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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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