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Category Archives: Open Government

Incoming Biden-Harris team signals it will avoid repeating many of Obama’s missteps

Excerpt: At this incredibly fraught and perilous moment in American history, we don't just need steady, compassionate governance -- we need savvy, capable leadership with a respect and appreciation for history and a willingness to learn from it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican lawmakers are still harping about building access, even after attack on Capitol

Excerpt: So much for "Law and Order!" and respecting law enforcement. Once again, Republicans have proven that they are wholly unwilling to accept the rules and standards that they want to impose on everybody else.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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America’s wrong wing tries bevy of ploys to recover from the trashing of the U.S. Capitol

Excerpt: How does the right -- or, more accurately, wrong -- wing plan to regroup with President-elect Joe Biden assuming office?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Donald Trump has become the first person holding the presidency to be impeached twice

Excerpt: Voting two hundred and thirty-two to one hundred and ninety-seven, the House agreed to transmit a single new article of impeachment to the Senate. Every Democrat who participated in the vote backed the article, along with ten Republicans who crossed over.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jaime Herrera Beutler will be one of the Republicans voting to impeach Donald Trump

Excerpt: We still don't know how many Republicans will vote to impeach. But we do know that at least one from our region will be among their number, and that is Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, spanning Southwest Washington.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI calls on Pacific Northwest congressional delegation to impeach Donald Trump — again

Excerpt: Read a letter from the leadership of the Northwest Progressive Institute to the region's members of Congress urging them to impeach Donald Trump for a second time.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Progressive champion Representative Pramila Jayapal has tested positive for COVID-19

Excerpt: Sad news to share: our own Representative Pramila Jayapal says that she has tested positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Read her full statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Three out of four members of the Capitol Police Board are gone or on their way out

Excerpt: The agency responsible for the protection of Congress' meeting place, the headquarters of the government of the United States, will be getting a major leadership overhaul.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden, Jay Inslee denounce Trump-incited terrorist attack on the United States Capitol

Excerpt: Read or watch what America's forty-sixth president and Washington's chief executive had to say about the violent insurrection of January 6th, 2021.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Leaked audio offers fresh evidence that Trump is a criminal: Impeach him again

Excerpt: New articles of impeachment should be promptly bought against Donald Trump. The leaked tape alone provides ample evidence that Trump is engaged in criminal behavior and is violating the oath of office he took to protect and defend the Constitution.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican plot to dissolve joint Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department collapses

Excerpt: At the last minute, erratic Republican Councilmember Pam Roach thwarted a scheme by Executive Bruce Dammeier's operation to displace TPCHD with a standalone public health department.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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As Biden’s Cabinet takes shape, progressive groups plan for a post-Trump future

Excerpt: President-elect Joe Biden has spent the weeks since the election assembling the team that he hopes to bring with him to Washington, D.C.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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House Public Safety Committee reviews ideas for police reform ahead of 2021 session

Excerpt: In a November 30th virtual work session, the Washington State House of Representatives heard from reform advocates as well as representatives of law enforcement.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
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Formal transition to Biden-Harris begins as GSA finally recognizes Democratic victory

Excerpt: Administrator Emily Murphy has notified the Biden-Harris team that they will be able to access resources made available by the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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