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Category Archives: Public Service

Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles to retire from King County Council, public service

Excerpt: Two-term County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has decided not to seek reelection and will retire from public service at the end of 2023, she announced in a letter to constituents and in a press release sent to the media.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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View the official portraits of the Pacific Northwest’s three new members of Congress

Excerpt: The Pacific Northwest has three new members of Congress who have not served in the institution before: Marie Gluesesenkamp Perez of Washington, Andrea Salinas of Oregon, and Lori Chavez-DeRemer, also of Oregon. Check out their official portraits and biographies.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A Pyrrhic victory for Kevin McCarthy: He has finally won… the worst job in U.S. politics

Excerpt: McCarthy will be the weakest Speaker of the House in memory. He'll wield little real power and will likely lurch from crisis to crisis as he struggles to hold together a narrow majority full of people who don't like each other and don't trust each other.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Top Republican Kevin McCarthy’s bid for Speaker fails on first day of 118th Congress

Excerpt: McCarthy came up short three times, a sign that Republican have brought chaos rather than control to the House. The defection of twenty far-right Republicans not only blocked McCarthy from the Speaker’s chair but prevented the House from organizing.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Senator Patty Murray sworn in as the first woman U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore

Excerpt: Washington's senior U.S. Senator has begun her sixth term. She's also assuming two new important responsibilities: U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore and Appropriations Chair.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ranking and ready to chair: Rick Larsen is set to be the top Democrat on the U.S. House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Excerpt: Larsen will succeed outgoing committee chairman, Oregon’s Representative Peter DeFazio, who is retiring after serving thirty-six years in Congress. He beat out D.C.'s Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton for the committee's top Democratic spot. Larsen has served as chairman of the panel’s Aviation Subcommittee.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Washington State House Democrats set committee assignments for 2023 session

Excerpt: Several committees have been given new names and scopes, and several have new chairs. The membership of most committees has also changed in the wake of retirements and the election of new members to the House.  Here's a summary of those changes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Councilmember Dave Upthegrove will be the 2023 Chair of the King County Council

Excerpt: “My priority will be to support and strengthen our democratic institutions and demonstrate that democracy can work,” Upthegrove said in a statement published by the Council. “Our guiding value will be respect. This means respect for one another, for our exceptional staff, and for the people we serve.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate Democrats announce leadership changes, committee assignments for 2023 legislative session

Excerpt: Fresh of an outstanding midterm election cycle in which every frontline Democratic senator's reelection was secured, the Washington State Senate Democrats on December 1st announced a set of leadership changes for the 2023 session along with the caucus' complete committee assignments. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Fitzgibbon elected Majority Leader of the Washington State House of Representatives

Excerpt: “I want to thank my colleagues for their continued trust and confidence in me," said Fitzgibbon. "More than ever, our caucus is reflective of the many diverse communities that make up this great state, and that ultimately makes the work we do better.”
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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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Patty Murray set to become the first woman elected U.S. Senate President Pro Tempore

Excerpt: "It’s not lost on me the significance of what it would mean to be the first woman to serve in this role," said Patty Murray. "I have a great deal of respect for the Senate and the good I am able to accomplish for families in Washington state as a voice and vote for them."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Seattle for a two-day set of events in the Pacific Northwest

Excerpt: Dr. Biden is in the Pacific Northwest to tour Bates Technical College in Tacoma, speak at a fundraiser for Senator Patty Murray's reelection campaign, and participate in a Hidden Helpers Coalition Event with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project at the Pacific Science Center.
Written by:Aaron Cahen
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Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to the United States Supreme Court!

Excerpt: The final vote in favor of her confirmation was 53-47, with three Republican senators joining all Democrats and independents in voting yea.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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