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NBC to Donald Trump: You're fired

Comcast-owned NBC announced today it is severing all ties with racist real estate tycoon Donald Trump. It will unwind its involvement in the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, and follow Univision’s lead in not televising the event. Furthermore, neither Trump nor his children will be involved in future incarnations of Celebrity Apprentice.

# Permalink (Monday, June 29, 2015)

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When a company is put up for sale, in many cases, your data is, too

Some Internet companies claim they will not sell users’ data, but certain clauses found in their terms of service allow them to transfer user data if a merger occurs. The New York Times explains.

# Permalink (Sunday, June 28, 2015)

Permanent Defense

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)

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)

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  • "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....
  • Why It’s Time to Update Overtime Pay Rul....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — Americans are working longer hours and are more productive–yet wages are largely flat. Indeed, the median worker saw a real (inflation-adjusted) h....
  • 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....
  • The age of participatory democracy
    (Policy Network) — Political disaffection is widespread in Britain. To regain the initiative, Labour will have to fashion a genuinely new politics.
  • How to Get Coverage in Spanish Language ....
    (Netroots Foundation) — Spanish language media outlets are springing up throughout the country, and if your issue or candidate is not appearing in these outlets, you’re not com....
  • Gas Tax Changes Take Effect July 1
    (Tax Justice Blog) — On Wednesday July 1, six states will raise their gasoline tax rates. While some drivers may view this as an unwelcome development during the busy summer....
  • Ohio Budget Deal a Step Backwards for th....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Conservative leaders in the Ohio legislature reached an accord on the state budget, ultimately agreeing to a net tax cut of $1.85 billion over two years....
  • South Korea to Boost Its Coal Tax
    (Sightline Daily) — South Korean flag Image by Nudimmud used under CC BY-SA 3.0 If you follow Northwest coal export issues, you’ve probably heard that China’s d....
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.

  • Ohio: Charter School Reform Losing Steam
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Despite a flood of charter school scandals in Ohio, the lobbyists for the big-money charter operators are working hard to torpedo any reform of the char....
  • Peter Greene: Jeb’s Outfit Declares a Na....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Greene reports on the latest declaration that the sky is falling, released by the Foundation for Educational Excellence. FEE was established by Je....
  • Colorado District Will Appeal Voucher Ru....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — According to the Denver Post, the Douglas County school board plans to appeal the ruling that declared vouchers unconstitutional. It will appeal to the ....
  • Big Phony News of the Day: New York Pret....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Imagine this great victory for teachers in New York: They will now be allowed to discuss test questions that have been released to the public!   Is....
  • Albany Times-Union on Cuomo’s Unpopular ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This story is behind a paywall, although some readers found a way around the paywall. It was written by staff writer Fred LeBrun. It accurately describe....
  • Los Angeles: A Teacher, Falsely Accused
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Do you want to know why teachers need due process (aka “tenure”)? Read the story below, sent by reader Drew Pepper.   Here’s anot....
  • GREAT NEWS: Colorado Supreme Court Strik....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Supreme Court of Colorado struck down the voucher program in Douglas County. It is unconstitutional, the justices said. After a radical group won co....
  • Sweden and the Perils of Privatization
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Sweden decided to open the floodgates of school privatization in 1992. Twenty-three years is a good long time to see the effects of vouchers and for-pro....
  • A Historic Day: A Personal Reflection
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court decided by 5-4 that the right to marry the person of one’s choice is fundamental and cannot be denied by the s....
  • Paul Thomas: 5 Questions to Ask Every Pr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Paul Thomas, professor at Furman University, taught in South Carolina for 18 years. He is an eloquent and informed critic of social and education policy....

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