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Category Archives: Party Politics

Washington State could hold one of the first 2024 Democratic presidential primaries

Excerpt: Two other states are also in the running for the western region's spot: Colorado and Nevada, which have voted Democratic for President for several consecutive cycles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Many Republicans have chosen to stoke hate and division instead of supporting Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic nomination

Excerpt: The evolution – and proposed revocation – of rights is a must-follow, must-act matter for progressives. The selection, nomination and confirmation of federal judges is so vital to that progress.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Redistricting Chair resigns as commissioners deadlock on intervening in federal lawsuit

Excerpt: At its March 7th meeting, the four member commission, which is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans -- lost its nonvoting chair, Sarah Augustine, while the commissioners deadlocked on responding to a federal lawsuit that alleges the Voting Rights Act wasn't followed when the new maps were drawn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden: “This is our moment to meet and overcome the challenges of our time”

Excerpt: Americans witnessed basic Joe Biden in this week’s State of the Union speech, the unifier who has rallied NATO and brought the world's democracies closer together in response to Vladimir Putin’s attack on Ukraine, and the frustrated would-be healer of a nation’s hurts while dealing with a prolonged pandemic.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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President Biden praises Ukraine, offers unity agenda in 2022 State of the Union address

Excerpt: Biden's overarching message was that opportunities accompany crises. As he said, there are opportunities for progress, and we should be working together to realize those opportunities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Laboratories of Autocracy puts Republican-run statehouses under a spotlight

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Laboratories of Autocracy: A Wake-Up Call from Behind the Lines, by Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Democrats’ legislative wins won’t resonate unless they get better at framing, storytelling

Excerpt: Will the Democrats who advocated for Amtrak (only a handful of House Republicans voted “yea” on infrastructure) find a way to “sell” to the public what will be substantial improvements in public services?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Netroots Nation featured panel delves into the lasting effects of the January 6th, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol

Excerpt: Sarah Groh, Ted Lieu, Sarah Iddrissu, and Matthew Fuller joined Melissa Ryan for a conversation about the aftermath of the attack that Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress incited and directed against the nation's temple of democracy.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Netroots Nation panel looks at building long-term relationships beyond the campaign trail

Excerpt: Strategist Joe Sudbay, Representative Ricky Hurtado of North Carolina, Representative Anna Eskimani of Florida, and J.D. Scholten of Iowa discussed investing in progressive infrastructure over the long-term to secure repeat victories.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Will Democrats unite to defend good deeds of the Biden-Harris administration, or snipe while Republicans fire their guns?

Excerpt: Progressive and partially conservative Democrats are split on how quickly to approve infrastructure. The Republicans are directing their fire at the priorities included in the budget reconciliation process. Can Democrats unite to wage a strong front in the midterms?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Tom Campion is a donor with a cause who once hosted President Obama at his home. This week, he got to introduce Joe Biden.

Excerpt: On Monday, the Democratic Party hosted an electronic fundraiser. Zumiez CEO Tom Campion, who has helped the party raise money for years, and whose philanthropy has helped defend the Arctic Refuge against drilling, had the honor of introducing President Joe Biden.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Dan Newhouse’s political future was imperiled by his January 2021 impeachment vote. Can he appease the Trump cult?

Excerpt: He may not like grizzly bears, but Dan has become a serious pander bear, trying to get back into the good graces of the Republican base after breaking with Trump.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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“Consequential” 2021 legislative session is what voters across Washington State wanted

Excerpt: Recent elections have produced a responsive state government attuned to the needs and wishes of the people: a state government that is more policy-oriented than politics-oriented. We're getting action instead of theater.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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