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Big Earth Day victory: 100% clean electricity bill goes to Governor Jay Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: We've just taken another step towards a future where we meet our energy needs more sustainably and responsibly than we have for the past few centuries.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Our Environment
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Washington State House should investigate extremist Matt Shea’s disturbing conduct

Excerpt: The Guardian has obtained a copy of a chat in which militant Republican Matt Shea and his pals discussed surveilling and physically attacking political opponents.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Washington State Senate passes bill ending the personal exemption for MMR vaccine

Excerpt: Parents in Washington may soon no longer be able to opt schoolchildren out of being vaccinated for measles, mumps, or rubella on philosophical grounds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Healthcare
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Legislation to abolish death penalty won’t get a vote in the Washington State House in 2019

Excerpt: Speaker Frank Chopp has blocked the Washington State House from voting to abolish the death penalty during the 2019 legislative session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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Documentary Review: Robert Reich’s “Inequality for All” is an essential film

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Inequality For All, a film based on the work of progressive thought leader and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Economic Security, Views & Reviews
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Bill requiring a clean electric grid clears Washington State House, returns to Senate

Excerpt: Landmark legislation that would commit Washington State to a renewable energy future is one step closer to reaching Governor Jay Inslee's desk.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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VICTORY! U.S. House of Representatives finally votes to restore net neutrality

Excerpt: The people's House of Representatives finally has a majority willing to implement the people's demand for Net Neutrality. Get details on the historic vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Technology
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Bill to enshrine Patient Protection Act provisions into state law heads to Inslee

Excerpt: Washingtonians worried about Donald Trump's efforts to destroy the Patient Protection Act can take comfort in knowing that their state government has taken action to protect the health freedoms they gained during the Obama years.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
Other Categories:Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Winning in the era of #MeToo

Excerpt: To credibly denounce Trump’s vile and hypocritical history when it comes to sexual harassment, Democrats need to practice what they preach.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Elections, Open Government
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2019-2021 transportation budget approved by Washington State House with five nays

Excerpt: The chamber voted overwhelmingly to adopt a transportation budget for 2019-2021 (ESHB 1160) developed by the House Transportation Committee, chaired by Jake Fey.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Public Planning
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Book Review: Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Peter Watson's Fallout, which argues that "the atomic bomb was the unnecessary product of mistrust and deceit between World War II allies".
Written by:David A Johnson
Other Categories:Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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*This* is what leadership looks like: New Zealand is banning military-grade guns

Excerpt: It's truly refreshing to see a country's leadership take swift and decisive action to improve gun safety laws in the aftermath of a horrific mass shooting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, World Commmunity
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U.S. Senate joins House in voting to terminate Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty-nine to forty-one, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate concurred that Donald Trump's fake national emergency declaration should be terminated.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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