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April Fools' Day: Ten stories that look like pranks but aren't

The BBC offers a rundown of ten news stories that may sound like April Fools’ Day pranks, but are in fact no joke at all.

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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.

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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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  • 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
  • Senate Budget Falls Short
    (schmudget) — The budget proposal released by the Senate yesterday invests $1 billion less than the House proposal. It shortchanges critical investments in our state'....
  • Equal Pay, Paid Sick/Safe Leave, FAMLI A....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — Late yesterday, Senator Michael Baumgartner, R-Spokane, cancelled today’s meeting of the Washington Senate Commerce and Labor Committee which he chairs......
  • More Than 20 States Considering Detrimen....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — It's not hard to sell tax cuts. Who among us would turn down extra money in our pockets by way of fewer taxes? But state lawmakers do us all a gross dis....
  • Six States Have Raised or Reformed Their....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — As we've noted previously, eight states enacted gas tax increases or reforms in 2013 and 2014 to better fund their transportation infrastructure. So far....
  • Is Private Equity Over the Hill?
    (CEPR Feed) — In a great piece in the Wall Street Journal, Andy Kessler argues that for private equity, the glory days are over .  It’s not that PE funds are hav....
  • IRS Funding Cuts Have Damaging Effects
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Deep cuts to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) budget over the past five years have resulted in “truly an abysmal level of service” to taxpayers, IRS C....
  • A Stagnating Minimum Wage has Left Low-W....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — Over the past 46 years, as lawmakers have failed to adequately raise the federal minimum wage, the gap between wages of the average U.S. worker and the ....
  • Case for “Single Sales Factor” Tax Cut N....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Lawmakers in North Carolina, North Dakota, and Tennessee are considering a costly corporate tax giveaway in hopes of attracting or retaining manufacturi....
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.

  • Here is the New York State Teacher Evalu....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — This budget bill includes very detailed provisions that determine how teachers and principals in New York state should be evaluated. Needless to say, it....
  • Peter Greene on Cuomo’s Destruction of t....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The ever perceptive Peter Greene watched the Cuomo Teacher-Demolition Derby from afar and found it a disgraceful spectacle.  He couldn’t decide wh....
  • 11 Atlanta Educators Convicted in Cheati....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The message from Atlanta: Don’t cheat. Never. Don’t erase answers. Don’t do anything to violate professional ethics, no matter how you....
  • John Merrow Announces Resignation from P....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Earlier today, John Merrow announced that he was joining the Board of Directors of Pearson. His post was filled with so much silliness that it should ha....
  • Magee Vs. Mulgrew on New York State Budget
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The New York Daily News reports that Karen Magee of the New York State United Teachers fought Cuomo’s toxic budget to the end, but that Michael Mu....
  • 39% of Students in Montclair, New Jersey....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The new interim superintendent in Montclair, New Jersey, released the Opt Out numbers: 39% opted out in grades 3-11. That is a stupendous number and a v....
  • Cuomo Vetoes State Budget, Apologizes to....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Governor Andrew Cuomo shocked the press corps and the Legislature when he promptly vetoed the budget that he had lobbied so hard to get passed. He said ....
  • John Merrow Joins Board of Pearson! Betr....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A few months ago, John Merrow was having a fund-raising drive for his program, and I sent a check. He promptly returned it and said it was a conflict of....
  • Teacher: Cuomo Is Destroying Education
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — A letter from a reader about Governor Cuomo’s plan to “reform” education: My name is Adam C. Bergstein; I am a tax-paying voter, a pro....
  • Houston: No Choice for Opt Outs
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Very few parents are expected to opt out in Houston. The culture of testing is so deeply ingrained that few question why their children are subjected to....

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