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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice must be exposed… to the light of human conscience”

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Holidays
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Documentary Review: “Race to Nowhere” may be ten years old, but it has aged well

Excerpt: Vicki Abeles created this documentary film to bring attention to some of the problems with the American education system.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Other Categories:Education, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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More than two in three Washingtonians favor banning single use plastic bags, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: In a survey conducted last autumn by Public Policy Polling for NPI, voters enthusiastically endorsed Senator Mona Das' Senate Bill 5323, which would implement a statewide plastic bag ban, by a margin of more than two to one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Diverting sales tax revenue from vehicle sales will not get us beyond I‑976, Republicans

Excerpt: Curtis King and his colleagues are nonsensically proposing to backfill lost vehicle fee revenue with another revenue source that I-976 targeted for repeal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation, Public Planning
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What drove Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Suleimani?

Excerpt: The death of Iran's top military strategist has already sent shock waves around the Middle East and may put American soldiers and civilians in harm's way.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Other Categories:Breaking News, Elections, National Defense
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Iranian-American citizens detained at the border on the orders of Donald Trump’s goons

Excerpt: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is singling out people who were born in Iran or have Iranian heritage at the border and needlessly detaining them, while publicly denying its activities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, National Defense
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FYI: Sound Transit’s Connect 2020 project will interrupt normal Link light rail service

Excerpt: Get an overview of service reductions and interruptions to Link light rail service that are necessary to allow East Link tracks to be joined to the existing mainline.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Other Categories:Public Planning
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Labour’s snap election loss will have profound implications for the United Kingdom’s future

Excerpt: The party must now rebuild and settle on new leadership as the Corbyn era comes to a catastrophic end.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Other Categories:Elections, World Commmunity
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Boeing belatedly fires Dennis Muilenburg as company’s disastrous year comes to a close

Excerpt: 2019 was a rotten year for The Boeing Company. With much riding on the firm's performance in 2020, Boeing's board has decided a change in leadership is necessary.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:World Commmunity
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Terrorist Matt Shea must be expelled from the Washington State House of Representatives

Excerpt: The House Republican caucus must supply at least nine votes in order to meet the two-thirds threshold required to forcibly remove militant extremist Matt Shea from the House of Representatives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Washington State Supreme Court: Public Records Act applies to legislators

Excerpt: The ruling means that legislators may not withhold emails and documents from journalists, activists, or any other member of the public.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Donald Trump has been impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress

Excerpt: By a vote of two hundred and thirty to one hundred and ninety-seven, the House voted to impeach Trump for abuse of power (Article I),  and by a vote of two hundred and twenty-nine to one hundred and ninety-eight, the House voted to impeach Trump for obstruction of Congress (Article II).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Ho, ho, ho! Sound Transit’s Federal Way Link gets fiscal boost from the federal government

Excerpt: A $790 million federal grant and $629 million low interest loan have arrived to support the Puget Sound region's efforts to expand light rail into South King County.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Public Planning
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Tim Eyman formally files to run for governor; WFEG files new PDC complaint against him

Excerpt: After saying as recently as two weeks ago that he didn't want to be a candidate for any office, Tim Eyman is running. For governor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections, Open Government
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