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Tag Archives: Accountable Leaders

Dan Newhouse’s political future was imperiled by his January 2021 impeachment vote. Can he appease the Trump cult?

Excerpt: He may not like grizzly bears, but Dan has become a serious pander bear, trying to get back into the good graces of the Republican base after breaking with Trump.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government, Party Politics, Public Service
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Accountability! Oregon Legislature expels extremist, militant Republican Mike Nearman

Excerpt: Video footage from December 21st depicts Nearman opening the door to the closed, locked Capitol to allow an armed band of militant right wing extremists into the building. It was something that Nearman had planned on doing in advance.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Understanding Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator imperiling U.S. democracy’s future

Excerpt: Manchin clearly doesn't like what is happening to the country, but bewilderingly, it appears he only wants to take corrective action if the very people who are busy enabling the destruction of America's political norms are on board.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most Washingtonians approve of President Joe Biden’s job performance, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 54% of respondents surveyed in May of 2021 told NPI's pollster that they approved of Biden's job performance, while 41% disapproved. 5% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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“Consequential” 2021 legislative session is what voters across Washington State wanted

Excerpt: Recent elections have produced a responsive state government attuned to the needs and wishes of the people: a state government that is more policy-oriented than politics-oriented. We're getting action instead of theater.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Power-obsessed Mitch McConnell wants to decide what does not get done in America

Excerpt: The Kentucky Republican cares not for governing. He evinces no interest in taking the hand dealt by America’s voters and trying to solve or get a jump on the nation’s problems.  He is instead about power, hanging onto his position as a top Republican.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The Biden-Harris administration is showing us that it gets the importance of reframing

Excerpt: Framing and reframing really matters to this administration. Consider the naming of Biden's three key proposals. The American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan, and the American Families Plan are all simply and beautifully named. Accurate, memorable, and punchy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: John Boehner laments his party’s mutation into a cult in new memoir

Excerpt: Read Joel Connelly's review of ex-Speaker John Boehner's memoir of his time in U.S. politics. Boehner resigned from the House in October of 2015, five years after assuming power.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Biden administration to the rescue! OMB halts sale of National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: The Office of Management and Budget, a key executive branch agency, has withdrawn its approval for the sale of the National Archives' Seattle campus, in a victory for the people and tribal communities of Cascadia.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Despite Republicans’ depravity, Donald Trump is and shall always remain guilty of treason

Excerpt: Donald Trump is guilty. He may not have been convicted of his treachery by the requisite two-thirds of the Senate as the Constitution requires. But he did the crime and he will rightly be remembered by history as a criminal and a traitor. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bob Ferguson has done it again! Judge blocks plot to sell National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: “Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of our region thousands of miles away,” Washington's Attorney General said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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As Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins, Republican senators seek to bail — despite being witnesses to the crime

Excerpt: A terrorist mob was sent by Donald Trump to attack the United States Capitol on January 6th. Republican senators are preparing to vote to acquit him anyway.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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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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