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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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  • Progressive politics in the new hard times
    (Policy Network) — Conference offering a platform for political and academic reflection on the key structural trends that are shaping politics and governance in Europe and....
  • The populist signal: Why parties and dem....
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and the Barrow Cadbury Trust launch a major report on understanding the political drivers of populism
  • A European 'Capital Markets Union': Supp....
    (Policy Network) — This breakfast seminar will assess how the EU’s proposed 'Capital Markets Union' can help finance growth and innovative SMEs across Europe
  • Social investment and the future of the ....
    (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....
  • A Comprehensive Analysis of the Employme....
    (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....
  • Weekend Reading 5/22/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Kristin As if we needed more evidence that poverty is really, really bad : it impairs your mind. Great. Now you can’t pay your bills or put food on the ....
  • Five economic challenges for Labour lead....
    (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....
  • This is what happens in a Congressional ....
    (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.

  • Mary King, the Teacher Who Refused to Gi....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Pittsburgh teacher Mary King said she would not give the state tests to her English language learner students, and she didn’t. She was “the ....
  • A Brief Summary of Jeb Bush’s Education ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This cartoon summarizes Jeb Bush’s education record. He is best known for championing high-stakes testing, A-F school grades, supporting Common Co....
  • Why Is the Upgrade Often Less Satisfacto....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is something I don’t understand about technology. The upgrade–no matter what the program–is usually less satisfactory than the cu....
  • NYCLU on Cuomo’s Tax Credit Voucher Plan
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A letter to the editor: “Private School Tax Credits New York Times Letter To the Editor: by DONNA LIEBERMAN, Executive Director, New York Civil Li....
  • Attention, NY Regents: East Ramapo Distr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The East Ramapo school district is in terrible trouble. The majority of voters are Orthodox Jews, whose children attend religious schools. The public sc....
  • NYC Parents: Testing Expert Advises You ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Fred Smith, a veteran testing expert who used to work for the New York City Board of Education, warns parents that Pearson will be administering field t....
  • A Teacher of Reading: Today’s “Reforms” ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Anna Jacopetti recently retired after a career in education of 50 years. She taught every grade from 1-14, she was an administrator, and she taught teac....
  • “We Have Gone Mad, and Our Children Are ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A reader posted this comment, in response to the story about Vietnamese students getting higher scores on PISA tests of math and science than U.S. stude....
  • 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....

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