Posts Tagged ‘Washington


Sometimes you think, “health care? Not that important.” Other times you have a gaping headwound

The sequel to last week’s Babies for 1098 video has arrived! This time – a friendly message from your local bread-faced head-trauma victim about our favorite initiative -1098:

And for the sake of less clicking on your part here is the prequel – the Baby –


Magic Vote Bust a move!

The correct term is pow pow!

You know what’s beautiful? Sunshine, hot weather, the sound of birds chirping their way through a slow balmy breeze. Know what else is beautiful? Tons and tons of young people knocking on doors, and making sure their peers turn in their primary ballots! Two beautiful things, eh? Luckily, this last Saturday, those two things just happened to overlap into the awesome glory that is/was/forever will be the Magic Vote Bus!

It was, indeed, an amazing day: over 70 young people knocked on over 1,500 doors in mere hours, showing the oomph and pow (and also ka-blam) that our generation truly has. The Fellows decided to target voters under the age of forty, and target they did. The best way to get someone to vote is to ask them to, face to face, and thanks to the Fellows, young voters got the extra push they needed to get their primary ballots in on time.

A huge thanks to everyone who made it possible: to Youngstown Cultural Center for hosting the afterparty, to the amazing volunteers who came out and got the job done, and of course to the Summer Fellows, for a) organizing the whole awesome shebang, b) providing what is possibly best dramatic interpretation of the Magic School Bus EVER, and c) for proving that it is possible to devour 150 Cupcake Royale cupcakes in the blink of an eye.

And of course, if you’re reading this and haven’t turned in your ballot, remember: election day (such as it is) is tomorrow. There is no better time to turn in your ballot than RIGHT NOW ! West Seattle was served this message on a silver platter this Saturday, so get on the Bus and get your ballots in!

I can feel the canvassing power coursing through to veins.

I wouldn't mind if these beautiful faces showed up at my door...

Mr. BronSkills. Our token Canadian.

According to my research the Summer Fellows ROCK!

Did we mention there were cupcakes?

Look at all these early risers!

Is that sun???


The Washington Bus 2010 Summer Fellows

The Bus wants you.

This summer, something remarkable is going to happen. Again. That’s right, the Washington Bus Summer Fellowship is back – and this year it’s even bigger, better, and badder to the bone. And the Summer Fellows need only one thing to take over Washington: you.

The Washington Bus Summer Fellowship is an intensive ten-week program – Fellows learn how to design and execute field plans, manage volunteers, work with partner groups, and just about everything else you would need to effectively navigate and participate in the political process. When you graduate from the Summer Fellowship, you’re ready to walk into any campaign or organization and take a leadership role.

Last year, the Bus’s Summer Fellows made everything happen. Literally. You remember Candidate Survivor? It was Fellows who were running the stage, greeting candidates and training volunteers. How about the VoteBot Army? Yep, that was a Fellows-design pledge-to-vote program. Needless to say, we love our Fellows.

Here’s what you should do:

1) Are you 18-24 years old? Do you want to be a Bus Summer Fellow? Excellent. We’re glad you do. Simply head on over to our online application and fill that bad boy out.

2) Do you know an 18-24 year old person who should apply for the Summer Fellowship? Excellent. We’re glad you do. You can nominate Fellows online – just fill out the nomination form, and you’re kicking off the process.

More questions? Check out the in-depth question-answering-page. ‘Tis official.

It’s that easy! Apply today, and jump-start the future of Washington State!

Check out what some of last year’s Fellows are up to now, after the jump!

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Some light at the end of the tunnel?

And then we crossed the Rubicon. Cool like that.

Throughout this long legislative session, we’ve been waiting and waiting and asking and calling and emailing and facebooking and waiting some more to see what sort of revenue package our legislators are going to come up with. We’ve always known that an all-cuts budget is just no bueno – you can’t cut more when you’ve cut everything, and that’s pretty much where we are. And now, we have some indication of where we might end up:

Firstly, yesterday the State Senate passed, for the first time in 17 years, a budget that includes a general tax increase. Shocking? Sort of. But mainly it’s the sort of Rubicon that, when crossed, makes a lot peoples’ eyebrows go way way up at the possibility of what might come next.

Secondly, Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown (D-Spokane) has kick-started an idea that she’s thrown around since at least last year: a high-earners tax. specifically targeted at individuals, heads of families and couples making no less than $200,000. It’s appended to Senator Rosa Franklin’s annual income-tax proposal, and if passed would go before voters in November.

It’s a bit late in the session to feel jolly, but for the millions of Washingtonians who have been watching Olympia and hoping for some sort of hand up in this time of hardship, it finally feels like there might be something good coming our way. Watch this space.