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In Depth: The Advocate

LIVE from Bellevue: Governor Inslee unveils plan for investing in Washington’s schools

Good evening from Newport High School in Bellevue, Washington. I’m here with several dozen other activists, reporters, and citizens to participate in a town hall on education with Governor Jay Inslee and his staff. The governor is using the event to unveil his plan to strengthen… (read more)

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Central, South America loudly cheer restoration of relations with Cuba

South and Central American elected officials who had as recently as a few days ago condemned President Barack Obama are now praising his leadership, declaring that his decision to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba is a huge step forward.

# (Friday, December 19, 2014)

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Must-see chart: Washington state and local tax collections as a share of personal income

Must-see chart: Washington state and local tax collections as a share of personal income

The above chart shows that state and local tax collections, as a share of personal income, have been in decline for years. Measuring collections as a share of personal income is how economists make accurate and meaningful year to year comparisons. (Graphic: Office of Financial Management of Washington State)

# (Thursday, December 18, 2014)

Quotation

Two of the biggest accomplishments of Obama’s first term were health reform and the stimulus (which was too small but certainly better than nothing). Neither was perfect, but the Democrats have consistently failed to make the case for how these achievements are yielding results. And they are, in fact, yielding results.

— Kerry Eleveld: Stellar job growth numbers send Democrats running for cover

# (Tuesday, December 16, 2014)

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Paseo is reopening: Here's hoping the new owner will treat the employees with dignity

The Seattle Times‘ Bethany Jean Clement and the Puget Sound Business Journal reported today that famous Seattle sandwich shop Paseo will be reopening in a matter of days under new management, led by Ryan Santwire.

The previous owner of Paseo, Lorenzo Lorenzo, abruptly closed Paseo’s two Seattle locations about a month and a half after being hit with a lawsuit alleging that he had refused his employees overtime pay and washroom/meal breaks. He then filed for bankruptcy. A federal judge recently approved the sale of his business for $91,000 in a bankruptcy auction to Santwire, who plans to reopen quickly.

Santwire, who appears to be a prduent and sensible man, assumed control over Paseo’s property, plant, and equipment, and immediately went to work rehiring old employees. He intends to reopen Paseo and serve the same food.

Lorenzo did not provide Santwire with copies of his recipes, but the Paseo staff who are being hired know them by heart, so recreating them was simple. Lists of ingredients cannot be copyrighted, so Santwire does not need Lorenzo’s cooperation or permission to make the same delicious sandwiches available for purchase again. No further changes are planned, he says, although we hope and expect that he will be a better employer than Lorenzo was.

We have no interest in patronizing establishments that mistreat their employees. Paseo is a Seattle institution, and given its large and loyal customer base, it should be able to take care of its employees. That means paying them on time, ensuring they get all the breaks they’re supposed to have, paying a living wage, and allowing them to take time off to attend to family or recover from an illness.

# (Friday, December 12, 2014)

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I’m just confused. All of these kids getting shot and killed. It doesn’t make any sense… It’s not like it was when we were kids.

— Shawn Zimmers, the aunt of one of the victims shot outside of Rosemary Anderson High School today in Portland, lamenting the latest in a series of tragedies caused by gun violence.

# (Friday, December 12, 2014)

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Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus have received twice as much money from the finance industry as the ‘no’ voters

In politics, money talks. The Washington Post checked to see whether there was any correlation between the Democrats who voted for the CRomnibus bill laden with gifts for Wall Street and K Street. And it turns out that the fifty-seven Democrats who voted “aye” have received twice as much money from Wall Street as the Democrats who voted no on principle.

# (Friday, December 12, 2014)

Quotation

Now, the House of Representatives is about to show us the worst of government for the rich and powerful. The House is about to vote on a budget deal, a deal negotiated behind closed doors that slips in a provision that would let derivatives traders on Wall Street gamble with taxpayer money and get bailed out by the government when their risky bets threaten to blow up our financial system.

— Senator Elizabeth Warren, urging House Democrats to put the Republican-engineered and rider-laden “cromnibus” bill on ice.

# (Thursday, December 11, 2014)

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Tides wipe out two homes on Washaway Beach

Tides wipe out two homes on Washaway Beach

# (Wednesday, December 10, 2014)

Quotation

Why do we need to have preservatives in our food? We probably don’t.

— McDonald’s U.S. President Mike Andres, recognizing that McDonald’s goes through ingredients incredibly quickly. The chain plans to simplify its menu.

# (Wednesday, December 10, 2014)

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  • What scenarios for a reformed EU?
    (Policy Network) — This event will mark the launch of the ‘New Pact for Europe’ final report
  • Scenarios for a reformed EU
    (Policy Network) — This event will mark the launch of the ‘New Pact for Europe’ final report
  • Responsibilities of boards
    (Policy Network)
  • A message from Bruce: We will not be bul....
    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — Dear friends, On behalf of everyone at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, I wish you all a joyful holiday season with your family and friends......
  • 5 Facts You Need to Know About Legal Cha....
    (Center for American Progress) — Recent lawsuits that challenge executive action on immigration are unlikely to proceed. They miss the legal rationale for the action and ignore the larg....
  • Nike Tax Deal and the Killing of Entrepr....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — The Washington Post has been running an excellent series on what ails the middle class, called Liftoff & Letdown . The fifth installment in the seri....
  • In Case You Missed It . . .
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Off the Charts will slow down for the next couple of weeks, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule when we return after New Year’s.  We wish you and ....
  • Weekend Reading 12/19/14
    (Sightline Daily) — Ted Have you wondered why the cast, promos, and maybe even the audiences for the new hit movie “Wild” (based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed) inclu....
  • CAP’s Carmel Martin: Administ....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, today issued the following statement after th....
  • Charts to watch in 2015: Armine Yalnizya....
    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — Maclean's  recently asked dozens of economists, analysts and investors what they consider to be the most important charts for Canada as we head into 201....
  • A Perspective from the United States on ....
    (Center for American Progress) — Rudy deLeon makes remarks at the two-day Abu Dhabi Strategic Debate on regional security in the Gulf, offering his perspectives on the geopolitical ques....
  • Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability ....
    (Sightline Daily) — In Washington and across the Northwest, we are already seeing devastating impacts of climate change. In Hood Canal and Puget Sound, shellfish are being ....
  • Let Ineffective “Bonus Depreciation” Die....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We strongly agree with today’s Washington Post editorial that calls on policymakers to let the “bonus depreciation” tax break, which they extended for a....
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 Tacomatest2.us 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
    • HorsesAss.org: 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
    • HorsesAss.org: 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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