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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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Browse with confidence: NPI’s core network now encrypting all visits by default

Excerpt: It seems like hard­ly a week goes by these days when we don’t hear about yet anoth­er data breach or new­ly-dis­cov­ered exploit in wide­ly used soft­ware. Bad neigh­bor­hoods have exist­ed on the Inter­net for a long time, but dan­ger now seems to present itself at every turn. There’s mal­ware lurk­ing all over the place, email […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: As of this evening, we are just sev­en­teen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which (as in past years!) will be tak­ing place in the heart of King Coun­ty at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Events Cen­ter. For the past few months, we’ve been busy orga­niz­ing the event and putting togeth­er a great […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Grandpa George Storm: 1915–2014

Excerpt: Sad news to share today: I’ve just learned that Grand­pa George Storm, the patri­arch of my moth­er’s fam­i­ly and the best sto­ry­teller I’ve ever known, died peace­ful­ly this morn­ing, before dawn. He was nine­ty-eight years old. My fam­i­ly and I had known this day was com­ing for some time — Grand­pa had been cop­ing with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Robert Cruickshank elected president of the Northwest Progressive Institute for 2014

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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI launches BallotGuide.info, a microsite that demystifies ballot measures

Excerpt: On behalf of the team at here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute, I’m pleased to announce this evening that we have launched BallotGuide.info, a new microsite designed to help pro­gres­sive vot­ers nav­i­gate the many mea­sures on the 2013 gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot in Wash­ing­ton State. (Microsites, for those who don’t speak tech, are very small stand­alone […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, King Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors charged Michael Wal­ter King, the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the now-defunct Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (SDCC) with six counts of theft fol­low­ing a six month inves­ti­ga­tion, in which Seat­tle police found that King had stolen more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars from the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus to fund his […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific NW Portal 5.6 (Otter Rock) released

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team, I’m pleased to announce that we have com­plet­ed work  on a new release of Pacif­ic NW Por­tal – Ver­sion 5.6, code­named Otter Rock. Otter Rock is a main­te­nance release – the sixth in the New­port series. In oth­er words, there aren’t any new major fea­tures… just bug fix­es, updates to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s (unconventional) newsgathering credo: Accuracy and context are more important than getting it first or getting it fast

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the third post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board mem­bers. I came to Wash­ing­ton in 1992, but I did­n’t become involved in pol­i­tics until 1999 when I […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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Ready for a new decade: NPI to begin its next ten years with a capable, committed board

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the sec­ond post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board mem­bers. NPI has come a long way in ten years.  I moved to Wash­ing­ton State in 1997, but […]
Written by:Martin Chaney
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From opposition to proposition: NPI is working to make the defeat of Tim Eyman’s initiative factory a beginning — not an end

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the inau­gur­al post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board mem­bers.  As I reflect on NPI’s tenth anniver­sary, I find myself think­ing back to where we were as […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Pacific NW Portal 5.5 (Waldport) released

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team, I’m pleased to announce that we have com­plet­ed work tonight on a new release of Pacif­ic NW Por­tal — Ver­sion 5.5, code­named Wald­port. Wald­port is a main­te­nance release – the fifth in the New­port series. In oth­er words, there aren’t any new major fea­tures… just bug fix­es, updates to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A point of personal privilege

Excerpt: As 2012 draws to an end and I head into my sec­ond decade as a pro­gres­sive activist, I want to take a moment to pub­licly say thanks to a num­ber of peo­ple who have helped me and helped NPI get to where it is today. First, thanks to every­one who sup­port­ed and donat­ed to NPI […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congratulations, Gael!

Excerpt: Last night, as the first elec­tion results were released, one of our own learned that she will almost cer­tain­ly be the next fresh­man state rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Wash­ing­ton’s 36th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict, which encom­pass­es neigh­bor­hoods like Mag­no­lia and Bal­lard as well as much of Queen Anne. On behalf of all of NPI’s oth­er board mem­bers and all of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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