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Samoa

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On December 1, 2019
It was probably inevitable that the success of the anti-vaccination movement would eventually lead to an outbreak with substantial casualties. It has now happened in Samoa, where 48 people so far have died from measles, including 22 infants. Public health officials do not believe the outbreak has peaked, and expect those numbers to rise, possibl […]

Election Day

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On November 5, 2019

Election day is upon us. Soon, we’ll be treated to extreme over-interpretations of a handful of electoral events in unrepresentative states. Let’s call this an open thread for all election

Transit wins in Phoenix

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On August 28, 2019
In David Koch’s most significant setback since dying last week, the good people of Phoenix have told his cynical, fearmongering, fake social justice campaign to kill public transit investment to go away, by what appears to be the best margin yet for Light Rail at the ballot box: Proposition 105, which would have required the […]

Bus lane hero

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On August 15, 2019
One subset of what we might call “Seattle twitter” has been debating how we should think about the woman in this video: https://twitter.com/JaimeSeattle/status/1159268600391196673 This woman’s direct action was captured by a local reporter, and went viral, with most local media doing stories on it. An inspired follow-up event on Monday with red flags available at […]

Heckuva Job, Spokane Valley

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On April 22, 2019

Jason Wilson of the Guardian has obtained some chat records that include Matt Shea, a State Representative from Washington’s 4th district, and, yikes: A Washington state Republican politician

This morning in Pasco, Washington, the Washington Democratic party voted by a 3-1 margin to select delegates via an early March primary, rather than caucus system they’ve used for many years. In 2020, Washington State’s Democratic party will select its delegates through a vote-by-mail primary. Washington was the largest state to use caucuses in 2016. […]

NC Supreme Court

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On December 5, 2018

Since I don’t think it’s been discussed much here and seems to have flown under the radar a bit, let’s talk about the North Carolina Supreme Court election. I heard about this race f

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