Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Latest tragedy in Seattle a sad reminder: Guns don’t kill people, people with guns kill people

Anoth­er late spring day has come and gone, and with it, the lives of more inno­cent Wash­ing­to­ni­ans have been blot­ted out, cru­el­ly cut short by gun­fire: A man who killed four peo­ple in a bloody shoot­ing spree at two Seat­tle loca­tions end­ed an intense man­hunt by turn­ing the gun on him­self as offi­cers closed in […]

Posted inBreaking News, Litigation

BREAKING: Tim Eyman’s I‑1053 has *finally* been struck down as unconstitutional!

Joy­ous news to report out of the King Coun­ty Cour­t­house this morn­ing: Supe­ri­or Court Judge Bruce Heller has just ruled that Tim Eyman’s I‑1053 — the third in a series of ini­tia­tives unde­mo­c­ra­t­i­cal­ly requir­ing two-thirds votes of both hous­es of the Leg­is­la­ture to raise rev­enue — is uncon­sti­tu­tion­al on mul­ti­ple grounds. The rul­ing, which Rob […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

Baumgartner comes to WWU, response is lukewarm

Michael Baum­gart­ner, cur­rent State Sen­a­tor (6th‑R) and oppo­nent to Maria Cantwell, came to West­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty today to talk to stu­dents with slight­ly gram­mat­i­cal­ly incor­rect cam­paign mate­r­i­al.  A few stu­dents stopped to talk, but most stu­dents were hud­dled around the very enthu­si­as­tic evan­gel­i­cal preach­er yelling to stu­dents in Red Square or were tar­gets of three […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections

BP and ConocoPhillips revealed as the big money behind Tim Eyman’s I‑1185

The wheels and gears of Tim Eyman’s ini­tia­tive fac­to­ry are once again being lubri­cat­ed with piles of mon­ey from greedy multi­na­tion­al oil com­pa­nies, new­ly updat­ed Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion records show. Min­utes ago, Tim Eyman’s trea­sur­er uploaded cam­paign finance reports for the lat­est incar­na­tion of Eyman’s “Vot­ers Want More Choic­es” com­mit­tee for the month of April, […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

PubliCola closes its doors; writers moving gossip site’s feature columns to Crosscut

Pub­li­Co­la, the polit­i­cal news and gos­sip blog launched by for­mer Stranger news edi­tor Josh Feit three and a quar­ter plus years ago, is ceas­ing pub­li­ca­tion, its founder announced this after­noon. Feit’s farewell post, which went live just before 3 PM, did­n’t mince words. “I’ve got a seri­ous after­noon Jolt: Pub­li­Co­la is going out of busi­ness. Sort […]

Posted inElections

François Hollande elected President of France; Nicolas Sarkozy ousted after one term

It’s offi­cial: the République française will soon have a new leader. The peo­ple of France oust­ed incum­bent pres­i­dent Nico­las Sarkozy today in a runoff elec­tion, deny­ing the Union pour un Mou­ve­ment Pop­u­laire (Union for a Pop­u­lar Move­ment) leader a sec­ond term in favor of Social­ist François Hol­lande, who has called for more invest­ment in France’s pub­lic ser­vices and fewer […]