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The wait is almost over: Northgate Link will make its debut on October 2nd, 2021

Excerpt: Sound Transit has set a date for the opening of the U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate light rail stations, which collectively make up the Northgate Link extension.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biden administration to the rescue! OMB halts sale of National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: The Office of Management and Budget, a key executive branch agency, has withdrawn its approval for the sale of the National Archives' Seattle campus, in a victory for the people and tribal communities of Cascadia.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Two Puget Sound bus rapid transit projects get a boost from the Biden administration

Excerpt: Two agencies will receive $100m in federal funds to expand Puget Sound's network of bus lines with frequent and high quality service.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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The American Rescue Plan: An opportunity to scrap Reaganomics and government bashing

Excerpt: It's time to show the country that governments works, while keeping Republicans from gobbling up credit for what they voted against.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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Video: Toshiko Hasegawa on standing up to hate during tremendously challenging times

Excerpt: Watch a video highlight from NPI's 2020 Spring Fundraising Gala featuring Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Amtrak restores daily service on long distance routes thanks to the American Rescue Plan

Excerpt: “Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A reckoning for ticket-splitters: Can you vote for any Republican who sticks with Trump?

Excerpt: The Republican Party has become a cult that adores an unaccountable sociopath. Perhaps the time has come for a new center-right political party rooted in conservative values.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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With revenue declining and costs increasing, Sound Transit lobbies for state and federal aid

Excerpt: The COVID-19 recession economy hit Sound Transit's finances hard. How bad is it, and how will the Puget Sound region's transit development be affected?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Nicole Macri’s just cause eviction bill gets approved by the Washington State House

Excerpt: ESHB 1236 would require landlords to give a reason before they can evict a tenant, and also ensure tenants have enough time to find new housing before they have to be out.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Diplomacy finally front and center again with extension of U.S.-Russia New START Treaty

Excerpt: Read founding NPI boardmember Gael Tarleton's analysis of the United States' extension of the New START Treaty with the Russian Federation.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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Twenty years after the Nisqually earthquake, seismic upgrades still needed across Cascadia

Excerpt: There is no question we've made some progress since the Nisqually quake traumatically reminded us that we live in a region that belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire. Yet there is also a lot that remains to be done.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. House passes sweeping wilderness protection bill that includes PNW’s Olympics

Excerpt: The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act designates approximately 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,200 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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