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In Depth: The Advocate

Proposed constitutional amendment to thwart unfunded mandates should be discarded

On Wednesday of this week, Republican State Senator Joe Fain introduced a new constitutional amendment intended to prevent the people of Washington from proposing and passing any more initiatives that the attorney general’s office deems to be an unfunded mandate. The amendment,… (read more)

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NWS' storm total snow forecast shows an inundated Massachusetts

January 2015 Nor'easter Total Snow Range

This image from NOAA’s National Weather Service shows anticipated snowfall throughout Massachusetts for Tuesday, January 27th. Boston and its suburbs have seen a huge amount of snow over the past twenty-four hours.

# (Tuesday, January 27, 2015)

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The statement that there is a NATO legion in Ukraine is nonsense… There is no NATO legion, the foreign forces in Ukraine are Russian.

— NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, responding to Vladimir Putin’s ridiculous statement that the Ukranian Army is operating like a “foreign legion” for the twenty-eight nation alliance.

# (Monday, January 26, 2015)

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Sarah Palin bemuses Republicans with rambling speech and talk of 2016 run

Fox Noise pundit and gubernatorial washout Sarah Palin provided of plenty entertainment for progressives over the weekend, with a rambling, incoherent speech that showcased that she isn’t qualified to be a dogcatcher, let alone President of the United States.

# (Monday, January 26, 2015)

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Great news from the White House: President Obama has announced that the Department of Interior has finished working on revised Comprehensive Conservation plan to better sustain and manage Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This far northern part of Alaska is known to Alaska Native communities as “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins”.

# (Sunday, January 25, 2015)

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That the GOP is now tilting at the one percent is one of the more remarkable messaging flip-flops of all time. Not long ago, someone saying what Ted Cruz is now saying would have been accused by Ted Cruz of engaging in class warfare.

— Columnist Danny Westneat: Guess who’s discovered income inequality

# (Saturday, January 24, 2015)

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Barack Obama: "I might not be President if it weren't for the good people of Idaho"

What I do know about Boise is that it’s beautiful. I know that because I’ve been here before. I campaigned here in 2008. It was really fun. And the truth is, because of the incredible work that was done here in Idaho, it helped us win the primary. And I might not be President if it weren’t for the good people of Idaho.

— President Obama, speaking to students at Boise State University earlier today. The speech and the visit to Idaho’s capital was Obama’s first as President.

# (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)

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City of Paris to sue Fox Noise Channel for Muslim ‘insults’

City of Paris to sue Fox Noise Channel for Muslim ‘insults’

The City of Paris, France is preparing to commence litigation against Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Noise Channel for sullying its image through false reporting, the city’s mayor said yesterday. It is not clear where the lawsuit would be filed. Fox is broadcasted and controlled from the United States, where defamation cases are hard to win. The city would have to prove that Fox’s reporting was false, caused it harm, and was made without proper research.

# (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)

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Bottom line: You can hardly tell from our NBC/WSJ poll that the Republican Party was the big winner from the midterm elections just two months ago. Somehow, Obama and the Democrats stole the Republicans’ post-election honeymoon. Or the Republicans somehow lost it.

— Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Carrie Dann: A rising economy lifts Obama going into State of the Union night (NBC News)

# (Tuesday, January 20, 2015)

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Dr. King’s legacy is central not only to the culture of my district, but also to my own life and work. His work helped make possible the path I myself have taken, from being a sixteen year old girl who came to this country by herself for a college education to an advocate for human rights to becoming the first Indian-American legislator in the Washington state Legislature.

— Pramila Jayapal, the newly sworn in senator from the 37th Legislative District, speaking in favor of a resolution honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

# (Monday, January 19, 2015)

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The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Growth, reform and public trust in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network's major annual event on the state of EU affairs
  • Four solutions for Washington state’s bu....
    (Washington Policy Watch) — Adopting a budget will be the main task of Washington’s legislature in 2015. The state’s elected leaders face a big challenge. Income inequality is cons....
  • Working-Family Tax Credit Essentials, Pa....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Previous posts in this series on our new chart book have explained that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC): lift 9 million p....
  • CAP’s Carmel Martin: ESEA Rea....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement today after th....
  • RELEASE: CAP Analysis Shows High Levels ....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — With Congress poised to consider legislation to expedite exports of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, the Center for American Progress r....
  • 5 Key Facts About the Affordable Care Ac....
    (Center for American Progress) — A look at five facts that highlight the benefits of the Affordable Care Act for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
  • Potential Consumer Price Impacts of Effo....
    (Center for American Progress) — U.S. policymakers are weighing whether to allow the export of large volumes of liquefied natural gas, or LNG. Higher levels of LNG exports could mean hi....
  • Expectations of the Berliner Republik
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network will co-host a workshop on Germany and the future direction of progressive politics in Europe.
  • CAP’s Carol M. Browner on Res....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Distinguished Senior Fellow Carol M. Browner issued the following statement today after President Barack....
  • Family policies for the way we live now
    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — The work and family lives of Canadians have evolved over the past three decades. It's time our family policies grew up, too.  Time to Grow Up: Family Po....
  • The Reality of the Retirement Crisis
    (Center for American Progress) — For millions of Americans, retirement—the so-called golden years—will be significantly tarnished by a lack of savings.
  • Ending Subsidies in Marketplace States W....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — I recently cited studies from the Urban Institute and RAND Corporation showing that millions more Americans would be uninsured and premiums would rise s....
  • ADVISORY: Evangelical and Progressive Gr....
    (Center for American Progress) — Public Citizen, Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Center for American Progress, and Alliance Defending Freedom will explore the need for....
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at Tacomatest2.us is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under the top three topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • HorsesAss.org: Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • HorsesAss.org: I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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