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Category Archives: Public Service

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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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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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Please accept our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery, President Carter!

Excerpt: Today, for­mer Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter, who served as Amer­i­ca’s thir­ty-ninth Com­man­der-in-Chief shared some tough news: he’s been diag­nosed with can­cer  and will be spend­ing the next few weeks under­go­ing treat­ment. “Recent liv­er surgery revealed that I have can­cer that now is in oth­er parts of my body,” Carter said in a brief state­ment. “I will […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Beau Biden: 1969–2015

Excerpt: For­mer Delaware Attor­ney Gen­er­al and Delaware Army Nation­al Guard Major Beau Biden, the son of Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Biden, has died after suc­cumb­ing to brain can­cer, the Vice Pres­i­den­t’s office has announced. He was only forty-six. “It is with bro­ken hearts that Hal­lie, Hunter, Ash­ley, Jill and I announce the pass­ing of our hus­band, broth­er […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl to retire next year after University Link opens

Excerpt: One of the most trans­for­ma­tive, dynam­ic, and capa­ble civic lead­ers the Pacif­ic North­west has ever seen will soon be step­ping down, leav­ing behind a great lega­cy, but also giant-sized shoes in need of fill­ing. Joni Earl, six­ty-one, has been at the helm of Sound Tran­sit for near­ly a decade and a half. Under her direc­tion, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Loretta Lynch confirmed as the United States of America’s new Attorney General

Excerpt: Well, it’s final­ly hap­pened. After many con­temptible delays, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate final­ly took up Loret­ta Lynch’s nom­i­na­tion today and vot­ed to con­firm her as the nation’s next Attor­ney Gen­er­al, which means that incum­bent Eric Hold­er can final­ly pack his bags and leave office, as he has want­ed to do for many months. A relieved […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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King County Council unanimously backs Carol Gregory for 30th District House vacancy

Excerpt: After speak­ing with all three of the can­di­dates nom­i­nat­ed last week by the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty to suc­ceed the late Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Roger Free­man, the King Coun­ty Coun­cil this after­noon unan­i­mous­ly vot­ed to back Car­ol Gre­go­ry (the par­ty’s first choice) to fill the vacan­cy in the 30th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict. Because the 30th is a joint […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Eric Cantor to resign as House Majority Leader within weeks as David Brat celebrates

Excerpt: Fol­low­ing his defeat in last night’s Vir­ginia pri­ma­ry, House Major­i­ty Leader Eric Can­tor has decid­ed to step down as Major­i­ty Leader in advance of the end of his term in office, set­ting off a scram­ble for his posi­tion between mul­ti­ple Repub­li­cans. In the cau­cus that holds the House major­i­ty, the posi­tion of Major­i­ty Leader is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seasoned Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene tapped to manage Healthcare.gov

Excerpt: For­mer Microsoft exec­u­tive Kurt Del­Bene, who has capa­bly served as the pres­i­dent of the com­pa­ny’s Busi­ness divi­sion for many years, will take over man­age­ment of Healthcare.gov, the Oba­ma admin­is­tra­tion announced today at a meet­ing with top tech­nol­o­gy exec­u­tives, includ­ing Microsoft gen­er­al coun­sel Brad Smith. Del­Bene will suc­ceed Jef­frey D. Zients, who has been serv­ing as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Are Senate Republicans — including Rodney Tom — telling top nonpartisan staff to get lost?

Excerpt: This is dis­turb­ing news. From Andrew Gar­ber at The Seat­tle Times: Sen­ate Democ­rats raised con­cerns Fri­day that the GOP [Republican]-led major­i­ty in [the] Sen­ate is get­ting rid of top non-par­ti­san com­mit­tee staff man­agers. Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Leader Sharon Nel­son, D‑Maury Island, said it was her under­stand­ing there was pres­sure from the GOP [Republican]-led major­i­ty cau­cus to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Remembering President John F. Kennedy

Excerpt: Fifty years ago in Dal­las, our nation lost one of its great­est pres­i­dents: Demo­c­rat John Fitzger­ald Kennedy, who led Amer­i­ca through the ear­ly 1960s. JFK, as he came to be known, was young, charis­mat­ic, and bright. He chal­lenged Amer­i­cans to “ask not what your coun­try can do for you, but what you can do for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate’s Pacific Northwest delegation votes along party lines to reform the filibuster

Excerpt: As men­tioned, Democ­rats set up a his­toric vote today on curb­ing the fil­i­buster, which Repub­li­cans have been using to pre­vent the Unit­ed States Sen­ate from con­sid­er­ing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s exec­u­tive and judi­cial nom­i­nees. The vote was a suc­cess, with fifty Democ­rats and two inde­pen­dents back­ing the rules change. Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Har­ry Reid orches­trat­ed the vote […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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