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Category Archives: Public Service

It’s official: Kim Wyman is joining the Biden administration, will resign November 19th

Excerpt: Washington's Republican Secretary of State is leaving the state's executive department for a job with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Her resignation will allow Governor Jay Inslee to name a Democrat to take her place.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman might be joining the Biden administration

Excerpt: Bringing Wyman to DHS could enable the administration to make more headway in its efforts to prepare the country for the 2022 midterms.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tana Lin joins David Estudillo, Lauren King as a new judge on Washington’s federal bench

Excerpt: Lin, a civil rights attorney, is the third judge confirmed this year to a distinguished but lately depleted federal court that sits in Seattle and Tacoma.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Transformative change comes from dialogue, not talking points, canvassing experts say

Excerpt: At Netroots Nation 2021, attendees were treated to a panel discussion on deep canvassing, which can get results that traditional canvassing methods can't. Read our recap of the discussion.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Harnessing the power of the Native vote: how Indigenous leaders are preparing for 2022

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of a Netroots Nation panel that explored what is being done and can be done to recruit Native Americans to run for office and turn out to vote in the 2022 midterms.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Lauren King confirmed to the U.S. District Court in Seattle: She will be Washington’s first Native American federal judge

Excerpt: King will be the first Native American to serve on the federal bench from a state with twenty-nine recognized tribal nations.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Senator David Frockt to retire from the Legislature after the 2022 session

Excerpt: "I came to this job with the firm conviction that the privilege of public service does not confer a right to a position that one holds forever, and for me, the time has come for renewal," Frockt said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit will get a new CEO next year: Peter Rogoff to depart in 2022, agency says

Excerpt: In an early evening press release, Board Chair Kent Keel said that Rogoff will remain as CEO until mid-2022 and then hand over duties to a yet-to-be-announced successor that the board hopes to find through a national search. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington gets a new U.S. federal judge: David Estudillo wins Senate confirmation

Excerpt: Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray, D-Washington, put forward Estudillo’s name and he was nominated to the federal bench in April by President Biden. On September 14th, he was confirmed by a vote of 54-41.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joe Biden will make his first stop as President in the Pacific Northwest next week

Excerpt: The President will be making a stop in Boise, Idaho at the National Interagency Fire Center as part of an western swing that will also include a stop in Denver, Colorado.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Incoming federal judges David Estudillo and Tana Lin will diversify and strengthen a federal bench that has spoken truth to power

Excerpt: President Joe Biden's nominees for the federal bench in the Western District of Washington are well prepared and suited to continue the state's rich history of federal jurisprudence.
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Pacific Northwesterner chosen to lead the National Park Service by President Joe Biden

Excerpt: Charles "Chuck" Sams, of Oregon, will be first Native American to head the National Park Service if the United States Senate concurs. He has lived the history of one park unit.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Andrew Cuomo finally resigns; Kathy Hochul to become first female Governor of New York

Excerpt: “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a livestreamed message from his office that many found difficult to watch. “And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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