Posted inBreaking News, Economic Security, Policy Topics

Boeing, Machinists reach agreement to build next generation 737 in Renton

The Boe­ing Com­pa­ny announced this morn­ing that it has ten­ta­tive­ly reached a labor agree­ment with the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Machin­ists (IAM) that will ensure the next gen­er­a­tion of its 737 nar­row-body jet (known as the MAX) will be built in Ren­ton, Wash­ing­ton, where pro­duc­tion of the cur­rent 737 is based. “The 737 MAX builds upon the […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Technology

Senators Wyden, Cantwell ready to stand up to protect the Internet from censorship bills

In a mat­ter of days, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate may be vot­ing on an extreme­ly dan­ger­ous bill backed by the enter­tain­ment indus­try that would allow pow­er­ful media con­glom­er­ates and oth­er big cor­po­ra­tions to cen­sor the Inter­net at will. This bill, S. 968, which we’ve pre­vi­ous­ly writ­ten about, is offi­cial­ly known as the Pre­vent­ing Real Online Threats […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Policy Topics

Fitch threatens to downgrade America’s credit unless deficit accord is reached by 2013

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Stan­dard & Poor’s, which down­grad­ed U.S. cred­it to AA back in August, anoth­er one of the big three Wall Street rat­ing firms has decid­ed to play the ulti­ma­tum game, after Con­gress’ “super­com­mit­tee” failed to agree on a plan to imple­ment spend­ing cuts last week. Fitch Rat­ings gave the Unit­ed States until […]

Posted inHolidays

Happy Thanksgiving 2011!

Hap­py Thanks­giv­ing, every­one! Today we cel­e­brate a unique­ly North Amer­i­can hol­i­day steeped in tra­di­tion — a hol­i­day that began cen­turies ago as a sim­ple har­vest cel­e­bra­tion in colonies like Mass­a­chu­setts and Vir­ginia, and is now a day when mil­lions of fam­i­lies across this con­ti­nent come togeth­er to share a meal and count bless­ings. We at […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

Oregon governor John Kitzhaber announces moratorium on executions

The exe­cu­tion of a Ore­gon man con­vict­ed of two mur­ders — who has been on death row for some time — will not go for­ward as planned on Decem­ber 6th, Gov­er­nor John Kitzhaber announced this after­noon, invok­ing his author­i­ty under the Beaver State’s Con­sti­tu­tion to block prison offi­cials from putting Gary Hau­gen to death. But Kitzhaber […]

Posted inEducation, Policy Topics

Seattle Times again duplicitously portrays itself as a champion of public education

They’re at it again. Two months after launch­ing a disin­gen­u­ous pub­lic rela­tions cam­paign to urge the state Leg­is­la­ture to prop­er­ly fund high­er edu­ca­tion, the Blethen-con­trolled Seat­tle Times has devot­ed more than half a spread at the end of its Sun­day A sec­tion to not one, not two, not three, but four unsigned, buz­z­­word-filled edi­to­ri­als demand­ing that […]

Posted inElections

John Stokes gets a little more breathing room in extremely close Bellevue City Council race

After watch­ing his slim lead over oppo­nent Aaron Laing grow even slim­mer for sev­er­al days in a row, pro­gres­sive activist John Stokes is final­ly rebound­ing. The con­test between Stokes and Laing (who is backed by Kem­per Free­man, Jr.) to suc­ceed Grant Deg­gin­ger has cap­tured the region’s atten­tion due to its close­ness. Stokes’ lead increased by […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Peter Maier falls behind challenger Sharon Peaslee in key Seattle school board race

It looks like anoth­er incum­bent school board mem­ber may end up get­ting oust­ed by Seat­tle vot­ers, after it ini­tial­ly appeared that only one would lose his job. Though he was able to main­tain an edge in the con­test for school board direc­tor in Dis­trict #1 for near­ly a week, incum­bent Peter Maier is now in serious […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Progressive city council candidate Jesse Salomon overtakes opponent in Shoreline

This after­noon, a major shift occurred in one of the close city coun­cil races that we’ve been watch­ing over the last few days. After hav­ing trailed oppo­nent Robin McClel­land for near­ly a week, young pro­gres­sive Jesse Salomon today took a twen­­ty-two vote lead in the con­test for Shore­line City Coun­cil Posi­tion #6. Salomon, who works […]

Posted inPublic Service

Governor Chris Gregoire appoints Judge Steven González to state’s Supreme Court

Gov­er­nor Chris Gre­goire announced today that she is appoint­ing respect­ed King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Judge Steven González to the Supreme Court to suc­ceed Ger­ry Alexan­der, who will be retir­ing from the bench at the end of the year. The appoint­ment, which does not require Sen­ate con­fir­ma­tion, is the sec­ond Supreme Court vacan­cy that Gre­goire has […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Bellevue City Council votes to approve East Link agreement with Sound Transit

Sound Tran­sit’s East Link project has just moved one major step clos­er to becom­ing a real­i­ty. After many months of dis­cus­sion and nego­ti­a­tion, Belle­vue’s City Coun­cil has vot­ed unan­i­mous­ly to autho­rize the city to enter into a Mem­o­ran­dum of Under­stand­ing (MOU) with Sound Tran­sit regard­ing the project, one of sev­er­al major expan­sions of the Link […]