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Category Archives: Series & Special Reports

Progressive Ideas We Need: Paid vacation leave as part of every job

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Today and throughout this weekend, NPI is running a special series here on the Cascadia Advocate called Progressive Ideas We Need, highlighting proposals that would raise quality of life in our region and in the United States as a whole. Each post is contributed by an NPI staff, board, or advisory council member. […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Poll Watch: Jay Inslee holds sizable lead over Andy Hill and Bill Bryant, PPP finds

Excerpt: Respected public opinion research firm Public Policy Polling has just published the results of a poll it recently conducted in Washington on 2016 races and voter attitudes towards background checks on gun sales, marijuana, and marriage freedom. It finds that both Governor Jay Inslee and Senator Patty Murray are in excellent shape for reelection, leading […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Filing Week 2015: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Monday afternoon

Excerpt: Welcome to Filing Week 2015! Today through Friday, elections officials around the state will be accepting formal declarations of candidacy from Washingtonians who have decided they want to run for office at the local level (and, in a couple legislative districts, the state level). There are many important contests within King County on the ballot […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2014

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2014 (and thirty-ninth annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment: SELFIE — Has the honor of receiving the most nominations this year. “People have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s (unconventional) newsgathering credo: Accuracy and context are more important than getting it first or getting it fast

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the third post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. I came to Washington in 1992, but I didn’t become involved in politics until 1999 when I […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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Ready for a new decade: NPI to begin its next ten years with a capable, committed board

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the second post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. NPI has come a long way in ten years.  I moved to Washington State in 1997, but […]
Written by:Martin Chaney
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From opposition to proposition: NPI is working to make the defeat of Tim Eyman’s initiative factory a beginning – not an end

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is celebrating its tenth anniversary. This is the inaugural post in a seven-part series reflecting on NPI’s first decade. Each installment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members.  As I reflect on NPI’s tenth anniversary, I find myself thinking back to where we were as […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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B.C. Journal: A Tsawwassen sunset

Excerpt: One of the joys of traveling is unexpectedly encountering a scene or landscape that is so beautiful that it takes your breath away. That happened to me last night as I was journeying south towards the United States-Canada border. I decided to detour off of Highway 99 into Ladner and Tsawwassen and came across this sight: […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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B.C. Journal: Liberals hold telephone town hall to connect supporters to leader Clark

Excerpt: With less than one hundred hours to go until the polls close in British Columbia’s 2013 provincial elections, party leaders Christy Clark and Adrian Dix are keeping busy schedules. As I reported earlier today, Adrian is spending most of his Saturday in the Vancouver suburbs. He was in Coquitlam this morning for the pancake breakfast […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Our Environment
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B.C. Journal: David Eby says challenging Christy Clark is like running against “a ghost”

Excerpt: British Columbia’s New Democratic Party (NDP) may be leading in the polls ahead of this Tuesday’s provincial election, but in order to actually assume power and become the majority party in the B.C. Legislative Assembly, the NDP has to capture at least half a dozen ridings currently represented by Liberals or independents, plus hold onto […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2013

Excerpt: Editor’s note: This post was originally published on December 30th, 2012, and republished on New Year’s Day 2013. Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2013 (and thirty-eighth annual) edition, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Looking Back at 2012: Republicans and conservatives in their own words

Excerpt: Remember these quotes? Take a stroll down Memory Lane: “What does it say about the college coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ad Watch: Gubernatorial air war gets more intense; more campaigns go up on television

Excerpt: Welcome back to Ad Watch, our newest special series, which is running weekly from now until election week. The purpose of this series is to attempt to catalog, or index, the many campaign ads that are going up on television (and sometimes radio) to influence elections in the Pacific Northwest. In each installment, we’ll briefly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ad Watch: Obama/Biden 2012 turns infamous Romney gaffe from secret video into an ad

Excerpt: Welcome back to Ad Watch, our newest special series, which is running weekly from now until election week. The purpose of this series is to attempt to catalog, or index, the many campaign ads that are going up on television (and sometimes radio) to influence elections in the Pacific Northwest. In each installment, we’ll briefly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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