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Monthly Archives: September 2012

Let’s put Washington’s history of public votes on supermajority requirements in full context

Excerpt: Yesterday evening, as I was scanning headlines on Pacific NW Portal, an article by Seattle Times reporter Andrew Garber caught my eye. I clicked through to read it, and the following headline and summary appeared on my screen: Voters may make it tougher for Legislature to raise taxes — again Tim Eyman has another initiative […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans mock Jay Inslee for supporting companies that are succeeding

Excerpt: Continuing to position themselves as the unapologetic opponents of any policy direction with the word “clean” in it (clean energy, clean elections), the Republican Party has needled Democrtic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee for envisioning a clean energy economy for Washington and for supporting clean energy in his 2008 book, Apollo’s Fire. According to them, every […]
Written by:Patrick
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The News Tribune shines a spotlight on Tim Eyman’s secret campaign to qualify I-517

Excerpt: Several months ago, around the time Tim Eyman and his pals Roy Ruffino and Eddie Agazarm began accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from big corporations for I-1185 (Eyman’s measure to reimpose the unconstitutional two-thirds voting requirement for raising revenue), they quietly began scheming to have I-1185 petitioners collect signatures for a second initiative that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: What a week it’s been so far at the Democratic National Convention!

Excerpt: Hello from Charlotte! I have been thinking about how to best summarize my experiences in the Queen City for some time. What do I tell people back home in the Pacific Northwest about my experiences here? Well, to put it succinctly, I am all fired up and ready to go. Charlotteans have been very hospitable […]
Written by:Linda Jenkins
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LIVE from Charlotte: DNCC moves Thursday evening events to Time Warner Cable Arena

Excerpt: The fourth evening of the 2012 Democratic National Convention will take place at Time Warner Cable Arena instead of Bank of America Stadium as previously planned, convention organizers have just announced. “We have been monitoring weather forecasts closely and several reports predict thunderstorms in the area, therefore we have decided to move Thursday’s proceedings to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: Schedule of speakers for Wednesday, September 5th, from the DNCC

Excerpt: Good morning from Charlotte! Today is the third day of Democratic National Convention week here in the Queen City. This afternoon, we will reconvene for our second general session of the week at 2 PM Pacific. The DNCC (Democratic National Convention Committee) was kind enough to release a schedule of speakers for this evening’s program […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: Michelle Obama electrifies Time Warner Cable Arena

Excerpt: That. Was. Incredible. If you’ve been following the DNC from home, then you just witnessed, along with us, one of the greatest speeches ever delivered at a Democratic National Convention… Michelle Obama’s culminating primetime address, in which she eloquently laid out the case for President Barack Obama’s reelection. To say that the speech was a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: Washington State’s view inside Time Warner Cable Arena

Excerpt: Hello again from Charlotte! We are just an hour away now from being gaveled into session here at Time Warner Cable Arena. To be honest, this arena feels like the keep at the center of a giant urban fortress. I had to pass through several layers of security to get in here, including a magetnometer […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: Schedule of speakers for Tuesday, September 4th, from the DNC

Excerpt: Good morning from Charlotte! Today is the second day of Democratic National Convention week here in the Queen City. This afternoon, we will be officially gaveled into session by Convention Chair and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The DNCC (Democratic National Convention Committee) was kind enough to release a schedule of speakers for this evening’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: Washington Democrats hold evening reception at Mac’s Speed Shop

Excerpt: Good evening from the City of Trees! Tonight, the Washington State Democrats are celebrating Labor Day and the 2012 Democratic National Convention with a special evening reception at one of Charlotte’s best eateries… Mac’s Speed Shop, renowned in Charlotte for its beer and barbecue. Mac’s is ours for the night, and we’ve taken full advantage. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: CarolinaFest in pictures

Excerpt: Good afternoon from Charlotte! Today, in honor of Labor Day, and to thank the people of Charlote for welcoming us to their fine city, the DNC is throwing a big party called CarolinaFest in Uptown. It’s essentially a big, festive street fair, with a temporary food court, big stage, auxiliary stage, and lots of tents […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Charlotte: DNCC officials hold opening press conference

Excerpt: Welcome back to our continuing coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m at Room 208 in the Charlotte Convention Center, awaiting the beginning of the Convention’s Opening Press Conference, where DNCC CEO Steve Kerrigan, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, and other DNCC officials are welcoming members of the press corps to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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