Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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All thirty-two NFL logos… transformed for Halloween

NFL humor and news blog Kissing Suzy Kolber has managed to transform every single NFL team logo into a Halloween graphic. It’s the latest in a series of creative logo projects the publication has attempted.

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Republican Andy Hill holding his election night party in downtown Bellevue

Republican Andy Hill, who is trying to become the first Republican to get reelected in the suburban 45th District (Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Duvall) since Toby Nixon ten years ago, has sent out an email inviting his supporters to his election night party. Curiously, Hill’s campaign won’t be at any of the many restaurants or venues within the district – or even in a city that the 45th shares with a neighboring district. Instead, his party will be in downtown Bellevue:

We will be celebrating a strong election finish and viewing election results on Tuesday November 4 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue (11100 NE 6th St, Bellevue, WA 98004).

Doors will open at 7 PM and results will be announced at 8:15 PM. Light appetizers will be provided and a no-host bar is available.

Please feel free to stop by, we’ll have a room for Andy off the main ballroom and he is looking forward to seeing you and thanking you for all your support. We very much appreciate your support and involvement in the campaign and welcome you to come celebrate with us on Election Night!

Hill’s opponent, Democrat Matt Isenhower, will be celebrating Election Night with his supporters at the Red Hook Brewery in Woodinville, in the heart of the 45th District.

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Why John Maynard Keynes’s theories can fix the world economy

Bloomberg Businessweek’s economics editor Peter Coy explains why the world needs a return to Keynesian economics.

 

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I get up every morning and I try to figure out how to screw with the labor unions — that’s my offense. I am just trying to figure out how I am going to reduce their brand.

— Consultant Richard Berman, speaking to an audience of oil and gas company executives at a gathering in Colorado. Berman’s speech was secretly recorded and leaked to the New York Times by a disgusted member of the audience. The complete transcript of Berman’s remarks is available here.

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I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.

Tim Cook, writing in a personal essay for Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Why polls tend to undercount Democrats

A must-read piece from the New York Times’ Nate Cohn explains that public opinion research firms are having an increasingly harder time reaching voters, particularly the voters who make up the Democratic base. For example, Cohn notes that many surveys are only offered in English, which Hispanic voters might not feel comfortable participating in.

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Please don’t vote: A message from the Republican Party

This satirical video, created by The Young Turks, is a must-watch.

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Mr. McConnell, in turn, never accepted a similar invitation dating back to early September to appear before the C-J editorial board, thus shielding himself from scrutiny as well as any potential for attack ads based on his responses. Kentuckians should take measure of that: Thirty years in the Senate, and no comment.

— The Louisville Courier-Journal, taking a position in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race: We urge voters to choose the future and elect Alison Lundergan Grimes..

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McConnell has sabotaged jobs and transportation bills, even as Kentucky’s unemployment exceeds the nation’s and an Interstate 75 bridge crumbles over the Ohio River. He blocked tax credits for companies that move jobs back to this country while preserving breaks for those that move jobs overseas. He opposed extending unemployment benefits, while bemoaning the “jobless” recovery. He brags about resolving crises that he helped create.The Senate may never recover from the bitter paralysis McConnell has inflicted through record filibusters that allow his minority to rule by obstruction.

— The Lexington Herald-Leader: Kentuckians should do themselves — and the country — a favor by electing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.

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I love watching Elizabeth give it to those who deserve to get it.

— Hillary Clinton, speaking at a rally for Martha Coakley alongside Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has become a strong and effective progressive leader in the Democratic Party.

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By not standing firmly for their own policies, Democrats send a message to voters that the unending Republican criticism of the president is legitimate. There is much that is going right in this country, and there is still time for Democrats to say so.

— The New York Times, suggesting in a strongly-worded editorial that Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kay Hagan, and other Democratic candidates stop trying to avoid being associated with President Barack Obama and Obama’s accomplishments.

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Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced and we refuse to be silenced.

— Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne, explaining why she and Ontario’s official opposition carried on with their question period following the shootings in Ottawa.

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New ruling allows candidates to campaign anonymously

Satirizing the Supreme Court’s rulings in Corporations United and McCutcheon, as well as toothless enforcement by the Federal Elections Commission, The Onion has filed a report joking that the FEC is now allowing candidates running for public office to remain completely anonymous for the duration of the campaign.

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Watch how Rick Scott dodges the question on his most solemn duty as governor (video courtesy of the Florida Democratic Party).

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Alabama’s Republican Speaker of the House arrested on corruption charges

The latest representative of the Republican culture of corruption is Michael G. Hubbard, Alabama’s Speaker of the House and the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, who was arrested today on twenty-three felony charges. Hubbard is the Republican who engineered the party’s takeover of the Alabama Legislature in 2010. He is seeking reelection.

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In short, two very distinct worldviews have both come to the same conclusion: we need to provide a basic universal income that allows people to live in dignity and unleash their creative potential toward their own interests. It’s a bipartisan view.

— David Atkins, writing for The Washington Monthly (Bipartisan consensus for universal basic income)

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The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it.

— Elizabeth Warren, speaking to an audience of progressive activists in Minnesota during a rally for Senator Al Franken and Governor Mark Dayton. 

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The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concern me… I think it is appropriate to ask whether this trend is compatible with values rooted in our nation’s history, among them the high value Americans have traditionally placed on equality of opportunity.

— Excerpt from Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s groundbreaking speech on income inequality, delivered earlier today in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Unanimous Arkansas Supreme Court rules voter ID unconstitutional

Progressives in Arkansas scored a big victory yesterday when the Supreme Court of Arkansas unanimously struck down a Republican voter suppression scheme for violating the state’s constitution. The decision means that the people of Arkansas won’t be prevented from voting for lack of photo identification.

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Royals head to World Series after sweeping Orioles in ALCS

The Kansas City Royals have done something remarkable: They have won eleven straight games – including four games that went to extra innings – to earn a trip to the World Series next week. The Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics in the sudden death, wild-card playoff round, then proceeded to sweep the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS and the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS.

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Private charities are no substitute for public services

Businessweek’s Charles Kenny explains why private charities aren’t in a position to tackle income inequality or address the needs of millions of Americans living in poverty. Part of the reason is that the super-wealthy simply aren’t voluntarily giving very much of their wealth to charity. It’s only by pooling our resources through taxes that we’ll be able to effectively combat poverty.