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Seattle Transit Blog
- SDOT Bringing More Transit Improvements to Belltown

[Sep 20, 08:00 PT]  [Image] Proposed Bell St Revisions The Seattle Department of Transportation continues to bring small, but valuabletransit priority improvements to Belltown this autumn. First up: through-traffic restrictions on Bell St, between 5th Ave and 2nd Ave. This part of Bell was rebuilt in the last yearas a woonerf, or... read more
- Less Terrible

[Sep 19, 07:58 PT]  Well, good news. Yesterday Metro announced a series of new savings that will reduce the overall service cut from 550,000 annual service hours to 400,000, or about 11%. That’s still going to be a tough hit. It also won’t save the cuts coming later this month. But that combined with if Seattle votes yes on Prop 1... read more

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Seattle Transit Blog
- News Roundup: Preliminary

[Sep 19, 07:45 PT]  [Image] U.S. House Republicans try to fix broken Amtrak boarding procedures. Northgate Pedestrian bridge doesn’t win $15m Federal grant. City Council considering "impact fees ($)," soaking future residents so as to not tax current ones, and collecting money for anything but transit. Deterring growthand not solving... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Sawant and Licata Endorse Prop. 1

[Sep 18, 11:30 PT]  [Image] Photo via Councilmember Licata Councilmembers Nick Licata and Kshama Sawant, writing in The Stranger: We don’t think this measure is perfect. Some readers may recall that we preferreda different funding mechanism—one based on more progressive tax measures–to pay for this critical bus service. But a majority of the... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- From the Archives: Denny Way and Revenue Projections

[Sep 17, 10:55 PT]  A couple of stories in theTimeshave caught transit advocates’ interest in the past week. There are a few stories from STB’s past that are quite relevant: First, although I discussed the general implications of Danny Westneat’s complaints about bus service yesterday, I didn’t addresshis specific... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Yes for Transit Campaign Kickoff Events this Week

[Sep 16, 11:15 PT]  [Image] The Yes for Transit campaign in support of this November’s Seattle Transit Proposition No. 1 is holding two volunteer events this week. The campaign kickoff event is on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Fado Irish Pub and, for those who can’t attend, the Transportation Choices Coalition is hosting a... read more
- New Report: Over-Dependence on Sales Tax Is Stunting Washington’s Economic Growth

[Sep 16, 09:48 PT]  If the fairness issue can’t move the seriouspeople to start the conversation on tax restructuring (and Washington State does have the most regressive tax structure in the nation), perhaps thenegative economic impactof our current tax structure will? Washington is among the states that depend most heavily on sales... read more

Sightline Daily
- Canada vs. the USA on Oil Train Standards

[Sep 10, 06:30 PT]  [Image] Oil train derailment in Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, July 24, 2014 by Fred Felleman (Used with permission.) With what passes for chest-beating in the world of railway regulation, US politicians this summer claimed that the Transportation Department’s newly proposed crude oil, ethanol, and flammable... read more

Crosscut Fizz/Jolt
- Morning Fizz: We do not have an endless amount of money

[Dateline Unknown]  Caffeinated news and gossip featuring: last night's Sound Transit meeting at Northgate and Wisconsin.


Gay Rights
The Stranger Blog
- Catholic Priest Orders Gay Couple Together 30 Years to Divorce, Abandon Each Other, and Apologize for Getting Gay Married

[Sep 19, 14:50 PT]  I wrote this yesterday: American Catholic bishops attack gay couples all the time. They don't attack them physically, of course; bishops aren't beating up gay couples in the streets. But Catholic bishops do real violence and real harm to gay couples whenever and wherever they can: economic violence, social violence,... read more

43rd State Blues
- Idaho student Jacob Dorsey withdraws from Wisconsin State Assembly race after racist and anti-gay slurs

[Sep 19, 10:03 PT]  ALERT: HE IS RETURNING TO IDAHO An Idaho college student withdrew from a political race in Wisconsin after a series of controversial comments. Jacob Dorsey quit his campaign for the Wisconsin State Assembly after admitting to making offensive comments about gay and black people -- including using the "n word." Dorsey took... read more

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Blog Town, PDX
- Mary Bonauto, Genius

[Sep 18, 14:29 PT]  I just want to second what Andrew said: Let’s be clear: there would be no national surge in support of marriage equality without ten years of civil marriage equality in one state, and then several others. There would be none without Mary Bonauto. Federalism was essential in helping us prove that, with this reform, the sky... read more

Boise Guardian
- Boise Top Copper Words For Newbies

[Sep 12, 12:16 PT]  Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson offered a topical commencement address to the newest class of coppers to graduate from the police academy. There were only seven recruits in the class — the last one before Masterson retires,– but he emphasized the duty for coppers to protect human rights, citing a visit to the... read more

- An open letter to Monica Wehby, Ben West and Paul Rummell:

[Sep 12, 12:00 PT]  Dear Monica Wehby, It's not very hard to read the writing on the wall (polls) when it comes to marriage equality in Oregon, especially after it's a done deal. But coming out in support of marriage equality after years of the rest of us fighting for a right that should have never been an issue, is better (I guess??) than... read more

Crosscut Fizz/Jolt
- Morning Fizz: Seems a little touchy

[Dateline Unknown]  Caffeinated news and gossip featuring gay marriage, campaign finance, rental housing, and the NBA.

Crosscut Fizz/Jolt
- Morning Fizz: Working behind the scenes

[Dateline Unknown]  Caffeinated news and gossip starring Deb Eddy, Ron Sims, Rob McKenna, gay marriage, and political ads.

Health Care
Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Sep 19, 08:30 PT]  [Image] All the talk for so many months now about a bum health insurance website and who did and didn’t live up to contracts really has missed the point. The big Oregon story today (following on an OHSU study) does highlight the important development in the changes in Oregon’s health insurance picture over the... read more

Politics Northwest
- Forecast: State revenue grows, but won't pay all the bills

[Sep 18, 22:35 PT]  Liftedbyrising tax re venues,projections for thestate's general-fund revenue has nudged up, but it still won't cover many of the costs lawmakers need to fund in the upcoming session, according to the state Office of Financial Management (OFM). OFM announced Thursday it had upped the forecast ofrevenue for the current... read more

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Blog Town, PDX
- This Weeks Letters Section—with Bonus Fight Material!

[Sep 18, 12:29 PT]  So in this week's Letters to the Editor, Harry wrote in to compliment the Mental Health Association of Portland's Jason Renaud and Jenny Westberg on their guest editorial regarding the lack of data being kept on police shootings. (Which is definitely worth a read if you've yet to do so). We also got a voicemail suggesting... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Metro Defers Some Service Cuts

[Sep 18, 07:27 PT]  [Image] Yesterday Metro announced a series of new savings that will reduce the overall service cut from 550,000 annual service hours to 400,000, or about 11%. Here is the bottom line for riders: This month’s service cut(151,000 hours) moves forward as planned. The February 2015 cuts(169,000 hours) will also occur as... read more

Sightline Daily
- How State Public Money Pays for Coal Exports and Oil Trains

[Sep 17, 06:30 PT]  [Image] Coal and oil trains, Washington state. by Paul K. Anderson (Used with permission) Communities across Oregon and Washington are growing increasingly agitated about the risks of fossil fuel export. Proposed coal terminals generated unprecedented opposition from local residents and, more recently, dramatic increases... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- Why Republicans Fought Obamacare and Why They're Giving Up

[Sep 9, 12:45 PT]  The signs, as the likes of Vox, Bloomberg News, TPM and the Washington Post have observed, are everywhere. With Democratic candidates finally touting the Affordable Care Act and many Republican campaigns abandoning their all-out war to destroy it, it is increasingly clear that Obamacare is here to stay. What Paul Krugman... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- The Senior Fare is Forever

[Sep 9, 11:40 PT]  [Image] U.S. Census Bureau Now that a low-income fare is coming, it’s a valid question whether having a separate senior fare is defensible on social justice grounds. After all, seniors are the richest segment of society (see chart above) for all income quintiles, and the low income fare should handle any seniors who... read more


Climate Change
The Stranger Blog
- The Dirty Secret of Electric Cars

[Sep 19, 06:00 PT]  [Image] DAVID T. HANSONYOU MAY BE PLUGGING YOUR FANCY NEW ELECTRIC CAR INTO THIS A dirty coal plant in Colstrip, Montana. Say you're a software developer holding down a six-figure salary at Microsoft in Redmond. You read the news; maybe you even heard World Meteorological Organization secretary-general Michel Jarraud on TV... read more

- The Oregonian’s Muddled Mess on Pollution Taxes

[Sep 18, 14:18 PT]  Today’s Oregonian editorial against a tax on pollution (carbon tax) shows an impressive combination of timidity, poor logic, and ignorance. First, timidity - the editorial starts by arguing the struggles the state has had with Cover Oregon should prevent it from taking on anything hard. It backs up its argument by quoting... read more

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Strange Bedfellows
- The Mother Nature of climate protests comes Sunday with offspring here

[Sep 15, 19:01 PT]  Over the last 25 years of U.S. history, the political climate for climate change has often been likened to a reverse of the country’s prevailing weather patterns. Record heat and a parched heartland has nurtured summer-time polls and media reports that environmental concerns would — at last — become a... read more

Cliff Mass Weather Blog
- Huge daily temperature range hits the Northwest

[Sep 14, 09:34 PT]  Often during the late summer and early fall, a huge daily temperature range is observed at Northwest stations, particularly those away from the water. Here is western Washington for example, stations like Olympia have risen into the 80s during day, but drop in the mid-30s at night. Here is the proof! [Image] And some... read more

Sightline Daily
- Disputing a Study on Coal Exports and Climate

[Sep 11, 06:30 PT]  [Image] Giant coal trains near North Antelope Rochelle Mine by Kimon Berlin used under CC BY-SA 2.0 I’ve never seen anything like this: an academic study that assumesthat a privately held power company will continuously violate state and federal environmental laws. That’s just one of several surprisingflaws in a... read more

Sightline Daily
- Climate Change in Plain Language

[Sep 10, 11:00 PT]  Sometimes those of us who are very deeply immersed in climate communications become so focused on crafting messages that effectively convey certain complex issues, ideas, and policy measures that we forget some of the most fundamental communications rules. I speak for myself. I should probably stick a Post-It note on my... read more

Cliff Mass Weather Blog
- Did "THE BLOB" cause our warm summer?

[Sep 9, 22:15 PT]  This has been an unusually warm summer here in the Pacific Northwest. But why? Several people have suggested the cause is a pool of unusually warm water over the northeast Pacific, one my colleague Nick Bond has amusingly termed "the blob." How did this blob develop and what are the implications? [Image] As noted above,... read more

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The Top Hot Topic Entries

85 Blogs Listed

Alaska Blogs (2) 

   Progressive Alaska
   Shannyn Moore

Idaho Blogs (14) 

   43rd State Blues
   Boise Guardian
   Ft. Boise
   Isle of Sanity
   Red State Rebels
   Spittin' in the Snake
   The MountainGoat Report
   The Political Game
   The Royal (Northwest) Mounted Valise
   The Unequivocal Notion [!] 
   We have failed our duty as citizens...

Oregon Blogs (27) 

   Blog Town, PDX
   Blogolitical Sean
   Chuck for ...
   Cwech Blug
   Gay Rights Watch
   Isaac Laquedem
   Jeff Mapes on Politics
   Low on the Hog
   Middle Earth Journal
   Moonbat Juggernaut
   New Frames
   Our New Mind
   Outside The Interzone
   PERRspectives Blog
   Persuasion, Perseverance, and Patience
   Ridenbaugh Press
   t.a. barnhart [!] 
   The Grumpy Forester
   The Les AuCoin Blog
   The Oregon Economics Blog
   The Portland Freelancer
   Uncommon Thought Journal

Washington Blogs (42) 

   Chad Lupkes' Soapbox
   Choosing Hope
   Cliff Mass Weather Blog
   Crosscut Fizz/Jolt
   Democracy for Snohomish County
   Dying to Preserve the Lies
   EFFin' Unsound [!] 
   Emerald City Scion
   Eye on Olympia [!] 
   Hominid Views [!]
   Institute for Washington's Future
   Jesus' General
   Majority Rules Blog
   NPI Advocate
   Olympia Time
   On The Road To 2008
   Politics Northwest
   Progressive Majority WA
   Seattle PostGlobe
   Seattle Transit Blog
   Sightline Daily
   Strange Bedfellows
   The Left Shue
   The Moderate Washingtonian
   The Rambling Taoist
   The Stranger Blog
   The SuperSpade
   Upper Left
   Washington Outsiders
   Wise Governance
   World View

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What is the PNW Topic Hotlist?
    The PNW Topic Hotlist is a centralized, constantly updated listing of very recent blog entries related to the hot topics bloggers are writing about, as culled from a number of different moderate or progressive politically slanted blogs in the Pacific NW area. Since the content is constantly updated, the listed topics and blog entries will always be fresh.

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