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In Depth: The Advocate

School districts across Washington State lead a revolt against failed federal policies

At least 28 school districts in Washington State have chosen to fight back against U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s demand that they label successful schools as “failures” due to a law backed by George W. Bush. When the state legislature refused to tie teacher… (read more)

In Brief


ISIL speaks for no religion. Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt. They may claim out of expediency that they are at war with the United States or the West, but the fact is they terrorize their neighbors and offer them nothing but an endless slavery to their empty vision, and the collapse of any definition of civilized behavior.

— President Barack Obama, speaking yesterday at The Edgartown School, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, following the terrorists’ release of a video showing the beheading of journalist James Foley, who Obama lauded as a courageous reporter.

# (Thursday, August 21, 2014)


Please donate now so we can do in Washington State what Scott Walker and my friend did in Wisconsin.

— Freedom Foundation CEO Tom McCabe, formerly the head honcho at the Building Industry Association of Washington, appealing for funds for the right wing’s anti-worker, anti-family agenda in an email to the organization’s supporters.

# (Wednesday, August 20, 2014)

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Microsoft aims to be greener, drops ALEC membership

CNET’s Dana Kerr reports that “the tech giant [has pulled out] of the conservative lobbying group that is known to have pushed legislation to block renewable energy development.” (Not to mention other terrible ideas – like the no consequences for opening fire law adopted by Florida and other states).

# (Wednesday, August 20, 2014)


Launch Video

David Letterman remembers Robin Williams on The Late Show: Dave’s touching tribute includes a quick video montage with funny moments from Williams’ fifty appearances on Late Night and The Late Show.

# (Tuesday, August 19, 2014)


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Photographer: “A beautiful evening in Blåvand with a breathtaking sunset. Perfect weather, warm light, very special atmosphere.” (Photo: Christian/blavandmaster)

# (Tuesday, August 19, 2014)

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Reseacher: Tax climate isn't what's driving interest in inversions

A paper by Edward D. Kleinbard of the USC Gould School of Law looks at the data and concludes that, contrary to what CEOs and business groups have recently been arguing, the United States’ corporate tax code is not hindering America’s competitiveness at all.

# (Tuesday, August 19, 2014)


The low-level drug crimes have incarcerated an entire generation of young people and mostly people of color. We cannot arrest our way out of society’s problems… We as police executive need to realize that.

— King County Sheriff John Urquhart, discussing the future of policing with newly hired chiefy deputy Jim Pugel, who was formerly the interim Seattle police chief.

# (Monday, August 18, 2014)

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Why no future Hollywood star could ever match Lauren Bacall's allure

# (Saturday, August 16, 2014)


The second wild-card spot isn’t the sort of thing you necessarily mark with a banner, but would you want your team to face Felix in a one-game playoff?

— ESPN’s Jim Caple: A sea change for the Mariners (Don’t look now, but Seattle is suddenly a playoff contender in the American League!)

# (Saturday, August 16, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

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

  • Populism and the politics of identity
    (Policy Network) — Post Scottish referendum, the politics of identity in the UK is more salient than ever. This Policy Network, Barrow Cadbury Trust and Renewal Journal ev....
  • The future of economic governance in the....
    (Policy Network) — This half day event will focus on the future of economic governance: which reforms are desirable and feasible? How to improve the EU’s legitimacy? How....
  • The Swedish election - and the fight ove....
    (Policy Network) — The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the results from the 14 September election and consider what political lessons can be drawn from the ....
  • Making progressive politics work in the US
    (Policy Network) — Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, will lead a Policy Network briefing and debate on the future of progressive politics in the US, looking ahead t....
  • Populism, power and place
    (Policy Network) — Ahead of the Scottish referendum, Policy Network, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Renewal Journal will host a breakfast seminar to consider the lessons of ....
  • The social and ecological market economy....
    (Policy Network) — Economic discourse has for too long focused on a series of bogus alternatives. The time has come to put them behind us.
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health care and the safety net. On health care, Jesse Cross-Call highlighted lessons that states wanting to e....
  • States Seeking to Expand Medicaid Throug....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The federal government is considering proposals from Pennsylvania and Indiana to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion through a demonstration projec....
  • TANF at 18: A Weakened Role and Not a M....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Eighteen years ago today, President Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 — commonly known....
  • Weekend Reading 8/22/14
    (Sightline Daily) — Eric My top recommendation this week is Lummi elder Jewell James’ article in the Bellingham Herald : In August we make our journey from South Dakota to ....
  • Millennium Development Goals
    (Center for American Progress) — Annie Malknecht writes on the accomplishments of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Campus Network Looks Ahead for Policy En....
    () — The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network has nine years of success under its belt, and is ready for more in its tenth. “We know the old way of doing thi....
  • Campus Network Looks Ahead for Policy En....
    () — The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network has nine years of success under its belt, and is ready for more in its tenth. “We know the old way of doing thi....
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.

  • Tim Eyman
    • NPI Advocate: Washington State Supreme Court agrees to hear constitutional challenge to I-1240 - It looks like within a year or two, we should finally have an answer to the question, Does the Constitution of Washington State allow for charter schools? That’s because the Washington State Supreme Court says it has agreed to take up a legal challenge to Initiative 1240, the charter schools measure narrowly approved ... August 17 at 5:29 Pacific Time
    • Who Wants to Dump a Bucket of Ice Water Over My Head? - So, a "friend" of mine has called me out for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and I figured as long as it’s raising money for a good cause, I might as well make the most of it by auctioning off the honorof dumping a bucket of freezing cold ice water over my head. (I first offered the honor to Tim Eyman, but as usual, he ... August 21 at 14:41 Pacific Time
    • Sightline Daily: (Pay To) Park and Ride? - In July 2013, board membersof the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority, better known as Sound Transit, unanimously approved a pilot program to test several e fficiency-boosting strategies for a woef ullyoversubscribed parking system. The pilot scheme was budgeted at $495,000 and set for a 2014 roll out, withthree ... August 18 at 6:30 Pacific Time
  • Transportation
    • Open Thread 8/21 - - Reparations for Ferguson - Somebody should ask Dave Reichert if he agrees with Newt Gingrich that Obama is a food stamp president. Or many of the other horrible things he has said and done over the years. - Spokane’s Downtown is for People – and their Buses - Women in the Workplace: Marination - Parody is killed again. ... August 21 at 7:56 Pacific Time
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