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In Depth: The Advocate

How democracy saves Seattle schools from bad superintendents

With the departure of Jose Banda from the post of superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, we’ve seen the usual hand-wringing and recriminations over the future of the district. Banda’s departure led the Seattle Times to publish an article and an editorial decrying suppos… (read more)

In Brief


Today's tragedy in Chubbock, Idaho could have easily been prevented

Earlier today we posted a link to a story about a five-year old girl who was accidentally shot and killed by another five-year old child who found a gun lying around. It’s a tragic story and we extend our deepest condolences to the families involved. But, it’s also a reminder that irresponsible firearms ownership needlessly results in the deaths of thousands of Americans every year.

Ironically, research shows shows that gun owners are far more likely to be injured or killed by their own guns than they are by somebody else wielding a gun. Owning a gun doesn’t make you safer… it makes you less safe. Especially if you haven’t been trained on how to handle firearms responsibly and correctly.

Own a gun? At the very least, keep it locked up and store the ammunition separately. Or consider getting rid of it altogether. You’ll be safer.

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Five-year old Idaho girl dead in accidental shooting

A five year old girl in Chubbuck, Idaho is dead after being accidentally shot by another five year old child who found a gun lying around and wound up pulling the trigger. Once again, a child’s life has been cut short because an irresponsible adult failed to keep a dangerous weapon unloaded and locked up, where it would be out of the reach of young children.

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ExxonMobil, Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire lucrative Pennsylvania senator

Once again, The Onion hits a home run with a spoof that’s too close to reality for comfort. In this parody article, The Onion explains that multinational oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron each want to acquire Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey, who they consider to be “an incredibly valuable commodity”.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)


She is determined to build something elevated along the waterfront. What happens if this fails? Maybe she’ll propose an aqueduct.

— Seattle Transit blog commenter Barman, reacting humorously to the news that Elizabeth Campbell and her associates have managed to force a new public vote in Seattle on their pet fantasy: a monorail system linking Ballard and West Seattle.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)

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Want to save money, Republicans? Let's reform military procurement

Businessweek reports on a problem that progressives have known about for a long time: the Pentagon pays way too much for pretty much everything, even prescription drugs. Defense contractors and megacorporations are making a killing overcharging taxpayers. What’s worse, the quality of the weapons, vehicles, and equipment they’re delivering is going down. Just look at the ballooning costs for the F-35 Lightning II.

# (Monday, July 28, 2014)


Photo from In Brief

The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Mary Poppins (Kristen Bell) is working for minimum wage, and really needs a raise.

# (Sunday, July 27, 2014)


If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse.

— Outgoing Pentagon intelligence chieftain General Michael Flynn, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. His remarks were reported by the Globe & Mail.

# (Saturday, July 26, 2014)

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Where is it safe for airlines to fly?

Businessweek’s Justin Bachman discusses what airlines are doing to protect their passengers and aircraft in the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which showed how dangerous it is for airlines to operate over areas consumed by conflict.

# (Friday, July 25, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • The future of economic governance in the....
    (Policy Network) — This half day event will focus on the future of economic governance: which reforms are desirable and feasible? How to improve the EU’s legitimacy? How....
  • The Swedish election
    (Policy Network) — The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the results from the 14 September election and consider what political lessons can be drawn from the ....
  • The Tax Rules That Health Care Assisters....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — “Navigators” and others helping people apply for health coverage need to understand basic tax filing rules because eligibility for Medicaid, the Childre....
  • Education Left Behind
    () — Young people in Illinois recognize that many aspects of the state's education system are broken, and they have some first steps for improving it. “Part ....
  • The Income Inequality Oath: First, Do No....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Often I am asked, “What can we do to address income inequality?” There are a number of good ideas for confronting income inequality, which now stands at....
  • The Income Inequality Oath: First, Do No....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Often I am asked, “What can we do address income inequality?” There are a number of good ideas for confronting income inequality, which now stands at hi....
  • Why the Ryan Plan Should Worry Those Who....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — A centerpiece of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s poverty plan is the proposal to consolidate 11 safety net programs — including four housing....
  • RELEASE: CAP Report Highlights the Impor....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — As centralized political power continues to erode in Iraq and Syria amid ongoing civil war and the rise of violent jihadi groups such....
  • Where Things Stand for the Unemployed
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — With the July jobs report due out tomorrow, we’ve updated our overview of unemployment insurance and our backgrounder on how many weeks of benefits are ....
  • How Do You Spell "Inflation Hawks o....
    (Beat the Press) — The release of new data from the Employment Cost Index (ECI) has the inflation hawks really excited. It showed that compensation rose by 0.7 percent in ....
  • Millennials Aren’t Saving for Retirement
    (Center for American Progress) — Millennials are saving less for retirement than older generations.
  • The United States, Turkey, and the Kurdi....
    (Center for American Progress) — The United States must rethink its policy toward Kurdish political groups in its pursuit of regional stability.
  • The State of the U.S. Labor Market: Pre-....
    (Center for American Progress) — Despite an improving labor market, other indicators show that we are far from the healthy economy Americans need.
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: House Republicans authorize John Boehner to file baseless lawsuit against President Obama - John Boehner and his caucus continued their political theatrics on a grand scale today by forcing the United States House of Representatives to vote on a resolution authorizing John Boehner to initiate litigation against Barack Obama for failing to properly discharge his duties as President of the United States of America. ... July 30 at 23:56 Pacific Time
    • Hooray for Twitter! But Let’s Not Forget the Impact of a Well-Read Blog - KUOW’s Austin Jenkins has a good pieceon the role of social media in amplifying the controversy over NRA lobbyist Brian Judy’s offensively Godwinian comments: Todd Donovan, a political science professor at Western Washington University, said he technology as the key driver here — from the recording device ... July 30 at 17:25 Pacific Time
    • Ridenbaugh Press: On the front pages - [Image] Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Idaho 16 extension opens August 15 (Boise Statesman) Idaho Power, others moving into solar power (Boise Statesman) Clarkston chief ... July 29 at 8:35 Pacific Time
  • Tea Party
    • NPI Advocate: Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters - In an apparent attempt to make the high-profile contest between incumbent Republican Andy Hill and his Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower look less competitive, the Senate Republican caucus (of which Andy Hill is a member) has begun sending out attack mailers to Democratic voters in the 45th District, trying to discredit ... July 28 at 6:47 Pacific Time
    • Wise Governance: KOWARDS OF THE KOUNTIES - Kowards of the Kounty ... The toughest shoot-happy American patriots in the country.Why ... I'll bet George Washington, John Adams, Tom Paine, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett wouldn't THINK of rolling over in their graves at the sight of these straight-shooting Bull Shippers ... Tea Party, KKK and Bundy-Style Militia ... July 30 at 23:31 Pacific Time
    • Strange Bedfellows: Clint Didier to Hillary Clinton: Redskins’ name honors Native Americans - The controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name has moved across North America to a U.S. House race in this Washington. Ex-Redskins tight end Clint Didier, a Tea Party favorite, is one of a bevy of Republicans seeking the 4th District seat of retiring Congressman Doc Hastings. Didier has used his defense of the ... July 30 at 16:14 Pacific Time
  • Health Care
    • Republicans demonstrate they are not ready to govern - Earlier this week, we learned this (my emphasis): House Republicans want to use their final week in Washington before the August recess to send a signal that they are ready to govern. As the country’s attention turns to the fight for control of the House and Senate, Republicans want to show they are capable of handling two ... July 31 at 14:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: OR-SEN: It's just a fantasy. - I've long understood that there is an alternate "reality" (and yes, those quotation marks are meant to be there) for many Republicans. The GOP is not alone in this regard. But in my experience, they're far and away the group with self-identified adherents skating dangerously out of the realm of anything resembling a ... July 30 at 15:16 Pacific Time
    • Isaac Laquedem: The supreme court rules that any business can believe in Hillary, but only family businesses can believe in God - A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court held, in a case called Hobby Lobby after one of the parties, that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, pronouced "Riff-ra") prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from requiring three closely-held corporations to purchase health insurance for their employees ... July 26 at 18:36 Pacific Time
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