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 […]