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In Depth: The Advocate

Proposed constitutional amendment to thwart unfunded mandates should be discarded

On Wednesday of this week, Republican State Senator Joe Fain introduced a new constitutional amendment intended to prevent the people of Washington from proposing and passing any more initiatives that the attorney general’s office deems to be an unfunded mandate. The amendment,… (read more)

In Brief


That the GOP is now tilting at the one percent is one of the more remarkable messaging flip-flops of all time. Not long ago, someone saying what Ted Cruz is now saying would have been accused by Ted Cruz of engaging in class warfare.

— Columnist Danny Westneat: Guess who’s discovered income inequality

# (Saturday, January 24, 2015)


Barack Obama: "I might not be President if it weren't for the good people of Idaho"

What I do know about Boise is that it’s beautiful. I know that because I’ve been here before. I campaigned here in 2008. It was really fun. And the truth is, because of the incredible work that was done here in Idaho, it helped us win the primary. And I might not be President if it weren’t for the good people of Idaho.

— President Obama, speaking to students at Boise State University earlier today. The speech and the visit to Idaho’s capital was Obama’s first as President.

# (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)

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City of Paris to sue Fox Noise Channel for Muslim ‘insults’

City of Paris to sue Fox Noise Channel for Muslim ‘insults’

The City of Paris, France is preparing to commence litigation against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Noise Channel for sullying its image through false reporting, the city’s mayor said yesterday. It is not clear where the lawsuit would be filed. Fox is broadcasted and controlled from the United States, where defamation cases are hard to win. The city would have to prove that Fox’s reporting was false, caused it harm, and was made without proper research.

# (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)


Bottom line: You can hardly tell from our NBC/WSJ poll that the Republican Party was the big winner from the midterm elections just two months ago. Somehow, Obama and the Democrats stole the Republicans’ post-election honeymoon. Or the Republicans somehow lost it.

— Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann: A rising economy lifts Obama going into State of the Union night (NBC News)

# (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)


Dr. King’s legacy is central not only to the culture of my district, but also to my own life and work. His work helped make possible the path I myself have taken, from being a sixteen year old girl who came to this country by herself for a college education to an advocate for human rights to becoming the first Indian-American legislator in the Washington state Legislature.

— Pramila Jayapal, the newly sworn in senator from the 37th Legislative District, speaking in favor of a resolution honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

# (Monday, January 19, 2015)


There was only one way that was appropriate for this group to win the game in overtime, only one set of circumstances that could capture the true ethos of this Seahawks team: The determining score was a deep pass to Kearse, a 35-yard route to sweet redemption.

— The News Tribune’s Dave Boling: Seahawks rally shows historic competitiveness

# (Monday, January 19, 2015)


Forty-ninth Super Bowl will pit an NFL dynasty against league's defending champs

When the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers in an overtime thriller to punch their ticket to Super Bowl XLIX, they knew they would be playing to defend the title that they won last year, but they didn’t know who their opponent would be, as the AFC Championship game had not yet been played. Unlike the game played at CenturyLink Field earlier today, the AFC Championship was a rout.

Facing the number-one seeded New England Patriots at home, the Indianapolis Colts only managed seven points, while New England put forty-five on the board to earn a trip to Glendale, Arizona. The Patriots have been to the Super Bowl many times, most recently in 2012, when they lost to the New York Giants. The Seahawks, however, are only making their third trip, having failed to make an appearance in the NFL’s championship game for most of their history.

Here’s some interesting trivia regarding the postseason appearances of the Seahawks and their opponents, both this year and in past years.

(Please note that years refer to the postseason that was attached to the regular season of the preceding calendar year.)

  • Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is 10-0 in games against quarterbacks who have started in the Super Bowl.
  • To get to Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks had to defeat the Green Bay Packers. The Packers’ previous success in the postseason has earned their home city of Green Bay the moniker Titletown. The Packers have won thirteen league championships and four Super Bowls in their history, and were the team that ended Seattle’s playoff runs in 2003 and 2007.
  • No team in the NFL – the Packers included – has gone on to win it all after knocking the Seahawks out of the playoffs. In fact, with the exception of the Chicago Bears, none of the teams the Seahawks have lost to in past postseasons have even reached the Super Bowl. The history:
    • 1983: Raiders eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 1984: Dolphins eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 1987: Oilers eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 1999: Dolphins eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2003: Packers eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2004: Rams eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2005: The Seahawks were in the Super Bowl (and lost)
    • 2006: Bears eliminated Seahawks, made it to Super Bowl, and lost
    • 2007: Packers eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2010: Bears eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2012: Falcons eliminated Seahawks, but didn’t reach Super Bowl
    • 2013: The Seahawks were in the Super Bowl (and won)
  • The last time the Packers were in the Super Bowl was 2011. In that game, they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25. The Steelers, coincidentally, were the team the Seahawks lost to in their Super Bowl appearance in 2006.
  • Prior to 2011, the Packers’ most recent Super Bowl opponents were…. wait for it…. the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos! The Seahawks beat the Broncos last year in their second Super Bowl appearance, and will face the Patriots in two weeks, as mentioned.
  • The Patriots are the last NFL team to have won back-to-back Super Bowls, in 2004 and 2005. The Seahawks are now attempting to replicate their feat, and will ironically have to defeat the Patriots in order to do it.
  • Current Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll used to be the head coach for the Patriots, preceding current head coach Bill Belichick, who was hired in 2000 following Carroll’s dismissal. In his three seasons with them, he took them to the playoffs twice, but that wasn’t good enough for the Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft. Carroll ended up at USC after being fired.
  • The Patriots’ victories in 2004 and 2005 came against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks would not have earned the number one seed in the conference had they not defeated each of those teams on the road this year. The Seahawks also had to face Carolina again last week in the divisional round of the playoffs, which they won. (Not to mention that nine years ago, Seattle topped Carolina to win its first NFC Championship.)
  • The Seahawks belonged to the American Football Conference (AFC) from 1977 until 2001, when they moved to the National Football Conference (NFC). The Seahawks went to the playoffs five times while in the AFC, but only once contended for the AFC championship (which they lost). However, since moving to the NFC, they have been in the playoffs nine times. They’ve been in three NFC championship games – and they have won them all.

That’s all the sports trivia for now. Congratulations Seahawks!

# (Sunday, January 18, 2015)


I was only thinking about finding a way to get back.

— Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, speaking after his team defeated the Green Bay Packers, 28-22, in the overtime of the NFC championship game.

# (Sunday, January 18, 2015)


Boeing's marketing versus Boeing's actions

Boeing’s marketing department is at it again.

We couldn’t help but notice that this week’s edition of the Redmond Reporter contains a full-page color ad, taken out by the aerospace giant, proclaiming its loyalty to Washington and declaring itself “proud to be here”:

Boeing's love letter (or postcard) to Washington

The ad’s text reads: Greetings from Washington, “The Evergreen State”… Proud to be here building something better. Washington State is home to nearly half of all Boeing employees worldwide. Boeing has added nearly 30,000 employees in the past decade, including more than 3,700 new hires in 2014. Boeing is proud to be the state’s largest private employer, and has invested billions of dollars in Washington since 2003. At Boeing, we’re proud of our State of Washington heritage and Washington workforce, now over 81,000 strong. Add that to more than 2,000 partners and suppliers across the state. Facts that underscore our continued growth, investment and commitment to this very special place.

When we saw this ad, we couldn’t help but think of all these headlines from last year, which summarize recent actions taken by Boeing that affect our state:

Those headlines are just from last year. Remember when Boeing moved its headquarters from Seattle to Chicago after the turn of the century? Or when Boeing threatened to build the 787 somewhere other than Washington? Or when it went ahead and opened a second assembly line for the 787 in South Carolina, after having received enormous tax breaks to build the 787 here?

There’s a disparity in this relationship. Washington has unquestionably been very generous to Boeing, but Boeing has hardly been generous to Washington.

Boeing is not showing us much loyalty in return for the billions in tax breaks we’ve doled out to them – but they’d certainly like us all to think that we are.

# (Saturday, January 17, 2015)

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  • Growth, reform and public trust in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network's major annual event on the state of EU affairs
  • Expectations of the Berliner Republik: B....
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  • Expectations of the Berliner Republik
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network will co-host a workshop on Germany and the future direction of progressive politics in Europe.
  • CAP Distinguished Senior Fell....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — CAP Distinguished Senior Fellow Carol M. Browner, former director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy and f....
  • In Case You Missed It . . .
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on health reform and the federal budget and taxes. On health reform, Jesse Cross-Call reported that Medicaid eli....
  • Show WA legislators you support Paid Sic....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — Two bills to improve economic security for Washington’s working families are off to a strong start in the 2015 legislature: 1. Paid Sick Days, to ....
  • Working-Family Tax Credit Essentials, Pa....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Today’s post on our chart book on the pro-work Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) focuses on the most glaring hole in the EITC: ....
  • Roosevelt Reacts: What Else Did We Need ....
    () — Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network members and alumni weigh in on President Obama's sixth State of the Union address. Brett Dunn, University of Alabam....
  • The challenge of the populist right
    (Policy Network) — It is the populist right that has reaped most of the electoral rewards in Europe in the aftermath of the Great Recession. What challenges is it posing?
  • Legislators look at bridging gender pay gap
    (Washington Policy Watch) — Jean Godden used to be one off six columnists for the now-closed Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper. The other five were men. Then, Godden, who is now....
  • The Equal Pay Opportunity Act
    (Washington Policy Watch) — By Marilyn Watkins, Ph.D and Sam Hatzenbeler, MPHc From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more t....
  • The Equal Pay Opportunity Act: A Step To....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — By Marilyn Watkins, Ph.D and Sam Hatzenbeler, MPHc From high-profile CEOs and movie stars to healthcare and retail workers, men consistently make more t....
  • MONDAY: CAP to Host Event Discussing Ene....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Asia-Pacific nations account for close to two-thirds of global energy demand and a similar share of greenhouse gas emissions. Their s....
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under the top three topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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