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Category Archives: Public Service

Sam Hunt to retire from the Washington State Legislature after many decades of service

Excerpt: “The time has come to let somebody else face the challenge of being a state senator,” Hunt said. “I would like to thank the many legislators with whom I have served, as well as the bright and dedicated staff who enable the Legislature to do its work."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Getting Elected is the Easy Part offers practical advice and political wisdom

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Getting Elected is the Easy Part: Working and Winning in the State Legislature, by Washington State Senator Karen Keiser.
Written by:David Kobrin
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NPI talks to Spokane Mayor-elect Lisa Brown as she prepares to begin leading the Lilac City

Excerpt: Brown is set to assume office on New Year's Day, January 1st, succeeding Republican Nadine Woodward, and will have no shortage of tough issues to tackle. Read her pre-Day One interview with the Northwest Progressive Institute.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Ex-Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who said he’d never quit, decides to quit Congress

Excerpt: "I have decided to depart the House at the end of this year to serve America in new ways. I know my work is only getting started," McCarthy wrote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Representative Derek Kilmer says this term will be his last as a member of Congress

Excerpt: “I’m a pretty young guy with more chapters in my life,” Kilmer, forty-nine, wrote. “My plan is to ensure those chapters enable me to continue to make a positive difference. And I’d sure like to make a bit more time for those I love.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Goodbye, Joe Manchin

Excerpt: "I have made one of the toughest decisions of my life and decided that I will not be running for re-election to the United States Senate," West Virginia's sole remaining Democratic member of Congress said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Say hello to Leaders We Deserve, a new PAC working to elect young progressives to office

Excerpt: Get to know, Leaders We Deserve - "a grassroots organization dedicated to electing young progressives to Congress and State Legislatures across the country to help defeat the far-right agenda and advance a progressive vision for the future."
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Longtime United States Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon to retire in 2024

Excerpt: "It is a difficult decision. Particularly after the amazing success of the last several years," said Blumenauer. "But simply said, it is time to continue my life’s mission without the burden of day-to-day politics."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Republicans pick a new Speaker at last: Ultra MAGA Congressman Mike Johnson

Excerpt: The vote to elect Johnson, who is a devoted soldier for Donald Trump, was unanimous among Republicans, with all 220 Republicans who voted backing his candidacy. He is the first speaker in U.S. history from Louisiana.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bowing to reality and a vote of no confidence, Jim Jordan ends his bid for Speaker

Excerpt: Jordan had already been experiencing negative momentum between those floor votes, with several Republicans pulling their support and leaving him well short of the threshold of a majority of representatives present and voting he needed to win.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans remain paralyzed and speaker-less over a week after McCarthy’s ouster

Excerpt: The turmoil of House Republicans, divided by factions and feuds, shows a party unable to govern at a time when America’s commitments are vitally needed abroad while at home, another government shutdown looms in just five weeks.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A big week in Canadian politics: NDP wins watershed provincial election in Manitoba, House of Commons gets first Black Speaker

Excerpt: As U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was being deposed in Washington, D.C., amidst the ugly dysfunction of the Republican Party, progressives were scoring a pair of real and symbolic victories north of the border in Winnipeg and Ottawa... achievements in which all Canadians can take pride.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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United States House of Representatives votes to remove Kevin McCarthy as Speaker

Excerpt: McCarthy's speakership lasted just two hundred and sixty-nine days, ranking as one of the shortest in American history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kitsap County Commission appoints Greg Nance to the Washington State House

Excerpt: Activist, runner, and nonprofit leader Greg Nance has been chosen to succeed Drew Hansen in the Washington House of Representatives by the three-member Kitsap County Commission. He will represent the 23rd Legislative District as one of its two state representatives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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