Posted inSeries & Special Reports

Looking Back at 2012: Republicans and conservatives in their own words

Remem­ber these quotes? Take a stroll down Mem­o­ry Lane: “What does it say about the col­lege coed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a con­gres­sion­al com­mit­tee and essen­tial­ly says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a pros­ti­tute. She wants to […]

Posted inBreaking News, Open Government, Public Service

Alexandria police arrest Idaho Senator Mike Crapo for driving under the influence

But not to wor­ry, we hear you can be for­giv­en for dri­ving drunk (or, in Lar­ry Craig’s case, solic­it­ing sex in an air­port bath­room) if you’re a Repub­li­can: Police in Alexan­dria, Vir­gina  said the three-term sen­a­tor from Bon­neville Coun­ty failed field sobri­ety tests after an offi­cer saw Crapo’s vehi­cle run a red light and pulled […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

NRA’s answer to Newtown tragedy: Put armed guards in every school in America

This morn­ing, the Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion (NRA) and its zeal­ous leader, Wayne LaPierre, final­ly broke their silence over the slaugh­ter of twen­ty chil­dren and sev­en adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut. At a press con­fer­ence in the Dis­trict of Colum­bia, not far from the White House, LaPierre said that imme­di­ate action need­ed to […]

Posted inBreaking News, Elections, Live Coverage

LIVE from Olympia: Washington’s electors meet to vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden

Good after­noon from Olympia! Eve and I are here at the Wash­ing­ton State Capi­tol Cam­pus to wit­ness one of many Elec­toral Col­lege meet­ings tak­ing place across the Unit­ed States. Twelve indi­vid­u­als, cho­sen by the Wash­ing­ton State Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, are here to cast votes for pres­i­dent and vice pres­i­dent on behalf of the peo­ple of the […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Party Politics, Policy Topics

Rodney Tom to constituents: “I believe my credentials as a Democrat are rock solid”

Since announc­ing on Mon­day that he has decid­ed to join with Tim Shel­don in engi­neer­ing a new Repub­li­can major­i­ty in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate, Med­i­na’s Rod­ney Tom has been field­ing phone calls and emails from unhap­py Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­stituents in the 48th Dis­trict who have told him in no uncer­tain terms that they regard his actions […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

A modest proposal

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary school shoot­ings of Decem­ber 14th, many are call­ing for reform of gun con­trol laws, stronger gun con­trol laws, a re-intro­­duc­­tion of the assault weapons ban, and so forth. These are wor­thy con­ver­sa­tions that should be had. To them I would add anoth­er idea. On Sat­ur­day, author Mau­reen John­son tweet­ed: @maureenjohnson: […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Authorities release the names of those killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary

Author­i­ties in Con­necti­cut have now released the names of the chil­dren and fac­ul­ty killed yes­ter­day morn­ing at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut. The over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of those killed were very young chil­dren, only six years old, as has been report­ed. Three of the chil­dren were sev­en years old. The adults (all women) ranged in […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Activists, artists, elected leaders react to the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut

The slaugh­ter of more than two dozen chil­dren and adults at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut is, with­out ques­tion, one of the most hor­rif­ic events we have gone through as a coun­try. No sur­prise, then, that it has become the chief top­ic of con­ver­sa­tion all over the coun­try.… in shops, offices, homes, and online. […]

Posted inBreaking News, Civil Liberties, Policy Topics, Public Planning

At least eighteen children and eight adults slaughtered at school in Connecticut

Dev­as­tat­ing, heart­break­ing, hor­ri­ble news out of New Eng­land this morn­ing: At least 27 peo­ple — includ­ing 18 chil­dren — were killed Fri­day morn­ing at a local ele­men­tary school, mark­ing the dead­liest shoot­ing ever in Con­necti­cut and one of the worst ever in the coun­try. The shoot­ing hap­pened at about 9:40 AM [6:40 AM Pacif­ic Time] […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Our Environment, Policy Topics, World Commmunity

LIVE from Seattle: Huge turnout for final scoping hearing on Gateway Pacific Terminal

This after­noon, the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers, Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Ecol­o­gy, and What­com Coun­ty (the co-lead agen­cies) are hold­ing the sev­enth in a series of scop­ing meet­ings to deter­mine how to best pro­ceed with an envi­ron­men­tal impact state­ment for the pro­posed Gate­way Pacif­ic Ter­mi­nal and Custer rail­road spur at the Wash­ing­ton State Convention […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming

LIVE: Van Jones at the Washington State Budget and Policy Center Conference

NPI live­blogs Jones speaks at the Bud­get and Pol­i­cy Cen­ter lunch, lay­ing out a vision nation­al­ly:  12:35 PM: “If your news sta­tion is named after a sneaky and preda­to­ry animals…you might ques­tion whether your news is fair and bal­anced.”  12:37 PM: “If we just stand our ground, we can final­ly bring the Rea­gan val­ues to […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy, Party Politics

Rodney Tom, majority leader of Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon, claims Lisa Brown’s office

Rod­ney Tom, the for­mer Repub­li­can turned Demo­c­rat turned de fac­to Repub­li­can, admit­ted today while talk­ing to the Capi­tol press corps that he’s “expect­ing” to take over cur­rent Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Lisa Brown’s cor­ner office in the Leg­isla­tive Build­ing, even though he will be the cham­ber’s “major­i­ty leader” in name only. Tom is evi­dent­ly eager to get his […]

Posted inLegislative Advocacy, Party Politics

Republicans seize control of state Senate with the help of Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon

Sen­ate Repub­li­cans announced today they have for­mal­ly reached a deal with Rod­ney Tom and Tim Shel­don (of the 48th and 35th Dis­tricts, respec­tive­ly) to run Wash­ing­ton’s Sen­ate for the next two years, which means that Democ­rats will be in the minor­i­ty for the first time since the 2006 ses­sion. At a press con­fer­ence in Olympia, […]