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‘Patriot’s History’ hits No. 1 on NYT bestseller list

Funny what a little plug from Glenn Beck will do. University of Washington Tacoma professor Mike Allen’s “A Patriot’s History of the United States” just hit No. 1 on the New York Times paperback non-fiction bestseller list. Allen and coauthor Larry Schweikart published the book in 2004 as a conservative answer to “A People’s History of the United States.” It was revised in 2007, but really took off recently after Beck talked about it on his show.

“At my age, at this stage of my career, it’s quite a pleasant surprise,” Allen said in a UWT

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UWT offers course in local public policy

The University of Washington Tacoma is offering this 10-week primer course in the inner workings of local government. The instructor is Pierce County government performance auditor Matt Temmel, who will draw on the expertise of “leading local officials” including Kevin Phelps, Marilyn Strickland and Peter Callaghan.

(Callaghan? I’ve had to sit through his lectures every morning for years – seems like I should be able to apply for a master’s degree by now.)

The guest lecturer portions are open to the public. Anyway, here’s more on the course:

Public policymaking in Tacoma and Pierce County

Key officials teach a course on how it works, how to make it work better

TACOMA, WASH. –– A good understanding of state legislation, local ordinances, budgets, rules, judicial decisions, and other forms of public policymaking has become a necessary part of nearly every profession—from health care to criminal justice, financial services to education, human resources to technology.

While graduate programs may explore policymaking from a textbook perspective, few delve into the practical aspects of bill drafting and performance audits, or provide an understanding of how various regulatory entities work together.

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