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Texas' Republican Attorney General indicted on three felony charges

Tea Party Republican Ken Paxton, elected last year as the Attorney General of Texas, has been indicted by a Collin County grand jury on three felony counts alleging securities violations, The Dallas Morning News reports. The indictments will officially be unsealed tomorrow, at which time Paxton is expected to turn himself in.

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Quotation

People can’t rise if they can’t afford healthcare… They can’t rise if the minimum wage is too low to live on… They can’t rise if their governor makes it harder for them to get a college education.

— Hillary Clinton hits Jeb Bush first, and hard, in speech on race to the National Urban League (via The New York Times).

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Permanent Defense

NPI’s Permanent Defense applauds legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, a group of plaintiffs, including King County Elections Director Sherril Huff, Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall, and Democratic lawmakers David Frockt and Reuven Carlyle filed a lawsuit seeking to block Tim Eyman’s incredibly destructi… (read more)

Eyman’s I-1366 certified for ballot; jeopardizes $8 billion in revenue through 2021

As required by law, the Washington State Office of Financial Management (OFM) has completed a fiscal impact statement for Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which was today certified for the November 2015 statewide ballot by Secretary of State Kim Wyman. According… (read more)

Facts about I-1366 that Tim Eyman didn’t bother to mention

This morning, Tim Eyman sent an email to the press, taking another opportunity to crow about getting signatures submitted for I-1366 and ostensibly provide information pertaining to the initiative. Here are some very important facts he didn’t bother… (read more)

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  • A European Capital Markets Union: Suppor....
    (Policy Network) — Roundtable event in Brussels to mark the launch of Policy Network’s report Supporting Investors and Growth Firms: A Bottom-Up Approach to a Capital Ma....
  • Unpacking public opinion: Britons, the E....
    (Policy Network) — Seminar to discuss research on Britons' attitudes to the EU and different EU policies
  • Policy Network AGM
    (Policy Network) — At a critical juncture for British and European progressive politics, the meeting will bring together opinion formers, commentators, politicians, thinkt....
  • Britain's cosmopolitan future?
    (Policy Network) — Responses to Jeremy Cliffe's recent paper on how the country is changing and why its politicians must respond
  • Wherefore art Thou Permanent Subcommitte....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — The U.S. Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI) ain't what it used to be. That's the obvious conclusion to draw from Thursday's hearing....
  • Dear Mr. Mayor
    (Sightline Daily) — On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced he would not pursue the recommendation of his housing affordability committee (HALA), on which I served,....
  • Innovation Boxes and Patent Boxes: Congr....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — After weeks of hinting about an "innovation box" tax proposal, U.S. Reps. Charles Boustany, Jr. (R-LA) and Richard Neal (D-MA) Wednesday released draft ....
  • Weekend Reading 7/31/15
    (Sightline Daily) — Alan If you want to understand what is happening right now in Seattle’s housing controversy—the HALA-baloo—read this article carefully....
  • The case for cosmopolitan populism
    (Policy Network) — Those who both perceive and welcome the ongoing shift towards cosmopolitanism in Britain now need an emotive, cultural offer
  • A cosmopolitan cul-de-sac
    (Policy Network) — A race to win the support of cosmopolitan voters risks provoking lower turnouts and further voter disengagement
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.

  • Teacher to Leading Republican in North C....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Stuart Egan is a high school teacher in Clemmons, North Carolina. This letter is addressed to a key Republican who is leading the charge to shift more p....
  • Nevada Spends on Kids’ Data, Not on Kids
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Angie Sullivan, elementary teacher in Nevada, reports that the state finally put new money into the schools. But not for children or instruction. For Bi....
  • Vicki Cobb: Real Books Are Better Than T....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Vicki Cobb writes books about science for children. In this post, she says that children are “learning to read” from dull and disjointed tex....
  • Paul Lauter: What Happened to the Democr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Paul Lauter is an emeritus professor of literature at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is general editor of the Heath Anthology of American ....
  • Georgia Joins the Race to the Bottom in ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Myra Blackmon, a regular education columnist for Online Athens (Georgia), “almost choked” when she read that Governor Nathan Deal’s ed....
  • What Do You Do with Trolls?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Long-time readers of this blog know that we have had a more or less steady procession of trolls who have inhabited these precincts. They lurk. They come....
  • Rahm Slashes the Budget for Special Educ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is incomprehensible. Mike Klonsky reports that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cutting the budget for special education. The city and the public schools are ....
  • Don’t Be Fooled by Online Petition from ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — There is a very deceptive petition now being circulated by Care2, which customarily promotes worthy causes. This petition asks you to sign if you suppor....
  • Hedge Fund Manager Gives $8.5 Million to....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — John Paulson, a fabulously wealthy hedge fund manager, gave $8.5 million to Eva Moskowitz to expand her Néw York City-based chain of “no excuses......
  • Camp Director Supports Rafe
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — After teacher Rafe Esquith was suspended from his fifth grade classroom at Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, LAUSD leaked that another staff memb....

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