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The Stranger Blog
- No Two Lit Crawls Are Exactly Alike (or, How Lindy West Rocked My World Last Night)

[Oct 24, 11:15 PT]  [Image] Ask any one of the scores of people packed into the Lit Crawl after-party at the Hugo House last night what their favorite part of the evening was, and you'd hear a different answer every time. For such a well-attended ev ent—hundreds of people spread all over Capitol and First Hills—it's funny to... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Bike Sharing, Social Justice, and Urban Villages

[Oct 22, 07:34 PT]  [Image] I’ve seen several complaints raised on the web and twitter that Pronto Bike Share only serves the wealthier neighborhoods of the city, and has ignored lower-income neighborhoods like the Rainier Valley. Certainly if bike sharing is going to be a vital part of the city’s transportation infrastructure,... read more

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- Open Thread 10/20

[Oct 21, 18:28 PT]  - It turns out SPD officer’s nonsense lawsuit was nonsense. – Guns are a health issue because when people get shot it does all sorts of bad things to their health, like kills them or paralyzes them or, at best, seriously wounds them. Anyway, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy would not be out there confiscating... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- First Red Bus Lane Opens Today

[Oct 21, 13:00 PT]  [Image] Red Bus Lanes Euston Road. Flickr user Ian Fisher. [UPDATE:the other locations areWall St. between 3rd and Denny, Midvale Pl. approaching Aurora Ave, and Pacific St. approaching the Montlake bridge.] SDOT is unveiling it at 3pm: First Red Bus Lane Installed in Seattle First of four locations with new red marking;... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Save the R.H. Thomson Expressway: Vote No on Prop 3

[Oct 21, 07:30 PT]  [Image] Imagine if this hadn’t been built. We’re on the eve of thebiggest civic mistake in the history of our fair city. After 4 decades of protest following their narrow defeat in 1972, anti-freeway activists are poised to prevail at last. In just 3 weeks Seattleites will vote on whether to dismantle the RH... read more

Sightline Daily
- Washington State Traffic Forecast Finally Recognizes Reality

[Oct 21, 06:30 PT]  This is far and away the most responsible official traffic forecast I’ve seen from any government agency, ever: [Image] VMT forecast comparison by Washington OFM, Transportation Revenue Forecast Council It’s from a new transportation revenue forecast(pdf link, see p. 27)recently published by the Washington... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Metro cuts: follow-up with Kevin Desmond

[Oct 20, 07:15 PT]  Following my post regardingMetro service cutsand Kevin Desmond’s reply, Mr. Desmond very generously added some key details of financial projections, made time for a phone conversation, and then later commented on a draft of this article. Though I am grateful for Mr. Desmond’s time and help, I believe the details provided... read more

NPI Advocate
- Without Metro & Sound Transit, the Eastside’s traffic problems would be much worse

[Oct 19, 23:32 PT]  The Seattle Times is running a story in tomorrow’s print edition about the 48th LD state Senate race, which pits well-liked State Representative Cyrus Habib against Republican Michelle Darnell, an attorney. Habib, who captured over 63% of the vote in the August Top Two election, is considered to be a shoo-in, but... read more

Politics Northwest
- Democratic activist who pushed for Seattle Park District will run for City Council

[Oct 17, 23:09 PT]  Michael Maddux spent the better part of ayear mullingwhether to pursue a seat on Seattle's City Council. The agonizing started last November, whenvoters approved a ballot measuremoving the council to representation based on geographic districts for its 2015 election,says Maddux , whomade up his mind this week. He'll give... read more

Seattle Transit Blog
- Vote No on Seattle Citizen Petition 1 (New Monorail Agency)

[Oct 17, 07:04 PT]  [Image] wikimedia It’s not very often that Seattle Transit Blog recommends rejection of a proposal to devote more resources to transit. Indeed, some board members voted for one or more of the monorail’s previous measures. However, the latest incarnation, "Seattle Citizen Petition 1," attempts to address a real... 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
- Do You Need Some FREE Medical, Dental, or Vision Care? Head to Key Arena This Weekend!

[Oct 24, 11:19 PT]  [Image] bikeriderlondo n/ShutterstockFREE through Sunday at Key Arena, thanks to Seattle/King County Remote Area Medical. As The Seattle Times reports, "500 volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other health professionals" are volunteering their time at Key Arena over four days (that's yesterday through... read more

- Health Care for ALL Children

[Oct 24, 07:00 PT]  At the Oregon Center for Public Policy, we believe that all Oregon children should have access to health care services. To further that goal, the Center partnered with the Oregon Latino Health Coalition to produce the report Health Care for All Children: Oregon Thrives When All Children Have a Chance to Grow Up Healthy... read more

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Sightline Daily
- Weekend Reading 10/24/14

[Oct 24, 06:25 PT]  Alan A passionate and surprisingly plausible argument that “douchebag” is that unheard of epithets: a slur used to delegitimize white males. Affordable owner-occupied housing inside city limits? Hard to come by in Cascadia’s big cities, especially in Vancouver, BC, where bungalows commonly list for $1.2 million. But what... read more

Strange Bedfellows
- Paul Allen commits $100 million to Ebola fight, will build ‘safety cocoons’

[Oct 23, 17:47 PT]  Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has raised to $100 million his commitment to combat the Ebola virus and will finance the building of two "safety cocoons," containment units designed to evacuate infected health care workers from West Africa. "Everybody feels called sometimes to really pursue a certain thing that resonates... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- Repeal Obamacare and 25 Million People Lose Health Insurance. Period.

[Oct 23, 10:50 PT]  From the beginning, the magnitude of Republicans' lies about Obamacare has been directly proportional to their fears it would succeed. First it was "death panels," which Politifact cited as its 2009 Lie of the Year. In 2010, it was the Affordable Care Act's mythical "government takeover of health care," a fraud that earned... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- GOP Wants AIDS, Schiavo Mythmaker Bill Frist as Ebola Czar

[Oct 21, 11:55 PT]  Not content with having blocked President Obama's nominee for Surgeon General over his common sense description of gun violence as a public health issue, Republicans in and out of Congress want one of their own to be the President's point-man on Ebola. Instead of Ron Klain, conservatives including Rep. Marsha Blackburn... read more

Sightline Daily
- Birth Control? There’s an App for That

[Oct 20, 06:30 PT]  [Image] By the Lake by Jill G used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Given that 82 percent of teen pregnancies are unintended, it should come as no surprise that sexual health advocates are eager to make information and services even easier to access and more appealing to emerging adults. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest,... read more

- Strangest reason to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon

[Oct 17, 19:30 PT]  With Oregonians starting to vote by mail on Measure 91, which would legalize recreational marijuana in this state, naturally I had to make this the theme of my most recent Strange Up Salem column in our alternative paper, Salem Weekly. (Feel free to give Strange Up Salem a Facebook "like." Strange is good. This... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- Abortion? The Google Doctor Can't See You Now

[Oct 15, 17:30 PT]  [Image] As the Washington Post among others reported Monday, Google is testing a new service "that provides live video chat advice to searchers looking for information on some medical conditions." The feature, uncovered by a Reddit user who noticed his Android phone suggested "Talk with a doctor now" when he did a search... read more

PERRspectives Blog
- McConnellCare: Take Health Insurance Away from 520,000 and Send Them to the ER Instead

[Oct 15, 12:15 PT]  In a midterm campaign filled with affronts to voters and reality alike, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell reached a new low in last night's Kentucky Senate debate. Declaring once again that the Affordable Care Act should be repealed "root and branch," McConnell pretended nothing would happen as a result to the 520,000... read more

Gay Rights
Ridenbaugh Press
- On the front pages

[Oct 24, 08:21 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) Otter talks with CCA on contract in 2013 (Boise Statesman) Variable enrollments at state universities (Boise Statesman, Lewiston... read more

Blog Town, PDX
- SL Letter of the Day: Straight Woman Finds Ideal Mate—But Where is Her Community?

[Oct 23, 10:29 PT]  This is hard to share. I'm not even sure why I'm doing it except lately it has all been rising to the surface and there doesn't seem to be a specific support group out there for my kind, at least not yet. I am female, born this way. I am technically heterosexual. Hopefully what comes next will explain the "technical" part.... read more

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- On Oregon's "Open Primary" Measure 90, I'm now a No

[Oct 15, 20:45 PT]  It's been tough for me to decide how to vote on Measure 90, Oregon's "Open Primary" or "Top Two" initiative. I've gone back and forth between Yes and No. [Image] I'm now a No, having given Measure 90 more thought for a few days after writing Torn about the Open Primary measure in Oregon,... read more

Ft. Boise
- What we have here is a failure to communicate

[Dateline Unknown]  More last minute legal work for the Governor's unappealing campaign in Latta et al. v. Otter et al., first, permission to go over the length limit, and if we need more time, that too. Close on the heels of this (unopposed) request for permission, the full-on, 33 page plea, delivered with 50 pages more of wrapper, Table of... read more

Ft. Boise
- Hitch in their gitalong

[Dateline Unknown]  After the north Idaho City of Coeur d'Alene passed an ordinance prohibiting discrimination for "sexual orientation and gender id entity/expression" in housing, employment and public accommodations, there were conversations between the City Attorney and Donald and Evelyn Knapp, owners of the "Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel"... 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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What is the PNW Topic Hotlist sidebar widget?
    The PNW Topic Hotlist sidebar widget can be embedded within any Web page, offering quick access to the blog entries on the hot topics. It is optimized for quick loading, and can be customized to support various styles and appearances.

Can anybody insert the PNW Topic Hotlist in their Web page?
    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.

How do I insert the PNW Topic Hotlist sidebar widget in a Web page?
    Click the SIDEBAR WIDGET menu option and follow the instructions. You will be presented with an easy to use interface to configure the format of the PNW Topic Hotlist output based on how you'd like it displayed. You then produce the Javascript tag you would need to embed in your Web page for the configuration you have chosen. Simply copy the generated Javascript tag and paste it in your Web page at the location you want to display the widget.

Can I alter the way the PNW Topic Hotlist displays?
    Yes. You can configure how you'd like to see the PNW Topic Hotlist display on your Web page. There are also a variety of CSS classnames that you can use to further control the styling of the output, in particular the font size. For example the pnwhotlisttable classname enables you to control the text of the entire Hotlist output, or you can individually control sections of text using the other classnames.

Can I suggest a blog to add to the PNW Topic Hotlist blogroll?
    Yes, please do! New blogs are cropping up in the area all the time and if they cover local politics they may be good candidates for the PNW Topic Hotlist. So as to ensure the blogs meet a standard of quality, appropriateness and activeness, each new blog is added only after it has been evaluated for both the frequency and quality of the content. Send your suggestions to the contact info below.

Who can I contact if something isn't working, or I need help, or to provide feedback?
    You can contact Daniel Kirkdorffer from On The Road To 2008 if you have any problems, need further help, or just want to send in your comments and feedback. This service is always evolving based on suggestions and comments which are always welcome.

Is there any way I can help with the PNW Topic Hotlist?
    One way would be financially. If you would like to make a contribution you can do so via PayPal. The money will go toward improving the hosting solution and ensuring a better and more reliable service. Just click on the button below. If you would like to help in other ways you can get in contact with Daniel Kirkdorffer from On The Road To 2008.