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In Brief


The University’s assertion that it now cannot afford to allow KPLU to continue using a facility whose construction KPLU listeners and supporters funded is breathtakingly out of touch.

— Excerpt from a letter sent by KPLU’s Advisory Council to its owner, Pacific Lutheran University, formally opposing the station’s sale to the University of Washington, which already owns and operates NPR affiliate KUOW.

Joel Connelly has more at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

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Right wing podcast pulled after host laughs at state Democratic communications director's surname

The Seattle Times’ Jim Brunner reports on the latest disgusting display of bigotry from militant Republican Jay Rodne and his cohorts at the so-called “Freedom” Foundation.

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Permanent Defense

NPI/Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve files Majority Vote Protection Initiative

This morning, at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia, Northwest Progressive Institute founder and Executive Director Andrew Villeneuve filed a new statewide initiative, titled the Majority Vote Protection Act. The intent of the initiative is… (read more)

Statement on Supreme Court’s ruling in Huff v. Wyman

Late this morning, the Supreme Court released its ruling in Huff v. Wyman, the preelection legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which sought I-1366’s removal from the November 2015 general election ballot on the basis that 1366 was beyond th… (read more)

Opposition to Eyman’s I-1366 surpasses 60% in King County

Opposition to Tim Eyman’s I-1366 crossed the sixty percent threshold today in King County after Elections released its 3:58:14 PM report, reaching 60.59%. This is the third consecutive day that the share of the vote against I-1366 in Martin Luther K… (read more)

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