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Book Review: Flying Blind examines the bad decisions that led to Boeing’s current crises

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The 737 MAX Tragedy and the Fall of Boeing, by award-winning Bloomberg reporter Peter Robison.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Washingtonians overwhelmingly favor right to repair bill for electronics, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 69% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI about two months ago said they were supportive of a bill introduced by Mia Gregerson (House Bill 1810) that aims to promote "the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products in a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable manner."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Technology
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Washingtonians favor both improving Amtrak Cascades and building ultra high speed rail

Excerpt: 62% of voters who participated in NPI's November 2021 poll of the Washington State electorate said they would support updating and implementing Amtrak Cascades' Long Range Plan to electrify existing intercity rail service at a cost of about $10 billion, while 51% said they would support a long-term project to build a new ultra high speed rail line costing between $24 and $2 billion.  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A majority of Washington voters are willing to raise vehicle fees by $10/year to fund ferries

Excerpt: 51% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI two months ago said they would support increasing the fees they pay annually to renew their vehicles' car tabs by ten dollars to provide Washington State Ferries with stable, dedicated funding. 44% said they were opposed, while 6% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s polling shows Washingtonians want the state’s next transportation package to be safety and climate focused, not car-centric

Excerpt: Whether or not the Legislature can reach agreement on a package before March 10th remains to be seen. It won't be easy. But legislators should make a genuine effort to try to forge an agreement, and not punt until 2023.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: New Secretary of State Steve Hobbs implements vaccine mandate

Excerpt: Hobbs' predecessor Kim Wyman, a Republican, had chosen not to require employees reporting to her to be vaccinated, in a break with the rest of the state's executive department.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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All of Washington State’s mountain passes are impassable right now due to heavy snow

Excerpt: "Conditions are too dangerous for crews to be in the pass areas. Snow & debris continue to slide onto the highways. Crews are working in areas where it is safe to plow, clear catch basins & do other work to have those areas ready when we can reopen," WSDOT said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Read President Biden’s speech marking the anniversary of the January 6th attack

Excerpt: Access the complete transcripts of the speeches delivered by Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden at the United States Capitol on January 6th, 2022.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Media coverage of BlackBerry’s end of support for legacy mobile services high on nostalgia, but low on accuracy and precision

Excerpt: Rather than gathering facts and then reporting the more complex details of this event, a whole bunch of stories appear to have been written on the basis of a press release and a company end of life document. A simplistic narrative has once again prevailed over the more complicated reality.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The two faces of Sean Hannity: Fox host privately advised Trump to go back to Florida while publicly attacking our democracy

Excerpt: Unbelievable as it may seem, Hannity briefly offered Trump sensible advice in closing days of his scandal-ridden presidency, according to a treasure trove of emails obtained by the House Selection Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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COVID-19 Update: State, local governments place big orders for COVID-19 test kits

Excerpt: While the federal government is purchasing 500 million rapid tests to distribute free to the public in response to the rise of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, governments in the Pacific Northwest have decided to acquire their own supply.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Need a fresh supply of good masks or COVID-19 at-home tests? Here’s where to get them

Excerpt: With community spread up and the risk of infection growing, now is a good time to stock up on essential protective supplies as well as reviewing safety protocols and reconsidering travel and gathering plans. Here are some recommendations.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Governments ramp up testing as omicron looms over holiday season

Excerpt: Ahead of Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's, the Biden-Harris administration announced new steps to address the omicron variant, which is rapidly accounting for an increasing percentage of new coronavirus cases.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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The United States needs a strategy to bring Vladimir Putin’s Russia back from the edge

Excerpt: "How we shape policy to advance a more stable, secure future for our people is on the line right now," NPI's Gael Tarleton writes. "It is the right time to re-evaluate and evolve the security structures and relationships designed during the Cold War."
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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