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  • Washington Liquor Privatization Continues To Drive Sales To Oregon, Idaho February 9, 2016
    At ten stores near the Oregon-Washington state line the increases from 2011 to 2013 ranged between 17 to 67 percent, with most at doing at least 30 percent more business. Those boosts in sales were sustained through fiscal year 2015, the most recent year of data available. The Washington State price increases were largely due […]
  • Education Reform Is Not That Popular, But It’s Still Working February 9, 2016
    A new study from the University of Virginia and Stanford finds that the IMPACT system improved student performance significantly. Specifically, when teachers rated effective under IMPACT replaced teachers rated ineffective, student achievement rose. Confounding the predictions of the critics, the system has proven successful at identifying good and bad teachers. The post Education Reform Is […]
  • Bipartisan Thinking on Voter Registration Is Welcome February 9, 2016
    Automatic voter registration is a new idea — and a good one where it can work. The states of Oregon and California have gone that route recently. They automatically register non-voters at the time they are given driver licenses. In Washington, it’s a lot trickier to create a streamlined voter-registration system using driver licensing. Not […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Turkey & Zika February 1, 2016
    1) After an entire week’s delay, Syrian opposition finally in Geneva for UN-run peace talks, despite a suicide attack by ISIS over the weekend which killed over 40 people. The UN hopes to find agreements on humanitarian aid and prisoner exchanges, but any progress, no matter how small, will be a victory at this point. […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Russia, Syria & the Refugee Crisis January 28, 2016
    1) Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has called for a new “Reset” with the West, erasing the previous U.S. Reset on Russian relations under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2009. Lavrov made clear that the reset would take place on Moscow’s terms and would ignore many contentious issues with the U.S. such as the […]
  • Today’s Top 3 International Stories: Syria, Cameroon & Denmark January 26, 2016
    1) ISIS has claimed a suicide attack in Homs, Syria, which killed at least 24 people. The double explosion, caused by a jihadist wearing a suicide vest and a car bomb, wounded more than 100 people in the government-controlled city. The bombing is another example of continued violence in Syria despite the UN’s announcement of […]
  • The Populist Earthquake February 10, 2016
    Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders overturned American politics with their stunning wins in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. As I write, with two-thirds of the vote in, Trump leads John Kasich by almost 20 points on the Republican side and Sanders leads Hillary Clinton by 21 points on the Democratic side. Those numbers are incredible. […]
  • Trump Declares Victory in New Hampshire February 10, 2016
    The post Trump Declares Victory in New Hampshire appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • Clinton Gives Concession Speech After Lopsided Loss to Sanders: ‘I Still Love New Hampshire’ February 10, 2016
    The post Clinton Gives Concession Speech After Lopsided Loss to Sanders: ‘I Still Love New Hampshire’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.
  • A Streetcar Plan Grows in Brooklyn February 9, 2016
    New York is far denser than any other large American city, with an average of 27,000 people per square mile compared with 2,500 to 4,000 for most American cities. Although the city is criss-crossed by an extensive subway system, there are still some neighborhoods that are more than half a mile from a subway station. […]
  • Double the Gas Tax for Green Transportation February 8, 2016
    For most of Obama’s years as president, he has opposed raising the gas tax. Now, in his last, lame-duck year, he is proposing a $10 per barrel tax on oil. Since a 42-gallon barrel of oil produces about 45 gallons of gasoline, Diesel, jet fuel, and other products, this is roughly equal to a 22 […]
  • 2014 Transit Data February 5, 2016
    In mid-December, the Federal Transit Administration posted 2014 transit data on line, then withdrew it–but not before the Antiplanner was able to download most of the data tables. Two tables that were not available then were “Service” (including such things as vehicle revenue miles, passenger miles, and average daily trips) and “Vehicle Inventory” (including the […]