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Monthly Archives: June 2014

Roberts Court’s logic: Corporations are people, so they’re entitled to religious liberty

Excerpt: The Roberts Court has done it again. Determined to make the terrible implications of the Corporations United and McCutcheon decisions look tame by comparison, the Supreme Court ruled this morning that because it believes corporations to be people, an artificial for-profit entity like Hobby Lobby is entitled to religious liberty, and so it does not […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Only three statewide initiatives likely to show up on Washington’s November 2014 ballot

Excerpt: As of next Saturday, we will be one month ahead of the August Top Two election and four months ahead of the November general election, which this year fall on the fifth days of each month. Because July 5th is a Saturday, and because July 4th is a holiday, that means the deadline for submitting […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In landmark ruling, U.S. Supreme Court bars warrantless searches of mobile phones

Excerpt: Who says there’s no such thing as privacy in the digital age? Not John Roberts’ Supreme Court, which today issued a much-needed decision ruling that American police forces must generally obtain a warrant before they can legally search the mobile phone of someone they have arrested. Roberts’ majority opinion was signed by every other justice, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republicans (predictably) filibuster Elizabeth Warren’s bill to ease student loan debt

Excerpt: A bill sponsored by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren to ease student loan debt has sadly become the latest worthy piece of legislation to be stalled in the United States Senate by the Republican Party, which might as well officially rename itself the Party of No (because that is its answer to just about every good […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Education
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Eric Cantor to resign as House Majority Leader within weeks as David Brat celebrates

Excerpt: Following his defeat in last night’s Virginia primary, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has decided to step down as Majority Leader in advance of the end of his term in office, setting off a scramble for his position between multiple Republicans. In the caucus that holds the House majority, the position of Majority Leader is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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WOW: Eric Cantor unexpectedly losing to Tea Party challenger; looks like he’s finished

Excerpt: Big, big, big news tonight out of the Old Dominion: John Boehner’s second in command in the House Republican caucus, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, appears to have unexpectedly lost his seat in Congress. Election results out of Virginia show that Republican voters in today’s low turnout primary are heavily favoring Cantor’s Tea Party challenger David […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tragedy strikes again: One dead, several hurt in mass shooting at Seattle Pacific University

Excerpt: America’s deadly gun violence epidemic has once again visited Washington State. Today, at Seattle Pacific University, one young person was killed and several others were critically and seriously hurt by an unidentified gunman who walked into Otto Miller Hall and began shooting at students early in the afternoon. The gunman was tackled and subdued by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman’s latest slew of initiatives includes scheme to end Seattle’s new $15/hour wage

Excerpt: Having apparently decided that it’s been too long since his initiative factory received any media coverage, Tim Eyman yesterday used a tried and tested gambit for drumming up publicity: He filed a slew of initiatives to the Legislature and then firedĀ  off a promotional email to what’s left of the state’s political press corps. Two […]
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