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Seattle Transit Blog
- A Word on Revenue Projections

[Apr 18, 08:13 PT]  [Image] Historic Revenues through January 2013 An unfortunate consequence of the relentless simplification in campaigns is the reduction of revenue projections to a single number. Metro had to settle on a representative figure – 17% cuts – to produce a tangible example of what the cuts would look like, which... read more

Politics Northwest
- Poll: Voters support taxes for roads, schools, parks

[Apr 17, 18:48 PT]  Washington state voters are willing to pay higher taxes to support a variety of community services, including roads and public transportation, according to a public poll released Thursday. The Elway Poll reported that 74 percent of voters surveyed last week said they supported higher local taxes for roads and 60 percent... read more

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Seattle Transit Blog
- News Roundup: Taking to the Streets

[Apr 17, 07:00 PT]  [Image] A BBQ on 2nd Ave Bell Street Parkopens. Success likely depends onbusiness and residentsactually using the park. An agile SDOT installs atwo-way cycle track on NE 40th in the U-District as part of the Burke Gilman Trail construction detour. Car2Go mixing up how people travel in Seattle. More data needed to fully... read more

NPI Advocate
- State Representative Ross Hunter tells 48th District Democrats he’s "staying in the House"

[Apr 16, 23:20 PT]  State Representative Ross Hunter (D-48th District: Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Clyde Hill, Medina, the Points communities) announced this evening that he has decided against a bid for the state Senate in the wake of Rodney Tom’s retirement, and will instead run for reelection to the House of Representatives. At the... read more

Strange Bedfellows
- Republicans vs. Republicans on Metro rescue plan

[Apr 15, 19:06 PT]  Gut-check time came early this year, and — with no help coming from Olympia — the King County Council showed guts. Confronted with a $75 million Metro budget shortfall and steep projected cuts in bus service, the nine-member council voted unanimously in February to put a small tax measure and $60 car fee before... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- It’s Still A Category 4-and-a-Half Hurricane

[Apr 15, 19:00 PT]  [Image] Today, Metro released an updated service cuts proposal invery rough draft form, in response tounexpectedly strong economic growthwhich brought about a modest uptick in sales tax revenue. The updated proposal cuts 50,000 fewer annual hours, heading off 1.4% of the previously estimated 17% cuts.During abriefingwhich... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- February 2014 Sound Transit Ridership Report – Off the Chart (Again)

[Apr 15, 07:15 PT]  [Image] Beast Quake 2 – Image from Pacific Northwest Seismic Network I first created my charts and started writing these reports a year and a half ago. Back then I set the upper limit for my growth chart at 16%. At the time it seemed pretty reasonable. In the fall of 2013, the most Link had ever grown from one year... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Yes, Metro’s Deficit is Real

[Apr 14, 11:00 PT]  [Image] Every so often, a local anti-transit or anti-tax group will write a hit piece against Metro, alleging, for a variety of reasons, that the agency’s financial crisis is made up. These pieces invariably rely on creative graph-making, conflating Metro’s primary tax-funded service with externally-funded... 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.


Minimum Wage
The Stranger Blog
- The Best of Slog: Wage Hikes, Fixing SPD, and Earnest Discussions About Facial Hair

[Apr 19, 11:11 PT]  So Long Rodney Tom: Here's the news. Here's his legacy. $15 Minimum Wage Movement Files Ballot Measure: Go read this story if you haven't already. Seriously, read it. Nick Licata is talking about how to enforce a wage hike. And if you're interested, here's what happened to wage hike panic in San Jose. 10 Ways Mayor Murray... read more

Strange Bedfellows
- New poll: Sharp drop in support for $15 an hour minimum wage

[Apr 18, 18:10 PT]  A new poll of 400 Seattle voters, taken last week, shows a sharp drop in support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, just as Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is preparing to send a recommendation to the Seattle City Council. The survey by Portland-based DHM asked voters if they would favor increasing the minimum wage to $15 […]

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The Stranger Blog
- Business-Backed Group Claims Support for a Minimum Wage Hike Is Dropping

[Apr 18, 17:08 PT]  OneSeattle, a group formed to represent business interests in this city's minimum wage fight, has a new poll out this afternoon. It finds support for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle at 47 percent. The group says this means public opinion is "shifting" on the minimum wage issue, and it indicates it's measuring that perceived... read more

Strange Bedfellows
- Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

[Apr 18, 14:36 PT]    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is "deadlocked," Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to "build a strong coalition in the streets." Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is... read more
- It Is the City Council, Not the Mayor’s Unelected "Advisory" Committee, That Will Write Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Ordinance

[Apr 18, 10:44 PT]  I’m not sure what all the hoo-hah is over the current "impasse" on a $15 minimum wage. Mayor Ed Murray’s Income Inequality Advisory Committee is exactly that: an advisory committee. As a body, it is empowered to do nothing more than advise. If it fails to come to a consensus, so what? Either way, it is the city... read more
- New Feature: #St oopidTweetoftheDay

[Apr 17, 09:56 PT]  @GoodJobsSeattle @ @GoldyHA Coalition may reject the idea of health benefits as a part of wage. Larger Seattle nonprof community does not. — CapitolHillChamber (@caphillchamber) April 17, 2014 Back in Stupidland I sarcastically tweeted back "like that’s believable" to theCapitol Hill Chamber of Commerce’s... read more

Ridenbaugh Press
- Balukoff’s guns

[Apr 16, 11:16 PT]  [Image] CHUCK MALLOY   In Idaho Democratic gubernatorial candidate A.J. Balukoff acknowledges that he hangs out mostly with his fellow Democrats. If he spent time in rural communities, and coffee shops not named Starbucks, he would know better than to take on the National Rifle Association – the sacred cow of special... read more
- Rethinking the "Tip Credit": Index It to the State Minimum Wage for Tipped Employees

[Apr 16, 10:54 PT]  I know I promised that yesterday’s post on a "Tip Adjusted Benefit Deduction" would be my last creative stab at proposing a minimum wage compromise that benefits both sides, but I’ve got one more wonky little provision that should be a part of any debate over a so-called "tip credit": the size of the credit... read more

Politics Northwest
- $15 Now files ballot initiative to raise Seattle's minimum wage

[Apr 14, 15:40 PT]  Activists this morning filed a Seattle city charter amendment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour starting Jan. 1, 2015. The measure calls for a three-year phase-in for small business and non-profit organizations and defines a small business as any with 250 or fewer full-time employees. Backers of the amendment, which... read more

- "It"

[Apr 13, 23:34 PT]  “It” What a remarkable word (pronoun) “it” is. While it generally refers to some particular object or behavior it also often refers to something much more general and, in some cases, may have virtually no meaning whatsoever. I am drawn to thinking of this because last night I had reason to believe that I may well be losing... read more

- Don't get fooled again

[Apr 11, 12:29 PT]  I was talking with a friend the other day, and he was telling me that a Democratic candidate he supports intends to make education a central issue in the up coming campaign, possibly the key or central issue. I can see the thinking. Luna laws where shot down, indicating much support for education in Idaho. The recent... read more

- Me and Kati 15: Nothing to Declare

[Apr 9, 22:39 PT]  Kati, Kati, Kati, my only constant companion, my little feline friend with the cutest face in all of cat kingdom, I was really worried about you this morning. I know you are subject to occasional psychotic breaks (or something like that) but you really had a “doozy” this morning. First you refused to leave the kitchen even... read more

- Robert Reich on $15 Why?

[Apr 9, 22:27 PT]  As we're apparently going through the basic six questions (who, what, where, when, why, and how) about the $15/hour minimum wage proposal, I thought it appropriate to share this video from U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich explaining seven reasons why people are calling for a $15/hr minimum wage. Meanwhile, in local... read more

Health Care
Blog Town, PDX
- Good Morning, News!

[Apr 19, 10:16 PT]  [Image] One scuttled, disastrously tone deaf plan for a new interstate bridge? That'll be $200 million. It's a dispiriting amount of money to have paid for a Columbia River Crossing that will never be built—especially since much of the data generated is probably not useful for future efforts. But here's one interesting... read more

Blog Town, PDX
- Six Great Stories You May Have Missed Last Week

[Apr 18, 13:29 PT]  My writing staff and I have combed through hundreds of news stories preparing for this week's Mercury-sponsored Late Night Action. We can't fit all of them into the monologue, so here are our favorite 6 stories that you may have missed (with jokes!). The Portland Police announced plans to carry out a sting on dogs pooping... read more

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Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Apr 17, 08:45 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) Tuition increases cut at UI, BSU (Boise Statesman, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News) WA transport commission visits Palous (Lewiston... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- In Arkansas and Georgia, an Obamacare Tale of Two Clinics

[Apr 13, 11:15 PT]  [Image] For the two clinics, it was the best of times and the worst times. In Mena, Arkansas, the 9th Street Ministries free clinic is closing its doors after 16 years, its services no longer needed by the poor residents who have now obtained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act. But in Glenwood, Georgia, the... read more

- Seriously?

[Apr 11, 15:01 PT]  A reliance on snark and showing up at a candidates forum as if you’re making a quick run to the grocery: signs that you’re not a serious candidate for public office. The number of candidates and staffers at the April 10 Central Committee Meeting of the Multnomah County Democrats was almost equal to the number of audience... read more

Ft. Boise
- Thanks for asking

[Dateline Unknown]  Organizing for Action, a.k.a., wanted me to fill out a little survey, asking How did it go? (about you-know-what). In spite of my dislike of push polls and the like, I gave it a look, just in case it offered the chance to point out some of the holes in the whole business of healthcare insurance reform as... read more

Ft. Boise
- Tacks day

[Dateline Unknown]  [Image] Regardless of whether you agree with Robert Reich's answer to the question "Is our tax system fair?" you can be entertained by the artistic talent of Jacob Kornbluth, Rick Symonds and Abby Van Muijen. The proximate goal is "petition" signatures... and what's the petition, exactly? "It's time for higher taxes on the... 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
   HinesSight [!] 
   Isaac Laquedem [!] 
   Jeff Mapes on Politics
   Low on the Hog
   Middle Earth Journal
   Moonbat Juggernaut
   New Frames [!] 
   OlsonOnline [!] 
   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
   CoolAqua [!] 
   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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    Absolutely! If you believe the topics you've seen in the PNW Topic Hotlist are of interest to you, and you have a Web page or blog of your own we would be happy if you inserted the PNW Topic Hotlist in it. In the same way, we hope others see the PNW Topic Hotlist displayed on your Web page, click on the PNW TOPIC HOTLIST button at the bottom of it, and learn about how they too can insert the PNW Topic Hotlist in their Web page.

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