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In Brief

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U.S. Supreme Court tacks left, with push from disciplined progressive wing

Conservative litigators who hope to move the law to the right by bringing cases to the Supreme Court have overreached… They are trying to move the law farther right than Kennedy or Roberts think reasonable.
— University of Chicago law professor Eric Posner, explaining why the U.S. Supreme Court’s progressive wing has prevailed in a number of recent cases despite being in the minority (via ).

# Permalink (Wednesday, July 1, 2015)

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The data and details of the Sherlock Holmes canon, visualized

The Guardian has published a striking set of images which depict some interesting facts about the Sherlock Holmes canon. The famous fictional detective appeared in several dozen stories authored by British author Arthur Conan Doyle.

# Permalink (Tuesday, June 30, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Police report, eyewitness testimony documents harassment of citizens by Eyman petitioners

With Tim Eyman and his associates said to be winding down the signature drive for I-1366, Eyman’s most destructive initiative yet, NPI’s Permanent Defense has been reviewing anecdotes submitted by citizens and activists regarding their experie… (read more)

Larry Haler’s House Bill 2255 lives on as an initiative to the people

In response to Republican State Representative Larry Haler’s disappointing decision to withdraw House Bill 2255, legislation that sought to replace Tim Eyman’s I-747 with a more sensible property tax policy, NPI founder and executive director… (read more)

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)

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  • Alive After Five: Jeff Crosby and the.... (Boise ) — Home for the holiday. by Micah Drew Since moving to L.A. in 2010, Jeff Crosby and the Refugees have....
  • Minerva's Breakdown (Boise ) — Oh, brother! by Minerva Jayne Dear Minerva, I recently moved in with my parents and younger brother....
  • Flags, Fireworks and Local Food (Boise ) — by Zach Hagadone Odds are, at some point this week, everybody in the Treasure Valley will have expe....
  • Kickended (Boise ) — Where do failed Kickstarter campaigns go? They get Kickended. by Zach Hagadone There are places sca....
  • North Idaho Braces for Oil Train Impacts (Boise ) — Sandpoint is located at a critical rail juncture for freight trains carrying coal from Wyoming and ....
  • First Thursday: Julia Davis Park (Boise ) — Did you know Julia Davis used to greet pioneers in covered wagons as they arrived in Boise? by Jess....
Progressive Thought
  • Dealing with Populists in Government
    (Policy Network) — A breakfast roundtable, focused on the common trends for populists in power in Europe and Latin America, and the strategies that mainstream parties can ....
  • "Neither Podemos or Pasokification": How....
    (Policy Network) — Keynote speech by Tristram Hunt on how Labour should respond to growing populism and the crisis afflicting European social democracy.
  • "Neither Podemos nor Pasokification": Ho....
    (Policy Network) — Keynote speech by Tristram Hunt on how Labour should respond to growing populism and the crisis afflicting European social democracy.
  • Progressive politics in fragmented 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....
  • Final Budget: Hits and Misses
    (schmudget) — After three special sessions and with one day to spare before a government shutdown, lawmakers finally approved a budget today . It increases funding fo....
  • Bigger is better for pension funds
    (Policy Network) — Scaling-up pensions schemes would not just increase savers/’/; retirement incomes, it could have a significant impact on corporate governance and lea....
  • The case for the independent board
    (Policy Network) — Engaged shareholders are seen as key to better corporate governance but are they the best people to ensure companies/’/; long-term interests?
  • Seeking the 'right hire'
    (Policy Network) — Companies face a host of new challenges. Is the composition of their boards adapting fast enough to meet them?
  • Final Budget: Hits and Misses
    (schmudget) — After three special sessions and with one day to spare before a government shutdown, lawmakers finally approved a budget today . It increases funding fo....
  • Chris Christie's Long History of Opposit....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — During his five years in office, New Jersey Gov. and now presidential candidate Chris Christie has consistently blocked progressive tax increases and so....
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.

  • Today Is My Birthday
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I was born July 1, 1938, at 12:01 am at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston, Texas. I was my parents’ third child. We lived in a tiny house on ....
  • Fairtest: Testing Resistance Across the ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — When Congress returns from its Independence Day recess on July 7, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to take up bipartisan legislation to overhaul “No C....
  • De Blasio Blasts Cuomo, At Last
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — For two years, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has shredded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s legislative agenda and imposed his own wishes on the city. De Bl....
  • Corporate Reform Organization Seeks Teac....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — An educator forwarded an email he received, inviting him to apply for a fellowship at Néw York Educator Voice-America Achieve. If accepted, he would gai....
  • FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASSThe....
    (Robert Reich) — FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS The U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold – what you can be paid and still qualify....
  • OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDL....
    (Robert Reich) — OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASS The U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold – what you can be paid and sti....
  • Washington State Will Test Kindergarten ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A reader shares this information with us. The state will administer assessments to children in kindergarten but parents have the right to opt out. Will ....
  • If Jeb Bush Is Elected…...
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Here is a forecast of education policy under Jeb Bush.   It is actually worse that what is portrayed. Bush is an evangelist for vouchers, charter s....
  • Louisiana: John White Wants to Keep His ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In an interview, John White made it clear that he wants to keep his $275,000 job as state superintendent in Louisiana. Bobby Jindal pushed the state boa....
  • My Interview with “Brainwaves”
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — You might (or might not) enjoy watching this 7-minute interview I did with former teacher Bob Greenberg. Bob has created a large archive of interviews l....

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