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For the second time in as many days, Congress has taken a major bad vote. Yesterday, it was the filibuster of Manchin/Toomey's background checks amendment, which had majority support but not supermajority support (so it died, because the U.S. Senate operates by ridiculous rules that our Founding Fathers would have found abhorrent).

As Joan mentioned, today, the U.S. House passed CISPA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, for the second year in a row. CISPA is something of a sibling to SOPA/PIPA, which many Kossacks may remember were a pair of bills that were derailed last year when the Internet rose up on a chosen day in late January to protest the bills. CISPA isn't as all-around awful as SOPA/PIPA, but it's still pretty bad. Our friends at the ACLU and EFF have been fighting it.

A couple days ago, the White House came out with a statement on the 2013 incarnation of CISPA, threatening to veto it. That didn't stop the bill from passing today, with half of the Democratic caucus voting aye. The roll call vote was 288-127.

98 Democrats voted nay and 92 Democrats voted aye.


Did your member of Congress vote for CISPA?

38%38 votes
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Every summer for the past several years, NPI has created/sponsored a Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirt which we take with us to Netroots Nation.

5 years of t-shirts

The t-shirt is essentially a wearable guide to the local blogosphere, listing all the active progressive blogs we know about in the Evergreen State.

The tradition of doing a t-shirt for the convention began at the very first YearlyKos four years ago. Our friend Ray Minchew came up with the idea. He handed it off to us the following year, and we’ve been carrying it on ever since. They are a rather unique item because we only print a limited number each year.

2011 t-shirt front
Because we like things that last, we work with a professional designer and a union print shop to create and produce shirts that will still look like new even after they’ve been through a zillion wash cycles.

Although we can only afford to print an extremely limited number of extra shirts (which will be sold to those who want them on a first-come, first-served basis) we do have the ability to guarantee you a shirt in the size that fits you at the low price of $20… as long as you preorder before midnight on June 2nd.

This year’s t-shirt will be royal blue with white text and yellow/green graphics, as seen in the images to the right.

To place your order, follow this link. Once you select a t-shirt size, you’ll be able to pay via credit card over an encrypted connection. Shipping is automatically calculated based on the number of t-shirts you order.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will I get my t-shirt(s)?

A: As soon as we get the product from the print shop, we’ll begin shipping out orders. This will be in mid-June. If you opt for pickup at checkout, we’ll be in touch to figure out a time and place when we can get you your shirts.

Q: I’m not going to Netroots Nation. Can I still order a t-shirt?

A: Yes, absolutely! These are Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirts… they just have a Netroots Nation theme.

Q: How do you select which blogs appear on the blogroll?

A: The blogroll is derived from Pacific NW Portal’s Regional Blogs Directory. Any progressive blog written by a Washingtonian that is being kept current is eligible for the blogroll. If your blog isn’t in the directory, let us know and we’ll get it added.

Q: What were the colors of past t-shirts?

A: In 2006 – orange. In 2007 – turquoise. In 2008 – purple. In 2009 – black. In 2010 – tan.


Greetings from Redmond... it's been wonderful these last couple of days to see that many familiar screen names have made the jump to Daily Kos 4, and are already making use of new features, particularly groups.

Since we've all been invited to kick in the tires, I thought it would make sense to write a diary summarizing what the team at the Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) has been up to lately.

If you're not familiar with NPI, think of us as like a Swiss Army knife for the progressive movement in the Pacific Northwest.

We do media, we do research, we do outreach, we do strategy. In fact, we call ourselves a netroots-powered strategy center. Our mission is to raise America's quality of life... and we carry out that mission through innovative research and imaginative advocacy.

NPI came into being on August 22nd, 2003, and is based in Redmond, Washington (the real Washington!). We incorporated in 2005, and formed our board of directors last year.

Our major projects are Permanent Defense (which fights right wing initiatives, particularly those filed by Tim Eyman), The NPI Advocate (our blog, where we chronicle our perspective on world, national, and local politics) In Brief (our microblog, where we post everything that doesn't fit on The Advocate or is too short for a long post) and Pacific NW Portal (our gateway to the rest of the local blogosphere).

We've recently begun a new project, which brings me to my first news item.

  • If you're somebody who's interested in following legislation at the state level, but you're not familiar with the priority bills that are out there, then the Olympia Newsriver is for you. It's a bill tracker which makes bill following easy. Bills are sorted into categories, and updates (or action items) for them are posted in reverse chronological order automatically. The Newsriver also has a Morning Rundown on weekdays of bill-related blog posts from local blogs.
  • If you live in western Washington and would like to learn more about our work, we cordially invite you to join us at our third Spring Fundraising Gala on Thursday, April 28th, 2011. We just finalized the date last week. The event will be happening at the Community Center at Mercer View... a modern, beautiful gathering place with free Wi-Fi, easy transit access, and ample parking. We'll be announcing our speaking lineup in the coming weeks. If you'd like to guarantee yourself a seat at the early-bird rate, you can buy an individual or household ticket from our site.
  • On Sunday, Permanent Defense (NPI's oldest project, which I began on February 13th, 2002) turned nine. It's a big milestone since it means we're only a year away from a decade of existence. I chronicled my thoughts on the occasion for the NPI Advocate, and also penned a message to our supporters and followers recapping the last year, as I do annually. Those posts are good places to start if you're not familiar with NPI but want to learn about how we came to be.
  • Also on Sunday, Permanent Defense launched a Rapid Response team to better counter the misinformation propagated by the likes of Tim Eyman. The Rapid Response team is for activists who only have so much time to spare due to family and work obligations, but want to contribute to fighting Eyman and protecting Washington's common wealth from his harmful schemes. Team members receive occasional alerts letting them know about editorials, columns, or Internet postings that need responding to. You can sign up for the team at Permanent Defense's website.

That about covers the most important things we've been working on.

One last item: We're social! If you're on Twitter, please follow us. If you're on Facebook, please become a fan (and RSVP to our Spring Fundraising Gala on April 28th!)

I'll try to stick around to answer any questions about our work that come up in the comments.


Crossposted from the NPI Advocate

Via Seattle's KING5, here's another stupid "administrative policy" from the school district that decided Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth shouldn't be shown in schools:

Millions of people will be glued to the TV next week when President-elect Barack Obama takes his oath of office. But in Federal Way, students will need to get permission from their parents to watch the historical inauguration in school.

"I think that's a little overkill," said parent Pam Ditzhazy. "Maybe it should even been required to see it. It's a huge event."

Federal way principals received an e-mail notifying them of the rule.

Coming Soon to Washington, D.C.: The Inauguration of Barack Obama, Forty Fourth President of the United States, First African American to be Elected President. This event has been rated "R" by the MPAA for... betraying conservative values.

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It looks like Barack Obama is on his way to victory, with Ohio projected to join the Democratic column. The math is starting to look impossible for John McCain.

But this is election is NOT OVER.

There is a lot at stake in California, Oregon, and Washington. Prop 8 (hate in the form of a ballot measure) needs to be defeated. Governor Chris Gregoire needs to be reelected. Darcy Burner needs every vote she can get. Jeff Merkley's team is still working to knock out Gordon Smith.

If you live on the Left Coast, please call your neighbors and friends and ask if they've voted in these critical downballot races.

Left Coasters, please feel free to rec up this diary so we have a dedicated place to talk about these crucial contests in California, Oregon, and Washington.  I will be posting updates and notable comments below the fold periodically for the rest of the evening.

UPDATE: Have you familiarized yourself with the people behind Prop 8?


Liveblogging a speech AND taking pictures is tough when you really want to pay close attention to what the speaker is saying, but I managed to catch some of the highlights of Governor Dean's speech just minutes ago. Here's an excerpt from the NPI Advocate:

National Democratic Chairman Howard Dean, champion of people powered politics and a resolute believer in a fifty state strategy, has just climbed the stairs up to the podium to a thundering welcome, waving to thousands of cheering activists and bloggers armed with Change We Can Believe In signs.

Dean began by thanking the Netroots Nation team and explained that he had just been to Crawford, Texas for the first time in his life earlier that day.

"We want real change in America and Crawford, Texas wants real change in America," Dean told attendees.

"If it wasn't for the netroots nation, we would not have a majority in the House of Representatives," Dean said, crediting the community for the sweeping 2006 midterm election victories that the party enjoyed.

Find more from the speech at our blog...

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NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Company and News Corp. today announced the formation of a sweeping new entertainment and news venture that will provide the highest quality journalism, political coverage, and sports reporting to a global audience.

The joint venture, which combines the two companies' ABC and FOX Entertainment Group properties, will give Disney and News Corp. unparalleled resources in today's digital era.

Under the deal, Disney will become responsible for all feature films and will take over Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Studios, while News Corp. will become responsible for cable and broadcast television.

Executives for Disney and News Corp. confirmed that several name changes are on the way, including the rebranding of ABC, the nation's most watched television network.

ABC Becomes Fox

Anne Sweeney, President of Disney-ABC Television Group, said the name change to Fox better reflects the network's values.

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Yesterday, management at Seattle's AM 710 KIRO, owned by Bonneville International, abruptly cancelled The David Goldstein Show (which ran on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 to 10 PM here in the Pacific Northwest) and terminated two other weekend hosts, to be replaced with reurns and syndication. The move, made to cut costs, ends an eighteen month run for our good friend David Goldstein, one of the few bloggers nationwide to succeed in breaking into the traditional media and getting his own radio show.

David's show frequently featured guests from the netroots community, including many contributing editors here at Daily Kos. In response to KIRO's ungracious and sudden termination of David's show, we have written an open letter to KIRO which we urge you to join us in signing.

The text of the letter follows below the fold. When you sign, remember to check your email to confirm your signature so it shows up!

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If you live in Washington State and are planning on attending YearlyKos this year in fabulous Chicago, the Northwest Progressive Institute wants to hear from you!

We're working on organizing the state delegation and we'd like to know if you are planning on being in the Windy City this August so we can invite you to the state social (we had one last year, and it was a lot of fun!) as well as connect you with other local Kossacks.

If you're going, please let us know by sending a message to netroots (at) nwprogressive (dot) org. Let us know your screen name/handle on Kos, where you live, and what plans and travel arrangements you've already made. We look forward to hearing from you!

Adapted from an entry on NPI's Official Blog

The Federal Way School District in Washington State has appallingly decided to place a moratorium on the showing of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth because one wingnut parent doesn't like the former Vice President or his documentary, which doesn't include a Book of Revelations perspective on global warming:

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. ... The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD."
Um...can you can say, wacko?

If Mr. Hardison doesn't want his children exposed to - gasp - science, then why are they enrolled in public schools? There is no doubt a good private school not too far away that teaches creationism. (How about the Federal Way Christian Academy, 30817 Pacific Hwy S).

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I'm sure that many Kossacks have heard of the WakeUp WalMart website and the larger effort to get the world's largest retailer to change its disgusting behavior.

WakeUp WalMart is currently in the midst of its "Change Wal-Mart, Change America Tour" which is a coast to coast journey with stops in nineteen states.

Wake Up Wal Mart

I've joined several of the organizers on their campaign bus, Smiley, as we head from  Portland, Oregon to the final stop on  the tour - Seattle, Washington.

Over the next few hours, I will be blogging LIVE from the road (yes, you read that right - from the road - on our organization's blog, sharing facts about Wal-Mart and its irresponsible business practices, perspectives from the organizers, and information about the final events in Seattle. I'll also be updating this diary on DailyKos with insights, pictures, and possibly even multimedia.

For updates, follow me below the flip. Feel free to post questions about the tour and about WalMart in the thread, and I'll see if we can provide answers.

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Over the last two days (Friday and Saturday, June 2nd - 3rd) I've been in Yakima, Washington, attending the Washington State Democrats' 2006 Convention, representing the Northwest Progressive Institute - and providing live coverage of the proceedings on NPI's Official Blog.

I'm not going to use this diary to relive everything that happened at the convention, but I do want to share my experience with fellow netroots activists.

I believe this was the first convention in our state party's history to be liveblogged, and not only that, but also "livepictured" and "livevideoed".

Over a total of two days, I wrote 17 posts detailing happenings at the convention. I actually posted more than that because I updated several of my posts. So I actually "posted" close to thirty times.

The average amount of time most delegates spent at the convention (excluding when we all retired to our hotel rooms to sleep) was roughly 26 hours. If you divide that by the number of times I posted, that's about a post every single hour - which is pretty amazing.

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