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Category Archives: Public Service

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, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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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, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton elected Majority Floor Leader by Washington’s House Democrats

Excerpt: Ear­li­er this evening, we received word that State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and NPI Vice Pres­i­dent-Sec­re­tary Gael Tar­leton has been elect­ed by her Demo­c­ra­t­ic col­leagues to serve as the new Major­i­ty Floor Leader in the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, suc­ceed­ing Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kris­tine Lyt­ton, who is tak­ing over the chair­man­ship of the House Finance Com­mit­tee from Reuven Car­lyle. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit identifies Peter Rogoff as its top choice to succeed outgoing CEO Joni Earl

Excerpt: It looks like Sound Tran­sit’s search for a new per­ma­nent CEO has come to an end. Today, the agency announced its search com­mit­tee is rec­om­mend­ing a high-cal­iber, dis­tin­guished can­di­date to suc­ceed out­go­ing exec­u­tive Joni Earl. His name is Peter M. Rogoff, and he pre­vi­ous­ly served as Fed­er­al Tran­sit Admin­is­tra­tor pri­or to assum­ing the post of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Metropolitan King County Council appoints Patty Kuderer to the Washington State House

Excerpt: The Met­ro­pol­i­tan King Coun­ty Coun­cil vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly today to appoint attor­ney Pat­ty Kud­er­er to the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, fill­ing the vacan­cy cre­at­ed by the depar­ture of Ross Hunter ear­li­er this month. “I am pleased to vote yes to appoint Ms. Kud­er­er to fill the vacan­cy in the 48th Dis­trict,” said King Coun­cil Chair […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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John Boehner to resign as Speaker and as U.S. Representative at the end of October

Excerpt: Top Repub­li­can John Boehn­er shocked Capi­tol Hill and Amer­i­ca’s polit­i­cal estab­lish­ment this morn­ing by announc­ing that he plans to resign the speak­er­ship and his posi­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives as of Octo­ber 30th, 2015. “The first job of any Speak­er is to pro­tect this insti­tu­tion that we all love,” said Boehn­er in an offi­cial […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Brian Hatfield leaving Washington State Senate to take job with Inslee administration

Excerpt: For the sec­ond time in as many days, a Demo­c­ra­t­ic law­mak­er has decid­ed to move on from the Leg­is­la­ture and take a job offer­ing bet­ter com­pen­sa­tion and ben­e­fits in Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee’s admin­is­tra­tion. Yes­ter­day, it was State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter (D‑48th Dis­trict); today it’s Sen­a­tor Bri­an Hat­field (D‑19th Dis­trict: Aberdeen, Long Beach Ray­mond, Longview). Hat­field, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Jay Inslee appoints 48th LD’s Ross Hunter as new Director of Early Learning

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter (D‑48th Dis­trict: Red­mond, Kirk­land, Belle­vue, Med­i­na, Clyde Hill, the Points com­mu­ni­ties) will soon be leav­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to join Jay Inslee’s admin­is­tra­tion as Direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Ear­ly Learn­ing, the gov­er­nor’s office announced in a late-morn­ing press release. “With land­mark invest­ments this year, Wash­ing­ton state is poised to be a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Reuven Carlyle announces he will seek appointment to State Senate in 36th District

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and House Finance Com­mit­tee Chair Reuven Car­lyle announced today in a Face­book post­ing that he will be a can­di­date to suc­ceed Jeanne Kohl-Welles as State Sen­a­tor from the 36th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict lat­er this year if Kohl-Welles is suc­cess­ful in win­ning elec­tion to Lar­ry Phillips’ coun­ty coun­cil seat. “As we move clos­er to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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