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Mount McKinley is now officially Mount Denali, thanks to President Obama

President Barack Obama has given Interior Secretary Sally Jewell the go-ahead to officially rename Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. With the name change official at the federal level, we should start to see mapmakers, encyclopedia publishers, and others honor the mountain’s true name.

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Fisherman on the dock at Lake Sammamish

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Statement on Judge Dean Lum’s decision in Huff v. Wyman

This afternoon, King County Superior Court Judge Dean Lum handed down his opinion in the matter of Huff v. Wyman, the legal challenge seeking to remove Tim Eyman’s I-1366 from the November 2015 statewide ballot on the grounds that it exceeds the sco… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense applauds legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, a group of plaintiffs, including King County Elections Director Sherril Huff, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, and Democratic lawmakers David Frockt and Reuven Carlyle filed a lawsuit seeking to block Tim Eyman’s incredibly destructi… (read more)

Eyman’s I-1366 certified for ballot; jeopardizes $8 billion in revenue through 2021

As required by law, the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has completed a fiscal impact statement for Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which was today certified for the November 2015 statewide ballot by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. According… (read more)

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    (Economic Opportunity Institute » Blog....) — Affordable higher education was once a hallmark of living Washington state — but no more. Sure, tuition will drop a bit in 2015-16, but so will fu....
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    (Demos.org) — http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/RacialEquityImpactSecretPoliticalSpending-Brief.pdf Author:  Naila Awan Author:  Liz Ken....
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    (Center for American Progress) — If advocates for voting rights want a level playing field in state courts, they must push for reforms to judicial selection.
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    (Center for American Progress) — Once the pride of the nation for successful desegregation efforts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has slipped back into separate and unequal status.
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    (Sightline Daily) —  “An unacceptable threat to human health and safety.” That’s how more than 300 medical professionals are describing plans to build out crude oil-by-rail....
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    (Center for American Progress) — A D.C. group pushed voter suppression measures then spent millions to elect the North Carolina Supreme Court justices hearing lawsuits against these cha....
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    (Tax Justice Blog) — During the first GOP primary debate, Carson said under his 10 percent flat tax "tithe" plan, "[y]ou make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, y....
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    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — As Labor Day approaches, about a quarter (24 percent) of private sector workers will not be enjoying a paid day off on Monday. A similar number (23 perc....
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    (Beat the Press) — It’s always dangerous when followers of an insular cult gain positions of power. Unfortunately that appears to be the case with the Washington Post edit....
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