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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tomorrow’s anti-SOPA/PIPA blackout will be an unprecedented event

Excerpt: We are less than a few hours away from the begin­ning of the biggest vir­tu­al grass­roots protest the Inter­net has ever seen.  As you may have heard, the Web — or at least a siz­able frac­tion of it — is going on strike to protest two destruc­tive bills pend­ing before Con­gress that would allow giant media […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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2012 Democratic National Convention shortened from four days to three, Obama to accept nomination in larger venue

Excerpt: This morn­ing, Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Com­mit­tee Chair­woman Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz made two impor­tant logis­ti­cal announce­ments about the forty-sev­enth qua­dren­ni­al meet­ing of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, sched­uled to take place in Char­lotte, North Car­oli­na, dur­ing the first full week of September. At a media event in the City of Trees, Schultz revealed that the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Nation­al Con­ven­tion will […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Events, Party Politics
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NPI to participate in Internet strike against SOPA and PIPA on January 18th

Excerpt: Read­ers who are reg­u­lars at Red­dit or who close­ly fol­low tech­nol­o­gy news may have heard that the social news site is lead­ing the way in fer­ment­ing what’s being called an Inter­net strike against two destruc­tive, anti-Inter­net bills being pushed by Hol­ly­wood on Capi­tol Hill (the so-called “Stop Online Pira­cy Act” and the “Pro­tect IP Act”). […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Western Washington lowlands receive first (and maybe only) major snowfall of winter

Excerpt: It’s snow time! After sev­er­al weeks of most­ly dry/sometimes wet weath­er, Puget Sound and points to the north and the south are see­ing some sig­nif­i­cant snow… per­haps the only major snow event of win­ter 2012. The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice fore­cast for today and the next few days calls for plen­ty of snow show­ers. Tem­per­a­tures will remain fair­ly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Unscheduled Programming
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White House signals that administration opposes SOPA and PIPA as currently written

Excerpt: Respond­ing to a pair of peti­tions call­ing on Pres­i­dent Oba­ma to take a stand against two bills that threat­en Inter­net free­dom (the so-called “Stop Online Pira­cy Act” and “Pro­tect IP”), three admin­is­tra­tion offi­cials have pub­lished a posi­tion paper on the White House web­site which sug­gests that the admin­is­tra­tion does not find SOPA or PIPA accept­able […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Suzan DelBene enters congressional sweepstakes in Washington’s new 1st District

Excerpt: End­ing weeks of spec­u­la­tion as to whether she would join the crowd­ed field of Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans who want to rep­re­sent Wash­ing­ton’s new 1st Con­gres­sion­al Dis­trict, Suzan Del­Bene has offi­cial­ly declared her can­di­da­cy for U.S. House, say­ing she has the expe­ri­ence and the vision to rep­re­sent sub­ur­ban and rur­al King, Sno­homish, Skag­it, and Whatom counties. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Let’s build a constructive future for our region in the Port of Seattle’s second century

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing are the remarks that NPI’s Pres­i­dent, Gael Tar­leton, deliv­ered at the first reg­u­lar meet­ing of the Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion for 2012, fol­low­ing her elec­tion as Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion for the remain­der of the year.  Thank you, fel­low Com­mis­sion­ers, for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to serve this com­ing year as Pres­i­dent of the Port […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton elected to serve as President of Seattle Port Commission

Excerpt: Ear­li­er this evening, the Seat­tle Port Com­mis­sion con­clud­ed its first meet­ing for the year 2012, at which Com­mis­sion­ers Bill Bryant and Gael Tar­leton (one of NPI’s found­ing board mem­bers) were sworn in for their sec­ond terms in office, fol­low­ing the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Novem­ber gen­er­al elec­tion a few weeks ago. The Com­mis­sion also elect­ed its offi­cers […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Mitt Romney projected to win New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary

Excerpt: Although most precincts have yet to report in, the tra­di­tion­al media has already declared Mitt Rom­ney the win­ner of the 2012 Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry in New Hamp­shire… and Rom­ney has tak­en to the stage to deliv­er an arro­gant­ly-word­ed vic­to­ry speech filled with bold promis­es that he has no abil­i­ty what­so­ev­er to ful­fill, along with a gen­er­ous […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Live Coverage
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Frank Blethen, self-proclaimed champion of higher education, doesn’t want Chris Gregoire intervening in lawsuit against I‑1053

Excerpt: A few days ago, Gov­er­nor Chris Gre­goire let it be known that she intends to ask the courts to rule on the con­sti­tu­tion­al­i­ty of Tim Eyman’s I‑1053, which was chal­lenged by a group of par­ents, teach­ers, and law­mak­ers in a law­suit last spring. Gre­goire is a defen­dant in the law­suit (which is being defend­ed by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Education, Litigation
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Help us track the action in the statehouse: Nominate a bill for the Olympia Newsriver

Excerpt: Reg­u­lar read­ers may recall that around this time last year, we launched a younger sib­ling to Pacif­ic NW Por­tal called the Olympia News­riv­er, which has the abil­i­ty to track what bills are mov­ing in the state­house on any giv­en day. The News­riv­er gets its name from Dave Win­er’s con­cept of a riv­er of news. It […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Chris Gregoire announces support for full marriage equality in 2012

Excerpt: In a major boost to Wash­ing­ton Unit­ed for Mar­riage’s efforts to make Wash­ing­ton the sev­enth state where mar­riage equal­i­ty is the law of the land, Gov­er­nor Chris Gre­goire this morn­ing declared her full sup­port for leg­is­la­tion to over­turn the state’s dis­crim­i­na­to­ry Defense of Mar­riage Act (DOMA) and per­mit gay and les­bian cou­ples to legal­ly wed […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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President appoints Richard Cordray to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Excerpt: Fed up with Repub­li­can obstruc­tion­ism in the U.S. Sen­ate, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma plans to announce that he is appoint­ing his nom­i­nee for Direc­tor of the Con­sumer Finan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau to the post effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly. Richard Cor­dray, fifty-two, pre­vi­ous­ly served as Ohio’s forty-ninth attor­ney gen­er­al before he was nom­i­nat­ed by the Pres­i­dent last July to run the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney win Iowa caucus

Excerpt: Fun­da­men­tal­ist Rick San­to­rum (a for­mer U.S. Sen­a­tor) and Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment favorite Mitt Rom­ney (a for­mer gov­er­nor) have pre­vailed in the first nom­i­nat­ing con­test of 2012, results released by the Iowa Repub­li­can Par­ty show. With 99% of the vote count­ed, Rom­ney and San­to­rum were almost exact­ly tied, sep­a­rat­ed by only a hand­ful of votes, while Ron […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections, Party Politics
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