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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Stadium opponent Tim Eyman goes to Texans-Seahawks game, brags about his great seats

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, the Seat­tle Sea­hawks and Hous­ton Tex­ans played a top­sy-turvy, thrilling bout of grid­iron at Cen­tu­ryLink Field, with the Sea­hawks ulti­mate­ly pre­vail­ing 41–38 after com­ing from behind to over­take the Tex­ans in the final sec­onds. The game is like­ly to go down in Sea­hawks lore as one of the team’s most mem­o­rable vic­to­ries, and will […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Media & Culture, Public Planning
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Mueller Monday: Ex-Trump campaign advisers Papadopoulos, Manafort and Gates indicted

Excerpt: The first shoes have dropped in Robert S. Mueller III’s inves­ti­ga­tion: Spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor Robert S. Mueller III on Mon­day revealed charges against three for­mer Trump cam­paign offi­cials — for­mer Trump cam­paign chair­man Paul Man­afort, his long­time busi­ness part­ner Rick Gates and for­mer Trump for­eign pol­i­cy advis­er George Papadopou­los — mark­ing the first crim­i­nal alle­ga­tions to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Book Review: Bernie Sanders’ “Guide to Political Revolution” aims to be teen resource

Excerpt: Democ­rats still get into argu­ments about the mer­its (or lack there­of) of Hillary Clin­ton’s and Bernie Sanders’ can­di­da­cies for the 2016 Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. It’s why many of us on the left con­tin­ue, inex­orably, view­ing con­tem­po­rary events as a chance to re-lit­i­gate that con­test and who was right. To say that Bernie Sanders: Guide to […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Panicking Republicans lash out furiously at Manka Dhingra in desperate bid to defeat her

Excerpt: On Tues­day, Novem­ber 7th, vot­ing will con­clude in what has become the most expen­sive state Sen­ate race in the his­to­ry of the Ever­green State. The out­come of the con­test in the sub­ur­ban 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict will deter­mine who con­trols Wash­ing­ton’s Sen­ate through 2018, and maybe beyond. If Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Man­ka Dhin­gra wins, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Stick it to Tim Eyman by voting “Maintained” on all “Advisory Votes” (Push Polls 16, 17, 18)

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton’s thir­ty-nine coun­ties have now mailed bal­lots for the Novem­ber 2017 gen­er­al elec­tion. Although there are no statewide ini­tia­tives or ref­er­en­da this year (which is unusu­al and has­n’t hap­pened since 1985) we unfor­tu­nate­ly still have Tim Eyman’s uncon­sti­tu­tion­al “advi­so­ry votes” clut­ter­ing up our bal­lots. Until we can get rid of these stu­pid things, we urge […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Vice President Joe Biden endorses Manka Dhingra for the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Democratic State Senate hopeful Manka Dhingra has picked up the endorsement of Vice President Joe Biden, her campaign announced this afternoon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Times endorses Jinyoung Englund to keep spiteful Senate Republicans in power

Excerpt: Con­tin­u­ing a long tra­di­tion of endors­ing Repub­li­cans in key state and fed­er­al races, the Blethen-con­trolled Seat­tle Times edi­to­r­i­al board has belat­ed­ly pub­lished an endorse­ment of Jiny­oung Lee Englund, the Repub­li­can Par­ty’s can­di­date for the state Sen­ate in Wash­ing­ton’s 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict. To the sur­prise of many, the Times neglect­ed to make an endorse­ment in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Read Zoë Quinn’s “Crash Override” to understand the Trump error

Excerpt: Read Crash Override to understand what can be done now as we live with forms of intimidation and harassment that never could have existed prior to the advent of an always on, Internet-connected culture -- and what we still need to do as a society to confront and stamp out these toxic behaviors.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Manka Dhingra says yes to simple majorities for school bonds, Jinyoung Englund says no

Excerpt: In a mat­ter of weeks, vot­ers in Wash­ing­ton’s 45th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict will be decid­ing which polit­i­cal par­ty con­trols the state Sen­ate in 2018. By elect­ing Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date Man­ka Dhin­gra, vot­ers in the 45th could oust Repub­li­cans from pow­er and put the Sen­ate under Demo­c­ra­t­ic man­age­ment for the first five in five years. On the oth­er […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Elections
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California DISCLOSE Act signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown to combat dark money

Excerpt: Fires, hur­ri­canes, the Trump-Cork­er spat, and the fate of the JCPOA with Iran dom­i­nat­ed the news this week­end. Amidst all of the bad news, though, there was some good news: Cal­i­for­nia has a tough new law that takes aim at dark mon­ey in pol­i­tics, thanks to Gov­er­nor Jer­ry Brown’s sig­na­ture. SACRAMENTO, CA — Today, Gov­er­nor […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Our Environment
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Documentary Review: Ava DuVernay’s “13th” offers eye-opening look at mass incarceration

Excerpt: If you have yet to see Ava DuVer­nay’s Oscar-nom­i­nat­ed and Emmy-win­ning doc­u­men­tary “13th”, you should real­ly make plans to screen it as soon as pos­si­ble. This short com­men­tary will sure­ly not do it jus­tice. Kevin Gan­non, Pro­fes­sor of His­to­ry at Grand­view Uni­ver­si­ty, who is white, sums up the chal­lenge we as coun­try face today ear­ly […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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A Jinyoung Englund win would mean more inaction on gun violence in Washington State

Excerpt: The gun lobby knows that if Republican Jinyoung Englund wins, the NRA's accomplices stay in charge of the Senate, and will retain the power to kill off any gun safety bills they don't like. The gun lobby can overlook Englund's divergence from the party line. What ultimately matters to them is the majority, not what Englund tells Eastside voters in an effort to attract support for her candidacy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Progressive talk is coming back to Seattle’s airwaves: Welcome, KODX-LP 96.9 FM!

Excerpt: With bad news in abun­dance these days, it’s always a relief when we have good news to share. And we have some real­ly good news to pass along and cel­e­brate: Seat­tle is gain­ing a new inde­pen­dent media out­let that will air pro­gres­sive news and views over our pub­licly owned air­waves. KODX-LP 96.9 FM will be […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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