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Category Archives: Public Service

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.
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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, […]
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
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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
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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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