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Bellevue residents want more policies that encourage transit oriented development

Excerpt: Four promising ideas for catalyzing transit oriented development in the City of Bellevue enjoy broad and deep support among residents of Washington's fifth largest city, a survey conducted a few weeks ago for the Northwest Progressive Institute and the Bellevue Housing Research Coalition has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Vice President Kamala Harris promotes clean school bus grant program in Seattle visit

Excerpt: Five school districts in Washington State will join 384 others in receiving funding from the Environmental Protection Agency to buy new electric school buses, the Biden-Harris administration announced during a special event held at Lumen Field.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A majority of Washington voters agree more with Democrats about the causes of inflation

Excerpt: 50% of 782 likely voters interviewed for NPI by Public Policy from October 19th-20th said they agreed more with Democrats about the causes of inflation and price increases, while 43% agreed with Republicans more. 7% were not sure. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More than three in five Washington voters support Patty Murray and Kim Schrier’s Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act

Excerpt: 62% of 782 likely Washington State voters surveyed October 19th-20th, 2022 for NPI by Public Policy Polling said they supported Senator Patty Murray and U.S. Representative Kim Schrier's Let Doctors Provide Reproductive Health Care Act (H.R. 8650 in the House and S.4723 in the Senate).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most voters in Washington say they would be “much less likely” to support a candidate who favors a federal or state abortion ban

Excerpt: A total of 57% of 782 respondents surveyed said they would be less likely to support a candidate who favors a ban (50% much less likely, 7% somewhat), while 22% said they would be more likely (17% much more likely, 5% somewhat).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Residents of Bellevue support changing city codes to provide more protection to renters

Excerpt: Average support for six ideas we asked about totaled 70.5%, or more than seven in ten Bellevue residents. Average opposition totaled a mere 22.5%. That's striking, especially considering that most Bellevue residents we surveyed are homeowners.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Federal government should move swiftly to thwart Kroger/Albertsons merger

Excerpt: The Department of Justice should fight this merger -- including in court if necessary -- to uphold our antitrust laws, defend U.S. households from anticompetitive business practices, and protect the shareholders of these companies from executives' counterproductive empire-building ambitions. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The feds start following Washington State’s lead on marijuana, ten years after I‑502

Excerpt: Where Washington leads, Washington, D.C., follows, as evidenced by President Biden's big announcement on marijuana policy a full ten years after the approval of Initiative 502. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Ideas to streamline permitting for housing in Bellevue have near unanimous support

Excerpt: The most popular of five ideas -- removing unnecessary approvals and make the permitting process more straightforward -- was endorsed by 85% of respondents, with the least popular idea -- lowering permit fees for affordable housing projects -- still got the support of 79% of respondents, or nearly eight in ten. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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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