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In Brief

Quotation

You couldn’t repeat it today, what was being said then about the fact that we were going to be going to school with black children… The heritage the flag stands for in my view is about the 1960s, rather than the 1860s.

— Republican State Senator Larry A. Martin, a former Confederate flag supporter, who now believes that the flag needs to come down (South Carolina lawmakers begin debate on Confederate battle flag).

# Permalink (Monday, July 6, 2015)

Quotation

What we need now is more wisdom from both sides… Greece can’t go on because we’re on the edge of cliff. After all this, the question is whether our partners would be so unwise as to push Greece over the edge, because that would be damaging for everyone.

— Loukas Tsoukalis, the president of the Athens-based Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, speaking to the New York Times (With ‘No’ Greek vote, Tsipras wins a victory that could carry a steep price).

# Permalink (Monday, July 6, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Facts about I-1366 that Tim Eyman didn’t bother to mention

This morning, Tim Eyman sent an email to the press, taking another opportunity to crow about getting signatures submitted for I-1366 and ostensibly provide information pertaining to the initiative. Here are some very important facts he didn’t bother… (read more)

NO on I-1366 Committee forms; will respond to Tim Eyman’s signature turn-in tomorrow

Efforts to build a broad coalition to stop Tim Eyman’s I-1366 received a major boost today with NPI and Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve’s announcement of the formation of a statewide campaign committee to oppose the initiative. I-1… (read more)

Police report, eyewitness testimony documents harassment of citizens by Eyman petitioners

With Tim Eyman and his associates said to be winding down the signature drive for I-1366, Eyman’s most destructive initiative yet, NPI’s Permanent Defense has been reviewing anecdotes submitted by citizens and activists regarding their experie… (read more)

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  • Dealing with Populists in Government
    (Policy Network) — A breakfast roundtable, focused on the common trends for populists in power in Europe and Latin America, and the strategies that mainstream parties can ....
  • "Neither Podemos nor Pasokification": Ho....
    (Policy Network) — Keynote speech by Tristram Hunt on how Labour should respond to growing populism and the crisis afflicting European social democracy.
  • How Coal “Self-Bonding” Puts the Public ....
    (Sightline Daily) — As the Wall Street Journal reported recently,  creditors of coal industry giant Alpha Natural Resources just hired a a team of advisers to help them ......
  • Saving Millions with Earned Media: How t....
    (Netroots Foundation) — Earned media can be one of the most important (free) resources on your campaign, especially when you are strapped for cash. In this interview, Lacey Con....
  • Inequality Isn't Just Bad for the Econom....
    () — Cross-posted from  Grist Tackling economic inequality is good climate change policy. The pope’s encyclical on climate change was received with both enor....
  • Shared Security: A New Deal for the New ....
    () — If Social Security, the minimum wage, unemployment insurance, and the 40-hour workweek laid the foundation for the middle class in the 20th century, wha....
  • 1 Million Barrels a Day, 100 Trains a Week
    (Sightline Daily) — Sightline is re-releasing a popular report: The Northwest’s Pipeline on Rails . It’s the most comprehensive regional analysis of plans to ship crude oil....
  • Progressive politics in fragmented times
    (Policy Network) — Conference offering a platform for political and academic reflection on the key structural trends that are shaping politics and governance in Europe and....
  • How George Osborne could stop the next f....
    (Policy Network) — Scrapping tax relief for buy-to-let investors and tackling high land prices should be priorities in this week/’/;s budget
  • Weekend Reading 7/3/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Alan Little known fact about me: my first publishing venture was not Sightline. It was an alternative newspaper I ran with a friend in junior high schoo....
PNW Topic Hotlist

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

  • Delaware Passes Bill Allowing Parents to....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This just in:   The Delaware Legislature passed a strong Opt Out bill.   The legislation — House Bill 50 — was introduced in March by state Re....
  • Scott Walker: The Leading Reactionary in....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, is trying to distinguish himself from the crowded field of candidates by taking the most extreme positions in o....
  • Why the “Reformers” Will Lose
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In response to Gary Rubinstein’s post about “the three stooges of reform,” reader “Chris in Florida” sent this comment: Fr....
  • Pennsylvania Teachers Call for End to VAM
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — At the annual meeting of Pennsylvania AFT, the leaders of the union called on the legislature to eliminate the test-based teacher evaluation system. Bec....
  • Ohio: Time to End Charter Corruption!
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Bill Phillis is a watchdog for Ohio public schools. He is a man of great integrity who cares passionately about fair and equitable funding of the school....
  • Ohio: The One Reform That Is Forbidden
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This past year, there were numerous reports of scandals, arrests, and convictions of charter operators in Ohio. There seemed to be real hope to enact le....
  • Let the People of Newark Pick Their Supe....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Citizens of Néw Jersey believe that the elected board of Newark should select their own superintendent. Newark has not been allowed to direct its own sc....
  • Pearson’s Plans to Dominate the Global E....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This report is a fascinating and scary analysis of Pearson’s ambitious efforts to create a demand for their products around the world and to satis....
  • Gary Rubinstein on “The Three Stooges” o....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Gary Rubinstein watched a panel discussion on the reform movement’s three allegedly successful turnaround districts. He reports on the discussion ....
  • The Choice Ahead: A Private Health-Insur....
    (Robert Reich) — The Supreme Court’s recent blessing of Obamacare has precipitated a rush among the nation’s....

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