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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Federal judge orders Georgia to switch to paper ballots for 2020 elections

Via Ars Technica: “Election security advocates scored a major victory on Thursday as a federal judge issued a one hundred and fifty-three page ruling ordering Georgia officials to stop using its outdated electronic voting machines by the end of the year.”

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Revealed: Matt Shea aided group training young men for ‘biblical warfare’

Archconservative Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich told The Guardian that“it almost sounds like going back to the Hitler Youth concept”.

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‘It’s gonna kill this community’: Seattle Times covers right wing governor’s war on Alaska’s public services

Imagine if Tim Eyman became governor and began taking an axe to Washington’s public services. That’s what is happening in Alaska, where right wing extremist Mike Dunleavy is using his line item veto power to force through a 41% cut to the University of Alaska system, plus gut Medicaid, behavioral health, and the Alaska State Ferry system.

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Washingtonians! Top Two Election Night is just one week away! Have *you* voted? What about your family and friends?

Washingtonians! Top Two Election Night is just one week away! Have *you* voted? What about your family and friends?

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East Link on track: This video shows a welder installing tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

East Link on track: This video shows a welder installing tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

Quotation

[W]e would tell the most dishonest man to ever occupy the Oval Office, the mocker of war heroes, the gleeful grabber of women’s private parts, the serial bankrupter of businesses, the useful idiot of Vladimir Putin and the guy who insisted there are “good people” among murderous neo-Nazis that he’s still not fooling most Americans into believing he’s even slightly competent in his current post. Or that he possesses a scintilla of integrity. Better to have some vermin living in your neighborhood than to be one.

— Excerpt from The Baltimore Sun’s Better to have a few rats than to be one

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Tim Eyman is no match for Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Tim Eyman is no match for Attorney General Bob Ferguson

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You are looking at the next Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives! One of these four distinguished women will be designated by their colleagues as the future Speaker next Wednesday (July 31st)

You are looking at the next Speaker of the Washington State House of Representatives! One of these four distinguished women will be designated by their colleagues as the future Speaker next Wednesday (July 31st). From left to right: NPI’s Gael Tarleton, June Robinson, Monica Jurado Stonier, Laurie Jinkins.

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East Link on track: A worker applies a protective substance to the apparatus supporting the rails

East Link on track: A worker applies a protective substance to the apparatus supporting the rails

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East Link on track: An innovative track bridge awaits installation on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

East Link on track: An innovative track bridge awaits installation on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

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Another view of the East Link construction zone on Lake Washington, looking towards Mercer Island

Another view of the East Link construction zone on Lake Washington, looking towards Mercer Island

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A welder installs tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

A welder installs tie rods on the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge

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Meet the man who created the fake presidential seal — a former Republican fed up with Trump

The news that Donald Trump got trolled at a right wing event that resembled a Hitler Youth rally has been widely reported. Now, meet the man who designed the satirical presidential seal that appeared onscreen behind Trump at the event.

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East Link on track: This is one of the inventive track bridges that will be used to allow trains to safely traverse the I-90 floating bridge

East Link on track: This is one of the inventive track bridges that will be used to allow trains to safely traverse the I-90 floating bridge

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East Link on track: A view of the work being done to prepare the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge for high capacity transit service

East Link on track: A view of the work being done to prepare the Homer M. Hadley Memorial Bridge for high capacity transit service

Video Clip

Via NBC News, this is quite the find: “Newly found footage from NBC News’ archives shows Donald Trump apparently talking about women with Jeffrey Epstein, now a registered sex offender, at a party at Mar-a-Lago in November 1992. The party was a decade before Epstein’s plea deal in Florida.”

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Rush Limbaugh schools one of his callers: “Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore”

CALLER: Republicans can nominate a young, potentially two-term president, one that believes in fiscal conservatism. We’re gonna have – in 2019, there’s gonna be a $1 trillion dollar deficit. Trump doesn’t really care about that. He’s not really a fiscal conservative. We don’t, we have to acknowledge that Trump has been cruelly used.

RIGHT WING TALK SHOW HOST RUSH LIMBAUGH: Nobody is a fiscal conservative anymore. All this talk about concern for the deficit and the budget has been bogus for as long as it’s been around.

Via Media Matters, this is a snippet of everyone’s favorite bloviating, raging right wing radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, shamelessly renouncing his previous position about deficit spending on his program.

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The Northwest Progressive Institute proudly stands with Representative Ilhan Omar against the hatred and bigotry of Donald Trump and his white supremacist base

The Northwest Progressive Institute proudly stands with Representative Ilhan Omar against the hatred and bigotry of Donald Trump and his white supremacist base

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Jay Inslee participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Jay Inslee participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Elizabeth Warren participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Elizabeth Warren participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

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Julián Castro participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19

Julián Castro participates in Netroots Nation's 2019 presidential leadership forum #NN19