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And I know the NRA, I know what their position is going to be. I can hear it now. They’re going to say, ‘Oh, gee, well, if they were carrying, this never would’ve happened.’ Well, I got news for you: If Alison or Adam had been carrying an AK-47 strapped around their waist, it wouldn’t have made any difference. They couldn’t have seen this thing coming. I don’t want to hear that argument from the NRA – and you know that’s going to happen.

— Andy Parker, the father of murdered journalist Alison Parker, blasting the extremist right wing National Rifle Association after vowing to make the enactment of sensible gun laws his new mission in life (via ThinkProgress).

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Video

Launch Video

The Seattle-based hip hop duo are back with a new music video that pairs a catchy tune with scenes of moped riding and choreographed dancing in downtown Spokane. Seattle Mariners legend Ken Griffey, Jr. makes multiple cameo appearances. The song is called “Downtown“. Watch it, and then watch it again.

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Permanent Defense

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

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