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Monthly Archives: June 2011

Mitt Romney seeks to pillage Utah’s commonwealth

Excerpt: Despite the dire financial circumstances that most of the fifty states find themselves in, there is at least one Republican presidential candidate who would like to see Utah recklessly spend money like a sailor on leave. That’s right, Mitt Romney wants the state of Utah to spend anywhere from $2.5 million to $3 million to […]
Written by:Ken
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Sam Reed confirms retirement; Jay Manning resigns; catching up with Lt. Gov Brad Owen

Excerpt: Confirming reports that he will not run again in 2012, Washington Secretary of State Sam Reed told reporters and his staff this morning that his next eighteen months in office will be his last – though he will remain involved in politics. “This is a bittersweet decision for me and my family,” Reed said in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sam Reed not running again in 2012?

Excerpt: A few weeks ago, we started hearing speculation that incumbent Secretary of State Sam Reed, who has held the position for several terms, was thinking about retiring and not running again in 2012. We don’t care much for repeating unsubstantiated rumors, so we didn’t report it here on The Advocate, but today, we got word […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Earth to the tech punditocracy: Research in Motion is still very much alive

Excerpt: It seems that hardly a day goes by now when I don’t stumble across an article predicting the decline or even the death of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion, which revolutionized the handset with an array of unmatched messaging capabilities (push email, BlackBerry Messenger) in the early 2000s. While it is certainly true that company […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marriage equality finally becomes a reality in New York with historic vote

Excerpt: Moments ago, in an incredibly close vote, the New York State Senate joined the New York State Assembly in voting to make marriage equality the law of the land in the Empire State. The roll call was thirty-three to twenty-nine. The final approval of the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 concludes an intense effort by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Jay Inslee confirms he’s running for governor in 2012; kickoff to be on Monday

Excerpt: As reporters and activists have long expected, Jay Inslee has decided to run for governor of our great state of Washington in 2012. Inslee’s campaign issued a media advisory an hour ago inviting reporters to next week’s series of kickoff events, which will begin in Seattle. Refreshingly, the release was very straightforward. It didn’t say, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congressman Dennis Kucinich to speak at NWroots 2011 in Seattle on July 9th

Excerpt: Having already made multiple trips to Washington State this year, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich will return on July 9th for the 2011 NWroots Conference in Seattle. Kucinich has been making frequent visits here, presumably in preparation for a redistricting that may leave him without a congressional district to represent. Speculation is that he could settle […]
Written by:Robert Sargent
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Greetings from the Empire Builder!

Excerpt: Good morning from the prairies of North Dakota! Though Netroots Nation 2011 may have ended on Saturday evening, our adventure to Minneapolis and back has not. After spending a full day exploring greater Minneapolis yesterday, we made our way to Midway Station last night to board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for the trip home to Washington State. Patrick and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Public Planning
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LIVE from Minneapolis: Netroots Nation 2012 to be in Providence, Rhode Island

Excerpt: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has just taken the stage here in Minneapolis to announce that the next Netroots Nation will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, from June 7th to June 10th. We had guessed that the convention would be in Providence, mainly because we already knew that organizers wanted to bring NN to Providence last […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Out of touch

Excerpt: Not since former President George H.W. Bush, who famously could not figure out how to use a price scanner at a grocery store, have we seen a politician so out of touch with everyday people, as Mitt Romney was today. Mr. Romney, in a phony, pathetic attempt at empathy, informed voters today that he, too, […]
Written by:Ken
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LIVE from Minneapolis: That’s a wrap… Day One is officially done!

Excerpt: The first day of Netroots Nation 2011 has come to a close. It was a long day, but a good day. We’ve met up with many old friends from conventions past, and made new ones. We attended several thought-provoking panels, explored the exhibit hall, and became experts at navigating Minneapolis’ Skyway system. And, of course, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Minneapolis: Building a stronger netroots community abroad

Excerpt: Here in the United States, we don’t always hear about efforts abroad to utilize social media and develop new ways of organizing online, because we don’t give our neighbors in the world community much attention. But we ought to, because progressives in other countries are trying to make use of the Internet to bring about […]
Written by:Patrick
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LIVE from Minneapolis: Drew Westen, Tate Linden discuss keys to effective messaging

Excerpt: Good morning from Minneapolis! Today is the first day of Netroots Nation, and the NPI team’s first full day in the Twin Cities. I’m at a breakout session called Get the Message?, organized by Darcy Burner and featuring Drew Westen and Tate Linden. The session was advertised as a panel, but it’s really been more […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jay Inslee to speak at NWroots 2011 in Pioneer Square on July 9th – be there!

Excerpt: As many NPI readers may know, possible Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee will be joining Congressman Jim McDermott, former Canadian Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh, and Washington State Labor Council President Jeff Johnson at NWroots 2011 on July 9th. NWroots is a regional conference for liberal bloggers, activists, and citizens interested in progressive public policy. The […]
Written by:Robert Sargent
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