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Democrats unveil a plan to fight gerrymandering

“The Democratic Governors Association is creating a fund dedicated to winning races in states where governors have some control over congressional redistricting, the party’s first step in a long-range campaign to make control of the House more competitive,” The New York Times reports.

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Lake Park Drive South in Seattle on Seafair Weekend

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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....
  • Raising the overtime threshold would dir....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — These tables give a detailed breakdown of who is included in the estimated 13.5 million salaried workers who would directly benefit from the Department ....
  • Raising the Overtime Threshold Would Dir....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — These tables give a detailed breakdown of who is included in the estimated 13.5 million salaried workers who would directly benefit from the Department ....
  • Estimating the Number of Workers Directl....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — This technical memo explains the methodology we used to estimate the number of workers affected by the Department of Labor’s proposed update to the over....
  • The New Overtime Salary Threshold Would ....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — An estimated 13.5 million workers would directly benefit from the Department of Labor’s proposal to raise the salary threshold under which salaried work....
  • The New Overtime Salary Threshold Would ....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — An estimated 13.5 million workers would directly benefit from the Department of Labor’s proposal to raise the salary threshold under which salaried work....
  • Where Do Pollution, Poverty, and Race Co....
    (Sightline Daily) — If Washington finally stops giving fossil fuel polluters a free pass and starts making them pay for their pollution, the state will have some money to s....
  • 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
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.

  • What Matters Most in Education: Human Re....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I don’t know why we have to keep rediscovering the wheel in education. I guess it’s because the reformers keep imposing bad ideas that teach....
  • Mercedes Schneider: When TFA Cares About....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mercedes Schneider did some digging into Teach for America’s budget and promotional activities on Capitol Hill and discovered some fascinating fac....
  • Stupid in Florida
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Blogger Kafkateach thinks that the new Florida plan to give $10,000 to new teachers based on their SAT scores in high school is the worst “reform&....
  • Wow! This Blog Just Registered 22 Millio....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — I thought I would take a look at the total number of page views before turning in for the night. Much to my surprise, it registered 22 million plus a fe....
  • Watch L.A’s Steve Zimmer Take Down the B....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Steve Zimmer, a 17-year-veteran teacher in Los Angeles (he began via Teach for America), was recently elected President of the LAUSD school board. In th....
  • Russ Walsh to Christie: Please Come Punc....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Russ Walsh, a literacy expert, has offered himself as the teacher whose face should be punched. He writes: Faced with declining numbers in the polls and....
  • Steven Singer: So, This Guy Running for ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Steven Singer was shocked to learn that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to punch teachers who belong to a union in the face. He takes this pers....
  • Chris Christie: The “Single Most Destruc....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Chris Christie was asked on national television by CNN host Jake Tapper who at the national level deserves a punch in the face. Christie replied, accord....
  • Civil Society Groups Protest World Bank’....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Several notable civil society groups have spoken out against the World Bank’s support for privatization of education in Africa, specifically Kenya....
  • Are Scripted Lessons in For-Profit Schoo....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — As this article in the Independent (UK) explains in detail, there is an exciting business opportunity in poor nations: developing and delivering scripte....

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