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Bellevue residents enthusiastically back range of ideas for increasing housing attainability

Excerpt: These findings show that Bellevue residents are broadly in agreement on a number of ideas to tackle the city and region's housing crisis, from creating additional homeownership assistance programs to allowing the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) such as backyard cottages in every neighborhood to relaxing restrictions like building height limits for projects that preserve existing mature trees on the property rather than cutting them down.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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University of Idaho warns its staff: Promoting reproductive healthcare could be a felony

Excerpt: On Friday, September 23rd, the University of Idaho sent a warning to employees Friday that promoting abortion or contraception while on the job could be a felony. 
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Railway strike averted thanks to eleventh hour deal brokered by Biden administration

Excerpt: Negotiators representing American railroad workers have reached an agreement with the nation's biggest railways on a new contract that will keep the nation's railways open and avoid a strike that could have raised prices and hurt the economy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New poll finds huge support for affordability-focused solutions to Bellevue’s housing crisis

Excerpt: NPI, Complete Streets Bellevue, the Sightline Institute, Eastside For All, and the Housing Development Consortium (HDC) teamed up in the summer of 2022 to ask Bellevue residents about their views on the housing market and housing policy. Read our initial findings from that groundbreaking survey.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific Northwest grapples with an increasing number of wildfires as summer’s end nears

Excerpt: The skies above many areas of the Pacific Northwest grew smokier Saturday as the number of wildfires plaguing the region increased in number and severity, leading to a fresh round of highway closures and property evacuations with only days left until the end of summer and the beginning of autumn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans reaffirm their tight embrace of fossil fuels during a sweltering summer

Excerpt: The summer of 2022 has seen a disconnect between Republican politicians of the South, Midwest and Mountain West, and the sweltering, drought-stricken states they represent in Washington, D.C.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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“For the benefit and enjoyment of all of the people”: Denali-inspired reflections on the necessity of conservation’s future in Alaska

Excerpt: National parks, once derided by interests bent on resource extraction, have been a huge blessing for Alaska, supporting a robust tourism sector and ensuring that wild places like Denali remain as unspoiled and breathtaking as they were in bygone eras. Yet more areas of The Last Frontier still await protection from development.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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NPI at Netroots Nation 2022: Talking abortion rights and disability justice with Cori Frazer

Excerpt: In this second installment of NPI@NN, NPI's Caya Berndt spoke with the Executive Director at the Pittsburgh Center for Autistic Advocacy, Cori Frazer, about the intersections of abortion rights and disability.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Inflation Reduction Act passes the U.S. House, heads to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: The historic climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act is one of the most consequential environmental bills ever enacted by Congress. It now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle, TreePAC prevail over Master Builders in tree protection ordinance legal skirmish

Excerpt: Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil rejected a challenge brought by the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties to the city's determination that an update of its tree protection ordinance would not have would not have probable significant adverse impacts on the environment.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden signs CHIPS and Science bill crafted by Washington’s own Maria Cantwell

Excerpt: Senator Cantwell does the grunt work of governing. She has repeatedly pulled progress out of a balky, divided body. She was able to get a Republican-controlled Senate to permanently authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Teaming with Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. On Tuesday, August 9th, she was right next to President Joe Biden as he signed into law a key bill she steered across the finish line to keep America technologically competitive.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A win for America! U.S. Senate passes climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act

Excerpt: "Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share," said President Joe Biden in a special statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump’s Republicans to American families: Don’t count on us when the CHIPS are down!

Excerpt: After mostly voting against the CHIPS and Science Act, Republicans used their legislation blocking powers to hold up a bill to help veterans that they'd already previously voted for, while claiming their behavior had nothing to do with the Schumer-Manchin Inflation Reduction Act breakthrough.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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