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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

NO on I-1366 Committee forms; will respond to Tim Eyman’s signature turn-in tomorrow

Efforts to build a broad coalition to stop Tim Eyman’s I-1366 received a major boost today with NPI and Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve’s announcement of the formation of a statewide campaign committee to oppose the initiative. I-1… (read more)

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)

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  • 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....
  • Maine Tax Overhaul is a Boost for Low-In....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Earlier this week, Maine lawmakers overrode the Gov. Paul LePage's veto of the state budget, thus enacting a significant tax overhaul lawmakers had agre....
  • Final Budget: Hits and Misses
    (schmudget) — Graphic updated July 1st   After three special sessions and with one day to spare before a government shutdown, lawmakers finally approved a budget....
  • CEO Pay Has Grown 90 Times Faster than T....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — Over the last several decades, inflation-adjusted CEO compensation increased from $1.5 million in 1978 to $16.3 million in 2014 , or 997 percent, a rise....
  • Greater tasks ahead than just lowering a....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — As we celebrate our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July, perhaps we should do some reflecting about our nation, especially as we consider last month....
  • No Jedi Mind Tricks Needed: Harnessing t....
    (Netroots Foundation) — Progressives too often lead campaign messages with facts, policy abstractions or the problem itself, losing the public’s attention and failing to move a....
  • State Rundown 7/1: Fiscal Year Blues
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Pennsylvania budget impasse continues; Washington state legislators agree to raise gas tax as part of transportation package; New Jersey EITC will incre....
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.

  • ON PATRIOTISMA few words about patriotis....
    (Robert Reich) — ON PATRIOTISM A few words about patriotism – something we talk a lot about, especially around July 4th, but seldom stop to examine its real meaning.  Tr....
  • Network for Public Education: 110 State ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Here is the list of 110 groups from across the nation that have signed a petition to Congress opposing high-stakes testing. This is the petition. Your o....
  • More of Rafe Esquith’s Former Students R....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Andrea Gabor wrote a piece referring to testimonials to Rafe Esquith by former students.   Now other Esquith alums have contacted her, and she repr....
  • Bob Braun: Chris Christie’s Insensitive,....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Bob Braun listened to Chris Christie’s announcement of his candidacy for the GOP nomination, and he was struck by Christie’s peculiar versio....
  • Teacher: The Trials of Scoring Pearson ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Not everyone who scores Pearson tests is hired from Craig’s List or Kelly Temps. Julie Campbell, a fifth-grade teacher in Néw York recently scored....
  • Charter Frauds Increase, But US DOE Plan....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Martin Levine reports in “Nonprofit Quarterly” that charter frauds are multiplying, yet the U.S. Department of Education fecklessly plans to....
  • Andrea Gabor: What Rafe Esquith’s Former....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Rafe Esquith, the acclaimed teacher who created the Hobart Shakespeareans, is in teacher jail, suspended from teaching his fifth graders, their producti....
  • Peter Greene: A Primer on Privatization
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Most people have no idea about the privatization movement. They don’t know that the narrative of crisis (“our schools are failing, failing, ....
  • Mike Klonsky: Rahm and Rauner Make War o....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mike Klonsky writes that Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Bruce Rauner have brought the city and state to their knees with their austerit....
  • Chicago: Rahm Announces Deep Cuts, 1,400....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Chicago Teachers Union plans actions to fight draconian budget cuts: “CPS is broke on purpose and they want to make teachers pay while bankers....

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