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Category Archives: Elections

Evidence shows local races would benefit from being moved to even-numbered years

Excerpt: In this guest post, Shoreline's Chris Roberts explains how contests for local office in Washington would benefit from being moved to even-numbered years.
Written by:Chris Roberts
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Opponents of phasing out odd year elections in Washington are making many bogus claims

Excerpt: The debate over eliminating elections in odd-numbered years is heating up. But opponents are making a number of claims that are factually inaccurate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI to Evergreen State legislators: Phase out odd year elections to protect our democracy

Excerpt: Read our founder's prepared remarks in support of House Bill 2529, legislation that would reduce voter fatigue and save money by moving local races and state level ballot measures to even-numbered years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Iowa 2020 Democratic presidential debate recap: How did the six candidates fare?

Excerpt: The debate was the last before Democratic voters caucus in Iowa, and the candidates appearing onstage in Des Moines were determined to showcase their electability.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Media & Culture, Party Politics
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We’re watching the seventh 2020 Democratic presidential debate. Join us!

Excerpt: NPI staff are watching and sharing impressions of the final debate before the Iowa Democratic caucuses on February 3rd as it progresses.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cory Booker abandons his presidential bid

Excerpt: The New Jersey senator struggled to stand out in a crowded field, hampered by lack of support and interest from Democratic voters.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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New State Representative Alex Ramel talks to NPI about his priorities for the 2020 session

Excerpt: The newest addition to the Washington State Legislature from the 40th District wants to tackle affordable housing and climate justice in the 2020 short session.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Donald Trump’s looming impeachment trial could shift the balance in Iowa

Excerpt: Senators will be forced to stay in Washington D.C. as other candidates enter the final sprint for votes in the Hawkeye State.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Weekend Reading: All of the possible ways Tim Eyman’s I‑976 violates the Constitution

Excerpt: The plaintiffs suing to defeat Tim Eyman's Initiative 976 have outlined nearly a dozen ways in which it violates Washington State's plan of government.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right wing effort to recall Attorney General Bob Ferguson predictably ends in failure

Excerpt: Washington State's incumbent chief law enforcement officer has long bested the right wing. He's now done so again without even being a party to the proceedings.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jay Inslee zings Eyman after Tim interrupts Q&A: “Please leave the chair when you leave”

Excerpt: The Governor got the better of Tim Eyman during a confrontation that Eyman tried to instigate at the 2020 Associated Press Legislative Preview.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Diverting sales tax revenue from vehicle sales will not get us beyond I‑976, Republicans

Excerpt: Curtis King and his colleagues are nonsensically proposing to backfill lost vehicle fee revenue with another revenue source that I-976 targeted for repeal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians will have thirteen Democratic candidates to choose from in March’s primary

Excerpt: Fifteen candidates filed paperwork to be included on Washington state's ballot, two of whom subsequently dropped out.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Alex Ramel appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives from 40th LD

Excerpt: State Representative Jeff Morris has a successor: Environmental and climate justice activist Alex Ramel was chosen by the Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan county legislative authorities to serve in the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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