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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Frank Blethen’s Seattle Times tells Supreme Court to bring back Tim Eyman’s I-1053

Excerpt: Well, that didn’t take long. Less than seventy-two hours after the Supreme Court heard oral argument in League of Education Voters v. State of Washington (the legal challenge to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1053), Frank Blethen’s Seattle Times released an editorial telling the Supreme Court to bring back Tim Eyman’s I-1053, which was struck down in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections, Litigation
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Sound Transit selects contractor to extend Link light rail into south SeaTac

Excerpt: Sound Transit’s board of directors have selected a contractor to expand Link light rail south from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the intersection of South 200th St and 28th Avenue South, the agency announced today. PCL Civil Constructors, Inc. has been awarded a contract to bring Link’s southern terminus into the southern part of SeaTac, with […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Ad Watch: Obama/Biden 2012 turns infamous Romney gaffe from secret video into an ad

Excerpt: Welcome back to Ad Watch, our newest special series, which is running weekly from now until election week. The purpose of this series is to attempt to catalog, or index, the many campaign ads that are going up on television (and sometimes radio) to influence elections in the Pacific Northwest. In each installment, we’ll briefly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Autumn has arrived!

Excerpt: Well, it looks like another season has come and gone. As of today, summer 2012 is officially over, and autumn 2012 has begun. The third full season of the year will last almost ninety days, encompassing part or all of four months: September, October, November, and December. Winter will officially begin four days before Christmas […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Colorado gets new national monument thanks to President Obama; will Washington be next?

Excerpt: Earlier today, with the stroke of a pen, President Barack Obama transformed one of Colorado’s most beloved and best known sights – previously protected as Chimney Rock Archaeological Area – into Chimney Rock National Monument, exercising his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The move brings the site one step closer to the coveted […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Republicans shamelessly block Patty Murray’s veterans jobs bill in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: As if we needed further proof that Republicans aren’t interested in helping create jobs and strengthening economic security for Americans, the Notorious G.O.P (which stands for Graveyard of Progress these days) has blocked Senator Patty Murray’s veterans jobs bill from coming up for a vote in the U.S. Senate, effectively killing it for the year: […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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U.S. Representative Rick Larsen leads the charge to stop voter suppression

Excerpt: Reacting to laws making aiming to increase the difficulty to vote since conservatives took control of  state governments in the 2010 midterm elections, Congressman Rick Larsen, along with 14 other House Democrats, introduced a bill yesterday to “combat voter suppression efforts across the country“. Only two of the current co-sponsors represent a state which has enacted […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Wolves’ comeback breeds tensions

Excerpt: A controversial and divisive figure is rearing its scruffy head in Washington. Absent from our state for at least seventy years, the wolf is making a vigorous comeback. And while Native Americans honor it in story, animal lovers appreciate its ecological role (not to mention its family loyalty and intelligence), many ranchers distrust it because […]
Written by:Kathleen Reynolds
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Washington lawmakers should act to abolish executions in the 2013 legislative session

Excerpt: A few months ago, as spring reached its apex, Connecticut’s Governor, Dannel Malloy, a Democrat, signed a bill outlawing capital punishment. “Connecticut joins sixteen other states and the rest of the industrialized world by taking this action,” he noted as he signed the bill into law. The signs are obvious for anyone who looks. Capital […]
Written by:Martin Chaney
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Fallout from anonymously-produced video mocking Islam continues all over Middle East

Excerpt: Less than one hundred hours after the eleven year anniversary of September 11th, Islamic fundamentalists have seized upon an anonymously-produced video that mocks Islam to fan the flames of anti-American sentiment all across the Middle East… in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Lebanon, and other countries. The U.S. Department of State on Thursday issued travel warnings […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Ad Watch: Our Washington goes after Rob McKenna, says he’s not who he says he is

Excerpt: Welcome to Ad Watch, our newest special series, which will run weekly from now until election week. The purpose of this series is to attempt to catalog, or index, the many campaign ads that are going up on television (and sometimes radio) to influence elections in the Pacific Northwest. In each installment, we’ll briefly describe […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Chamber of Commerce announces opposition to AWB and Tim Eyman’s I-1185

Excerpt: Great news: Earlier today, the Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce announced that after careful consideration, it has decided to join the opposition to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1185, which would reimpose the unconstitutional two-thirds vote requirement to raise revenue on the state Legislature. The decision is significant because the primary financial force behind I-1185 is the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Terrorist attack in Benghazi kills American ambassador to Libya, two U.S. Marines

Excerpt: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher J. Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two U.S. Marines were killed yesterday when terrorists attacked the American consulate in Benghazi with rocket-propelled grenades and firearms during a protest by angry Libyans upset with a trailer for an anonymously-produced film that denigrates Islam, the White House has confirmed. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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In memoriam, eleven years later

Excerpt: Today is the eleventh anniversary of the September 11th attacks, which destroyed New York’s World Trade Center, damaged the Pentagon, and claimed the lives of thousands of innocent Americans. In honor of those who died that day, we’re republishing a poem that we post annually here on The Advocate. Two thousand one, nine eleven Two […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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