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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: August 2015

JCPOA with Iran will increase global security: An open letter to uncommitted Democrats

Excerpt: Text of NPI's open letter to Democratic members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest who have not yet committed to support to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, World Commmunity
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Governor Jay Inslee appoints 48th LD’s Ross Hunter as new Director of Early Learning

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ross Hunter (D‑48th Dis­trict: Red­mond, Kirk­land, Belle­vue, Med­i­na, Clyde Hill, the Points com­mu­ni­ties) will soon be leav­ing the Leg­is­la­ture to join Jay Inslee’s admin­is­tra­tion as Direc­tor of the Depart­ment of Ear­ly Learn­ing, the gov­er­nor’s office announced in a late-morn­ing press release. “With land­mark invest­ments this year, Wash­ing­ton state is poised to be a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Public Service
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Tim Eyman confirms his worst nightmare: Progressive tax reform for Washington State

Excerpt: In the late 1990s, before he became a promi­nent sales­man of destruc­tive right wing ini­tia­tives, Tim Eyman was a sell­er of wrist­watch­es to fra­ter­ni­ties. After dis­cov­er­ing just how lucra­tive sell­ing ini­tia­tives to wealthy con­ser­v­a­tive donors could be, Eyman aban­doned his wrist­watch busi­ness and became a full-time, rich­ly com­pen­sat­ed ini­tia­tive pitch­man — an occu­pa­tion he con­tin­ues […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Patty Murray announces support for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton’s senior U.S. sen­a­tor and the fourth-rank­ing Demo­c­rat in the Unit­ed States Sen­ate, Pat­ty Mur­ray, has just released a lengthy state­ment pledg­ing to sup­port Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma by vot­ing against a res­o­lu­tion of dis­ap­proval con­cern­ing the  Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Action with Iran. The first para­graphs of the state­ment are as fol­lows: There are no […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Governor Inslee rebukes Senate Republicans: Let’s do our jobs, not fight the Supreme Court

Excerpt: Wash­ing­ton Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee had strong words for Sen­ate Repub­li­cans this after­noon after a major­i­ty (but not all) of the cau­cus pub­lished an open let­ter urg­ing the Leg­is­la­ture’s oth­er cau­cus­es to join them in insti­gat­ing a con­sti­tu­tion­al cri­sis by retal­i­at­ing against the state Supreme Court for its recent McCleary order. “Today I con­vened a call […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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State Supreme Court rules that SeaTac’s Good Jobs Proposition applies to airport workers

Excerpt: Work­ers at Seat­tle-Taco­ma Inter­na­tion­al Air­port must be paid a min­i­mum wage of $15/hour in accor­dance with the City of SeaT­ac’s Good Jobs law (Propo­si­tion #1, enact­ed by vot­ers in 2013) the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court ruled today. In a 5–4 deci­sion authored by Jus­tice Susan Owens, the Court held the air­port is not exempt from […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Public Planning
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Reuven Carlyle announces he will seek appointment to State Senate in 36th District

Excerpt: State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and House Finance Com­mit­tee Chair Reuven Car­lyle announced today in a Face­book post­ing that he will be a can­di­date to suc­ceed Jeanne Kohl-Welles as State Sen­a­tor from the 36th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict lat­er this year if Kohl-Welles is suc­cess­ful in win­ning elec­tion to Lar­ry Phillips’ coun­ty coun­cil seat. “As we move clos­er to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Party Politics, Public Service
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Judge Dean Lum finds Eyman’s I‑1366 is beyond scope, but won’t remove it from ballot

Excerpt: This is a break­ing news post. In a writ­ten deci­sion hand­ed down moments ago, King Coun­ty Supe­ri­or Court Judge Dean Lum has found that Tim Eyman’s I‑1366 is indeed beyond the scope of the peo­ple’s ini­tia­tive pow­er… but has nev­er­the­less declined to grant plain­tiffs’ motion for a pre­lim­i­nary injunc­tion block­ing it from the bal­lot because, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Litigation
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Supreme Court fines state $100,000 a day for failure to comply with McCleary orders

Excerpt: This morn­ing, the Wash­ing­ton State Supreme Court, in a land­mark order that will turn heads and shoul­ders across the Ever­green State, ordered the state to begin pay­ing a $100,000 fine for each day that it fails to adopt a plan for ful­ly com­ply­ing with Arti­cle IX, Sec­tion 1 of the state Con­sti­tu­tion (“It is the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Connecticut’s Supreme Court puts an end to all executions in the Nutmeg State

Excerpt: This is a great vic­to­ry for human rights that deserves to be cel­e­brat­ed: After a sweep­ing two-year review, the state Supreme Court out­lawed cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in Con­necti­cut, say­ing the state’s death penal­ty no longer com­ports with evolved soci­etal val­ues and serves no valid pur­pose as pun­ish­ment. The 4–3 deci­sion would remove 11 con­victs from Con­necti­cut’s […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Please accept our heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery, President Carter!

Excerpt: Today, for­mer Pres­i­dent Jim­my Carter, who served as Amer­i­ca’s thir­ty-ninth Com­man­der-in-Chief shared some tough news: he’s been diag­nosed with can­cer  and will be spend­ing the next few weeks under­go­ing treat­ment. “Recent liv­er surgery revealed that I have can­cer that now is in oth­er parts of my body,” Carter said in a brief state­ment. “I will […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Public Service
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Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s plan to move up date of presidential primary not adopted

Excerpt: A pro­pos­al by Repub­li­can Sec­re­tary of State Kim Wyman to move up the date of Wash­ing­ton’s 2016 pres­i­den­tial pri­ma­ry from its default date of May 24th to March 8th failed to move for­ward today at a mid­day meet­ing of major par­ty and leg­isla­tive cau­cus lead­er­ship due to oppo­si­tion from Democ­rats. Wyman had called a meet­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Massive crowd of 28,000 people shows up to hear Bernie Sanders in Portland

Excerpt: Less than twen­ty-four hours after set­ting an atten­dance record with a huge ral­ly in Seat­tle, Demo­c­ra­t­ic pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Bernie Sanders has done it again. Every­thing came togeth­er quite nice­ly for Bernie’s vis­it to Port­land, Ore­gon, with an esti­mat­ed 28,000 peo­ple turn­ing out to hear his speech inside and out­side of the Moda Cen­ter in the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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This is the best line of attack Susan Hutchison could come up with to use against Bernie?

Excerpt: This week­end, pres­i­den­tial pol­i­tics are tak­ing cen­ter stage in the Pacif­ic North­west, thanks to Ver­mont Sen­a­tor Bernie Sanders’ vis­it to Seat­tle and Port­land. Sanders is get­ting a lot of atten­tion and cov­er­age from our local mass media — more so than oth­er pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have received on the occa­sions of their vis­its. And there’s a […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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