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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
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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
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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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