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Meet the conservative group that Scott Walker takes his cues from

Bloomberg Politics profiles The Bradley Foundation, which has been helping Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker launch attack after attack on the Badger State’s unions.

# Permalink (Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

Quotation

Our city thrives because we have welcomed and embraced diversity. And RFRA threatens what thousands of people have spent decades building. Discrimination is wrong. And I hope that message is being heard loud and clear at our Statehouse.

— Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, calling on Indiana’s legislature to repeal or amend the recently passed law allowing discrimination against LGBT individuals.

# Permalink (Monday, March 30, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen’s ruling upholding majority rule

Responding to a point of order from Senator Steve Hobbs of Snohomish County, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen today ruled in his capacity as President of the Washington State Senate that a rule previously adopted by Senate Republicans that requires two-third… (read more)

Thirteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and fifty-six months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, PD has steadfastly provided the Union’s Forty-Second… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense ready to fight Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, Tim Eyman announced that he will once again be attempting to qualify an initiative to the ballot that would wipe out around $1 billion per year in revenue for schools and other vital public services unless, by April 2016, the Legislature pas… (read more)

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  • Progressive politics in the new hard 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....
  • The open society – A progressive agend....
    (Policy Network) — A seminar to discuss the long-term growth and reform agendas that centre-left governments should implement and the political challenges they face
  • The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances t....
    (schmudget) — Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughou....
  • A Statement About the Senate Budget
    (schmudget) — While the Senate’s budget proposal released today invests heavily in education for our children, it relies on unsustainable and unworkable funding sourc....
  • The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances t....
    (schmudget) — Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughou....
  • In Support of the House's Revenue Proposals
    (schmudget) — Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas testified this morning in support of the House Revenue Package, HB 2224. Here's why the Budget & Policy Center s....
  • House Budget Proposal Prioritizes Fundin....
    (schmudget) — The House budget released this morning recognizes that fixing our broken revenue system is necessary to make progress toward creating shared prosperity ....
  • The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances t....
    (schmudget) — Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughou....
  • The Basics of Disability Insurance, Updated
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We’ve updated two important pieces about Disability Insurance (DI), an integral part of Social Security that protects workers who can’t support themselv....
  • A Statement About the Senate Budget
    (schmudget) — While the Senate’s budget proposal released today invests heavily in education for our children, it relies on unsustainable and unworkable funding sourc....
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.

  • A Personal and Sad Reflection
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Last night I watched the first segment of the CNN special on “Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies.” It was very well done. Most of the program w....
  • Vasquez Heilig: Cesar Chavez vs. Campbel....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Julian Vasquez Heilig honors Cesar Chavez’s birthday here. He uses the occasion to contrast the views towards unions of Chavez, as contrasted to t....
  • Carol Burris: One Really Dumb Idea from ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, New York, doesn’t think much of Governor Cuomo’s proposal for teacher....
  • New York Education Leaders Denounce Cuom....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The New York Council of School Superintendents and the New York School Boards Association issued the following joint statement in opposition to Governor....
  • Magee Urges Opt Out, State Chancellor Ti....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The head of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Karen Magee, spoke bluntly in favor of a boycott of the state tests. The chair of the State Board of....
  • Los Angeles: Charter Teachers Want to Un....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Laura Clawson at the Daily Kos reports that some teachers at a charter chain in Los Angeles want to organize a union. They have asked management to stay....
  • Ohio: How Choice Started, Who Chooses
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Bill Phillis of the Ohio Coaltion for Equity and Adequacy explains the origins of choice in Ohio and how it has evolved into a lucrative for-profit indu....
  • Do Vouchers Violate the Pennsylvania Con....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The “tax credit” program in Pennsylvania is a backdoor way of spending public money for children who enroll in private and religious schools....
  • Pennsylvania: The Hoax of “Tax Credits” ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Blogger Yinzercation has an excellent article explaining the negative effects of “tax credits” on public education. “While our legisla....
  • Students in Lake Oswego, Oregon, Lead Op....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A group of high school students in Lake Oswego, Oregon, has launched a campaign to persuade their classmates to refuse the Smarter Balanced tests, which....

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