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Meet the conservative group that Scott Walker takes his cues from

Bloomberg Politics profiles The Bradley Foundation, which has been helping Wisconsin Republican Scott Walker launch attack after attack on the Badger State’s unions.

# Permalink (Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

Quotation

Our city thrives because we have welcomed and embraced diversity. And RFRA threatens what thousands of people have spent decades building. Discrimination is wrong. And I hope that message is being heard loud and clear at our Statehouse.

— Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, calling on Indiana’s legislature to repeal or amend the recently passed law allowing discrimination against LGBT individuals.

# Permalink (Monday, March 30, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Statement on Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen’s ruling upholding majority rule

Responding to a point of order from Senator Steve Hobbs of Snohomish County, Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen today ruled in his capacity as President of the Washington State Senate that a rule previously adopted by Senate Republicans that requires two-third… (read more)

Thirteen Years: Statement from the Founder

Today and throughout this month, Permanent Defense celebrates its thirteenth anniversary, marking one hundred and fifty-six months of continuous operation. Since going live on February 15th, 2002, PD has steadfastly provided the Union’s Forty-Second… (read more)

NPI’s Permanent Defense ready to fight Eyman’s I-1366

This morning, Tim Eyman announced that he will once again be attempting to qualify an initiative to the ballot that would wipe out around $1 billion per year in revenue for schools and other vital public services unless, by April 2016, the Legislature pas… (read more)

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  • Duane Anders (Boise ) — "Just as I think I can figure out God, God gets bigger. And that's OK. The Apostle Paul said, 'We s....
  • This Film is Rated 'I' (and Q, D, S, .... (Boise ) — Saturday, April 11, 12:30 p.m. at The Flicks by George Prentice Clear your calendar for Saturday, A....
  • The Dark Place (Boise ) — "The short, the difficult, the painful and probably the only answer for writers is that we have not....
  • Babies, Bathwater and Cannabis Oil (Boise ) — Following the tie vote, members of the public who had endured the marathon, sat stunned after spend....
  • THE FLUTTER! #17 (Boise ) — New Rule: If you chose to reject sound, scientific evidence in some fields, you cannot take advanta....
  • The Battle of Jefferson Street (Boise ) — According to the hospital's website, St. Luke's would "migrate our major services, over time, to Me....
Progressive Thought
  • Progressive politics in the new hard 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....
  • The open society – A progressive agend....
    (Policy Network) — A seminar to discuss the long-term growth and reform agendas that centre-left governments should implement and the political challenges they face
  • Bertha On Track To Resume Tunneling
    (Sightline Daily) — After being sidelined for nearly 16 months from her hobby of building massive infrastructure projects underneath major cities, area grandmother Bertha S....
  • Rising Employment in Japan
    (Beat the Press) — The media regularly report the mixed signals from Japan on the state of its recovery ( here , for example), but for some reason, they never seem to ment....
  • Another Piece on the Trouble of Deflatio....
    (Beat the Press) — A generous donor has agreed to give BTP big bucks for every case of a silly article complaining about deflation caused by a drop in energy prices. (I wi....
  • Getting Europe up to scale for the ICT-e....
    (Policy Network) — Higher EU-wide productivity is needed to enable the progressive goal of opportunity for all Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
  • The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances t....
    (schmudget) — Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughou....
  • A Statement About the Senate Budget
    (schmudget) — While the Senate’s budget proposal released today invests heavily in education for our children, it relies on unsustainable and unworkable funding sourc....
  • The Push for $12 Minimum Wage Advances t....
    (schmudget) — Yesterday, the Senate held a hearing on three important bills that would provide greater economic security for workers, children, and families throughou....
  • In Support of the House's Revenue Proposals
    (schmudget) — Senior Fiscal Analyst Andy Nicholas testified this morning in support of the House Revenue Package, HB 2224. Here's why the Budget & Policy Center s....
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 Is the Point of a College Degree?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Read this article in the Boston Globe and ask yourself: “What’s the point of a college degree?” The article assumes that one gets a de....
  • New York’s Outrageous New Teacher Evalua....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Governor Cuomo insisted on a teacher evaluation law that relies heavily on test scores. And he got it as part of budget negotiations. A teacher who is r....
  • Mark NAISON: The Day Democracy Died in N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mark Naison of Fordham University writes: When Democracy Died in the New York State Assembly Something inside me died tonight in the New York State Asse....
  • NYC: Opt Out Is Allowed, With No Negativ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Parent groups in NYC are warning that some principals are threatening and misinforming parents. This is city policy: “New York City – Parents acro....
  • A Personal and Sad Reflection
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Last night I watched the first segment of the CNN special on “Cancer: The Emperor of Maladies.” It was very well done. Most of the program w....
  • Vasquez Heilig: Cesar Chavez vs. Campbel....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Julian Vasquez Heilig honors Cesar Chavez’s birthday here. He uses the occasion to contrast the views towards unions of Chavez, as contrasted to t....
  • Carol Burris: One Really Dumb Idea from ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in Rockville Center, New York, doesn’t think much of Governor Cuomo’s proposal for teacher....
  • New York Education Leaders Denounce Cuom....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The New York Council of School Superintendents and the New York School Boards Association issued the following joint statement in opposition to Governor....
  • Magee Urges Opt Out, State Chancellor Ti....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The head of New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Karen Magee, spoke bluntly in favor of a boycott of the state tests. The chair of the State Board of....
  • Los Angeles: Charter Teachers Want to Un....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Laura Clawson at the Daily Kos reports that some teachers at a charter chain in Los Angeles want to organize a union. They have asked management to stay....

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