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Category Archives: Public Service

A spectacular fall to earth: Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette resigns in ignominy

Excerpt: The former Space Shuttle astronaut will no longer represent Her Majesty the Queen as Canada's head of state following the release of a blistering report which found she was responsible for a toxic work environment.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Incoming Biden-Harris team signals it will avoid repeating many of Obama’s missteps

Excerpt: At this incredibly fraught and perilous moment in American history, we don't just need steady, compassionate governance -- we need savvy, capable leadership with a respect and appreciation for history and a willingness to learn from it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government
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Congratulations to NPI’s Gael Tarleton on concluding thirteen years of public service

Excerpt: As NPI's longest serving boardmember prepares to leave public office, we took a look back at her remarkable career and greatest accomplishments.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Brady Walkinshaw, April Sims to represent Democrats on 2021 Redistricting Commission

Excerpt: Democratic legislative leaders in Washington have chosen the first Latino Redistricting Commissioner as well as the first woman of color and Black Redistricting Commissioner to help draw the state's 2021 legislative and congressional maps.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Biden-Harris administration takes shape with the announcement of key appointees

Excerpt: Joe Biden's picks indicate the direction that the President-Elect wants to take the country.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Announcements, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Washington State Supreme Court justices choose Steven González as their new Chief

Excerpt: The brilliant jurist, who authored last month's decision emphatically striking down Tim Eyman's blatantly unconstitutional Initiative 976, has been chosen by his colleagues to serve in the role.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Responding to supercharged electorate, officials prepare for sprint to Election Day

Excerpt: Aiming for 90% turnout, King County Elections is opening six Vote Centers through Tuesday to provide voters more services closer to home.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Scramble for the Senate: Who will replace Kamala Harris if the Democratic ticket wins?

Excerpt: If Joe Biden wins in November, Kamala Harris will have to leave her seat in the U.S. Senate. Who might replace her?
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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The Pandemic is Personal: Rituja Indapure on how COVID-19 has changed everyday life

Excerpt: One of NPI's Advisory Councilmembers describes her spring with the pandemic in a series of journal entries recorded at one month intervals.
Written by:Rituja Indapure
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Series & Special Reports, World Commmunity
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June Robinson appointed to Washington State Senate, Emily Wicks to State House in 38th

Excerpt: The Snohomish County Council has made two sets of appointments: one to choose a successor to recently retired Senator John McCoy and one to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of McCoy's successor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee appoints G. Helen Whitener to the Washington State Supreme Court

Excerpt: The Washington State Supreme Court will now have seven female justices (out of nine), including a black woman, an Asian American woman, and a Native American woman.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alex Ramel appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives from 40th LD

Excerpt: State Representative Jeff Morris has a successor: Environmental and climate justice activist Alex Ramel was chosen by the Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan county legislative authorities to serve in the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Alex Ramel, Michael Lilliquist, and Marco Morales nominated to succeed Jeff Morris

Excerpt: The Democratic precinct committee officers in the 40th Legislative District have created a shortlist of possible successors to outgoing State Representative Jeff Morris.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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10th LD’s Ron Muzzall appointed to succeed Barbara Bailey in Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Washington's newest State Senator is a family farmer from Whidbey Island with significant agricultural and business expertise.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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