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Category Archives: Public Service

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 your […]
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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It’s done! Senate Democrats have — at long last — voted to implement filibuster reform

Excerpt: After years of talk, fil­i­buster reform has final­ly become a reality. Today, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate took a huge and momen­tous step towards becom­ing a more demo­c­ra­t­ic body. By a vote of fifty-two to forty-eight, sen­a­tors vot­ed to change Sen­ate rules to abol­ish fil­i­busters of exec­u­tive and judi­cial nom­i­na­tions, except Supreme Court nominations. The move […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sharon Nelson chosen to succeed Ed Murray as new Senate Democratic Leader

Excerpt: Sen­a­tor Sharon Nel­son (D‑34th Dis­trict, Mau­ry Island) has been select­ed by her col­leagues to serve as the new leader of the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate Democ­rats, the cau­cus announced today. She suc­ceeds Ed Mur­ray, who, as of next Tues­day, will offi­cial­ly be the May­or-elect of the City of Seattle. Nel­son, six­ty-two, rep­re­sents West Seat­tle, Burien, Vashon […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Filibuster reform might really, actually, finally be on the verge of happening in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Great news from Greg Sar­gent: With Sen­ate Repub­li­cans block­ing a third Oba­ma nom­i­na­tion to the pow­er­ful D.C. Cir­cuit Court of Appeals, a senior Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic lead­er­ship aide tells me Reid is now all but cer­tain to move to change the Sen­ate rules by sim­ple major­i­ty — doing away with the fil­i­buster on exec­u­tive and judi­cial nom­i­na­tions, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Obama excoriates hypocritical Senate Republicans following today’s filibuster

Excerpt: Ear­li­er today, for the third time in three weeks, Repub­li­can Mitch McConnell and his cau­cus refused to allow the Unit­ed States Sen­ate to pro­ceed with con­sid­er­ing anoth­er of Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s nom­i­nees to fill one of the vacan­cies on the Unit­ed States Court of Appeals for the Dis­trict of Colum­bia Circuit. The unsuc­cess­ful vote on the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Speaker Tom Foley: 1929–2013

Excerpt: This morn­ing, we lost a leg­end in Wash­ing­ton and U.S. politics. Tom Foley, who served the Ever­green State with dis­tinc­tion in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for sev­er­al decades, died of com­pli­ca­tions from mul­ti­ple strokes in the ear­ly hours of the day today, his fam­i­ly has announced. He was eighty-four. Foley, the last Demo­c­rat to rep­re­sent […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wendy Davis makes it official: She’s running to be governor of Texas in 2014!

Excerpt: Big news out of the Lone Star State today! Pro­gres­sive hero Wendy Davis, who did an incred­i­ble job lead­ing the fight against leg­is­la­tion to roll back repro­duc­tive rights in Texas back in the spring, has announced that she is run­ning to replace Rick Per­ry as the state’s governor. At an event in Hal­tom City, Davis laid […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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White House: Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration as Fed Chair

Excerpt: The White House has just dropped a Sun­day evening bomb­shell: Neolib­er­al econ­o­mist Lar­ry Sum­mers — who Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma was on the verge of nom­i­nat­ing to be the next Chair­man of the Board of Gov­er­nors of the Fed­er­al Reserve — is no longer being con­sid­ered for the posi­tion, at his own request! “Ear­li­er today, I […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Larry Summers’ nomination for Fed Chair isn’t official yet — but it’s already in trouble

Excerpt: If the Belt­way rumor mill is to be believed, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma is on the verge of nom­i­nat­ing his old pal Lar­ry Sum­mers to be the next chair of the Fed­er­al Reserve. Sum­mers, as most read­ers prob­a­bly know, is one of the coun­try’s most promi­nent neolib­er­al econ­o­mists and an admir­er of Mil­ton Fried­man and Alan Greenspan. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senate *finally* confirms Richard Cordray as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

Excerpt: After months of sense­less delay, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate has final­ly con­firmed for­mer Ohio Attor­ney Gen­er­al Richard Cor­dray to serve as the Direc­tor of the Con­sumer Finan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau (CFPB) orig­i­nal­ly con­ceived by Eliz­a­beth War­ren and cre­at­ed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. By a vote of sev­en­ty-one to twen­ty-nine, the Sen­ate agreed […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senator Maria Cantwell on Sally Jewell: “I know that science will be her compass”

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing is the text of Sen­a­tor Maria Cantwell’s speech on behalf of Inte­ri­or nom­i­nee Sal­ly Jew­ell, deliv­ered on the floor of the Unit­ed States Sen­ate ear­li­er today. (Jew­ell was con­firmed by a vote of 87–11). Video of the speech is avail­able on YouTube. Our thanks to Sen­a­tor Cantwell for shar­ing her remarks […]
Written by:Senator Maria Cantwell
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U.S. Senate confirms Sally Jewell as America’s next Secretary of the Interior in 87–11 vote

Excerpt: Good news out of our nation’s cap­i­tal for a change: The Unit­ed States Sen­ate, by a vote of eighty-sev­en to eleven, has vot­ed to con­firm Wash­ing­ton’s own Sal­ly Jew­ell as Amer­i­ca’s next Sec­re­tary of the Interior. Jew­ell, a long­time Ever­green State busi­ness leader, is the out­go­ing chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Recre­ation­al Equip­ment Incor­po­rat­ed, bet­ter known […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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