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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

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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)


Photo from In Brief

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)


Mariners extend winning streak, defeat Detroit Tigers to own second wild card spot

Right now, the Seattle Mariners are doing something they haven’t done in years: Win the games that count in August, the second to last month of the season. And not only are they winning, they’re contending for the playoffs.

After a homestand in which they only lost one game (a game that went into extra innings), the Mariners are now back on the road. (Prior to the homestand, they had been winning more games on the road than at home).

Fittingly, they’re in Detroit, the team that was – prior to today – tied with the Mariners for the second wild card spot.

Now that spot belongs to the M’s after a 7-2 victory over the Tigers. James Paxton made the start for the Mariners and did a decent job. The M’s offense continued to deliver, bringing in seven runs on eleven hits.

Tomorrow, King Felix of the Mariners will be squaring off against David Price of the Tigers. Television pundits are promoting it as a matchup for the ages. Maybe it won’t be that, but it does promise to be a great game, and also the pivotal, decisive game of the series. If the Mariners win, they’ll have taken the series from Detroit and bolstered their position in the standings. Detroit, of course, would like to avoid precisely that. Both teams have every reason to want to play hard and win.

Lookout Landing has a good preview of the Mariners/Tigers series.

# (Friday, August 15, 2014)

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Canadians like Barack Obama more than they like Stephen Harper

Public opinion research firm Angus Reid Global spoke with more than 1,500 Canadians and asked them to pick six words to describe world leaders. The results showed that they prefer the President of the United States to their own prime minister. A majority of Canadians described Stephen Harper with words like “secretive”, “dishonest”, “arrogant”, “boring”, “liar”, and “uncaring”. Barack Obama was described as “influential”, “compassionate”, “charismatic”, “credible”, “inspiring”, and “strong”.

# (Friday, August 15, 2014)

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Why there will never be a right wing Robin Williams

Laughing Liberally star Katie Halper tackles the question, “Why are there so few funny conservatives?”, explaining that all good comedy requires empathy, which underpins the progressive values system, along with responsibility.

# (Friday, August 15, 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 ....
  • Relief Official Urges Groups to Step Up ....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — August 19, 2014 Sheri Fink August 19, 2014 The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is “a complete disaster,” and health agencies do not yet grasp its scope, t....
  • Ernst & Young finds Oregon has nation's ....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Oregon has the lowest “total effective business tax rate" in the country, according to a study (PDF), conducted by the accounting firm Ernst & Young....
  • How Britain can harness the winds of change
    (Policy Network) — Britain has faced tumultuous challenges before and is uniquely well-endowed to meet them today.
  • Ladders to opportunity: Ashley
    (Washington Policy Watch) — “When you have kids at home that look up to you, you have to try every day. It can be a struggle.” As the sole breadwinner for her family of....
  • RELEASE: Proposed Exports of Federal Coa....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — On the heels of a setback yesterday for the coal industry’s plans to build a new export facility near Boardman, Oregon, the Center fo....
  • Lawmakers Dabble in Early Education Refo....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — August 19, 2014 Clare McCann August 19, 2014 In our recent report, Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education, we put forth doze....
  • If you don’t have political-risk insuran....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — August 18, 2014 Steve LeVine August 18, 2014 Since the advance of ISIL into northern Iraq two months ago, foreign businesses have scrambled to obtain fr....
  • A Case of Mistaken Identity: The New Yor....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — August 19, 2014 Mary Alice McCarthy August 19, 2014 Federally-funded job training programs have a reputation problem in the United States, often serving....
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
    • 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 8-19 - - This is What Climate Leadership Looks Like - With its own credibility on the line, the British Columbia government on Monday ordered an independent investigation of the tailings dam breach on Aug. 4 that sent huge quantities of water and metal-contaminated sand into important-salmon spawning waters. - Yay for low income ... August 19 at 16:52 Pacific Time
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