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In Brief


Waiting in lines forever and other crazy things just makes you think: Is it worth it? The last place I want to be this weekend is in a store.

— Kansas resident Paul Arnhold, speaking to The New York Times (Black Friday falters as consumer behaviors change)

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John Kasich rips Donald Trump in new hard-hitting ad

Donald Trump rival John Kasich (also seeking the Republican nomination for President) is going after Donald Trump in a big way, with a spot titled “”. Here’s a transcript:

Col. Tom Moe, US Air Force, Vietnam prisoner of war: I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts that I’ve paraphrased from the words of German Pastor Martin Niemoller.

You might not care if Donald Trump says Muslims must register with the government because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says he’s going to round up all the Hispanic immigrants because you’re not one. And you might not care if Donald Trump says it’s OK to rough up black protesters because you’re not one. And you might not care that Donald Trump wants to suppress journalist because you’re not one. But think about this, if he keeps going and he actually becomes President, he might just get around to you, and you better hope that’s there someone left to help you.

Tens of thousands of people have already watched the ad on YouTube.

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NPI/Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve files Majority Vote Protection Initiative

This morning, at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia, Northwest Progressive Institute founder and Executive Director Andrew Villeneuve filed a new statewide initiative, titled the Majority Vote Protection Act. The intent of the initiative is… (read more)

Statement on Supreme Court’s ruling in Huff v. Wyman

Late this morning, the Supreme Court released its ruling in Huff v. Wyman, the preelection legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s I-1366, which sought I-1366’s removal from the November 2015 general election ballot on the basis that 1366 was beyond th… (read more)

Opposition to Eyman’s I-1366 surpasses 60% in King County

Opposition to Tim Eyman’s I-1366 crossed the sixty percent threshold today in King County after Elections released its 3:58:14 PM report, reaching 60.59%. This is the third consecutive day that the share of the vote against I-1366 in Martin Luther K… (read more)

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