Offering frequent news and analysis from the majestic Evergreen State and beyond, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Monday, April 14, 2008

And now, a break from our regularly scheduled programming...

As recent visitors to our home page have undoubtedly noticed, the Northwest Progressive Institute is preparing to host two exciting events later this season - our Spring Fundraising Gala, which will be held on May 16th in Redmond, and the 2008 NWroots Conference to be held the third weekend in June.

The planning for these events (and the demands posed by other exciting projects we're working hard on), have started to take a toll on our human resources, especially with the loss of our beloved colleague and Senior Managing Editor Keith Deshaies, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack earlier this month.

We've got so much to do at the moment that none of us have time to spare to do any significant posting. We're all volunteers until NPI gets more funding - so most of us can't give as much time to the organization as we wish we could.

We know that a dormant blog isn't much fun to read, and that's why we've asked a few terrific guest contributors to take over for the time being.

Effective immediately, all of NPI's staff are going on sabbatical. We'll still be around... we just won't be blogging.

Don't worry, we'll be back before too long, once we're not stretched so thin.

I'll be updating this post today and tomorrow with introductions to our guest contributors. We anticipate that you'll find their commentary and analysis intriguing and insightful. Please join us in giving them a warm welcome!

UPDATE: Our first guest contributor, Ken Camp, is a wonderful friend of the organization who was heavily involved in Governor Bill Richardson's presidential campaign earlier this election cycle. Ken's own blog, The View From the Left, is one of our favorites, and he writes authoritatively about state and national politics.

Ken has the freedom to write about any topic he deems to be blogworthy. We look forward to reading what he has to say.

UPDATE II: Our second guest contributor is Howie Martin, a longtime progressive writer from Seattle. Howie strongly supported in Howard Dean's bid for the White House in 2004 and was an early backer of Barack Obama this cycle (NPI has endorsed Barack Obama).

Howie frequently blogs at his own site, howieinseattle, and we're delighted that he'll be joining Ken at the helm of the Official Blog.

Stay tuned for more updates!


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