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My friends, the disciples began their Pentecost huddled in fear, and that may be true for us, too. But the same Spirit that set the disciples of Jesus on fire, and Oscar Romero, too, is alive in us -– maybe a little dormant, but alive. There is only one thing in the way: fear. May God’s Spirit and the transforming power of the Eucharist we now celebrate and receive, consume our fears, fire us up, and truly set us free!

— Closing words from Father Michael G. Ryan’s Pentecost homily.

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A win for progressives in Philadelphia

This week, a mayoral primary in Pennsylvania’s largest city pitted a progressive against a corporate Democrat. The progressive won—a result that illuminates the party’s growing internal divide. Molly Ball explains.

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Permanent Defense

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)

Anatomy of a Tim Eyman email: Sound bites based on lies, fudged numbers, and missing context

Yesterday morning, Tim Eyman sent out another one of his misinformation-laden missives, ending, as always, with an exhortation to send money to his campaign coffers. On occasion, we fisk and debunk Eyman’s emails to demonstrate that Eyman is not a r… (read more)

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)

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    (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....
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    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and the Barrow Cadbury Trust launch a major report on understanding the political drivers of populism
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    (Policy Network) — This breakfast seminar will assess how the EU’s proposed 'Capital Markets Union' can help finance growth and innovative SMEs across Europe
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    (Policy Network) — This event will debate how policy offers based on predistributive strategies and social investment have the capacity to frame a new governing approach f....
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    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — Abstract Estimates made by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the likely employment effects of a proposed rule (the Clean Power Plan or CPP) m....
  • State Rundown 5/22: Last-Minute Fireworks
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Louisiana legislators pass revenue-raising package of tax bills; Minnesota headed to special session after governor rejects education spending bill; Okl....
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    (Policy Network) — As the contenders for the Labour leadership begin to set out their stalls, what economic questions should they face?
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    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — Join us in Ottawa on Thursday, June 4th for the launch of a timely new book from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Education Project. Authors....
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    (Netroots Foundation) — Ever wonder what really happens when you or your constituents send letters and emails to Members of Congress? In this interview Travis Moore of Tech Con....
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.

  • Katherine Sokolowski: I Ignore CCSS, Pea....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Katherine Sokolowski has written a post you will enjoy, about her teaching and her students.   It begins like this:     I opened up Word ....
  • Kindergarten Nightmare in Georgia
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A comment posted on the blog:   “Thank-you. I’ve been teaching for 26 years. I currently teach kindergarten. You should see the SLO (St....
  • Montgomery County Chooses Business Exec ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Josh Starr, as superintendent of Montgomery County, took a strong stand against high-stakes testing. He won national acclaim, including being named to t....
  • Whatever Happened to Antitrust?
    (Robert Reich) — Last week’s settlement between the Justice Department and five giant banks reveals the appalling....
  • Amazing! Atlanta TV Exposes ALEC
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Just when you thought that the mainstream media had forgotten how to do investigative journalism, along comes a surprise. In Atlanta, local NBC channel ....
  • Is This a Failing School?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In 2011, a former graduate student of mine ran an Internet search for the term “failing school.” It was almost never used until the mid-1990....
  • Do Reformers Actually Care About Educati....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — One question that I have puzzled over again and again is why anyone who really cares about the quality of education would be a proponent of school choic....
  • Mary King, the Teacher Who Refused to Gi....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Pittsburgh teacher Mary King said she would not give the state tests to her English language learner students, and she didn’t. She was “the ....
  • A Brief Summary of Jeb Bush’s Education ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This cartoon summarizes Jeb Bush’s education record. He is best known for championing high-stakes testing, A-F school grades, supporting Common Co....
  • Why Is the Upgrade Often Less Satisfacto....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This is something I don’t understand about technology. The upgrade–no matter what the program–is usually less satisfactory than the cu....

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