Posted inBreaking News, Media & Culture

Current TV fires Keith Olbermann, announces that Eliot Spitzer will join its lineup

Cur­rent TV, the pro­gres­sive cable net­work found­ed by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, announced min­utes ago that it has fired Kei­th Olber­mann, its best-known per­son­al­i­ty and chief news offi­cer. As is often the case when media com­pa­nies decide to part ways with a host, Olber­man­n’s dis­missal is effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly — he won’t be giv­en a […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, World Commmunity

President Barack Obama names a great progressive, Jim Yong Kim, as America’s choice to head the World Bank

Heart­en­ing news from the Oth­er Wash­ing­ton this morn­ing: Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma has named Dart­mouth pres­i­dent Jim Yong Kim — a glob­al health expert and a skilled pro­gres­sive leader — as the Unit­ed States’ choice to head the World Bank after Robert Zoel­lick steps down in June. “Jim has spent more than two decades work­ing to improve […]

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics

Whatcom County residents gather to oppose proposed Cherry Point coal terminal

Res­i­dents of What­com Coun­ty came out today to ral­ly in oppo­si­tion to the pro­posed coal ter­mi­nal at Cher­ry Point, weath­er­ing the wind and then hail as they voiced their force­ful oppo­si­tion to the project. The ral­ly was held before a pre-scop­ing meet­ing held to explain how the envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment of the pro­pos­al will take place. […]

Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics

U.S. Senate rejects the latest Republican plot to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling

Some good news for a change from the oth­er Wash­ing­ton today: The U.S. Sen­ate has resound­ing­ly reject­ed the lat­est Repub­li­can plot to open the Arc­tic Refuge’s Coastal Plain to oil drilling, defeat­ing an amend­ment offered by Pat Roberts of Kansas intend­ed to allow big oil com­pa­nies like Shell or BP to begin despoil­ing one of […]

Posted inElections

Rick Santorum projected to win in Alabama, holding on to narrow lead in Mississippi

Rick San­to­rum is on a roll. Less than one hun­dred hours after deci­sive­ly win­ning the Kansas Repub­li­can cau­cus­es, he appears to have swept tonight’s con­tests in the Deep South, despite hav­ing to share the con­ser­v­a­tive vote with Newt Gin­grich: Rick San­to­rum scored a pair of pri­ma­ry vic­to­ries in Alaba­ma and Mis­sis­sip­pi, accord­ing to net­work projections, […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Elections, Policy Topics

Referendum 74 gets a new ballot title; right wing to launch anti-equality signature drive

A cou­ple hours ago, fol­low­ing a lengthy hear­ing, Thurston Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Thomas McPhee ordered that Ref­er­en­dum 74, the right wing’s attempt to force a pub­lic vote on Wash­ing­ton’s new mar­riage equal­i­ty law, be giv­en a new bal­lot title, after con­sid­er­ing chal­lenges to the orig­i­nal bal­lot title writ­ten by the Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s office by […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Twitter buys Tumblr rival Posterous

Pos­ter­ous, a start­up that com­petes with Tum­blr in the microblog­ging space, has agreed to sell itself to Twit­ter for an undis­closed sum, the com­pa­nies joint­ly announced today. Launched in May 2008, Pos­ter­ous’ ser­vice is known for its ease-of-use; it bills its plat­form as the eas­i­est and best way to blog by email. “Today we are welcoming […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Elections

NPI’s Gael Tarleton announces that she will be a candidate for state House in the 36th LD

I have some excit­ing news to share this after­noon: After hav­ing spent sev­er­al days con­tem­plat­ing a cam­paign for state House with fam­i­ly and friends, our Pres­i­dent, Gael Tar­leton, has decid­ed to run for the posi­tion being vacat­ed by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mary Lou Dick­er­son, who recent­ly announced her retire­ment from the Leg­is­la­ture after many years of service […]

Posted inElections, Party Politics

Super Tuesday: Who’s winning where

Tonight — as read­ers of the NPI Advo­cate are no doubt aware — is Super Tues­day, tra­di­tion­al­ly the biggest (though not nec­es­sar­i­ly the most piv­otal) night of the pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nat­ing sea­son, when more del­e­gates are at stake than at any oth­er point lead­ing up to the nation­al par­ty con­ven­tions at the end of sum­mer. It’s […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Media & Culture, Policy Topics

Rush Limbaugh loses another station and more than a dozen more national advertisers

Let’s keep the pres­sure on! Anoth­er sta­tion has just can­celed Rush: AM 1420 WBEC [Pitts­field, Mass­a­chu­setts]  releas­es state­ment regard­ing the removal of Rush Lim­baugh from the air­waves Due to the inap­pro­pri­ate remarks made by Rush Lim­baugh regard­ing San­dra Fluke, the man­age­ment of AM 1420 WBEC has made the deci­sion to remove the Rush Lim­baugh Show […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

Hawaii radio station cancels Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated three hours of hate

Let’s hope that they’re just the first of many: New West Broad­cast­ing announced today that it is dis­con­tin­u­ing the Rush Lim­baugh pro­gram on KPUA AM 670 in Hilo, Hawaii effec­tive imme­di­ate­ly. Chris Leonard, Pres­i­dent and Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of New West released the fol­low­ing state­ment this morn­ing: “We have always encour­aged spir­it­ed dis­cus­sion about nation­al and […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

Mitt Romney winning Washington Republican precinct caucuses by comfortable margin

Chalk up anoth­er vic­to­ry for Mitt Rom­ney. With more than six­ty per­cent of the votes count­ed, the for­mer Mass­a­chu­setts gov­er­nor is hand­i­ly win­ning Wash­ing­ton’s Repub­li­can precinct cau­cus­es, best­ing Rick San­to­rum and his two oth­er remain­ing oth­er rivals by a com­fort­able mar­gin. Here are the cur­rent results: Wash­ing­ton Repub­li­can precinct cau­cus­es Mitt Rom­ney: 36.7% (11,294 votes) […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

Democrats speak out following Republican takeover of Washington State Senate

As we report­ed ear­li­er this evening, the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate Repub­li­cans, act­ing in con­cert with three Democ­rats in Name Only (Jim Kas­ta­ma, Rod­ney Tom, and Tim Shel­don) have seized con­trol of the floor of the Leg­is­la­ture’s upper cham­ber, effec­tive­ly turn­ing the remain­der of the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus into the minor­i­ty par­ty with a week left […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

House Speaker Frank Chopp blasts Senate Republicans for “abuse of power”

Wash­ing­ton State House Speak­er Frank Chopp, who rep­re­sents Seat­tl’s 43rd Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict along with Jamie Ped­er­sen, has just issued a state­ment blast­ing Sen­ate Repub­li­cans and their three col­lab­o­ra­tors (who call them­selves Democ­rats) for hijack­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s upper cham­ber and advanc­ing their own back­room bud­get to the floor for imme­di­ate adop­tion. Here is what he has […]