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Monthly Archives: July 2016

Sound Transit Board errs by putting attention seeker Tim Eyman on ST3 con committee

Excerpt: On Thursday, as the Democratic National Convention was entering its final hours in Philadelphia, the Sound Transit Board of Directors met at Seattle’s Union Station to take public testimony and work on a number of items of business. Among these was Motion No. M2016-79, concerning the creation of committees to write voter’s pamphlet statements for […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Attorney General Bob Ferguson requests that Tim Eyman be held in contempt of court

Excerpt: Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today he is asking courts in Snohomish and Thurston counties to hold initiative profiteer Tim Eyman and his associates in contempt of court for failing to fully comply with lawfully-issued civil orders seeking documents that would shed light on potential violations of Washington’s public disclosure law. “Despite a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Donald Trump praises Russia’s DNC hacking and urges Putin’s regime to keep it up

Excerpt: Clown. Charlatan. Bigot. Phony. Fraud. Donald Trump has been called all these things and more (and fittingly), but now we can add more descriptor to the list: Traitor. Only a man who puts himself and his own thirst for political power above his country would make such unpatriotic, reckless, and irresponsible comments: Donald J. Trump […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns as Chair of the Democratic National Committee

Excerpt: Embattled Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz has announced that she will resign from her post once the Democratic National Convention has concluded, the party said in a statement today. Wasserman Schultz, who also serves in the U.S. House of Representatives, has been under fire for some time from party leaders and activists unhappy […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s official: Hillary Clinton has chosen Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate

Excerpt: The ticket is complete: Hillary Clinton named Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia to be her running mate Friday, selecting a battleground state politician with working-class roots and a fluency in Spanish, traits that she believes can bolster her chances to defeat Donald J. Trump in November. Mrs. Clinton’s choice, which she announced via text message […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More chaos at RNC as Ted Cruz refuses to endorse Donald Trump, gets booed off stage

Excerpt: So much for party unity: Republican leaders attempted Wednesday to steer their national convention in a more substantive and unified direction behind GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, but their efforts came up against an eruption of lingering bitterness from the brutal primary campaign season. The capstone of the evening was supposed to be a speech […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Did Melania Trump plagiarize from First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 DNC?

Excerpt: It sure looks that way: In her first major address before the nation on Monday night, Melania Trump appears to have plagiarized a number of lines from first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The plagiarized passages, in bold below, concerned the importance of hard work and honesty. “From a young […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hillary Clinton commits to introducing amendment to overturn Citizens United

Excerpt: In a video address to Netroots Nation 2016, played during tonight’s closing plenary session in St. Louis, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton committed to introducing a constitutional amendment to overturn the Roberts Court’s horrible Citizens United ruling within her first one hundred days in office. “Today I’m announcing that in my first thirty days as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ruth Woo: 1926-2016

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: Respected and widely beloved Seattle community activist Ruth Woo died this week at the age of eighty-nine. News of her passing has sparked an outpouring of tributes. “Over many, many years, Ruth Woo was a wonderful friend and mentor to countless Washingtonians. She was a trusted leader with a remarkable talent for bringing […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
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2016 DNC primetime speaking lineup unveiled; Bernie Sanders gets Monday slot

Excerpt: In the wake of Donald Trump’s vice presidential selection announcement, the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) has unveiled the speaking lineup for the 2016 DNC, which will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, following the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week. “While Republican leadership continues to run away from Donald Trump, and refuse to participate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Netroots Nation 2017 to be held in Atlanta

Excerpt: Next year’s Netroots Nation Convention will be held in Atlanta, Georgia thirteen months from now, organizers have announced. “For the first time ever, we’re headed to the South for Netroots Nation,” they wrote in a post revealing their site selection. “Our twelfth annual conference will be held in Atlanta [from] August 10-13, 2017.” “Some progressives […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bernie Sanders endorses Hillary Clinton

Excerpt: Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders made his first joint appearance with presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Portsmouth, New Hampshire today, declaring that he intends to do everything he can to help Clinton win in November, and ensure that Donald Trump is defeated. Sanders used his endorsement speech to draw as many contrasts between Clinton […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s official: Attorney General Ferguson has a second case against Tim Eyman to prosecute

Excerpt: A complaint alleging that Tim Eyman failed to follow Washington’s public disclosure law back in April when he launched an ad campaign excoriating Democratic lawmakers for not doing his bidding has been returned to Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office for further action by a unanimous Public Disclosure Commission. In an early afternoon teleconference, Commissioners Anne […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY!!! I-1515 backers throw in the towel, anti-transgender initiative FAILS!

Excerpt: Backers of Initiative 1515, a right wing scheme to legalize discrimination against transgender individuals in Washington State, have canceled their appointment to turn in signatures after concluding they didn’t have enough to make the ballot, the Secretary of State’s office announced only minutes ago. “The I-1515 (‘bathroom initiative’) campaign has canceled their Friday appointment and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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