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In Depth: The Advocate

How democracy saves Seattle schools from bad superintendents

With the departure of Jose Banda from the post of superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, we’ve seen the usual hand-wringing and recriminations over the future of the district. Banda’s departure led the Seattle Times to publish an article and an editorial decrying suppos… (read more)

In Brief


Andrew’s M.O. — behind-the-curtain string-pulling — yesterday crashed into an immovable object called Preet Bharara. He now has to alter his penchant for off-the-record carrots and sticks… because there’s no off-the-record when anyone can be subpoenaed, including him.

— Former New York City Public Advocate Mark Green, explaining that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is not someone that the hard-charging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be able to easily manipulate or ignore.

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I do wish that Ted Cruz would stay in the Senate… Nobody elected him speaker. Nobody elected him majority leader in the House, and it’s really a cheap shot to be coming in from the side. To have some guy come in from the outside like the Pied Piper is wrong.

— Republican Congressman Peter King of New York, making clear that he resents Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s meddling in the House Republican caucus.

# (Thursday, July 31, 2014)


Today's tragedy in Chubbock, Idaho could have easily been prevented

Earlier today we posted a link to a story about a five-year old girl who was accidentally shot and killed by another five-year old child who found a gun lying around. It’s a tragic story and we extend our deepest condolences to the families involved. But, it’s also a reminder that irresponsible firearms ownership needlessly results in the deaths of thousands of Americans every year.

Ironically, research shows shows that gun owners are far more likely to be injured or killed by their own guns than they are by somebody else wielding a gun. Owning a gun doesn’t make you safer… it makes you less safe. Especially if you haven’t been trained on how to handle firearms responsibly and correctly.

Own a gun? At the very least, keep it locked up and store the ammunition separately. Or consider getting rid of it altogether. You’ll be safer.

# (Thursday, July 31, 2014)

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Five-year old Idaho girl dead in accidental shooting

A five year old girl in Chubbuck, Idaho is dead after being accidentally shot by another five year old child who found a gun lying around and wound up pulling the trigger. Once again, a child’s life has been cut short because an irresponsible adult failed to keep a dangerous weapon unloaded and locked up, where it would be out of the reach of young children.

# (Thursday, July 31, 2014)

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ExxonMobil, Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire lucrative Pennsylvania senator

Once again, The Onion hits a home run with a spoof that’s too close to reality for comfort. In this parody article, The Onion explains that multinational oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron each want to acquire Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey, who they consider to be “an incredibly valuable commodity”.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)


She is determined to build something elevated along the waterfront. What happens if this fails? Maybe she’ll propose an aqueduct.

— Seattle Transit blog commenter Barman, reacting humorously to the news that Elizabeth Campbell and her associates have managed to force a new public vote in Seattle on their pet fantasy: a monorail system linking Ballard and West Seattle.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)

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Want to save money, Republicans? Let's reform military procurement

Businessweek reports on a problem that progressives have known about for a long time: the Pentagon pays way too much for pretty much everything, even prescription drugs. Defense contractors and megacorporations are making a killing overcharging taxpayers. What’s worse, the quality of the weapons, vehicles, and equipment they’re delivering is going down. Just look at the ballooning costs for the F-35 Lightning II.

# (Monday, July 28, 2014)


Photo from In Brief

The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

# (Monday, July 28, 2014)


Launch Video

Mary Poppins (Kristen Bell) is working for minimum wage, and really needs a raise.

# (Sunday, July 27, 2014)

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

  • 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
    (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 ....
  • The Myth of Everybody | Medium
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 31, 2014 Laurenellen McCann July 31, 2014 Dear Civic Tech: If you really want to make change, we can do better. URL:
  • Programming Note
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Off the Charts will be slowing down for the next few weeks, so you might not hear from us every day. But we’ll be back on our regular schedule soon afte....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, the federal budget and taxes, jobs, health care, and Social Security. On the safety net, Rich....
  • New Jobs Data Underscore Stable Recovery....
    (Center for American Progress) — Despite positive job numbers, the U.S. labor market still faces long-term quality and quantity problems.
  • Indispensable Partners: Reenergizing U.S....
    (Center for American Progress) — Vikram Singh, Vice President for the National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress, testifies before the U.S. Senate Fo....
  • “Generational Accounting” Spreads Confusion
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — “Generational accounting” purports to compare the effects of federal budget policies on people born in different years.  But, contrary to economist Lawr....
  • Summertime, and the Livin’ Is Easy—If Yo....
    (Center for American Progress) — The big five oil companies continue earning huge profits—more than $25 billion in the second quarter—yet they receive billions of dollars in unnecessary....
  • How the NSA Hurts Our Economy, Cybersecu....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 31, 2014 Danielle Kehl July 31, 2014 More than a year after the Snowden revelations, we’re clearly still grappling with the effects of NSA surveill....
  • Reagan’s Actions Made Him a True EITC Ch....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We’ve noted that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), which reduces poverty while encouraging and rewarding work, has enjoyed broad support over the yea....
  • Exporting Surveillance: A New Internatio....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 31, 2014 Robert Morgus Tim Maurer July 31, 2014 Network surveillance systems and intrusion software were recently added to the list of conventional....
  • Today’s Jobs Report in Pictures
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Today’s solid jobs report shows a labor market that is moving in the right direction but still has a ways to go before everyone who would like to be wor....
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: House Republicans authorize John Boehner to file baseless lawsuit against President Obama - John Boehner and his caucus continued their political theatrics on a grand scale today by forcing the United States House of Representatives to vote on a resolution authorizing John Boehner to initiate litigation against Barack Obama for failing to properly discharge his duties as President of the United States of America. ... July 30 at 23:56 Pacific Time
    • Hooray for Twitter! But Let’s Not Forget the Impact of a Well-Read Blog - KUOW’s Austin Jenkins has a good pieceon the role of social media in amplifying the controversy over NRA lobbyist Brian Judy’s offensively Godwinian comments: Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University, said he technology as the key driver here — from the recording device ... July 30 at 17:25 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Women Won’t Let Richardson and Wehby Get Away with It - By Alicia Temple of Portland, Oregon. Alicia is the Program Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Gubernatorial candidate and State Representative Dennis Richardson claims abortion shouldn’t be a state issue. Senate candidate Monica Wehby claims abortion shouldn’t be a federal issue. Yet neither one has ... August 1 at 11:45 Pacific Time
  • Tea Party
    • NPI Advocate: Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters - 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 ... July 28 at 6:47 Pacific Time
    • Wise Governance: KOWARDS OF THE KOUNTIES - Kowards of the Kounty ... The toughest shoot-happy American patriots in the country.Why ... I'll bet George Washington, John Adams, Tom Paine, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett wouldn't THINK of rolling over in their graves at the sight of these straight-shooting Bull Shippers ... Tea Party, KKK and Bundy-Style Militia ... July 30 at 23:31 Pacific Time
    • Strange Bedfellows: Clint Didier to Hillary Clinton: Redskins’ name honors Native Americans - The controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name has moved across North America to a U.S. House race in this Washington. Ex-Redskins tight end Clint Didier, a Tea Party favorite, is one of a bevy of Republicans seeking the 4th District seat of retiring Congressman Doc Hastings. Didier has used his defense of the ... July 30 at 16:14 Pacific Time
  • Abortion
    • Wise Governance: The argument we have about abortion is not about abortion. - The argument we have about abortion is not about abortion. It's about when life begins. And we argue it, and we argue, and we argue! And I say we take all the people who think they know and yell and scream and they're sure when life begins and they're sure when life ends, and we lock them in a room. And we tell them to ... July 26 at 8:32 Pacific Time
    • Sightline Daily: Weekend Reading 7/25/14 - [Image] Alan Oregonians will vote in November on whether to adopt open, top-two primaries like California and Washington. Here’s the pro argument, from US Senator Chuck Schumer. “Honk if you’re horny” and other creative signs from a pro-choice couple who stand side by side with abortion clinic blockaders to leaven their ... July 25 at 6:25 Pacific Time
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