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Category Archives: Civil Liberties

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
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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
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Tim “Chairman” Eyman pleads not guilty to charge of theft in the third degree

Excerpt: Video evidence shows that Eyman stole a Brenton Studios Mayhart chair from the Lacey Office Depot on February 13th, but Eyman says he's not guilty.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; he says he didn’t mean to steal office chair

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter has cooked up a pathetic, laughable excuse for his criminal conduct for last week.
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Tim Eyman caught on video stealing a chair from the Office Depot in Lacey, Washington

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter is under investigation for petty theft and pledges to "cooperate fully" following widespread media coverage of his crime.
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VICTORY! Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty a second time

Excerpt: Washington is once again on its way to becoming the next state to abolish the death penalty thanks to Senate passage of Reuven Carlyle's SB 5339.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Abolition now! NPI urges Senate Law & Justice Committee to end the death penalty

Excerpt: Read the Northwest Progressive Institute's testimony in support of Senate Bill 5339, which would end the death penalty in Washington State.
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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I-940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I-940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “One day the South will recognize its real heroes”

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More right wing terrorism: Refugee hating extremist attacks Pittsburgh synagogue

Excerpt: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that an individual matching the name of the shooter had threatened to attack the synagogue on the right wing social media platform Gab.
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MAGABomber arrest: Law enforcement takes Trump admirer Cesar Sayoc Jr. into custody

Excerpt: The authorities have arrested a suspect believed to be responsible for the bombs mailed to prominent Democrats.
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Documentary Review: Rick Steves’ The Story of Fascism in Europe is critical viewing

Excerpt: We are doomed to repeat history if we don't learn from it, the saying goes. Read NPI's review of Rick Steves' new special, The Story of Fascism in Europe. Then, make time to ask friends and family if they've voted.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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VICTORY! Death penalty abolished in Washington by order of State Supreme Court

Excerpt: IT'S OVER. The death penalty has been ended in Washington State by court order! All death sentences have been converted to life imprisonment. Now it's time for the Legislature to change the RCWs and affirm we are a state that values justice.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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