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Monthly Archives: February 2017

Three days ago, HuffPost asked: What would happen if a presenter announced the wrong winner at the Oscars? Now we know…

Excerpt: Talk about foreshadowing. On Friday, the Huffington Post ran an article asking, What would happen if a presenter announced the wrong winner at the Oscars? The article, written by Matthew Jacobs, discussed several hypothetical scenarios that might result in the kind of gaffe that loomed over the finale of last night’s Oscars telecast. Quoted in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Excavate away: Digging begins on tunnel that will carry East Link under downtown Bellevue

Excerpt: Let the mining begin! That was the sentiment today at an event hosted by Sound Transit for media outlets around the region in downtown Bellevue, where Atkinson Construction is beginning the excavation of the tunnel that will eventually carry ST’s East Link light rail under downtown. The tunnel is being partly financed by the City […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Senate Republicans advance new scheme to mess with Sound Transit’s governance

Excerpt: Picking up where Mary Margaret Haugen and Ed Murray once left off, Republicans on the Senate Transportation Committee voted today to advance a bill that would wipe out Sound Transit’s federated board of city and county leadership and replace it with a panel of transportation czars elected from eleven newly drawn transportation districts in King, […]
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Camp Wellstone returns to Seattle this May — don’t miss this premiere training opportunity!

Excerpt: Camp Wellstone — the signature training offered by the organizing geniuses at Wellstone Action — will be returning to Seattle for the twelfth consecutive year, Executive Director Edith Sargon tells us. The 2017 camp has been scheduled for May 19th-21st, coinciding with the end of Filing Week here in Washington State. It will take place […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Announcements, Elections, Party Politics
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Tim Eyman offers tacit backing of Republican levy swipe scheme he once opposed

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman today revealed midway through an email to his followers that he’s on board with Washington State Senate Republicans’ plan to swipe property tax school levy dollars from urban and suburban school districts and send them to rural school districts they happen to represent. After shaking his fist at the Senate […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rural Republicans: Tim Eyman’s I-747 is choking the life out of our cities and counties

Excerpt: Yesterday, the Senate Committee on State Government held a hearing on legislation that would replace Tim Eyman’s arbitrary cap on property taxes with more reasonable limits tied to drivers of local governments’ costs. The legislation, Senate Bill 5772, is prime sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen and cosponsored by Republican Senator Maureen Walsh, among others. As […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump loses again: 9th Circuit refuses to reinstate discriminatory travel ban

Excerpt: Donald Trump’s unconstitutional and discriminatory travel ban will remain unenforceable for the time being, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today. In a unanimous decision, a three judge panel ruled that Trump’s regime “has not shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its appeal, nor has it shown that failure to enter […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Litigation
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State of Washington wins restraining order against Trump regime’s immigration ban

Excerpt: Handing Attorney General Bob Ferguson a preliminary victory in his efforts to stop neofascist Donald Trump from stomping all over the United States Constitution and federal law, U.S. Federal District Court Judge Judge James L. Robart today granted the State of Washington’s request for a temporary restraining order blocking implementation of key provisions of Trump’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate passes Republicans’ school levy swipe scheme on a party-line vote

Excerpt: Thanks to the arrival of newly-minted Senator Shelley Short (R-7th District; northeast Washington) and the return of Doug Ericksen from the District of Columbia, Republicans in the Washington State Senate were today able to pass the school levy swipe scheme they introduced late last week with no votes to spare. Substitute Senate Bill 5607, concerning […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman acquires email list of Democratic activists, begins sending them his propaganda

Excerpt: Having decided he’s not enough of a public nuisance, disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman today sent a large list of Democratic activists a copy of his latest email appeal, which is for the most part a rehashed version of what he sent on Monday announcing his latest scheme to devastate public services, I-1550. We know […]
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