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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 ).

# Permalink (Saturday, April 25, 2015)

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Seattle ranks #1 in conversion to credit unions

According to data from Nielsen Scarborough, a record 31.5 percent of people in the Seattle metropolitan area now use a credit union as their primary bank — up from 23.2 percent in 2008. Among the fifty largest metros, that ranks as the largest increase in credit-union banking.
— Seattle Times archivist and researcher Gene Balk: .

# Permalink (Saturday, April 25, 2015)

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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.

  • 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....
  • Why Does the Néw York Times Ignore Paren....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The Néw York Times has barely covered the historic parent Opt Out movement. Before the testing began, it ran a story about parents who decided not to op....
  • Andy Smarick: A Reformer Who Pays Attent....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Andy Smarick is a reformer with a low opinion of public schools, like other reformers. But in some of his writings, he has shown a willingness to challe....
  • Tisch Delays Implementation of Teacher E....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Merryl Tisch, chancellor of the Néw York Board of Regents, has delayed implementation of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s draconian and misguided plan to e....
  • Randi Goes to Pearson Shareholders’ Mee....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Randi Weingarten is on her way to speak at the Network for Public Education’s second annual conference in Chicago this weekend. But she detoured t....
  • Mr. President: The More You Attack Us, T....
    (Mike Lux) — The stories about the President and his aides escalating the fight with progressives over Fast Track and TPP are getting me worked....
  • The Unrealized Promise of MOOCS
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — MOOCs are Massive Open Onliine Courses. Many see them as the grand destiny for higher education, opening access for all at a low price. Some courses are....

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