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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

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

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On the off-chance that you’re not sufficiently depressed and/or horrified at the direction the Republican party is taking in 2019, here’s a dispatch from LGM’s Ohio bureau: Back in July, the Republican-controlled Ohio state legislature passed an energy bill, HB6. The bill has four key components. First, it added a surcharge to every ratepayer’s bill […]

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

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The anti-transit social justice trap

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On August 18, 2019
In nine days we’ll learn the fate of the Koch brothers and related interests’ attack on public transit in Phoenix. The forces of non-evil could definitely win this; Phoenix has consistently voted for this, albeit not in low turnout special elections, and by comfortable but not huge margins. I don’t have a sense of how […]

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 wom

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 took part in private discussions with rightwing figures about carrying out surveillance, “psyops” and even violent attacks on perceived political enemies, according to chat records obtained by the Guardian. […]
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