Posted inCivil Liberties, Elections, Policy Topics

John Koster: “The rape thing” is not a valid reason for a woman to terminate a pregnancy

Anoth­er week, anoth­er insen­si­tive and offen­sive com­ment about rape from a self-right­eous male Repub­li­can who does­n’t believe in the right to pri­va­cy. Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Todd Akin and Richard Mour­dock, our own local arch­con­ser­v­a­tive can­di­date for U.S. House — John Koster — has can­did­ly stat­ed his own extreme (and igno­rant) views on reproductive […]

Posted inBreaking News, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Amtrak partially restores some service in Northeast; but no trains to or from New York

Amtrak announced ear­li­er today that it has begun to par­tial­ly restore some ser­vice in the mid-Atlantic states, but it won’t be pos­si­ble to trav­el to or from New York City by rail for at least sev­er­al days due to bad­ly flood­ed tun­nels. Here’s the advi­so­ry Amtrak released not long ago: Amtrak will pro­vide mod­i­fied North­east Region­al ser­vice between […]

Posted inBreaking News, Media & Culture

Walt Disney Company to acquire Lucasfilm, plans to make a new Star Wars trilogy

The Walt Dis­ney Com­pa­ny, which is already the world’s largest media con­glom­er­ate (it owns ABC, ESPN, Mar­vel, Pixar, and a host of oth­er prop­er­ties) is about to get even big­ger. Dead­line Hol­ly­wood Dai­ly has the sur­pris­ing news: Dis­ney has just con­firmed that it has agreed to acquire George Lucas’ Lucas­film Ltd., and that includes rights to the Star Wars franchise […]

Posted inBreaking News, Policy Topics, Public Planning

President Obama to travel to New Jersey tomorrow, inspect damage with Chris Christie

Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma will trav­el to New Jer­sey tomor­row to inspect dam­age caused by Super­storm Sandy with Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Chris Christie. The Pres­i­dent will spend his time “talk­ing with cit­i­zens who are recov­er­ing from the storm and thank­ing first respon­ders who put their lives at risk to pro­tect their com­mu­ni­ties”, White House Press Sec­re­tary Jay […]

Posted inBreaking News, Policy Topics, Public Planning

The morning after Sandy: Rescue, recovery efforts underway in New York, New Jersey

Last night, Hur­ri­cane Sandy — which is now being called Super­storm Sandy — made land­fall in New Jer­sey, near Atlantic City. The worst hours have now passed, but as news broad­casts show, Sandy’s arrival was every bit as destruc­tive as mete­o­rol­o­gists and local offi­cials had warned it could be. Schools, air­ports, the New York Stock Exchange, […]

Posted inBreaking News, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Hurricane Sandy barrels towards East Coast, bringing commerce and travel to a halt

One of the most destruc­tive storms ever to threat­en the Unit­ed States is hours away from slam­ming into the Atlantic seaboard, mete­o­rol­o­gists are warn­ing. Hur­ri­cane Sandy, which has already killed dozens of peo­ple in the Car­ribbean, is pro­ject­ed to make land­fall some­time tomor­row evening between the Chesa­peake and the mouth of the Hud­son Riv­er. The […]

Posted inBreaking News, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tsunami warning issued for Pacific Northwest as East Coast prepares for “Frankenstorm”

It’s turn­ing out to be a busy week­end for sci­en­tists at NOAA’s Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice (NWS) and the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey (USGS). The Nation­al Weath­er Ser­vice has spent the last few days track­ing Hur­ri­cane Sandy, which is now pro­ject­ed to make land­fall some­where along the mid-Atlantic, per­haps off the coast of Vir­ginia or Delaware. Hurricane […]

Posted inPublic Service

Remembering Paul, Sheila, Marcia, Tom, Mary, and Will: The Wellstone legacy lives on

Ten years ago today, we lost one of the most prin­ci­pled and coura­geous pro­gres­sive lead­ers who ever served our coun­try in Con­gress: Paul Well­stone of Min­neso­ta. Sen­a­tor Well­stone, his wife Sheila, daugh­ter Mar­cia, and three cam­paign aides were killed when the plane they had char­tered to fly to Eveleth for a funer­al crashed short­ly after […]

Posted inEvents, Live Coverage

Liveblogging the final presidential debate of 2012 from the great Pacific Northwest

Good after­noon, every­one. Tonight is debate night once again. In a few hours, Barack Oba­ma and Mitt Rom­ney will sit down with Bob Schi­ef­fer of CBS’ Face the Nation for a debate cen­tered on for­eign pol­i­cy at Lynn Uni­ver­si­ty in Boca Raton, Flori­da. If the last debate is any indi­ca­tion, the dis­cus­sion should be live­ly. We’ll be […]

Posted inElections

Poll Watch: 2012 Washington Poll finds Obama, Inslee, and marriage equality ahead

Moments ago, KCTS9, in coop­er­a­tion with the Cen­ter for Sur­vey Research at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, released the results of this year’s Wash­ing­ton Poll. The Wash­ing­ton Poll is a wide­ly respect­ed elec­toral sur­vey direct­ed by Dr. Matt Bar­reto, who serves as an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor at the UW in Seat­tle. It is con­duct­ed annu­al­ly, and because […]

Posted inElections, Events, Live Coverage

Liveblogging the final gubernatorial debate of 2012 between Jay Inslee and Rob McKenna

Tonight real­ly is debate night. We have one more debate of impor­tance to get through before we’re off live­blog­ging duty: an hour­long dis­cus­sion between the can­di­dates for gov­er­nor, pre­sent­ed by KING5 and Frank Blethen’s Seat­tle Times. As with the pres­i­den­tial debate, we’ll be fol­low­ing this one in real time, with updates simul­cast on Twit­ter. Let’s […]

Posted inElections, Events, Live Coverage

Liveblogging the second presidential debate of 2012 from the great Pacific Northwest

Good evening, every­one. Tonight, as we all know, is pres­i­den­tial debate night. In less than an hour, Barack Oba­ma and Mitt Rom­ney will take the stage at Hof­s­tra Uni­ver­si­ty in Hemp­stead, New York for a town hall or town meet­ing style debate. The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­at­ed by CNN’s Can­dy Crow­ley ; ques­tions will primarily […]