approved an initiative and a successor bill that removes the requirement for prosecutors to prove that a police officer acted "without malice" when bringing a case for improper use of deadly force.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Washington State House, Senate agree on 2018 supplemental operating budget

Excerpt: As one of its final acts prior to adjourning Sine Die later on this evening, the Washington State Legislature today sent Governor Jay Inslee a supplemental operating budget agreement that appropriates funding to a host of essential public services necessary to the health and well-being of our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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“HERESY”: Hyberbolic Tim Eyman tears into Republican Joyce McDonald in ferocious email

Excerpt: Tim Eyman has taken a break from excoriating Democrats in his latest multiweekly email missive, choosing instead to launch a ferocious broadside at Republican State Representative Joyce McDonald. What could McDonald have possibly done to merit such scorn? Answer: She has sinned by not being loyal to Eyman's agenda.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Equal pay for equal work easily clears the Washington State House again

Excerpt: The Washington State House of Representatives has once again overwhelmingly approved a bill that would address pay inequity in the workplace, sending its version over to the Senate, where it is certain to get a better reception than in the past thanks to the chamber's new Democratic majority.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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De-Escalate Washington submits signatures for Initiative 940 at rainy event in Olympia

Excerpt: Washington State is slated to have at least one progressive idea on the November 2018 ballot following the submission of signatures for Initiative 940 by De-Escalate Washington, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that is seeking policing reforms to reduce the use of deadly force in our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democratic Senate hopeful Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama, sending shockwaves through the Republican Party

Excerpt: Doug Jones and the Democratic Party have prevailed in a bitterly contested special election to pick a successor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mueller Friday: Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI about Russia contacts

Excerpt: Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser has parted ways with his former boss and is now cooperating with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Manka Dhingra sworn in; Washington State Senate now has a Democratic majority

Excerpt: Democrats now have a majority in the Washington State following the swearing in of Manka.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s public schools still aren’t amply funded, state Supreme Court concludes

Excerpt: The McCleary case isn't over. Lawmakers need to fully fund teacher salaries in order to be constitutionally compliant, Washington's State Supreme Court says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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Cary Moon concedes Seattle mayoral race to Jenny Durkan after Wednesday’s ballot drop

Excerpt: Seattle mayoral hopeful Cary Moon ended her campaign this afternoon, acknowledging that she's too far behind Jenny Durkan to catch up in late ballots.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Manka Dhingra defeats Jinyoung Lee Englund in 45th, Washington’s Senate flips Democratic

Excerpt: Voters in Washington State's 45th Legislative District are decisively backing Democratic Senate hopeful Manka Dhingra in early Election Night returns, putting an end to five years of Republican control of Washington's Senate and uniting the Left Coast under a trifecta of Democratic-run statehouses.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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