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In Brief

Quotation

The late-night talk TV world Letterman leaves behind is packed with capable hosts on many networks, but what they preside over, strictly speaking, is neither talk TV or late night. This collection of hosts are mostly feel-good, up-for-anything entertainers, not the wry, leery talker Dave perfected. What they hosted, more like variety shows, are available for playback any hour of the day, either whole or parsed out in digital snippets.

— Frazier Moore: David Letterman leaves late night with thanks and a smile

# Permalink (Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Recommended Link

Nebraska lawmakers vote to abolish executions

Legislators in one of the most conservative states in the Union have just done something remarkable: they’ve overwhelmingly voted to permanently abolish executions. Republican Governor Pete Ricketts has pledged to veto the historic bill, but since it passed by a veto-proof majority, there’s a good chance it will become law anyway. Activists should take this vote to heart, for it shows that progressive wins are possible, even in the reddest of places.

# Permalink (Wednesday, May 20, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Eyman’s I-1366 aims to lock in Washington’s broken tax code… permanently

With Washington State’s regular legislative session now disappearing into the rearview mirror, initiative promoter Tim Eyman has once again turned his attention to aggressively hawking his latest and most destructive scheme yet: Initiative 1366, whi… (read more)

Anatomy of a Tim Eyman email: Sound bites based on lies, fudged numbers, and missing context

Yesterday morning, Tim Eyman sent out another one of his misinformation-laden missives, ending, as always, with an exhortation to send money to his campaign coffers. On occasion, we fisk and debunk Eyman’s emails to demonstrate that Eyman is not a r… (read more)

Washington State Democratic Party joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Some very good news to share: This weekend in Pasco, the Washington State Democratic Party took a position strongly opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366, following in the footsteps of the King County Democrats and several local Democratic organizations. A re… (read more)

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    (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....
  • The populist signal: Why parties and dem....
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and the Barrow Cadbury Trust launch a major report on understanding the political drivers of populism
  • A European 'Capital Markets Union': Supp....
    (Policy Network) — This breakfast seminar will assess how the EU’s proposed 'Capital Markets Union' can help finance growth and innovative SMEs across Europe
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    (Policy Network) — This event will debate how policy offers based on predistributive strategies and social investment have the capacity to frame a new governing approach f....
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    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — Join us in Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th for the launch of a timely new book from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Education Project. Authors....
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    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — If temporary foreign worker programs are to be a viable alternative to unauthorized immigration, temporary work visas must appeal to potential unauthori....
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    (Sightline Daily) — Mostly, I recommend bypassing the climate “debate” altogether. There’s no actual debate so even debunking it gives it undeserved crede....
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.

  • Here’s Something You Can Do to Stop the ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — As you probably know, No Child Left Behind saddled the schools with a heavy dose of annual testing from grades 3-8, and Race to the Top required states ....
  • James Harvey: What Does “Proficiency” Mean?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The new Common Core tests funded by the federal government agreed to adopt the standard of “proficiency” used by the National Assessment of ....
  • Reader: Why Businesses Should Operate Li....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Reformers have been judging student, teachers, principals, and schools by data. They have closed schools by the thousands if their data looked bad. They....
  • New York: 99% of School Districts Pass B....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Governor Andrew Cuomo has consistently complained that public schools cost too much. So one of his first actions when he was elected was to persuade the....
  • Robert Reich: Restore the Love of Learning
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Robert Reich is concerned about over testing and the cost of higher education. MoveOn pledges to promote the idea with the most votes. Vote for this one....
  • Florida: Why the State Superintendent Sh....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The state superintendent of Florida tweeted some happy talk, but there was a grammatical error. It’s easy to make a typo when tweeting or blogging....
  • Anthony Cody: Which Candidate Will Fight....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Anthony Cody is looking for a candidate who will support public education. He discounts Hillary Clinton, believing she is too close to Bill Gates. The o....
  • Bob Braun: Cami’s Plan for Privatizing N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Bob Braun writes here about the ongoing privatization of public schools in Newark, under the leadership of Cami Anderson, who was appointed by Governor ....
  • Ten Ideas to Save the Economy #5: How to....
    (Robert Reich) — Ten Ideas to S ave the Economy #5: How to Reinvent Education Senator Bernie Sanders is making waves with a big idea to reinvent education: Making public....
  • Innovation Ohio: E-Schools Are Terrible ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In a report on the powerful and profitable virtual charter school industry in Ohio, Stephen Dyer of Innovation Ohio documents the failure of these schoo....

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