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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Ed Markey, Gabriel Gomez have early leads in Massachusetts’ U.S. Senate special primary

Excerpt: Vot­ing in Mass­a­chu­setts’ spe­cial elec­tion to deter­mine who will rep­re­sent the Demo­c­ra­t­ic and Repub­li­can par­ties in the race to suc­ceed Sen­a­tor John Ker­ry has end­ed, and the results are begin­ning to trick­le in. As of just before 5:45 PM Pacif­ic, with around one-fourth of precincts report­ing, U.S. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed Markey and for­mer Navy SEAL Gabriel […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections
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Kings set to stay in Sacramento after NBA committee unanimously rejects relocation

Excerpt: The Sacra­men­to Kings are going to stay in Sac­town. In a short state­ment issued a lit­tle bit ago, the Nation­al Bas­ket­ball Asso­ci­a­tion revealed that its Relo­ca­tion Com­mit­tee has unan­i­mous­ly vot­ed to rec­om­mend rejec­tion of the Kings’ appli­ca­tion to move to Seat­tle. (The Kings are cur­rent­ly owned by the Mal­oofs, who struck an agree­ment to sell […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Special session to begin on May 13th; Inslee says budget negotiations will continue

Excerpt: A spe­cial ses­sion of the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture will begin two weeks from tomor­row in order to give law­mak­ers more time to ham­mer out a bud­get for the 2013–2015 bien­ni­um, con­sid­er a trans­porta­tion pack­age, and address pol­i­cy pri­or­i­ties that Sen­ate Repub­li­cans refused to vote on, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee announced at a press con­fer­ence in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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The anatomy of a headline: Some stories on Federal Way tragedy imply it’s part of Seattle

Excerpt: Last night’s dead­ly ram­page in Fed­er­al Way — which result­ed in the deaths of five indi­vid­u­als at the Pinewood Vil­lage apart­ments com­plex just off Pacif­ic High­way South — has focused nation­al and inter­na­tion­al atten­tion on our region. Although the tragedy occurred in Fed­er­al Way and author­i­ties there are han­dling the inves­ti­ga­tion, sev­er­al nation­al and inter­na­tion­al […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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U.S. House endangers digital freedom by passing CISPA for the second year in a row

Excerpt: Ignor­ing a veto threat from Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed today to pass Repub­li­can Con­gress­man Mike Rogers’ Cyber Intel­li­gence Shar­ing and Pro­tec­tion Act, bet­ter known as CISPA, for the sec­ond year in a row. The vote on final pas­sage, which hap­pened this morn­ing, was two hun­dred and eighty-eight to one hun­dred […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Technology
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U.S. Senate’s NRA caucus blocks legislation to require background checks on more gun sales

Excerpt: A bipar­ti­san pro­pos­al to require back­ground checks on the sale of firearms at gun shows and over the Inter­net has failed to advance in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate after being suc­cess­ful­ly fil­i­bus­tered by forty-one Repub­li­cans and four Democ­rats. By a vote of fifty-four to forty-six (with Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Har­ry Reid vot­ing nay so that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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White House threatens veto of Mike Rogers’ reincarnated CISPA in its current form

Excerpt: Leg­is­la­tion mak­ing its way through the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives that could fur­ther erode our civ­il lib­er­ties would be vetoed by Pres­i­dent Oba­ma were it to reach his desk in its cur­rent form, the White House said today. In a for­mal state­ment of admin­is­tra­tion pol­i­cy on H.R. 624, more com­mon­ly known as the Cyber Intel­li­gence […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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At least two killed, dozens wounded in blasts at Boston Marathon finish line

Excerpt: Ter­ri­ble news out of the Com­mon­wealth of Mass­a­chu­setts: Two peo­ple were killed and at least 23 peo­ple were injured in two explo­sions that rocked the Boston Marathon steps away from the fin­ish line. A senior U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cial said two more explo­sive devices were found near the area, and they were being dis­man­tled. The first […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, National Defense, Public Planning
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Bad news for the Pacific Northwest: KOMO owner Fisher agrees to sell itself to Sinclair

Excerpt: And just like that, anoth­er local insti­tu­tion is gone. Fish­er Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, one of the last inde­pen­dent­ly-owned media com­pa­nies in the Pacif­ic North­west, has decid­ed to sell itself to an out of state, right wing media con­glom­er­ate for $373 mil­lion, the com­pa­ny announced today. “After con­duct­ing our review of poten­tial strate­gic alter­na­tives, the Board con­clud­ed this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Media & Culture
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Senator Maria Cantwell on Sally Jewell: “I know that science will be her compass”

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: The fol­low­ing is the text of Sen­a­tor Maria Cantwell’s speech on behalf of Inte­ri­or nom­i­nee Sal­ly Jew­ell, deliv­ered on the floor of the Unit­ed States Sen­ate ear­li­er today. (Jew­ell was con­firmed by a vote of 87–11). Video of the speech is avail­able on YouTube. Our thanks to Sen­a­tor Cantwell for shar­ing her remarks […]
Written by:Senator Maria Cantwell
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Planning, Public Service
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U.S. Senate confirms Sally Jewell as America’s next Secretary of the Interior in 87–11 vote

Excerpt: Good news out of our nation’s cap­i­tal for a change: The Unit­ed States Sen­ate, by a vote of eighty-sev­en to eleven, has vot­ed to con­firm Wash­ing­ton’s own Sal­ly Jew­ell as Amer­i­ca’s next Sec­re­tary of the Inte­ri­or. Jew­ell, a long­time Ever­green State busi­ness leader, is the out­go­ing chief exec­u­tive offi­cer of Recre­ation­al Equip­ment Incor­po­rat­ed, bet­ter known […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Inslee and Higher Ed: Disappointing

Excerpt: The past week has not been a good one for high­er edu­ca­tion. As Gov­er­nor Inslee (look­ing back to before Novem­ber, it feels nice to call him ‘Gov­er­nor’), released his bud­get pri­or­i­ties last Thurs­day, it includ­ed a rec­om­men­da­tion for tuition to increase 3–5% (3 per­cent for region­al uni­ver­si­ties like West­ern Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, 5 per­cent for Wash­ing­ton […]
Written by:Patrick
Categories:Education, Legislative Advocacy
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