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Obama making a huge mistake by dismissing progressive opposition to TPP, activist leaders say

The president is frustrated… he’s losing the argument and he’s crosswise with his supporters and it’s unfortunate that he’s basically calling people names.
— Roger Hickey of the Campaign for America’s Future, suggesting that President Obama has lost his cool over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the secret trade scheme that the administration won’t let the public see (via ).

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Washington State Democratic Party joins coalition opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366

Some very good news to share: This weekend in Pasco, the Washington State Democratic Party took a position strongly opposing Tim Eyman’s I-1366, following in the footsteps of the King County Democrats and several local Democratic organizations. A re… (read more)

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)

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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.

  • Why So Many Americans Feel So Powerless
    (Robert Reich) — A security guard recently told me he didn’t know how much he’d be earning from week to week because....
  • Testing Corporations Spend Millions to L....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Valerie Strauss posted an article about the lobbying activities of the giant testing corporations. They spend many millions of dollars to ensure that Co....
  • Peter Greene Explains to Nicholas Kristo....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Greene was not happy with Nicholas Kristof’s column saying that–after twelve years of trying–school reform hasn’t worked o....
  • Severe Weather Alert During Testing Season
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — What happens if a tornado or a severe storm disrupts the calm atmosphere needed to administer tests? What if a tsunami strikes without warning? The poss....
  • My Grandson Opted Out
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A few weeks ago, I went with my eight-year-old grandson to Philadelphia with a friend of his who is the same age. Three grandmas, two grandsons. We bust....
  • Dallas: What in the Sam Hill is Going on....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mike Miles took charge of the Dallas Independent School District on July 1, 2012. He came from a district with 10,000 students to one with 150,000. His ....
  • New Hampshire: A Charter School with Sup....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A post today describes how BASIS charter schools screen out low-performing students. This comment refers to a similar practice in Néw Hampshire. This is....
  • Teacher Writes Letter Using Pearson Voca....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A teacher wrote this little essay and dedicated it to Governor Andrew Cuomo: “There is a man in Albany, who I surmise, by his clamorous paroxysms,....
  • Sarah Blaine: Why Pearson’s Mistakes Matter
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Pearson has a long history of errors in its textbooks and tests. Sarah Blaine, a parent and lawyer in New Jersey, discovered an error in a textbook and ....
  • BASIS Charter Chain Will Open 5 Schools ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — BASIS, an Arizona charter chain known for its intense academic standards, plans to open five charter schools in Louisiana. BASIS expects all students to....

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