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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: January 2014

BlackBerry’s next-generation smartphone platform gets big boost with 10.2.1 upgrade

Excerpt: Today, mobile computing pioneer BlackBerry continued to defy the many tech pundits who have called its demise inevitable by releasing a major upgrade to its next generation smartphone platform. Version 10.2.1 of BlackBerry 10 began rolling out across the globe this morning, bringing new features and enhancements to the ultra-modern operating system that powers the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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More senseless gun violence claims the lives of two young employees of Zumiez

Excerpt: Tragedies like these have seem to have become a weekly occurrence. We are so desensitized to violence now that we are not as shocked as we all should be when more lives are ended by senseless gun violence: As throngs of patrons strolled and browsed at the Mall in Columbia on a gray, cold Saturday, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Seattle Seahawks advance to Super Bowl, Pacific Northwest celebrates big playoff win

Excerpt: For only the second time in franchise history, the Seattle Seahawks have found their way to the Super Bowl, the most watched sporting event in the world and the annual championship game of the National Football League. Seattle punched its ticket by beating its division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, for the second time this […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Navy veteran Matt Isenhower announces he’s challenging Republican Andy Hill for Senate

Excerpt: The Washington State Democratic Party’s effort to recapture the state Senate got a big boost today with the announcement that the party has found a challenger to take on freshman Republican Andy Hill in the 45th Legislative District. Hill is the Chairman of the Senate’s Ways & Means Committee. Matt Isenhower, thirty-three, says he’s running […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Move King County Now: Dow Constantine unveils plan to save Metro, fund road repairs

Excerpt: Flanked by over a dozen county and city leaders representing Seattle, the Eastside, and the South Sound, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced this afternoon that voters from Vashon to Snoqualmie will get the opportunity this spring to decide whether to raise revenue to prevent draconian service cuts to Metro and address an increasingly dangerous […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Bring the DREAM Act up for a vote, Senator! An open letter to Majority Leader Rodney Tom

Excerpt: Editor’s note: Earlier today, following the House of Representatives’ lightning fast passage of the DREAM Act, NPI founder and executive director Andrew Villeneuve sent this message to Senator Rodney Tom, who represents the 48th District (Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Clyde Hill) and is – at least in name – the Majority Leader of the Washington […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Legislative Advocacy
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Save the Date: NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala will be Friday, April 25th, 2014

Excerpt: As longtime supporters know, each year, in the middle of spring, we hold a major event to thank our supporters and raise money to support our work. It takes the combined strength of our board, staff, and contributors to successfully put together, but with each passing year, we’ve gotten more adept at organizing it. Last […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On January 18th, help organize the return of progressive talk radio with Norman Goldman

Excerpt: Editor’s note: At NPI, we believe strongly in cooperation and collaboration, which is why we’ve been assisting a grassroots group called Progressive Radio Northwest in their effort to bring talkers like Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartmann, Randi Rhodes, and Norman Goldman back to the Seattle radio dial. Read on to learn more about their work and […]
Written by:Larisa Wanserski
Categories:Events, Media & Culture
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“Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee”: Emails show Chris Christie’s office planned lane closures to punish Democratic mayor

Excerpt: Top aides to Republican Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey ordered the Port Authority to close several lanes on the George Washington Bridge to deliberately cause gridlock in the town of Fort Lee after its Democratic mayor refused to endorse Christie’s reelection bid, a newly released trove of explosive emails and texts show. Democrats have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News
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Anguished Machinists narrowly vote to accept Boeing’s most recent offer on 777X work

Excerpt: Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have voted by a narrow margin to accept the terms of The Boeing Company’s most recent contract extension officer, IAM leaders announced tonight in Everett. By a vote of 51% to 49%, the union agreed to Boeing’s terms, with many members telling reporters and writing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Banished Words for 2014

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Superior State University has released a thoughtful and humorous “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness”. Here is the 2014 (and thirty-ninth annual) edition, for your reading enjoyment: SELFIE — Has the honor of receiving the most nominations this year. “People have […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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