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In Brief


I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Tim Cook, writing in a personal essay for Bloomberg Businessweek.

# (Thursday, October 30, 2014)

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Why polls tend to undercount Democrats

A must-read piece from the New York Times’ Nate Cohn explains that public opinion research firms are having an increasingly harder time reaching voters, particularly the voters who make up the Democratic base. For example, Cohn notes that many surveys are only offered in English, which Hispanic voters might not feel comfortable participating in.

# (Thursday, October 30, 2014)


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Please don’t vote: A message from the Republican Party

This satirical video, created by The Young Turks, is a must-watch.

# (Monday, October 27, 2014)


Mr. McConnell, in turn, never accepted a similar invitation dating back to early September to appear before the C-J editorial board, thus shielding himself from scrutiny as well as any potential for attack ads based on his responses. Kentuckians should take measure of that: Thirty years in the Senate, and no comment.

— The Louisville Courier-Journal, taking a position in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race: We urge voters to choose the future and elect Alison Lundergan Grimes..

# (Sunday, October 26, 2014)


McConnell has sabotaged jobs and transportation bills, even as Kentucky’s unemployment exceeds the nation’s and an Interstate 75 bridge crumbles over the Ohio River. He blocked tax credits for companies that move jobs back to this country while preserving breaks for those that move jobs overseas. He opposed extending unemployment benefits, while bemoaning the “jobless” recovery. He brags about resolving crises that he helped create.The Senate may never recover from the bitter paralysis McConnell has inflicted through record filibusters that allow his minority to rule by obstruction.

— The Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentuckians should do themselves — and the country — a favor by electing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

# (Sunday, October 26, 2014)


I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it.

— Hillary Clinton, speaking at a rally for Martha Coakley alongside Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has become a strong and effective progressive leader in the Democratic Party.

# (Friday, October 24, 2014)


By not standing firmly for their own policies, Democrats send a message to voters that the unending Republican criticism of the president is legitimate. There is much that is going right in this country, and there is still time for Democrats to say so.

— The New York Times, suggesting in a strongly-worded editorial that Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan, and other Democratic candidates stop trying to avoid being associated with President Barack Obama and Obama’s accomplishments.

# (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)


Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced and we refuse to be silenced.

— Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, explaining why she and Ontario’s official opposition carried on with their question period following the shootings in Ottawa.

# (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)

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New ruling allows candidates to campaign anonymously

Satirizing the Supreme Court’s rulings in Corporations United and McCutcheon, as well as toothless enforcement by the Federal Elections Commission, The Onion has filed a report joking that the FEC is now allowing candidates running for public office to remain completely anonymous for the duration of the campaign.

# (Tuesday, October 21, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Promoting active and committed share own....
    (Policy Network) — This event forms part of a new project on corporate governance and progressive capitalism led by Policy Network.
  • Still Fighting for Insurance Coverage in....
    () — In the Wisconsin gubernatorial election, Medicaid coverage for 120,000 people hangs in the balance.  Read the other state-by-state analyses in this seri....
  • Social Security’s Backlog Rooted in Unde....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggests the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) large backlog of uncompleted continuing disability reviews refl....
  • Nearly All Poor Latino Families in Orego....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Working poor. Nine out of 10 poor Oregon Latino families with children had at least one parent in the family who worked in the previous 12 months. By co....
  • CAP Vice President for Postse....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Education released its final “gainful employment” rule. Under current law, career-focused educational p....
  • Debating Kansas’ Tax Cuts
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — With Kansas’ radical tax cuts drawing national attention this election season, I recently debated the Heritage Foundation’s Stephen Moore, who advised G....
  • In Colorado, a Question of Personhood
    () — In Colorado, the Senate race is particularly divided by issues of personhood and the minimum wage. Read the other state-by-state analyses in this series....
  • The Uber Economy: A platform for centre-....
    (Policy Network) — New peer-to-peer sharing platforms and the 'internet of things' have the potential to shake-up old industries and deliver higher rates of economic growt....
  • 10 Facts You Need to Know About Latinos ....
    (Center for American Progress) — The economic, social, and political power of Latinos in Colorado is significant and growing. Immigration reform is a critical issue to Latinos, and it w....
  • The Growth of Women of Color in the Elec....
    (Center for American Progress) — Women of color are a key voting bloc with the potential to affect elections and public policy, writes Maya Harris.
  • Health Care that Heals
    (Center for American Progress) — Pope Francis teaches that access to comprehensive health care, which acknowledges the dignity of the whole person at each stage of life, is necessary to....
  • The #1 Question from Progressives about ....
    (Sightline Daily) — Last time I shared the #1 question from conservatives about revenue-neutral carbon taxes like the Carbon Washington proposal to implement a BC-style car....
  • RELEASE: New Analysis Explores Growing I....
    (Center for American Progress) — Read the full issue brief here. Washington, D.C. — A new issue brief released today by the Center for American Progress explores the current role of wom....
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under the top three topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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