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Monthly Archives: December 2011

After Internet outcry, Verizon backtracks, drops plans to charge $2 “convenience fee”

Excerpt: Chalk up another victory for the Internet: Verizon Wireless has decided it will not institute the fee for online or telephone single payments that was announced earlier this week. The company made the decision in response to customer feedback about the plan, which was designed to improve the efficiency of those transactions. The company continues […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marko Liias exits congressional sweepstakes; other WA-01 candidates stay in

Excerpt: “[I]t’s often said that democracy is about voters choosing their politicians. But in the redistricting process, it’s politicians choosing their voters. And in many ways, those decisions can be more important than elections in some context.” — Nate Persily, Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University, commenting on the importance of redistricting […]
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Slade Gorton, Tim Ceis unveil proposed congressional district map for 2012-2021

Excerpt: At last, we have a map! During a short meeting of Washington’s four member Redistricting Commission on the Capitol Campus this morning, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton and former Seattle deputy mayor Tim Ceis – who had been tasked with drawing new congressional district boundaries on behalf of the four-member commission – unveiled the proposal […]
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Washington’s Redistricting Commission to unveil proposed congressional map tomorrow

Excerpt: With its deadline for submitting new congressional and legislative district maps fast approaching, Washington’s four Redistricting Commissioners announced at a short, ten-minute meeting today that they are making significant progress in drawing up new maps, and expect to have preliminary proposals to make public tomorrow. The four commissioners – Slade Gorton, Tim Ceis, Tom Huff, […]
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Overview of the Improvements in Newport (Pacific NW Portal Version 5.0)

Excerpt: After many years of development, Pacific NW Portal Version 5.0 (Newport) is finally ready for your browsing pleasure. The following post constitutes our official changelog for Version 5.0; it describes the changes we made to the Portal and our reasons for doing so. Please feel free to leave questions, suggestions for future versions, or other […]
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Pacific NW Portal 5 (Newport) is now live!

Excerpt: The big day has arrived! Moments ago, we retired the old Pacific NW Portal, which has been online in its current incarnation for over half a decade, and replaced it with Version 5.0, codenamed Newport. (Pacific NW Portal releases are named after cities and towns on the Oregon coast. The last major release was Seaside). […]
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Pacific NW Portal 5 launches tomorrow!

Excerpt: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! On behalf of the team at NPI, I’m very excited to announce that development and beta testing of the next version of Pacific NW Portal, codenamed Newport,  is coming to a close. Tomorrow, we will launch the new site… just in time for the Feast of the Nativity and the […]
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House Republicans formally block payroll tax break “compromise” bill from consideration

Excerpt: As expected, in a series of votes earlier today, House Republicans formally blocked legislation overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate a few days ago that would temporarily extend the one-year payroll tax break enacted by Congress last year (S. Amdt. 1465 to H.R. 3630) for another two months. The House’s action threatens the compromise on […]
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Los Angeles Times hires David Horsey

Excerpt: Longtime Seattle Post-Intelligencer cartoonist David Horsey, who also served as an editorial board member back when the P-I had a print edition, is leaving the P-I and Hearst Newspapers to take a job with the Los Angeles Times beginning in January, Times editor Russ Stanton announced today. “He will work with 2012 campaign editor Cathy […]
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AT&T throws in the towel, abandons scheme to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom

Excerpt: For once, federal regulators have done their job and stood up to Wall Street: AT&T said late on Monday afternoon that it had withdrawn its $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile USA, acknowledging that it could not overcome opposition from the Obama administration to creating the nation’s biggest cellphone service provider. The company said in […]
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Seattle Public Schools to get a chance for a fresh start with Enfield’s departure

Excerpt: Interim Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield, who took over management of the state’s largest school district after the board ousted Monica Goodloe-Johnson back in the spring, announced today that she will “neither seek nor accept” the permanent position of superintendent, which means she will departing the district midway through 2012 when her current contract […]
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Senate Republicans propose constitutional amendment to prohibit unfunded mandates

Excerpt: A group of Republicans in Washington’s state Senate, including Minority Leader Mike Hewitt and Republican floor leader Mark Schoesler, have teamed up with two Democratic senators (Nick Harper, Debbie Regala) to propose a constitutional amendment that would prohibit unfunded mandates. (An unfunded mandate is an initiative that creates a new service or requires a service […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Olympus must rid itself of the crooks/yes men who betrayed its shareholders and customers

Excerpt: Ten years ago, corporate America was rocked by a series of accounting scandals that destroyed one of the world’s largest accounting firms (Arthur Andersen) and led to the passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (Sarbox, or sometimes simply referred to as SOX). A number of well-known American companies – notably Enron, Tyco, Adelphia, and WorldCom – […]
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John Stokes wins extremely close election for Bellevue City Council Position #1

Excerpt: It’s over, at last: After a two-day mandatory recount triggered by an extremely close final spread in the contest for Bellevue City Council Position #1, we finally have a winner: progressive activist John Stokes, whose final margin of victory ended up being just fifty-four votes. That’s less than the population of one precinct. Stokes, a […]
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