NPI's Cascadia Advocate

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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