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Category Archives: Public Service

Pacific Northwesterner chosen to lead the National Park Service by President Joe Biden

Excerpt: Charles "Chuck" Sams, of Oregon, will be first Native American to head the National Park Service if the United States Senate concurs. He has lived the history of one park unit.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Andrew Cuomo finally resigns; Kathy Hochul to become first female Governor of New York

Excerpt: “Given the circumstances, the best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing,” Cuomo said in a livestreamed message from his office that many found difficult to watch. “And therefore, that’s what I’ll do.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dan Newhouse’s political future was imperiled by his January 2021 impeachment vote. Can he appease the Trump cult?

Excerpt: He may not like grizzly bears, but Dan has become a serious pander bear, trying to get back into the good graces of the Republican base after breaking with Trump.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government, Party Politics
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Andrew Grant Houston talks with NPI about his 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Andrew Grant Houston, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jessyn Farrell talks with NPI about her 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Jessyn Farrell, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Meet the 2021 Seattle mayoral candidates: Nonprofit leader Colleen Echohawk

Excerpt: Colleen Echohawk hasn't held elected office before, but that could be an advantage in an election cycle where voters may be looking for candidates with other kinds of experience.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Most Washingtonians approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 54% of respondents surveyed in May of 2021 told NPI's pollster that they approved of Biden's job performance, while 41% disapproved. 5% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Colleen Echohawk talks with NPI about her trailblazing candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Colleen Echohawk, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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“Consequential” 2021 legislative session is what voters across Washington State wanted

Excerpt: Recent elections have produced a responsive state government attuned to the needs and wishes of the people: a state government that is more policy-oriented than politics-oriented. We're getting action instead of theater.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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
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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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