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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Monthly Archives: September 2013

Dwight Pelz to retire as Washington State Democratic Party Chair in February

Excerpt: Former King County Councilmember Dwight Pelz, who has ably led the Washington State Democratic Party for more than three fourths of a decade, announced today that he will retiring as state party chair on February 1st, 2014, the date of the Washington State Democratic Central Committee’s next meeting in Vancouver. In a letter copied to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Party Politics
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House Republicans bent on taking another vote to defund the Patient Protection Act

Excerpt: The blackmail continues: House Republicans plan to attach a one-year delay of [the Patient Protection Act] and a repeal of its medical device to a stopgap spending bill on Saturday, a move that could ensure much of the federal government shuts down on Tuesday. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlined the maneuver to Republicans in a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Excerpt: Yesterday, King County prosecutors charged Michael Walter King, the former executive director of the now-defunct Senate Democratic Campaign Committee (SDCC) with six counts of theft following a six month investigation, in which Seattle police found that King had stolen more than a quarter of a million dollars from the Senate Democratic caucus to fund his […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Meta
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Pacific NW Portal 5.6 (Otter Rock) released

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team, I’m pleased to announce that we have completed work  on a new release of Pacific NW Portal – Version 5.6, codenamed Otter Rock. Otter Rock is a maintenance release – the sixth in the Newport series. In other words, there aren’t any new major features… just bug fixes, updates to […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The tech pundits are wrong: BlackBerry may be struggling, but it’s not a doomed company

Excerpt: On Friday, BlackBerry Limited (formerly Research in Motion) announced that it expected to lose somewhere between $950 million to $995 million in the second quarter of its current fiscal year, and plans to lay off forty percent of its workforce in an attempt to control costs and adjust to the decline in revenue. Inevitably, this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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House Republicans vote to slash food stamps with disgraceful “let them starve” legislation

Excerpt: Once again, we have occasion to say: So much for compassionate conservatism. By a vote of two hundred and seventeen to two hundred and ten, the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives has voted to make significant and destructive cuts to SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, colloquially known as food stamps. Their legislation reduces funding […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare
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Why creating House districts could make the Washington State Legislature more diverse

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The NPI team is pleased to welcome Richard Champion as a contributor to the NPI Advocate. Richard is a committed Democratic activist who currently serves as the 2nd Vice Chair of the King County Democrats. He resides in the 30th LD and is active in the 30th LD Democrats. As with all posts […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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White House: Larry Summers has withdrawn his name from consideration as Fed Chair

Excerpt: The White House has just dropped a Sunday evening bombshell: Neoliberal economist Larry Summers – who President Barack Obama was on the verge of nominating to be the next Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve – is no longer being considered for the position, at his own request! “Earlier today, I […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Larry Summers’ nomination for Fed Chair isn’t official yet – but it’s already in trouble

Excerpt: If the Beltway rumor mill is to be believed, President Obama is on the verge of nominating his old pal Larry Summers to be the next chair of the Federal Reserve. Summers, as most readers probably know, is one of the country’s most prominent neoliberal economists and an admirer of Milton Friedman and Alan Greenspan. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dissecting conservative Justice Jim Johnson’s dissenting opinion in Freeman v. State

Excerpt: Yesterday’s seven-to-two decision in Freeman et al. v. State of Washington et al. was a pretty resounding victory for the people of Washington and two public agencies that build and maintain transportation infrastructure on the people’s behalf (Sound Transit and the Washington State Department of Transportation). But it wasn’t a unanimous decision. The court’s two […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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When are SSL and VPNs not secure? Why, when the NSA wants to spy on you, of course!

Excerpt: With each passing week, it is becoming increasingly clear that former NSA employee Edward Snowden’s document dump constitutes the largest and most important leak in the history of the United States of America. While Snowden remains in Russia, newspapers in the West continue to sift through the documents he leaked, using those as the basis […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset division in $7.2 billion deal; Stephen Elop returning

Excerpt: Well, how’s this for late-breaking Labor Day news: Microsoft has just announced that it’s struck a deal with Nokia to buy “substantially all” of the Finnish phone maker’s Devices & Services business, plus license Nokia’s patent portfolio for ten years, for $7.1 billion in cash. As part of the deal, former Microsoft executive Stephen Elop […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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