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In Brief

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Mr. McConnell, in turn, never accepted a similar invitation dating back to early September to appear before the C-J editorial board, thus shielding himself from scrutiny as well as any potential for attack ads based on his responses. Kentuckians should take measure of that: Thirty years in the Senate, and no comment.

— The Louisville Courier-Journal, taking a position in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race: We urge voters to choose the future and elect Alison Lundergan Grimes..

# (Sunday, October 26, 2014)

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McConnell has sabotaged jobs and transportation bills, even as Kentucky’s unemployment exceeds the nation’s and an Interstate 75 bridge crumbles over the Ohio River. He blocked tax credits for companies that move jobs back to this country while preserving breaks for those that move jobs overseas. He opposed extending unemployment benefits, while bemoaning the “jobless” recovery. He brags about resolving crises that he helped create.The Senate may never recover from the bitter paralysis McConnell has inflicted through record filibusters that allow his minority to rule by obstruction.

— The Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentuckians should do themselves — and the country — a favor by electing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

# (Sunday, October 26, 2014)

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I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it.

— Hillary Clinton, speaking at a rally for Martha Coakley alongside Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has become a strong and effective progressive leader in the Democratic Party.

# (Friday, October 24, 2014)

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By not standing firmly for their own policies, Democrats send a message to voters that the unending Republican criticism of the president is legitimate. There is much that is going right in this country, and there is still time for Democrats to say so.

— The New York Times, suggesting in a strongly-worded editorial that Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan, and other Democratic candidates stop trying to avoid being associated with President Barack Obama and Obama’s accomplishments.

# (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)

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Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced and we refuse to be silenced.

— Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, explaining why she and Ontario’s official opposition carried on with their question period following the shootings in Ottawa.

# (Wednesday, October 22, 2014)

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New ruling allows candidates to campaign anonymously

Satirizing the Supreme Court’s rulings in Corporations United and McCutcheon, as well as toothless enforcement by the Federal Elections Commission, The Onion has filed a report joking that the FEC is now allowing candidates running for public office to remain completely anonymous for the duration of the campaign.

# (Tuesday, October 21, 2014)

Video

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Watch how Rick Scott dodges the question on his most solemn duty as governor (video courtesy of the Florida Democratic Party).

# (Tuesday, October 21, 2014)

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Alabama's Republican Speaker of the House arrested on corruption charges

The latest representative of the Republican culture of corruption is Michael G. Hubbard, Alabama’s Speaker of the House and the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, who was arrested today on twenty-three felony charges. Hubbard is the Republican who engineered the party’s takeover of the Alabama Legislature in 2010. He is seeking reelection.

# (Monday, October 20, 2014)

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In short, two very distinct worldviews have both come to the same conclusion: we need to provide a basic universal income that allows people to live in dignity and unleash their creative potential toward their own interests. It’s a bipartisan view.

— David Atkins, writing for The Washington Monthly (Bipartisan consensus for universal basic income)

# (Sunday, October 19, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Promoting active and committed share own....
    (Policy Network) — This event forms part of a new project on corporate governance and progressive capitalism led by Policy Network.
  • Women of Color
    (Center for American Progress) — As the fastest-growing segment of the women’s vote—and the most active segment of the emerging majority vote—women of color are a key voting bloc with t....
  • Millions of Americans Are Outside the Fi....
    (Center for American Progress) — New data from the FDIC reaffirm that many families lack bank accounts or are otherwise underserved by the financial system.
  • Devolution and the changing nature of power
    (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....
  • EOI (and Pay It Forward) brings home mul....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — After an exciting night of fantastic pitches and great networking at Seattle’s McCaw Hall, EOI was honored to bring home two awards for EOI Policy Assoc....
  • Nearly All Poor Latino Families in Orego....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Work, sadly, is by no means a ticket out of poverty — a fact that is particularly true for Oregon Latino families living in poverty. In 2012, nine out o....
  • We Need Pretrial Detention Reform in Mas....
    () — Alternatives to bail won't just reduce overcrowding in jails: they will create a more just justice system. There is a bill pending in the Massachusetts ....
  • The Causes and Costs of High Incarcerati....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Most states’ prison populations are at historic highs, I explained yesterday, imposing high costs on states even as many states have cut education fundi....
  • CAP Expert on FDIC Data on Un....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — This morning, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, or FDIC, released its 2013 National Survey of Unbanked and Underbanked House....
  • The #1 Question from Conservatives about....
    (Sightline Daily) — I give a lot of talks about revenue-neutral carbon taxes—especially the Carbon Washington proposal to implement a BC-style carbon tax and use the revenu....
  • Key Facts to Know About Communities of C....
    (Center for American Progress) — These fact sheets highlight the economic and electoral impact of communities of color as they become a growing share of the population in Georgia.
  • The Racially Discriminatory Effects of P....
    (Center for American Progress) — In 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates.
  • We’re in this together: Sightline’s fall....
    (Sightline Daily) — As a Sightline reader, you are well informed about the challenges that the Northwest faces in the journey toward health, safety, and sustained prosperit....
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 Tacomatest2.us 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.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • HorsesAss.org: Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • HorsesAss.org: I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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