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- Washington State Talks Strategies for Weaning Solar Off Subsidies October 17, 2014Almost 10 years after instituting financial incentives for Washington residents to install solar panels, the state is debating if those tax breaks are too generous for an electricity source that amounts to a pittance of its renewable energy portfolio. The number of solar panels installed has grown dramatically in the last several years, but costs […]
- Did State Value Money Over Justice in Horrible Abuse Case? October 17, 2014The case in question resulted in the largest ever settlement payout by the state in a child abuse case -- $9.75 million for five siblings who suffered terrible abuse at the hands of their parents. Faced with a tough case, internal records show that the AG's office signed contracts with experts for hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to downpl
- Round Up: Washington Daily Newspaper Editorial Boards So Far All Reject Initiative 1351, the ‘Class-Size Reduction’ Initiative October 17, 2014Though a recent poll suggests Washington state voters seem poised to approve Initiative 1351, the state’s newspaper editorial boards are so far all thumbs down.
- Alphabet Soup Politics October 17, 2014The White House is trying to connect with Millennials using Sesame Street tactics. Democrats sent out an email listing their accomplishments for generation Y using emoijis and “hip” TV references. Unfortunately, this probably won’t bring out the youth vote. This generation isn’t interested in the midterms, and cares more about the economy than infographics.
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today October 16, 20141) The word used to summarize continued nuclear talks between the U.S. and Iran is “progress” which came from reports by each party. Sec. of State John Kerry met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif yesterday. There is little discussion on what that progress might be. The deadline for the talks is late November. […]
- Top 3 International Stories I’m Watching Today October 15, 20141) Officials from at least 20 countries met in Washington DC yesterday as part of the Anti-ISIS coalition. The meeting included discussions of military strategy as ISIS makes gains in Iraq and Syria, despite on-going airstrikes. 2) Mozambique, a smaller country in Southeast Africa, held elections today in what is seen as a very […]
- Greg Orman Dodges Voter Question About Abortion October 19, 2014
- Rally Attendees Leave Event After Obama Began Speaking October 19, 2014Many attendees of an Obama campaign rally headed for the exits shortly after the president began speaking Sunday evening.
- The Chicago Way: Democratic Super PAC in Bed with Local Newspaper—Literally October 19, 2014The campaign of Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner (R) is asking the Chicago Sun-Times to disclose that one of its political reporters is married to a Democratic consultant with ties to incumbent Democrat Pat Quinn.
- How to Hoodwink the Public October 17, 2014Two years ago, Virginia Beach put a measure on the ballot to extend the Norfolk light rail (which stops at the border between the two cities) into Virginia Beach. All of the advertising for the measure said “Vote Yes to Study Light Rail.” But the actual measure read, “Should the City Council adopt an ordinance […]
- Autonomous Vehicle Presentation October 16, 2014The Antiplanner’s presentation on autonomous vehicles, mass transit, and long-range transportation planning is now available for download. It’s about 20 MB. Tonight (October 16), at 7 pm, the Antiplanner will speak about the Tide light rail in the Virginia Beach Central Public Library Auditorium. (The event was originally to take place elsewhere but the loca
- More Rail Fail October 15, 2014Two more rail transit lines are following in the tracks of so many others that have failed to live up to planners’ promises. First, Orlando’s SunRail commuter train is “losing riders at an increasing pace.” The project, which cost a billion dollars and was built partly to persuade the federal government that Florida was serious […]