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Category Archives: Public Service

LIVE from Bothell: Democratic PCOs meeting to choose nominees to succeed Guy Palumbo

Excerpt: NPI is live in Bothell observing the WSDCC's special nominating caucus to draw up a list of nominees for the State Senate vacancy created by Guy Palumbo's resignation and a possible House vacancy if Derek Stanford is chosen to take Palumbo's place.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kris Lytton, Liz Lovelett, and Trevor Smith nominated to replace Kevin Ranker in 40th LD

Excerpt: A special nominating caucus of the Washington State Democrats has drawn up a list of three people to replace recently departed State Senator Kevin Ranker.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the Democrats joining the Washington State Legislature on January 14th, 2019

Excerpt: The November 2018 midterms produced a more diverse Washington State Legislature. Get to know the newest Democratic representative and senators!
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Paul Ryan backs down; Patrick Conroy will remain in his post as U.S. House chaplain

Excerpt: The veteran United States House chaplain, a beloved Jesuit priest, will continue with his ministry to the chamber's four hundred and thirty five voting members after Speaker Paul Ryan backed down and assented to Conroy's wish to rescind the resignation he had unhappily offered last month at Ryan's behest.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Disturbing Senate confirmation hearing shows why Pompeo should not be confirmed

Excerpt: Pompeo seems more interested in pleasing Donald Trump and hiding whatever members of the Foreign Relations Committee want to know about their secret meeting regarding Mueller's investigation. He should not be confirmed.
Written by:Essie Hicks
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Maria Cantwell will join filibuster of Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Excerpt: Washington’s junior United States Senator Maria Cantwell announced today that she will be joining her seatmate Patty Murray and many other Democratic Senators in filibustering Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as well as voting no on his nomination should the filibuster be broken. “We need a U.S. Supreme Court justice who will stand […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congratulations, Tanika Padhye, and welcome to the Redmond City Council

Excerpt: Yesterday evening, at its March 7th business meeting, the Redmond City Council selected Tanika Padhye to fill the vacancy created by the January resignation of NPI Advisory Council member Kim Allen, who stepped down due to having an increasingly travel-centric work schedule. Padhye, forty-three, was previously a member of the city’s Planning Commission and has […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jeff Sessions must resign — immediately

Excerpt: When Jeff Sessions was being scrutinized by the United States Senate for the vitally important position of United States Attorney General, he was asked by Senator Al Franken what he would do if “anyone affiliated with the Trump campaign” was found to have communicated with officials of the Russian Federation. Sessions answered: “I have been called a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate Democrats must filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Excerpt: Neofascist Donald Trump tonight announced he is nominating an archconservative judge to fill the vacancy left by Antonin Scalia’s death nearly a year ago, which should have been filled last year, but wasn’t due to the obstructionism of Senate Republicans. Trump’s pick, Neil Gorsuch, would be an almost sure vote to “to limit gay rights, […]
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Badly-behaved Senate Republicans are an embarrassment to the State of Washington

Excerpt: It’s only been ten days since the sixty-fifth Washington State Legislature convened for its long session, but already, the bad behavior of Senate Republicans suggests it’s going to be very difficult for the state’s lawmaking branch to get much of anything done before the session is scheduled to end on April 23rd. Washingtonians have a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Thanks, Tim Eyman, for reminding us you’re incapable of comprehending our Constitution

Excerpt: Notorious initiative profiteer Tim Eyman has been active in Washington State politics a very long time — around twenty years, in fact. And as readers of the Cascadia Advocate are well aware, Tim has made selling destructive right-wing initiatives his full time occupation… to the detriment of Washington State. The majority of the initiatives Eyman […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) said to be Trump’s Interior Secretary pick

Excerpt: If news reports are to be believed, Donald Trump is on the verge of naming Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers as his choice for Secretary of the Interior. McMorris Rodgers has represented Eastern Washington in Congress for nearly ten years, having been elected and reelected five times. Ms. McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking woman in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Peter Goldmark announces his retirement as Washington’s Commissioner of Public Lands

Excerpt: Washington State’s incumbent Commissioner of Public Lands has just announced via Facebook that he’s decided to step down and will not seek a third term in 2016. Peter J. Goldmark, sixty-nine, has served as the state’s independently elected chief of the Department of Natural Resources since January 2009. He was originally elected in 2008, defeating […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County Council appoints Reuven Carlyle to State Senate, Noel Frame to State House

Excerpt: This afternoon, in its first meeting of 2016, the Metropolitan King County Council acted to fill two vacancies in the Washington State Legislature, both resulting from Jeanne Kohl-Welles’ move from the Senate to the King County Council. By a vote of nine to zero, the Council first appointed State Representative Reuven Carlyle (D-36th District: Ballard, […]
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