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California DISCLOSE Act signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown to combat dark money

Excerpt: Fires, hur­ri­canes, the Trump-Cork­er spat, and the fate of the JCPOA with Iran dom­i­nat­ed the news this week­end. Amidst all of the bad news, though, there was some good news: Cal­i­for­nia has a tough new law that takes aim at dark mon­ey in pol­i­tics, thanks to Gov­er­nor Jer­ry Brown’s sig­na­ture. SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Gov­er­nor […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Our Environment
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State of Washington sues Tim Eyman over illegal kickbacks, misuse of campaign funds

Excerpt: Bring­ing to an end a mul­ti­year inves­ti­ga­tion into Tim Eyman’s ille­gal cam­paign finance prac­tices, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son announced today that the State of Wash­ing­ton has filed a law­suit in Thurston Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court seek­ing $2.1 mil­lion in penal­ties against him, his asso­ciate William Agazarm of Cit­i­zen Solu­tions, and Cit­i­zen Solu­tions itself, as well as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Litigation, Open Government
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Good news break: King County testing prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes

Excerpt: It’s about time: King Coun­ty Elec­tions is test­ing pre-paid postage with the Feb­ru­ary 14 spe­cial elec­tions in the City of Maple Val­ley and the Shore­line School Dis­trict. Bal­lot pack­ets were mailed on Wednes­day to vot­ers in both juris­dic­tions. Each pack­et includes a return enve­lope with the postage already paid. “This is some­thing I’ve want­ed to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State of Washington sues Kim Wyman for public disclosure law violations

Excerpt: The State of Wash­ing­ton is suing Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman for mul­ti­ple pub­lic dis­clo­sure law vio­la­tions, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son’s office announced in a news release this after­noon. “The com­plaint alleges the Wyman cam­paign failed to time­ly file con­tri­bu­tion and expen­di­ture dis­clo­sure reports, as required under the state’s cam­paign finance laws. It also […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Open Government
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Republican Kim Wyman’s call for “citizenship checks” of voters draws swift condemnation

Excerpt: Incum­bent Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman made it known this morn­ing that, if reelect­ed, she will be ask­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to enact leg­is­la­tion to at least par­tial­ly imple­ment the pri­va­cy-infring­ing fed­er­al “REAL ID” Act in order to “check for cit­i­zen­ship of peo­ple who want to reg­is­ter and vote in Wash­ing­ton”. “Our pack­age is rea­son­able; […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kim Wyman’s explanation for Washington’s decline in voter turnout doesn’t make sense

Excerpt: Last week, the League of Women Vot­ers of Seat­tle and King Coun­ty held a well-attend­ed debate between the two can­di­dates run­ning for Sec­re­tary of State this year — Repub­li­can incum­bent Kim Wyman and Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger Tina Pod­lodows­ki. A key top­ic dis­cussed at the debate was what to do about vot­er turnout in Wash­ing­ton State, which […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tina Podlodowski to Snohomish County officials: Act now to protect the right to vote

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: Tina Pod­lodows­ki is one of two final­ists for the posi­tion of Sec­re­tary of State. Today, her cam­paign pub­lished this open let­ter to Sno­homish Coun­ty elect­ed lead­ers, call­ing on them to take imme­di­ate action to pro­tect the right to vote. Request­ed actions include the place­ment of more drop box­es through­out the coun­ty. NPI strong­ly […]
Written by:Tina Podlodowski
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Washington State House passes Voting Rights Act (again) on a party-line vote

Excerpt: A revised ver­sion of the Wash­ing­ton Vot­ing Rights Act, cham­pi­oned by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Luis Moscoso (D‑1st Dis­trict: Both­ell, Kirk­land, Mill Creek), today passed out of the Wash­ing­ton State House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives with­out a sin­gle vote to spare, thanks to Repub­li­cans’ refusal to pro­vide a sin­gle vote in sup­port. (Democ­rats cur­rent­ly have a bare major­i­ty of fifty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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How would WA Republicans like it if *these* bills needed a two-thirds vote to pass?

Excerpt: Any­one who has spent time attempt­ing to under­stand the pol­i­tics of the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty knows that Repub­li­cans spend an awful lot of time lis­ten­ing to (and tak­ing their cues from) mil­i­tant, right wing ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer Tim Eyman, who has become obsessed late­ly with gut­ting Wash­ing­ton’s cher­ished tra­di­tion of major­i­ty rule and replac­ing it […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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King County Elections uses Business Reply Mail for signature updates — why not ballots?

Excerpt: On Fri­day, I received a rou­tine let­ter from King Coun­ty Elec­tions request­ing that I com­plete a form to update my sig­na­ture for their records, to min­i­mize the pos­si­bil­i­ty that there will be any issues ver­i­fy­ing my bal­lot in future elec­tions. While my sig­na­ture was not chal­lenged in the Novem­ber 2015 gen­er­al elec­tion, it has been […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters

Excerpt: In an appar­ent attempt to make the high-pro­file con­test between incum­bent Repub­li­can Andy Hill and his Demo­c­ra­t­ic chal­lenger Matt Isen­how­er look less com­pet­i­tive, the Sen­ate Repub­li­can cau­cus (of which Andy Hill is a mem­ber) has begun send­ing out attack mail­ers to Demo­c­ra­t­ic vot­ers in the 45th Dis­trict, try­ing to dis­cred­it Matt Isen­how­er by claim­ing he […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Vote Downballot: NPI talks with Kathleen Drew, candidate for Secretary of State

Excerpt: Every four years, in addi­tion to cast­ing votes for pres­i­dent and gov­er­nor, Wash­ing­to­ni­ans are also called upon to elect more than half a dozen oth­er indi­vid­u­als to serve in the state’s exec­u­tive depart­ment. The con­tests for these posi­tions are often referred to as down­bal­lot races because they appear fur­ther down the bal­lot. They usu­al­ly don’t […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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