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In Brief

Quotation

You have made a mess.

— House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, scolding Republicans for manufacturing a Department of Homeland Security funding crisis (via The Associated Press).

# Permalink (Saturday, February 28, 2015)

Aside

Pennsylvania Republican chides his colleagues: It

I think a lot of people around here have to get serious about governing… It’s time for all these D.C. games to end, all these palace coups or whatever the hell is going on around here, has to end, and we have to get down to the business of governing.

via Shutdown of Homeland Security averted after late-night scramble | TheHill.

# Permalink (Friday, February 27, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Thirteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and fifty-six months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, PD has steadfastly provided the Union’s Forty-Second… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense ready to fight Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, Tim Eyman announced that he will once again be attempting to qualify an initiative to the ballot that would wipe out around $1 billion per year in revenue for schools and other vital public services unless, by April 2016, the Legislature pas… (read more)

Tim Eyman’s “analysis” of initiative-related bills and amendments isn’t to be trusted

Throughout the past week and a half, Tim Eyman has been sending a flurry of emails to his followers and the media decrying proposals in the Legislature to change the initiative process, particularly Senate Joint Resolution 8201 and House Joint Resolution… (read more)

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    (Policy Network) — How do we solve the ongoing problem of Labour market inequalities between men and women?
  • Britain's political economy and the 2015....
    (Policy Network) — Discussion of inclusive growth and wealth creation policies that should be at the front of party manifestos
  • Mission-oriented finance for innovation
    (Policy Network) — This event will mark the launch of a new publication, Mission-Oriented Finance for Innovation: New Ideas for Investment-Led Growth
  • Growth, reform and public trust in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network's major annual event on the state of EU affairs
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, food assistance, Disability Insurance, and state budgets. On the federal budget....
  • State Rundown 2/27: Gas, Sugar and Dodgers
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Iowa lawmakers sign gas tax increase; New tax on high-sugar beverages being considered in Illinois; Florida nonprofit publishes new report on corporate ....
  • Netflix is a Real-Life Frank Underwood W....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Political nerds and TV binge watchers of all stripes will gather around the TV (or laptop) this weekend to watch the much anticipated release of Season ....
  • The Dark Side Of Cheap Gas
    (Sightline Daily) — In case you hadn’t noticed, gas is a lot cheaper now than it was this time last year.  Starting last June, a glut in the international oil markets....
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    (Washington Policy Watch) — Ronnie Shure, a former pharmacist and current member of Puget Sound Alliance for Retirement Action, testifies before the House Committee on Health Care ....
  • Will Biden's Billion Dollar Plan Help Ce....
    (CEPR Feed) — Alexander Main NACLA , February, 27, 2015 See article on original website. On January 29, the White House announced that $1 billion in assistance to Cen....
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.

  • Larry Scanlon: A Progressive Battler
    (Mike Lux) — The progressive community lost one of its toughest and smartest fighters yesterday. Larry died in a car crash on....
  • Stacked EWA Panel on Common Core
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Education Writers Association held a panel discussion on the future of the Common Core. The panel included strong advocates for the controversial st....
  • My Review of Denny Taylor’s “Save Our Ch....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Denny Taylor is Professor Emerita of Literacy Studies at Hofstra University. She has won many awards for her writing about literacy and literature. She ....
  • A Call for a Nationwide Bubble Protest
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A reader suggests a massive way to resist standardized testing: “Diane and all my favorite people at this blog, “I am not sure are where to ....
  • New York Poll: Public Backs Teachers, No....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A new poll by Siena College finds that public supports teachers, not Cuomo. “Consider what voters said when asked about what hinders education in ....
  • Students in Bloomington and Normal, Illi....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — High school students in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois, have organized a student union to oppose PARCC. it is called the Blono Student Union. In a sta....
  • Cuomo Releases List of State’s Failing S....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Governor Andrew Cuomo released a report which identified 178 “failing schools,” with more than half in Néw York City. His report was an impl....
  • Steve Zimmer Defends Bennet Kayser Again....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Los Angeles school board member Steve Zimmer supports fellow board member Bennett Kayser, who has been the target of vicious attacks by the charter indu....
  • Daniel Tanner: “Sorry, President Obama, ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Daniel Tanner is a professor emeritus at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. He has long been one of the leaders in the curriculum fiel....
  • ProPublica: Who Guards the Guardians?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Did you know that charter authorizers in many states are paid a fee for every student who enrolls in a charter they oversee? Did you know this fee remov....

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