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Monthly Archives: August 2012

RNC Postmortem: Republicans head home after last day of convention in Tampa, Florida

Excerpt: Yesterday was the final day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Here are a few parting thoughts on the convention from The Seattle Times‘ Jim Brunner, The Stranger‘s Paul Constant, and other journalists who were in town covering the convention from a national perspective. Paul Constant has an essay in The Stranger […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Flashback to the Bush Error: In 2001, Paul Ryan defended budget-busting tax cuts

Excerpt: Today, we’re beginning a new series on The Advocate called Flashback to the Bush Error that will feature new installments on Fridays each week through Election Day. The purpose of this series is to document and explore Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney’s support for the failed policies of George W. Bush during the eight years […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patient Protection Act a start, but U.S. still needs true healthcare reform: Medicare for All

Excerpt: Along with economic security, the future of Medicare has emerged as a significant issue in the presidential campaign. The Patient Protection Act, passed more than two years ago and recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court,  provides insurance reform, not healthcare reform. But both are needed. The Patient Protection Act imposed new requirements on health […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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RNC Watch: Charter bus fiasco keeps Washington State Republicans up really late

Excerpt: Today is the third day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Here’s a roundup of some of the goings-on there, as reported by The Seattle Times‘ Jim Brunner, The Stranger‘s Paul Constant, and other journalists who are in town covering the convention from a national perspective. Incompetent central planning by the Republican […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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RNC Watch: RGA Chairman says Rob McKenna would govern like Scott Walker

Excerpt: Today is the second day of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Here’s a roundup of some of the goings-on there, as reported by The Seattle Times‘ Jim Brunner, The Stranger‘s Paul Constant, and other journalists who are in town covering the convention from a national perspective. At the Holiday Inn this morning […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman’s lawsuit over I-1185 fiscal impact “dimissed in full and with prejudice”

Excerpt: A baseless lawsuit filed by Tim Eyman against the state’s Office of Financial Management (OFM) has been dismissed in full and with prejudice following a hearing in Thurston County Superior Court earlier today. After listening to arguments by Senior Counsel Steve Dietrich (representing the state) and Tim Eyman (who appeared pro se), Judge James Dixon […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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One of six proposed coal terminals in Washington and Oregon abandoned

Excerpt: Ask a political organizer in Whatcom County, and it trends that they will tell you about how often they hear voters ask about the proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point, right outside of Bellingham. They get frustrated. Train tracks cut right through Bellingham, and run along next to local businesses. Sit for a few hours […]
Written by:Patrick
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Republican Todd Akin’s offensive comments about rape draw widespread condemnation

Excerpt: Yesterday, Missouri Republican Todd Akin, who currently serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and is the party’s U.S. Senate nominee this year, was interviewed by St. Louis’ local Fox affiliate about his candidacy. During the interview, Akin was asked if he believed that abortion should be available to women who are raped. Akin gave […]
Written by:Lorrie Sullivan DeKay
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Turnout, get-out-the-vote efforts will determine whether Washington moves forward or slides backward after November

Excerpt: Few elections will be as pivotal in Washington State history as the November 2012 election. It is an election that could decide whether Washington steps boldly into a progressive future, or whether it falls victim to right-wing policies that benefit the top 1% while denying basic rights to many of the state’s residents. Progressives can […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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WOW! Félix Hernández pitches first perfect game in Mariners history at Safeco Field

Excerpt: All hail King Félix! The twenty-six year old Mariners pitching phenom solidified his place in baseball history by becoming the first Seattle pitcher to toss a perfect game in front of 21,000+ cheering fans on a sunny summer day at Safeco Field. The Mariners scored just one run against the Tampa Bay Rays, but that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Kathi Goertzen: 1958-2012

Excerpt: This afternoon, we received the very sad news that one of Seattle’s best known newscasters and community leaders is no longer with us. Kathi Goertzen, who for decades was the face of KOMO 4 News with coanchor Dan Lewis, died around 12:45 PM today after a long, difficult battle with several brain tumors, the station […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BREAKING: Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan said to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick

Excerpt: Breaking news this evening: A number of media outlets are reporting that the 2012 Republican ticket has now been set with presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s selection of U.S. Representative Paul Ryan to be his running mate. Ryan, who represents Wisconsin’s 1st District and chairs the House Committee on Budget, is well-liked by movement and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Wanted: Women willing to run for office

Excerpt: At a time when women’s reproductive rights are under attack in state legislatures across the country, there might soon be no female Democratic governors to push back. The only two such governors left in office – Washington’s Chris Gregoire and North Carolina’s Bev Purdue – are leaving office in 2013, and only one state, New […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
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Suzan DelBene gets boost from EMILY’s List, DCCC; Roll Call now rates WA-01 “Leans D”

Excerpt: The last forty-eight hours have been pretty sweet for Suzan DelBene and her campaign team. The good news just keeps rolling in following her big win in this month’s winnowing election, which ended Tuesday. First, the DCCC has confirmed that DelBene will receive priority support over the next three months as she battles John Koster […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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