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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
Categories:Elections
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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
Categories:Events, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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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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