Posted inOur Environment, Policy Topics

ExxonMobil pipeline bursts in Montana, spilling crude oil into Yellowstone River

As if we need­ed anoth­er reminder that the oil indus­try is a dirty indus­try… An Exxon­Mo­bil pipeline run­ning under the Yel­low­stone Riv­er in south cen­tral Mon­tana rup­tured late Fri­day, spilling crude oil into the riv­er and forc­ing evac­u­a­tions. The pipeline burst about 10 miles west of Billings, coat­ing parts of the Yel­low­stone Riv­er that run […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics, Technology

Google+: Step right up if you want to help Google complete its profile of you

Ear­li­er this week, Google final­ly took the wrap­pings off of the Face­book clone it has been devel­op­ing, spark­ing a pro­longed media fren­zy about its efforts to catch up with Twit­ter and Face­book in the social net­work­ing are­na. By all accounts, Google+ rep­re­sents the com­pa­ny’s most sophis­ti­cat­ed attempt to build a social net­work. It is a top […]

Posted inElections

Sam Reed confirms retirement; Jay Manning resigns; catching up with Lt. Gov Brad Owen

Con­firm­ing reports that he will not run again in 2012, Wash­ing­ton Sec­re­tary of State Sam Reed told reporters and his staff this morn­ing that his next eigh­teen months in office will be his last — though he will remain involved in pol­i­tics. “This is a bit­ter­sweet deci­sion for me and my fam­i­ly,” Reed said in […]

Posted inElections

Sam Reed not running again in 2012?

A few weeks ago, we start­ed hear­ing spec­u­la­tion that incum­bent Sec­re­tary of State Sam Reed, who has held the posi­tion for sev­er­al terms, was think­ing about retir­ing and not run­ning again in 2012. We don’t care much for repeat­ing unsub­stan­ti­at­ed rumors, so we did­n’t report it here on The Advo­cate, but today, we got word […]

Posted inViews & Reviews

Earth to the tech punditocracy: Research in Motion is still very much alive

It seems that hard­ly a day goes by now when I don’t stum­ble across an arti­cle pre­dict­ing the decline or even the death of Black­Ber­ry mak­er Research in Motion, which rev­o­lu­tion­ized the hand­set with an array of unmatched mes­sag­ing capa­bil­i­ties (push email, Black­Ber­ry Mes­sen­ger) in the ear­ly 2000s. While it is cer­tain­ly true that com­pa­ny faces […]

Posted inCivil Liberties, Policy Topics

Marriage equality finally becomes a reality in New York with historic vote

Moments ago, in an incred­i­bly close vote, the New York State Sen­ate joined the New York State Assem­bly in vot­ing to make mar­riage equal­i­ty the law of the land in the Empire State. The roll call was thir­­ty-three to twen­ty-nine. The final approval of the Mar­riage Equal­i­ty Act of 2011 con­cludes an intense effort by […]

Posted inElections

Jay Inslee confirms he’s running for governor in 2012; kickoff to be on Monday

As reporters and activists have long expect­ed, Jay Inslee has decid­ed to run for gov­er­nor of our great state of Wash­ing­ton in 2012. Inslee’s cam­paign issued a media advi­so­ry an hour ago invit­ing reporters to next week’s series of kick­off events, which will begin in Seat­tle. Refresh­ing­ly, the release was very straight­for­ward. It did­n’t say, Jay […]

Posted inEvents, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Greetings from the Empire Builder!

Good morn­ing from the prairies of North Dako­ta! Though Net­roots Nation 2011 may have end­ed on Sat­ur­day evening, our adven­ture to Min­neapo­lis and back has not. After spend­ing a full day explor­ing greater Min­neapo­lis yes­ter­day, we made our way to Mid­way Sta­tion last night to board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for the trip home to Wash­ing­ton State. Patrick and I opted […]

Posted inAnnouncements, Events

LIVE from Minneapolis: Netroots Nation 2012 to be in Providence, Rhode Island

Sen­a­tor Shel­don White­house has just tak­en the stage here in Min­neapo­lis to announce that the next Net­roots Nation will be held in Prov­i­dence, Rhode Island, from June 7th to June 10th. We had guessed that the con­ven­tion would be in Prov­i­dence, main­ly because we already knew that orga­niz­ers want­ed to bring NN to Prov­i­dence last year. […]

Posted inEvents, Media & Culture

LIVE from Minneapolis: That’s a wrap… Day One is officially done!

The first day of Net­roots Nation 2011 has come to a close. It was a long day, but a good day. We’ve met up with many old friends from con­ven­tions past, and made new ones. We attend­ed sev­er­al thought-pro­­vok­ing pan­els, explored the exhib­it hall, and became experts at nav­i­gat­ing Min­neapo­lis’ Sky­way sys­tem. And, of course, we […]

Posted inEvents

LIVE from Minneapolis: Drew Westen, Tate Linden discuss keys to effective messaging

Good morn­ing from Min­neapo­lis! Today is the first day of Net­roots Nation, and the NPI team’s first full day in the Twin Cities. I’m at a break­out ses­sion called Get the Mes­sage?, orga­nized by Dar­cy Burn­er and fea­tur­ing Drew West­en and Tate Lin­den. The ses­sion was adver­tised as a pan­el, but it’s real­ly been more […]

Posted inElections

President Obama releases statement on Gregoire’s decision not to run in 2012

Fol­low­ing Gov­er­nor Chris Gre­goire’s announce­ment this morn­ing that she would not be seek­ing a third term as Wash­ing­ton’s chief exec­u­tive, Pres­i­dent Oba­ma released a state­ment thank­ing her for her ser­vice and wish­ing her well in her future endeav­ors… which might include an impor­tant posi­tion in his admin­is­tra­tion. I applaud Gov­er­nor Gre­goire for her decades of […]

Posted inElections

As expected, Gregoire announces that her second term as governor will be her last

Less than one hun­dred and twen­ty hours after Rob McKen­na announced that he would be run­ning for gov­er­nor as a Repub­li­can, Chris Gre­goire has revealed her own plans, say­ing that she will not be seek­ing a third term. At a press con­fer­ence at the exec­u­tive man­sion on the Capi­tol Cam­pus, Gre­goire reviewed some of her accomplishments […]

Posted inOpen Government, Policy Topics, Public Planning

Tim Eyman reveals that his old buddy Kemper Freeman Jr. is bankrolling I‑1125

When Tim Eyman announced a few weeks ago that he would be attempt­ing to qual­i­fy a mea­sure for this year’s bal­lot, we were imme­di­ate­ly sure that he had con­vinced some­body to put up a lot of cash to hire mer­ce­nary peti­tion­ers (because Tim does­n’t do vol­un­teer sig­na­ture dri­ves). On May 1st, I wrote the following: […]