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Monthly Archives: December 2013

2014 should be the year of the worker

Excerpt: We’ve been in the post-recession recovery period for five years. It is time to shape what the next-generation work place needs to look like. The year of the worker needs to build on our new-found confidence that we can create a more fair economy, not just settle for what the economy used to be or […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Seasoned Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene tapped to manage Healthcare.gov

Excerpt: Former Microsoft executive Kurt DelBene, who has capably served as the president of the company’s Business division for many years, will take over management of Healthcare.gov, the Obama administration announced today at a meeting with top technology executives, including Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. DelBene will succeed Jeffrey D. Zients, who has been serving as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Service
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United States needs and deserves a budget that puts people – and the planet – first

Excerpt: Congress votes and the deal’s done. What does it mean? Washington’s senior U.S. Senator Patty Murray and her negotiating partner Congressman Paul Ryan have averted yet another budget crisis heading into the 2014 budget negotiations. The Senate still has to vote, but the House has, by a surprisingly large margin, gone ahead and signed off […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, National Defense
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Scam alert! An unknown entity, the “Labor Standards Compliance Office”, is trying to sell labor posters with letters that look like bills

Excerpt: An unknown entity calling itself the “Labor Standards Compliance Office” is mass mailing deceptive letters to Washington businesses and nonprofits that appear to be bills from the government, but are in reality solicitations for labor posters that can be freely obtained, the Northwest Progressive Institute has learned. One of these suspicious-looking letters showed up this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Pope Francis is TIME’s Person of the Year

Excerpt: A worthy choice: These days it is bracing to hear a leader say anything that annoys anyone. Now liberals and conservatives alike face a choice as they listen to a new voice of conscience: Which matters more, that this charismatic leader is saying things they think need to be said or that he is also […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right-wing think tanks plotting Eymanesque campaign against our cities and counties

Excerpt: Last week, reporters for The Guardian pulled the curtain back on a network of well-funded, well-organized right-wing think tanks and their extreme agenda. Documents obtained by The Guardian show the blandly-named State Policy Network is working to undermine education, healthcare, and revenue collection in nearly every state in the country. Their specific proposals are extremely […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Steve Sarkisian abandons his players and Husky football for USC’s top coaching job

Excerpt: Washington’s highest-paid employee is headed south for a more lucrative job. Steve Sarkisian, who was hired to turn around a winless University of Washington football program five years ago, acknowledged earlier today that he has accepted the head coaching position at the University of Southern California, which is one of the most elite schools in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Theft of Victoria Clipper IV demonstrates the need for stronger port security

Excerpt: Early yesterday morning, the newest high speed catamaran in the Clipper Navigation fleet, the Victoria Clipper IV, was stolen from its berth at Seattle’s Pier 69 by a registered sex offender who later told police he was trying to use the vessel to get to West Seattle. (Why he didn’t just walk or take the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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