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Seattle Transit Blog
- Transit: Up All Night

[Dec 20, 10:08 PT]  [Image] Photo by Oran Most people think of Seattle as a world class, major city. Major cities have 24-hour transit service, as should Seattle. There is limited overnight service, with the Owl routes (82, 83, 84) being understandably derided because they are the most confusing. With the new hours from Proposition... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Gov. Inslee Unveils His Transportation Plan

[Dec 17, 07:30 PT]  [Image] wikimedia Yesterday Governor Inslee released the transportation plan that he will ask the legislature to pass next session. The twelve-year program would spend a total of $12.1 billion on the following: $2.6 billion for "Maintenance, Operations, and Preservation," most notably bringing all bridges and highways to... read more

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Strange Bedfellows
- Inslee wants a pollution fee to pay for transportation

[Dec 16, 12:35 PT]    Sound Transit would be able to ask big new tax increases for light rail, but improvements to the state’s highways and bridges would get paid by a "market-based carbon pollution fee" under Gov. Jay Inslee ’ssure-to-be controversial transportation plan. The $12.2 billion, 12-year plan was unveiled by... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- “Seat Hog” Ad Campaign Coming

[Dec 16, 11:34 PT]  One of the advantages of actual rail transit over actual bus transit* (in this region) is that minor anti-social rider behaviors tend to be merely annoying, rather than actually impairing operations. So on the list of behaviors to fix, David Lawson’s opus on how to ride a bus remains the must-read, and some more... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Wanted: A Pioneer Square Bus Layover Facility

[Dec 15, 07:00 PT]  [Image] In the wonky discourse around Seattle transit, thereare plenty ofgood ideas floating around for small transit projects that could incrementally improve service quality, and there are also some good ideas and lots of enthusiasm for large projects that wouldradically improve transit in the city, but there are very... read more

Olympia Time
- John Rambo, John Tornow and Appalachians in Cascadia

[Dec 15, 05:53 PT]  [Image] The very first Rambo movie (First Blood) is set in Washington State, in a fake town called Hope. Filmed in the actual Hope, British Columbia, the setting is descended from a fictional town in Kentucky in the original First Blood book, which in turn is based on a Pennsylvania town. Both the fictional Kentucky town... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Winter Service Reductions Start Next Week

[Dec 13, 08:31 PT]  [Image] With University of Washington classes out next week, be prepared for service reductions on several King County Metro routes, including routes 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 372, and 373. Metro will be running the "No UW" schedule (or as I will call it in the chart, "Less UW") on weekdays from... read more

Sightline Daily
- Weekend Reading 12/12/14

[Dec 12, 06:30 PT]  Alicia Need something new to read on your bus ride? Poetry on Busses is a Seattle-based community art p rojectthatfeatures the poetry of your fellow bus riders. The project began in 1992 with the display of poems from the local community on placards above bus seats. This year, they launched an online poetry portal, so that... 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.


Health Care
The Stranger Blog
- Rand Paul Injects a Moat into the Debate Over Our Cuba Policy

[Dec 19, 14:30 PT]  [Image] Christopher Halloran / S hutterstock.comDr. Ben Carson will be your one-stop shop for campaign hilarity. Two pieces of business from future presidential candidates: 1. All-but-certain Republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul is boldly going after also-p retty-damn-certain Republican presidential... read more

Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Dec 19, 08:47 PT]  [Image] Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Idaho school broadand at risk in legal fight (Boise Statesman) Fiesta Bowl tickets caught up in price issue (Boise Statesman) Money... read more

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Seattle Transit Blog
- Low-Income Fares Coming to Streetcars and Foot Ferries

[Dec 19, 06:30 PT]  [Image] In addition to the low-income fare program that has been in place in Kitsap Transit since 1985, the new low-income fare program for King County Metro Transit that will take effect March 1, 2015, and the low-income fare that will take effect on Central Link Light Rail on March 1, Seattle Streetcar and King County... read more

Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Dec 18, 09:08 PT]  [Image] Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Micron’s fortunes looking up (Boise Statesman) Student paper plagiarizes in commont on Ybarra (Boise Statesman) Looking at... read more
- Please Help HA Blogger Emeritus Geov Parrish Get Back on His Feet

[Dec 17, 15:27 PT]  Twenty years ago today Geov Parrish got a new lease on life when he became the rare recipient of a double organ t ransplant—pancreas and kidney. But that lease didn’t come cheap: Two decades of health care costsand criseshave taken their toll. That, combined with a low-paid career in journalism and social justice... read more

- School Policy: When faced with the Plague, why are you bringing Band-Aids?

[Dec 16, 14:17 PT]  Below is a letter I wrote to all of members the School Board for Portland Public Schools, with a copy to Superintendent Smith. The specific focus of the letter is one part of the proposal for changing the PPS lottery system, but the underlying issue applies to other communities throughout the state and the country. The... read more

NPI Advocate
- Help us give Geov Parrish a hand up

[Dec 15, 14:35 PT]  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... read more

Ft. Boise
- Planning for failure

[Dateline Unknown]  Props to Lt. Levity even though his (?) Christmas in Blunderland post is not so jolly, or perhaps as his illustration suggests, jolly to a fault. It's a familiar seasonal tale by now, poor housing, needy waifs, manger-like conditions, and a nine-digit upside, even before you tote up how many lives could be saved. Where's... read more


Climate Change
Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Dec 21, 07:52 PT]  [Image] Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Idaho gets health cre improvement grant (Boise Statesman) INL at work on clean energy options (Boise Statesman) Nuclear waste... read more

Sightline Daily
- Weekend Reading 12/19/14

[Dec 19, 06:30 PT]  Ted Have you wondered why the cast, promos, and maybe even the audiences for the new hit movie “Wild” (based on the 2012 memoir by Cheryl Strayed) include so few non-white faces? African-American writer Brandon Harris did; his essay “Why is Camping a White Thing?” poses a quesion that lingers like the proverbial pebble in... read more

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Sightline Daily
- Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

[Dec 18, 12:52 PT]  In Washington and across the Northwest, we are already seeing devastating impacts of climate change. In Hood Canal and Puget Sound, shellfish are being destroyed by an acidifying ocean, declining snowpack threatens water supply both sides of the Cascades, and record-setting wildfires have ravaged Eastern Washington... read more
- State Senator Doug Ericksen Is an Asshole

[Dec 18, 12:01 PT]  Governor Jay Inslee proposed a po liticallyambitious cap-and-trade-ish plan on greenhouse gas emissions yesterday. No doubt a complex proposal on which there is plenty of room for policy analysis and political debate. But this is how the Republicans responded: [Image] Sen. Doug Ericksen, asshole State Sen. Doug Ericksen,... read more

Strange Bedfellows
- California billionaire backs Inslee’s carbon plan

[Dec 17, 18:20 PT]  Billionaire California climate activist Tom Steyer, who spent heavily in Washington’s 2014 election, has warmly endorsed Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to cap and reduce carbon emissions that cause global warming. But Steyer may be supplying Republicans with a much-needed bogeyman at a time when Inslee is claiming the... read more

Majority Rules Blog
- Washington State Governor Jay Inslee and Climate Change

[Dec 15, 12:05 PT]  Washington State Governor Jay Inslee was a featured speaker at the Budget Matters 2014 Conference held Friday December 12, 2014 in Seattle Washington at the Washington State Convention Center.Remy Turpin, the Executive Director of the Washington State Budget and Policy Center asked the Governor questions in a conversation... read more

Ft. Boise
- Slip sliding away

[Dateline Unknown]  As Red Green likes to say, "we're all in this together." So while it may be real nice to go fill up for $2.469 a gallon (or perhaps less, where you are today?), a plunging oil price is not going to lift all boats. Well, to be literal about it, cheap oil and gas may lift all boats, as it's more likely to speed global... 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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