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With I‑976 kaput, transit advocates focus on navigating out of the coronavirus pandemic

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's assault on multimodal transportation infrastructure has been nixed by the Washington State Supreme Court, but the coronavirus pandemic and the Legislature's failure to deliver progressive tax reform continue to threaten transit.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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HUGE VICTORY: Washington’s highest court rules Tim Eyman’s I‑976 is unconstitutional!

Excerpt: "Initiative Measure 976 contains more than one subject, and its subject is not accurately expressed in its title. Accordingly, it is unconstitutional," the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Elections, Litigation, Public Planning
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Tim Eyman claims he sold the family home to pay legal bills, but there’s no record of a sale

Excerpt: Rather than accepting responsibility for his wrongdoing, Eyman is asking the people he already duped to bail him out... with a fresh fabrication as a lure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Open Government
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Donald Trump says that he and Melania Trump have tested positive for SARS-CoV‑2

Excerpt: Having spent months utterly failing to protect Americans from COVID-19 and completely disregarding the guidance of public health experts, Donald Trump now finds himself and his wife infected with the virus.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Breaking News, Open Government
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A smokescreen and a big lie: Trump, climate deniers try to explain away our record fires

Excerpt: Climate fires are destroying property and taking lives in Washington, Oregon, and California, putting a face on the climate crisis. Right wing pundits have been reduced to lamely claiming there's no connection.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Our Environment
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Fueled by hot and windy weather, fires rage out of control up and down the Left Coast

Excerpt: Firefighters report that they are stretched thin and simply don't have the humanpower or the resources to properly fight the destructive blazes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bob Ferguson, Maura Healey lead multi-state legal challenge to block Arctic Refuge drilling

Excerpt: A coalition of states from the Left Coast, Great Lakes region, and New England is going to court to stop the desecration of America's greatest wilderness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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DNR fire meteorologist horrified by barrage of (human caused) Labor Day 2020 fire disasters

Excerpt: By the time the sun had set on September 7th, 2020, the Pacific Northwest had joined California in firestorm misery, with hundreds of thousands of acres newly burnt or burning. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Will 2020 be the year in which climate justice finally becomes a prevalent federal priority?

Excerpt: Always, always climate and environment get eclipsed as Election Day draws near. But even if our planet's fever doesn't get the attention it should, 2020 could still be a major turning point.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Despite pandemic, Sound Transit’s East Link Line 2 remains on track for 2023 completion

Excerpt: The agency and its contractors are now at about ninety percent of civil construction and the structural work on the Downtown Bellevue Tunnel, one of the most important segments of the line, is complete.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Many school districts plan to open for the fall in remote-only mode

Excerpt: As the 2020-2021 school year approaches, the longer-term repercussions of the nation's failure to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic are starting to become painfully apparent.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Netroots Nation 2020 opens with “biggest, baddest, blackest panel of the summer”

Excerpt: Speakers included Representative Joe Neguse of Colorado, Maurice Mitchell of the Working Families Party, likely future U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman, and Stacey Abrams.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Democratic AGs discuss taking on Trump and building equity at Netroots Nation 2020

Excerpt: Attorneys general Phil Weiser, Xavier Becerra, Keith Ellison, and Maura Healey helped kickstart the conference with a substantive panel discussion.
Written by:Tammi Laster
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Equity, climate justice, and public health go hand in hand, Netroots Nation panelists say

Excerpt: The world is grappling with a novel coronavirus pandemic while climate damage grows ever worse. Netroots Nation 2020 decided to explore how systemic inequality defines both fights.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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