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Tim Eyman’s Failure Chart has been given a new entry following yesterday’s I‑1366 ruling

Now that the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court has put the kibosh on Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 — an incred­i­bly-destruc­­­tive, Ted Cruz-style scheme to force the Leg­is­la­ture to sab­o­tage the major­i­ty vote clause of our state Con­sti­tu­tion by hold­ing $8 bil­lion in fund­ing for edu­ca­tion and essen­tial pub­lic ser­vices hostage — we can add it to Eyman’s […]

Posted inMedia & Culture

Congratulations, Friends of 88.5 FM! $7 million raised to buy KPLU from Pacific Lutheran

This is tru­ly won­der­ful news: The com­mu­ni­ty group hop­ing to pre­serve 88.5 FM as an inde­pen­dent radio sta­tion has hit its $7 mil­lion fundrais­ing goal a month ahead of sched­ule. KPLU Gen­er­al Man­ag­er Joey Cohn announced live on the air Thurs­day after­noon that near­ly 18,000 donors have raised enough mon­ey to make a bid for […]

Posted inEconomic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics

Eyman’s I‑1366 is buried; now the Legislature needs to get back to work on school funding

Yes­ter­day, Wash­ing­ton’s Supreme Court gave Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 a prop­er and fit­ting bur­ial, rul­ing 9–0 that the mea­sure was uncon­sti­tu­tion­al. In affirm­ing Judge William Down­ing’s deci­sion strik­ing down Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 in its entire­ty, the high court both did its job and res­cued the Leg­is­la­ture from hav­ing to wor­ry about los­ing $8 bil­lion in funding […]

Posted inElections, Litigation

HUGE VICTORY: Unified State Supreme Court rules Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 is unconstitutional!

This morn­ing, in anoth­er land­mark deci­sion, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court unan­i­mous­ly affirmed King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge William Down­ing’s rul­ing strik­ing down Tim Eyman’s dra­con­ian Ini­tia­tive 1366 as uncon­sti­tu­tion­al in its entire­ty — rel­e­gat­ing the mean-spir­it­ed, Ted Cruz-inspired hostage-tak­ing scheme to Wash­ing­ton’s polit­i­cal grave­yard for­ev­er. This is a huge vic­to­ry. As I said in our […]

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Hillary Clinton wins Washington’s (nonbinding) Democratic presidential primary

Demo­c­ra­t­ic fron­trun­ner Hillary Clin­ton has swept to vic­to­ry in Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry, which the par­ty won’t be using to allo­cate any del­e­gates to the 2016 DNC in Philadel­phia, ear­ly results show. With 661,403 bal­lots cast and count­ed so far, Clin­ton has a healthy 47,973 vote lead over Bernie Sanders, and is ahead in the state’s most populous […]

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Bernie Sanders wins Oregon’s Democratic primary, completes sweep of Pacific NW

Ini­tial results in Ore­gon’s 2016 pri­ma­ry elec­tion are in, and they show that Bernie Sanders has won the Beaver State as expect­ed, although not by a huge mar­gin. Of Ore­gon’s 2,293,928 vot­ers, 954,125 cast bal­lots, for a total turnout of 41%. In Ore­gon, vot­ers reg­is­ter by par­ty, so we can also com­pare turnout among vot­ers iden­ti­fy­ing with a […]

Posted inElections, Party Politics

Bernie Sanders wins in West Virginia; celebrates with victory speech in Oregon

Defy­ing the naysay­ers who have sug­gest­ed he’s out of fuel and momen­tum, Bernie Sanders scored anoth­er late-in-the-sea­­son vic­to­ry tonight by scor­ing what could be a dou­ble-dig­it vic­to­ry in West Vir­gini­a’s Demo­c­ra­t­ic pri­ma­ry. With 65.7% of precincts report­ing, Sanders had around 51% of the vote (an out­right major­i­ty), with Clin­ton well behind at 36.5%. A few gad­flies accom­pa­nied Mar­tin O’Mal­ley […]

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Donald Trump clinches the Republican nomination as John Kasich quits campaign

Real estate mogul and real­i­ty TV star Don­ald Trump clinched the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion on Wednes­day as his last remain­ing rival, Ohio Gov­er­nor John Kasich, dropped out of the race, hav­ing con­clud­ed that there was no path to vic­to­ry at the Repub­li­can Nation­al Con­ven­tion in Cleve­land. Kasich began his press con­fer­ence by wax­ing nostalgic […]

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Ted Cruz ends presidential campaign after losing to Donald Trump in Indiana

Reac­tionary right wing Sen­a­tor Ted Cruz of Texas has end­ed his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign fol­low­ing his loss in the Indi­ana Repub­li­can pri­ma­ry to fiery real estate mogul Don­ald Trump, who will now almost cer­tain­ly be the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee. “What you have done, the move­ment you have start­ed is extra­or­di­nary,” Cruz told somber sup­port­ers towards the end […]

Posted inPolicy Topics, Public Planning

Kudos to the Seattle City Council for voting down street vacation for Chris Hansen

Yes­ter­day, in a land­mark five to four vote, the Seat­tle City Coun­cil turned down a request by hedge fund man­ag­er Chris Hansen to vacate part of Occi­den­tal Avenue South in the city’s South Down­town (SoDo) neigh­bor­hood. Hansen, who has been engaged in a mul­ti-year quest to return an NBA fran­chise to Seat­tle, had peti­tioned the […]