Posted inElections

As expected, Gregoire announces that her second term as governor will be her last

Less than one hun­dred and twen­ty hours after Rob McKen­na announced that he would be run­ning for gov­er­nor as a Repub­li­can, Chris Gre­goire has revealed her own plans, say­ing that she will not be seek­ing a third term. At a press con­fer­ence at the exec­u­tive man­sion on the Capi­tol Cam­pus, Gre­goire reviewed some of her accomplishments […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman reveals that his old buddy Kemper Freeman Jr. is bankrolling I‑1125

When Tim Eyman announced a few weeks ago that he would be attempt­ing to qual­i­fy a mea­sure for this year’s bal­lot, we were imme­di­ate­ly sure that he had con­vinced some­body to put up a lot of cash to hire mer­ce­nary peti­tion­ers (because Tim does­n’t do vol­un­teer sig­na­ture dri­ves). On May 1st, I wrote the following: […]

Posted inMedia & Culture, Open Government, Policy Topics

Alaska begins releasing Sarah Palin emails

Today, many emails from Sarah Palin’s par­­tial­­ly-com­­plet­ed term as Alas­ka gov­er­nor were released.  So far, noth­ing too embar­rass­ing has come out, though the State of Alas­ka is still hold­ing back many doc­u­ments. Accord­ing to The Guardian, approx­i­mate­ly 2,358 pages are being with­held out of the 26,553 pages of emails that were iden­ti­fied in Decem­ber. The […]

Posted inElections, Series & Special Reports

Filing Week 2011: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Thursday afternoon

June and the 2011 fil­ing peri­od for elect­ed office are upon us. All this week, elec­tions offi­cials around the state will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office. Through­out the week, we’ll be keep­ing watch on who has filed in key races in King County […]

Posted inEducation, Elections

Rob McKenna makes his gubernatorial ambitions official… as if he needed to

This evening, in front of a friend­ly crowd at Sam­mamish High School in Belle­vue, and with his fam­i­ly by his side, Rob McKen­na announced what we’ve all known for some time: He wants to be gov­er­nor of Wash­ing­ton State. In a long, care­ful­ly script­ed speech, McKen­na laid out his agen­da, which most­ly con­sist­ed of a series […]

Posted inElections, Series & Special Reports

Filing Week 2011: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Wednesday afternoon

June and the 2011 fil­ing peri­od for elect­ed office are upon us. All this week, elec­tions offi­cials around the state will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office. Through­out the week, we’ll be keep­ing watch on who has filed in key races in King County […]

Posted inElections

Rob McKenna to officially launch gubernatorial campaign tomorrow in Bellevue

It’s been said that Wash­ing­ton State Attor­ney Gen­er­al Rob McKen­na’s guber­na­to­r­i­al ambi­tions are the biggest open secret in Wash­ing­ton pol­i­tics. Tomor­row, McKen­na is expect­ed to offi­cial­ly con­firm those ambi­tions (and more) when he for­mal­ly announces his 2012 cam­paign in Belle­vue. The King Coun­ty Repub­li­can Par­ty, act­ing as a proxy for McKen­na’s cam­paign, has rent­ed the […]

Posted inElections, Series & Special Reports

Filing Week 2011: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Monday afternoon

June and the 2011 fil­ing peri­od for elect­ed office are upon us. All this week, elec­tions offi­cials around the state will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office. Through­out the week, we’ll be keep­ing watch on who has filed in key races in King County […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer to speak at Netroots Nation

The line­up of speak­ers for the sixth annu­al Net­roots Nation is final­ly start­ing to fill out, with just a week and three days to go before the con­ven­tion begins. Orga­niz­ers announced this morn­ing that White House Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Direc­tor Dan Pfeif­fer will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ques­tion and answer ses­sion with atten­dees. Pfeif­fer will like­ly be […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Our Environment, Policy Topics

Grays Harbor Paper: 1993–2011

Grays Har­bor Paper, which has for years sup­plied the Harbor/100 paper that we at NPI use for our every­day print­ing needs, announced yes­ter­day that it is shut­ting its doors per­ma­nent­ly and lay­ing off two hun­dred and forty peo­ple in the process. GHP’s pres­i­dent, Patrick Quigg, released a state­ment attribut­ing the shut­down to the fol­low­ing major […]

Posted inOpen Government, Party Politics

Republican state legislator skipped special session to go on a European cruise

Accord­ing to a sto­ry in The Kit­sap Sun, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jan Angel (R – Port Orchard) was absent for almost the entire spe­cial ses­sion of the Leg­is­la­ture – because she was on a Euro­pean cruise. Angel won the Euro­pean cruise at a Port Orchard event in Novem­ber and claims to have con­sult­ed with Repub­li­can leaders […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Media & Culture

Here’s another chance to help improve our collective understanding of online activism

Edi­tor’s Note: A few years ago, we asked read­ers to par­tic­i­pate in an online sur­vey to help researchers at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ten­nessee and Texas Tech Uni­ver­si­ty learn more about how Amer­i­cans use the Inter­net to obtain polit­i­cal infor­ma­tion. The folks who put togeth­er that sur­vey are present­ly con­duct­ing a fol­low-up, and would like NPI […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

Register for NWroots 2011

Short­ly before we lost our beloved Lynn Allen to ovar­i­an can­cer three months ago, she entrust­ed us with the respon­si­bil­i­ty of car­ry­ing for­ward the polit­i­cal and civic caus­es she was so pas­sion­ate about. One of those caus­es was bring­ing pro­gres­sive activists togeth­er to orga­nize and mobi­lize for change. Not long after Lynn and I attended […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Elections, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Mercenary petitioners hawking Tim Eyman’s l‑1125 target Bellevue College students

Though it’s not appar­ent from look­ing at Vot­ers Want More Choic­es’ most recent reports to the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion (PDC), NPI can today con­firm what we have sus­pect­ed since the begin­ning of the month: Tim Eyman has found a new wealthy bene­fac­tor to put up the mon­ey for his lat­est scheme, Ini­tia­tive 1125, which he […]