Posted inBreaking News, Party Politics

Kirby Wilbur resigns as Washington State Republican Party Chair, effective immediately

Well known con­ser­v­a­tive Kir­by Wilbur is resign­ing as the chair­man of the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­cans, the par­ty has announced. “I am resign­ing as the chair­man of the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty, effec­tive today at 5:00 PM,” Wilbur said in a news release dis­trib­uted to reporters only a few min­utes ago. ““I have been offered a […]

Posted inUnscheduled Programming, Views & Reviews, World Commmunity

American-ness and the Promise of Global Democracy

As gov­ern­ments tran­si­tion and Egypt is fig­ur­ing out what to do in the after­math of a mil­i­tary coup, it is impor­tant to rec­og­nize this is not an event devoid of con­text, but is a prod­uct of a long his­to­ry, one in which we have had no small part. “Wait a sec­ond”, it might be said,“what’s with […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Initiative filed to officially name I‑5 Skagit River span the “Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge”

Yes­ter­day, the Tim Eyman Memo­r­i­al Bridge meme — which we had some fun pro­mot­ing back in May — got a new lease on life when Nico­las San­tos of Both­ell filed an ini­tia­tive to the Leg­is­la­ture to offi­cial­ly rename the now-repaired Inter­state 5 Skag­it Riv­er span after the relent­less Muk­il­teo ini­tia­tive prof­i­teer. The fil­ing has already […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Public Service

Senate *finally* confirms Richard Cordray as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau chief

After months of sense­less delay, the Unit­ed States Sen­ate has final­ly con­firmed for­mer Ohio Attor­ney Gen­er­al Richard Cor­dray to serve as the Direc­tor of the Con­sumer Finan­cial Pro­tec­tion Bureau (CFPB) orig­i­nal­ly con­ceived by Eliz­a­beth War­ren and cre­at­ed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010. By a vote of sev­en­­ty-one to twen­­ty-nine, the Sen­ate agreed […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Our Environment, Policy Topics

House Republicans achieve Pyrrhic victory with passage of unconscionable farm bill

Repub­li­cans in the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives achieved a Pyrrhic vic­to­ry ear­li­er today with the pas­sage of an uncon­scionable, cru­el farm bill that they man­aged to pass with only a hand­ful of votes to spare after hours of acri­mo­nious debate. The Repub­­li­­can-backed pro­pos­al, which passed with­out a sin­gle Demo­c­ra­t­ic vote, pro­vides around $195 bil­lion in […]