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In Brief

Quotation

What we’re trying to talk about is the future of Federal Way… Federal Way is the tenth largest city in this state. This won’t be complete, probably, until the 2030s. Funding doesn’t exist for it. None of you will probably be on the City Council by then, if I’m being honest. So it’s not going to be affecting your position, not going to be affecting businesses because businesses come and go.

— NPI contributor Richard Champion, speaking in favor of a Federal Way light rail alignment along Pacific Highway South, which has greater potential for transit-oriented development than an I-5 alignment.

# Permalink (Friday, May 22, 2015)

Quotation

The late-night talk TV world Letterman leaves behind is packed with capable hosts on many networks, but what they preside over, strictly speaking, is neither talk TV or late night. This collection of hosts are mostly feel-good, up-for-anything entertainers, not the wry, leery talker Dave perfected. What they hosted, more like variety shows, are available for playback any hour of the day, either whole or parsed out in digital snippets.

— Frazier Moore: David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile

# Permalink (Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Eyman’s I-1366 aims to lock in Washington’s broken tax code… permanently

With Washington State’s regular legislative session now disappearing into the rearview mirror, initiative promoter Tim Eyman has once again turned his attention to aggressively hawking his latest and most destructive scheme yet: Initiative 1366, whi… (read more)

Anatomy of a Tim Eyman email: Sound bites based on lies, fudged numbers, and missing context

Yesterday morning, Tim Eyman sent out another one of his misinformation-laden missives, ending, as always, with an exhortation to send money to his campaign coffers. On occasion, we fisk and debunk Eyman’s emails to demonstrate that Eyman is not a r… (read more)

Washington State Democratic Party joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Some very good news to share: This weekend in Pasco, the Washington State Democratic Party took a position strongly opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366, following in the footsteps of the King County Democrats and several local Democratic organizations. A re… (read more)

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    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and the Barrow Cadbury Trust launch a major report on understanding the political drivers of populism
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    (Policy Network) — This breakfast seminar will assess how the EU’s proposed 'Capital Markets Union' can help finance growth and innovative SMEs across Europe
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    (Policy Network) — This event will debate how policy offers based on predistributive strategies and social investment have the capacity to frame a new governing approach f....
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    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — Abstract Estimates made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the likely employment effects of a proposed rule (the Clean Power Plan or CPP) m....
  • State Rundown 5/22: Last-Minute Fireworks
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Louisiana legislators pass revenue-raising package of tax bills; Minnesota headed to special session after governor rejects education spending bill; Okl....
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    (Policy Network) — As the contenders for the Labour leadership begin to set out their stalls, what economic questions should they face?
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    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — Join us in Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th for the launch of a timely new book from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Education Project. Authors....
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    (Netroots Foundation) — Ever wonder what really happens when you or your constituents send letters and emails to Members of Congress? In this interview Travis Moore of Tech Con....
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.

  • About Cuomo’s Tax Cap
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — As I wrote in an earlier post, Governor Andrew Cuomo is very proud of the 2% tax cap that he placed (through legislation) on all school districts. They ....
  • Protests in Seattle and Newark
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Thousands of teachers marched in Seattle to demand better funding for the schools. In Newark, hundreds of students marched and blocked traffic to protes....
  • Who Deleted Gene Glass’s Post About Conf....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Last February, Professor Gene Glass posted a hard-hitting post about conflicts of interest in Arizona. I reposted it on this blog. Recently, Glass went ....
  • John Thompson Explains Why Reformers Hat....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — As historian-teacher John Thompson explains, reform spokesmen were really outraged by John Oliver’s brilliant send-up and put down of our nation......
  • Detroit: State Control Failed, Try Democ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Tom Pedroni and Karen Twomey write in the Detroit Free Press that it’s time to restore democratic governance to the public schools of Detroit. Pla....
  • Jon Pelto: Connecticut Trachers Vote to ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Jon Pelto reports that the Connecticut Education Association voted to endorse parents’ right to opt out of state testing. Pelto writes: “As ....
  • James Harvey: What Does “Proficiency” Mean?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The new Common Core tests funded by the federal government agreed to adopt the standard of “proficiency” used by the National Assessment of ....
  • Here’s Something You Can Do to Stop the ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — As you probably know, No Child Left Behind saddled the schools with a heavy dose of annual testing from grades 3-8, and Race to the Top required states ....
  • James Harvey: What Does “Proficiency” Mean?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The new Common Core tests funded by the federal government agreed to adopt the standard of “proficiency” used by the National Assessment of ....
  • Reader: Why Businesses Should Operate Li....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Reformers have been judging student, teachers, principals, and schools by data. They have closed schools by the thousands if their data looked bad. They....

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