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Category Archives: Party Politics

Tina Podlodowski to retire this month as Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party

Excerpt: Podlodowski has been chair for six years. She took over from Jaxon Ravens at the end of January 2017, at a time when Democrats across the country were still reeling from the disastrous 2016 presidential election. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thank you, Speaker Pelosi

Excerpt: Our team at NPI thanks Speaker Pelosi for her tremendous contributions to our country. As she said, quoting Scripture, for everything, there is a season. The time is right to pass the baton to a new generation of leadership and celebrate an incredible run that secured the passage of legislation American families needed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking smart campaign strategies with Stephanie Taylor

Excerpt: In this third installment of NPI@NN, NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with Stephanie Taylor, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, about smart strategies for Democratic campaigns in the 2022 midterms and beyond.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with State House hopeful Kristine Reeves

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with former State Representative Kristine Reeves, who hopes to return to the Legislature to work on causes like reproductive rights and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with U.S. Representative Kim Schrier

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with United States Representative Kim Schrier to discuss her price gouging bill and work on critical water infrastructure.
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with the Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party to discuss topics like the party's bid to be an early primary state.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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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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