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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.

# Permalink (Tuesday, March 31, 2015)

Quotation

Our city thrives because we have welcomed and embraced diversity. And RFRA threatens what thousands of people have spent decades building. Discrimination is wrong. And I hope that message is being heard loud and clear at our Statehouse.

— Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, calling on Indiana’s legislature to repeal or amend the recently passed law allowing discrimination against LGBT individuals.

# Permalink (Monday, March 30, 2015)

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
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Bertha On Track To Resume Tunneling
    (Sightline Daily) — After being sidelined for nearly 16 months from her hobby of building massive infrastructure projects underneath major cities, area grandmother Bertha S....
  • Rising Employment in Japan
    (Beat the Press) — The media regularly report the mixed signals from Japan on the state of its recovery ( here , for example), but for some reason, they never seem to ment....
  • Another Piece on the Trouble of Deflatio....
    (Beat the Press) — A generous donor has agreed to give BTP big bucks for every case of a silly article complaining about deflation caused by a drop in energy prices. (I wi....
  • Getting Europe up to scale for the ICT-e....
    (Policy Network) — Higher EU-wide productivity is needed to enable the progressive goal of opportunity for all Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
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.

  • 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....
  • Chicago: Conservative Hedge Fund Billion....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The mayoral election in Chicago on April 7 is a contest between big money and grassroots organizing.   Mayor Rahm Emanuel has raised nearly $20 mil....
  • North Carolina: Legislators Gone Wild , ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In North Carolina, a state senator has filed a bill requiring all professors to carry a heavy course load. It seems there’s no institution free of....
  • What Is the Point of a College Degree?
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Read this article in the Boston Globe and ask yourself: “What’s the point of a college degree?” The article assumes that one gets a de....
  • New York’s Outrageous New Teacher Evalua....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Governor Cuomo insisted on a teacher evaluation law that relies heavily on test scores. And he got it as part of budget negotiations. A teacher who is r....
  • Mark NAISON: The Day Democracy Died in N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Mark Naison of Fordham University writes: When Democracy Died in the New York State Assembly Something inside me died tonight in the New York State Asse....
  • NYC: Opt Out Is Allowed, With No Negativ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Parent groups in NYC are warning that some principals are threatening and misinforming parents. This is city policy: “New York City – Parents acro....

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