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The Battle For The Soul Of The Republican Party

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  [5440 note: this is an adaptation of a presentation given by the author at the TechRoanoke Conference in Bellevue, WA, June 2014] There is a battle on for the soul of the GOP. But to clarify, I’m NOT going to be talking about the 800lb gorilla in the room. The factional infighting, the purity […]

Caught on Tape: Environmental Extremists Enjoy Protest Aboard Catered Yachts

Dateline Sunday July 28, 2013 – Portland Oregon:   “How Much Is Enough!?!?” asks Jill MacIntyre Witt, a former Occupier and Certified Presenter for Al Gore‘s Climate Reality Project. This shortly after she is caught on tape accepting deliveries and mowing down copious amounts of food aboard “The Gallant,” a private yacht which was one of […]

False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting

Guest post from my buddy John LaRosa. Good read as always. via False Premise Number One: “Something vs. Nothing” | JSL Consulting. I’m tired. I’m really, really tired. Am I getting old? Yes. But while I certainly prefer aging to its alternative, my sprint toward transitional assisted living and perpetual underground residency is not what […]

An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters (with image, tweets) · jimmiebjr · Storify

An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters (with image, tweets) · jimmiebjr · Storify

I was made to simply sit back and watch as this epic rant unfolded. You will be smarter after you read it. An Open Tweet Letter to Young Voters All those government goodies are going to cost you more than you want to pay. Here’s how you’re being played and what you can do about […]

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  • Senate committee discusses collective bargaining transparency August 17, 2017
    The Senate Commerce & Labor Committee held a work session yesterday on “public transparency in collective bargaining negotiations.” Despite the strong mandate for government transparency declared by the people in the Open Public Meetings Act, government employee contracts are usually negotiated in secret, meaning an important and costly taxpayer expense is hidden until the final bill comes due. There […]
  • WA Republicans on Trump, Women running for office, Georgetown Crossing August 17, 2017
    Every other week, we try to distill a few things down to their essence, and offer those nuggets to you for review. Short, smart content that will inform the work you’re doing in policy and the economy today.  Hopefully you find something on this list that resonates with the work you’re doing. If so, let […]
  • Rep. Orwall to co-chair national Military and Veterans Task Force August 17, 2017
    Earlier this month, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan organization that provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues, selected Speaker Pro-Tem Tina Orwall (D-Des Moines) as co-chair of the Military & Veterans Affairs Task Force. “This is truly an honor and a great privilege,” said Orwall, who […]
  • “Quick Win” for Buses = Loss for Commuters August 18, 2017
    New York City rail transit lines have fallen on hard times, with frequent delays, accidents, and even trains not running at all. While Governor Cuomo has declared a state of emergency, some transit advocates want to make sure buses aren’t forgotten in any multi-billion-dollar fix. Some of their ideas, such as having people pay before […]
  • Black Crater Fire August 17, 2017
    The internet and phone service were both down in Camp Sherman yesterday afternoon and evening, which is when I would normally write the next day’s Antiplanner. So instead I took some night photos of the Milli Fire, which was burning on about 256 3,500 acres a few miles from here. Click image for a larger […]
  • Streamlining Infrastructure Approvals August 16, 2017
    President Trump issued an executive order yesterday aimed at streamlining the federal approval process for infrastructure projects. Contrary to the impression given by press reports, the order doesn’t repeal any environmental laws or rules. All it really does, the White House explains, is require federal agencies to work together to speed existing approval processes with […]