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Monthly Archives: March 2012

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

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Barack Obama names a great progressive, Jim Yong Kim, as America’s choice to head the World Bank

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Whatcom County residents gather to oppose proposed Cherry Point coal terminal

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Patrick
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U.S. Senate rejects the latest Republican plot to open the Arctic Refuge to oil drilling

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rick Santorum projected to win in Alabama, holding on to narrow lead in Mississippi

Excerpt: 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, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Referendum 74 gets a new ballot title; right wing to launch anti-equality signature drive

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Twitter buys Tumblr rival Posterous

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton announces that she will be a candidate for state House in the 36th LD

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Super Tuesday: Who’s winning where

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rush Limbaugh loses another station and more than a dozen more national advertisers

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hawaii radio station cancels Rush Limbaugh’s nationally syndicated three hours of hate

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mitt Romney winning Washington Republican precinct caucuses by comfortable margin

Excerpt: 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) […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democrats speak out following Republican takeover of Washington State Senate

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Speaker Frank Chopp blasts Senate Republicans for “abuse of power”

Excerpt: 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 […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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