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Monthly Archives: February 2014

Republican Pedro Celis confirms he’ll challenge Suzan DelBene for U.S. House

Excerpt: With less than ninety days to go until the filing deadline arrives, the Republican Party has finally found a challenger for U.S. Representative Suzan DelBene: Pedro Celis, a fifty-four year old former software engineer who resides in Redmond. Celis worked for Microsoft for more than a decade and is now a member of the board […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Arizona’s Jan Brewer vetoes anti-LGBT bill in landmark defeat for fundamentalist right wing

Excerpt: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have legalized discrimination in the 48th State on the basis of sexual orientation, after progressives and business groups mobilized against the bill following its passage out of the Grand Canyon State’s Legislature, which is controlled by Republicans. The Arizona Republic reports that Brewer revealed her […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) finally headed to Windows Phone; will debut this summer

Excerpt: Dispelling recent reports in the tech blogosphere to the contrary, BlackBerry announced this morning that it is working to bring BBM, BlackBerry’s popular and increasingly cross-platform mobile-to-mobile messaging service, to Windows Phone, in partnership with Nokia. BBM will also be present on Nokia’s new Android-based Nokia X smartphone platform when it launches in a few […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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How Jay Inslee can stand up for Washington’s kids

Excerpt: In the wake of the Washington State Senate’s remarkable, bipartisan revolt against standardized testing mandates, the issue has rocketed to the top of the state’s political agenda. It was a prominent issue across the state yesterday at the various legislative town halls. Education reform groups are mobilizing to reverse the Senate’s decision, voicing concern that […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
Categories:Education, Legislative Advocacy
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Washington should follow California’s lead and resist flawed federal education demands

Excerpt: Next week Washington Governor Jay Inslee will meet with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to discuss the state’s waiver from the requirements of the failed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Last year Duncan’s department threatened to revoke the waiver unless the state legislature mandated that districts include student test scores in teacher evaluations. Currently […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Washington State Senate revolts against teaching to the test in key vote

Excerpt: Ever since Rodney Tom and Tim Sheldon facilitated the coup that gave Republicans control of the Washington State Senate, true bipartisanship in that body has been a rarity. Tom’s disciplined right-wing caucus have battled Senate Democrats over everything from reproductive rights to transportation choices to the state’s constitutional obligation to fully fund our public schools. […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Latest spat between Republicans in the Washington State Senate proves Rodney Tom’s “majority coalition” is a fiction

Excerpt: In the wake of the Washington State Senate’s speedy vote in favor of an improved version of the DREAM Act, several of the more uncompromising members of the Republican Caucus have decided to declare their independence from Rodney Tom’s so-called “Majority Coalition Caucus” by having their names scrubbed from the MCC’s website, the Seattle Times’ […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Comcast plans to acquire Time Warner Cable for $44 billion; FCC and DOJ should veto deal

Excerpt: Media and telecommunications conglomerate Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of cable television and the owner of NBC Universal, has just announced it has agreed to acquire the nation’s second largest cable television provider, Time Warner Cable, in a $44 billion plus all-stock megadeal. Bloomberg reports: Comcast is paying about $159 a share in the transaction, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate breaks Ted Cruz’s filibuster, joins House in voting to pay nation’s bills into 2015

Excerpt: Well, that was fast. Less than a day after the United States House of Representatives voted to give the Department of the Treasury the authority to continue paying the nation’s bills into March 2015, the Senate followed suit, in the process breaking a filibuster staged by Tea Party darling Ted Cruz of Texas, who is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House of Representatives votes to continue paying America’s bills past midterm elections

Excerpt: With the memory of last autumn’s disastrous manufactured fiscal crisis and completely unnecessary federal government shutdown still fresh in their minds, the leadership of the U.S. House Republican Caucus today allowed a bill to come to the floor to authorize the U.S. Department of the Treasury to pay the nation’s bills for another year, through […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee halts death penalty: “During my term, we will not be executing people”

Excerpt: Governor Jay Inslee this morning imposed a moratorium on capital punishment while he is Washington State’s chief executive, declaring at a news conference in Olympia that after much reflection and discussion with victims’ families, police, and prosecutors, he had come to the conclusion that equal justice wasn’t being served. “If a death penalty case comes […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Move King County Now! Local leaders prepare to go to the ballot to save Metro, bypassing Rodney Tom, Andy Hill, Senate Republicans

Excerpt: Making good on last month’s promise to act in the event that the Republican-controlled state Senate continued to block legislation allowing King County to save Metro and KCDOT from evisceration, county lawmakers voted unanimously today to take the first step towards putting a fallback plan before voters in April. The Council used its existing authority […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Senate Republicans set new date to finish negotiating with themselves on transportation plan they don’t have votes for

Excerpt: Top lawmakers in Washington’s dysfunctional Senate Republican Caucus said today they still plan to release their own revised statewide transportation package, despite blowing past another self-imposed deadline to get it done. Speaking with The Olympian’s Brad Shannon a day after the new proposal was supposed to have been released, Majority Leader-in-Name-Only Rodney Tom said, “We’re […]
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Huge snowstorm hits greater Portland and the Willamette Valley, causing massive backups

Excerpt: It’s a mess out there: City officials have a simple message to Portland metro area residents in the midst of one of the biggest snowstorms the region has seen in years: Don’t drive unless you absolutely have to. Anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow could hit the metro area by Friday, followed by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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