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On Other Blogs Today: South End Drama, Gay Marriage, and the New GOP "Extremism"

By Erica C. Barnett August 21, 2012

1. South East Effective Development, the Rainier Valley-based economic development nonprofit, is going through rough times, the Puget Sound Business Journal reports. Its executive director is on indefinite leave and may not return, its goals and programs are under internal review, and an outside auditor is poring through its books after it stopped making payments on a loan associated with the Claremont Apartments, a mixed-income housing development on Rainier.

2. The pro- and anti-gay marriage campaigns are getting ready to "unleash" a torrent of TV ads, the Seattle Times reports.

3. The Seattle Department of Transportation blog has a nifty map breaking down how people in different neighborhoods responded to its "Walk Bike Ride" challenge, which offers prizes to people who switch from driving alone to work to walking, biking, taking transit, or carpooling.

4. Also in the Seattle Times: Under the new student-assignment plan, six Seattle schools have gotten whiter, and three have gotten more diverse.

5. The New York Times does not mince words about the "new frontiers of extremism" in the Republican Party, noting that even if Todd Akin were to drop out of his race for US Senate, "he would surely be replaced by a Republican who sounds more reasonable but holds similarly extreme views on abortion, immigration, gay rights and the role of government because those are the kinds of candidates the party nominates these days in state after state."
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