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Seattle Storm win third WNBA championship, sweeping the Washington Mystics in D.C.

Excerpt: Tonight is a night for celebration. The 2018 Seattle Storm have once again brought a championship home to the Emerald City, sweeping the Washington Mystics in a best-of-five series to claim their third title overall -- which is the most of any Seattle professional sports franchise. Way to go, Storm -- we're so proud of you!
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle rallies to celebrate the Sounders’ historic MLS Cup victory

Excerpt: After an arduous election year with shocking results, Washingtonians were in desperate need of a feel-good story to close out 2016. Cue the underdog Sounders’ barnstorming through the MLS Cup playoffs. The unexpected loss of the team’s two top scorers and mid-season firing of head coach Sigi Schmid set the stage for a storybook turn-around […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS!!!! Seattle Sounders FC win 2016 MLS Cup, defeating Toronto FC

Excerpt: Break out the blue and green victory banners — the MLS Cup is coming to Seattle! After many years of coming up short in the playoffs, the Seattle Sounders FC have finally won it all, defeating Toronto FC on their home turf in Canada’s largest city to bring home their first championship. It was a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Everything you need to know about a state government shutdown

Excerpt: Judging by the news today, the public is starting to become aware of the possibility that Republican intransigence over the budget could cause a shutdown of the Washington state government. If a budget isn’t approved by June 30, then starting on July 1, many state government operations will slow or cease. As a public service, […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Help us give Geov Parrish a hand up

Excerpt: As someone who’s been involved in progressive politics for almost half a lifetime, I have great admiration and appreciation for people who have dedicated their lives to activism and organizing. Most of us in the progressive movement are part-time activists; we choose to be involved because we care, but our obligations to work/school and family […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill intended to force construction of Keystone XL pipeline fails to advance in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: By the tightest of margins, the U.S. Senate this evening defeated a poorly conceived bill intended to give oil giant TransCanada a green light to build its proposed Keystone XL pipeline through Montana, the Dakotas, and Nebraska. S.2280, prime sponsored by Republican John Hoeven of North Dakota and promoted by an increasingly desperate Mary Landrieu […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biggest political loser last night: Tim Eyman

Excerpt: This morning, as I had rather expected he would, Tim Eyman sent out a celebratory email basking in the results of the 2014 midterms, which President Obama referred to earlier today as a good night for Republicans. Eyman did his very best to spin the results of the election in Washington as some kind of […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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School districts across Washington State lead a revolt against failed federal policies

Excerpt: At least 28 school districts in Washington State have chosen to fight back against U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s demand that they label successful schools as “failures” due to a law backed by George W. Bush. When the state legislature refused to tie teacher evaluations to test scores, Duncan revoked the state’s waiver from Bush’s […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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How democracy saves Seattle schools from bad superintendents

Excerpt: With the departure of Jose Banda from the post of superintendent of Seattle Public Schools, we’ve seen the usual hand-wringing and recriminations over the future of the district. Banda’s departure led the Seattle Times to publish an article and an editorial decrying supposed meddling by the board in the operations of the district. The editorial […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Huge snowstorm hits greater Portland and the Willamette Valley, causing massive backups

Excerpt: It’s a mess out there: City officials have a simple message to Portland metro area residents in the midst of one of the biggest snowstorms the region has seen in years: Don’t drive unless you absolutely have to. Anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snow could hit the metro area by Friday, followed by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Seahawks win their first ever Super Bowl; Pacific Northwest roars in jubilation

Excerpt: It’s finally happened. After almost four decades, the Seattle Seahawks have brought home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, winning Super Bowl XLVIII by a score of forty-three to eight to capture their first title and only the fourth pro title in Seattle sports history. (The Sonics won it all in 1979; the Storm did the same […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Seahawks advance to Super Bowl, Pacific Northwest celebrates big playoff win

Excerpt: For only the second time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks have found their way to the Super Bowl, the most watched sporting event in the world and the annual championship game of the National Football League. Seattle punched its ticket by beating its division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, for the second time this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Initiative 522 gets another boost as Snohomish and Clallam join the Yes column

Excerpt: If you’re a supporter of Initiative 522 like we are, you’ll be glad to know that Yes on I-522’s share of the vote is still headed upwards on the eve of the fifth day of ballot counting, and now stands at 47.85%. That’s an improvement of more than two full percentage points since Election Night, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Analysis: Sawant on the Verge, Bleeding Stops (or Pauses) for SeaTac Minimum Wage, and Outside Chance Remains for Seattle Public Financing

Excerpt: Socialist Alternative party candidate, Kshama Sawant, appears on the verge of taking the lead and not looking back in her race vs. incumbent Democratic Seattle City Councilperson Richard Conlin. During the vote count of Friday evening, Sawant won 58.4% of the vote, according to The Stranger’s David “Goldy” Goldstein, resulting in her now sitting only […]
Written by:Richard Champion
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