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In Brief

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Lake Park Drive South in Seattle on Seafair Weekend

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The Bell/Boeing V-22 Osprey has become a workhorse of the U.S. Marine Corps

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Permanent Defense

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)

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)

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  • A European Capital Markets Union: Suppor....
    (Policy Network) — Roundtable event in Brussels to mark the launch of Policy Network’s report Supporting Investors and Growth Firms: A Bottom-Up Approach to a Capital Ma....
  • Unpacking public opinion: Britons, the E....
    (Policy Network) — Seminar to discuss research on Britons' attitudes to the EU and different EU policies
  • Policy Network AGM
    (Policy Network) — At a critical juncture for British and European progressive politics, the meeting will bring together opinion formers, commentators, politicians, thinkt....
  • Britain's cosmopolitan future?
    (Policy Network) — Responses to Jeremy Cliffe's recent paper on how the country is changing and why its politicians must respond
  • Wherefore art Thou Permanent Subcommitte....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — The U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) ain't what it used to be. That's the obvious conclusion to draw from Thursday's hearing....
  • Dear Mr. Mayor
    (Sightline Daily) — On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced he would not pursue the recommendation of his housing affordability committee (HALA), on which I served,....
  • Innovation Boxes and Patent Boxes: Congr....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — After weeks of hinting about an "innovation box" tax proposal, U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) Wednesday released draft ....
  • Weekend Reading 7/31/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Alan If you want to understand what is happening right now in Seattle’s housing controversy—the HALA-baloo—read this article carefully....
  • The case for cosmopolitan populism
    (Policy Network) — Those who both perceive and welcome the ongoing shift towards cosmopolitanism in Britain now need an emotive, cultural offer
  • A cosmopolitan cul-de-sac
    (Policy Network) — A race to win the support of cosmopolitan voters risks provoking lower turnouts and further voter disengagement
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.

  • The Revolt Against the Ruling Class
    (Robert Reich) — “He can’t possibly win the nomination,” is the phrase heard most often when Washington insiders....
  • Mercedes Schneider Reviews SBAC Test Con....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mercedes Schneider actually read the bulky contracts between states and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Her most surprising discovery: SBAC ....
  • Arthur Goldstein to NYC Chancellor Farin....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Arthur Goldstein teaches English as a Second Language students at Frances Lewis High School in Queens, New York. He blogs as NYC Educator. In his letter....
  • Detroit Files Title Vi Complaint Against....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The powerless elected school board of Detroit has filed a Title Vi complaint against Governor Rick Snyder for discrimination against the children of Det....
  • The Economist Celebrates Privatization o....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This may not come as a big surprise. The Economist magazine, known for its free-market perspective, supports the growth of private schools for the poor ....
  • SomeDam Poet on the Influence of Economi....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — “The Age that will Bury Us” — by SomeDAM Poet (after The Age of Aquarius (5th Dimension) )   When the VAM is in the Random House And stupid is as s....
  • Rachel Wolfe: A Video about the Lost Pas....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Rachel Wolfe made this wonderful 30-minute documentary called “Losing Ourselves.” https://rachelbwolfe.wordpress.com/2014/06/26/losing-ourse....
  • Rachel Wolfe: A Video about the Lost Pas....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Rachel Wolfe made this wonderful 30-minute documentary called “Losing Ourselves.”   Rachel is an intern at The Future Project, an educa....
  • Hillary Knocks Jeb’s Hard-Right Conserva....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I was pleased to see Hillary Clinton take on Jeb Bush forcefully before the annual conference of the National Urban League. Jeb! has been trying to posi....
  • Teacher to Leading Republican in North C....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Stuart Egan is a high school teacher in Clemmons, North Carolina. This letter is addressed to a key Republican who is leading the charge to shift more p....

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