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Want money out of politics? Seattle can show the rest of the country how it's done. #GetMoneyOut
The board game Monopoly is simple enough for most nine-year-olds to master quickly. The rules of the game, however, run to eight pages, and you’d never hand them to your third grader and expect her...
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Would you run for office, if you didn't have to raise big $$ from one percenters to do it?
Would you run for office, if you didn’t have to raise big money from one percenters to do it? The Honest Elections Seattle Initiative is a pioneering local initiative that would provide a whole new...
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Here’s what CarbonWA's climate proposal would mean for Washington.
Washington House Democrats recently threw a ball by failing to include badly needed carbon revenue in their proposed budget. There may still be time to get carbon revenue back on the table, but a relief...
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Don't listen to rumors. Here are the FACTS about capping climate change pollution!
Author’s note: Some folks in the Oregon legislature have been fretting about falsehoods lately. I wrote this up to help inform a hearing on climate bills in Salem on April 14th. Oregonians are already paying for...
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Oregon has a climate law implementation problem. HB 3470 has an answer! #ActOnClimate
Most parents are familiar with the slight panic of not knowing if you really have a way to enforce a rule you made for your kids. You’ve been clear that it is not OK to...
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WA Senate may have just voted to commit nearly $100 MILLION to help international investors pursue an environmentally risky coal export project that may never actually see the light of day.
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The US is the only country still inserting an Electoral College between voters & the presidency.
Thomas Jefferson believed that “very constitution... naturally expires at the end of 19 years.” As “new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed... institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times.” But Jefferson did not...
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Find out how Seattle’s public campaign funding program will work:
Last time, I described the Honest Elections Seattle Initiative’s tough new rules for preventing corruption and giving ordinary voters a louder voice in local elections. This time, I begin to detail how Democracy Vouchers, the...
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A look at the fossil fuel industry's methods of buying influence.
The last few months have been a wild ride in Oregon politics. Governor Kitzhaber, the state’s only Governor to be elected 4 times, resigned amid evidence of ethical violations. Then, over vociferous opposition from the...
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A pattern of secrecy by major oil train hauler puts public at risk.
The first commuters were just beginning to trickle over the Magnolia Bridge near downtown Seattle as the short summer night was warming to gray. Probably none of them realized just how narrowly they escaped disaster...
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"What if Seattle could lead Cascadia toward a democracy where everyone had an equal voice?" -Alan Durning, Executive Director at Sightline Institute
A coalition last week filed a citizens’ initiative 122 in Seattle that assembles into a single package some of the toughest corruption prevention and clean-election laws found anywhere in the United States and adds one...
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at this very minute, you can say whatever you please. there's just no guarantee that anyone will listen.
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Oso was an AWFUL lesson in the destructive power of slides.

Let's not have another disaster along Puget Sound rail lines.
March 22 marked the first anniversary of the landslide in Oso, Washington. A water-logged mountain slope gave way, unleashing staggering volumes of earth and debris that swept across a small community and killed 43 people....
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Sightline Institute is an independent, nonprofit sustainability think tank for the Pacific Northwest. Find all of our latest articles on our blog at daily.sightline.org.