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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: March 2017

State of Washington sues Tim Eyman over illegal kickbacks, misuse of campaign funds

Excerpt: Bringing to an end a multiyear investigation into Tim Eyman’s illegal campaign finance practices, Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that the State of Washington has filed a lawsuit in Thurston County Superior Court seeking $2.1 million in penalties against him, his associate William Agazarm of Citizen Solutions, and Citizen Solutions itself, as well as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Maria Cantwell will join filibuster of Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

Excerpt: Washington’s junior United States Senator Maria Cantwell announced today that she will be joining her seatmate Patty Murray and many other Democratic Senators in filibustering Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as well as voting no on his nomination should the filibuster be broken. “We need a U.S. Supreme Court justice who will stand […]
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Left Coast leaders fiercely denounce Trump regime’s climate-sabotaging executive order

Excerpt: Abandoning President Barack Obama’s noble efforts to bolster our commitment to caring for the Earth, our common home, Donald Trump today signed an executive order today that scraps the nation’s Clean Power Plan, trying to undo one of the most important steps taken in recent years to combat the climate crisis. The move was met […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Democrats unveil “Families First” budget proposal, embrace capital gains tax

Excerpt: Lawmakers representing Washington State’s House Democratic majority took the wraps off of their budget this afternoon, offering a starkly different plan for the next biennium than the Senate Republicans did last week. “Our approach to the budget is ‘what’s best for kids?’ This budget and our [education funding] plan is what’s best for kids,” the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Rick Hegdahl elected President of NPI for 2017-18; Diane Jones elected Vice President

Excerpt: Spring has often been called the season of renewal, and we’ve always thought it’s as good of a time as any to recalibrate and reorganize. To that end, each March, before we file our yearly report with the Secretary of State’s office, our board holds its annual meeting. The principal business of this meeting is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trumpcuts implodes as feuding Republicans face the reality that they don’t have the votes

Excerpt: Conceding that they simply don't have the votes to pass the massive wealth transfer that they falsely call a replacement for the Patient Protection Act, Paul Ryan and top House Republicans today threw in the towel on H.R. 1628, canceling a planned vote that Donald Trump had insisted be held only hours earlier.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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NPI to NW Republicans: For the good of our region and country, vote NO on Trumpcuts

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: The following was transmitted by facsimile this evening to the offices of Dave Reichert, Greg Walden, Dan Newhouse, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. All of the aforementioned individuals represent portions of Washington and Oregon in the United States House of Representatives as Republicans. We are republishing this communication here on the Cascadia Advocate as […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman vigorously endorses Senate Republican budget that raises property taxes

Excerpt: Sounding very much like a spokesman for top Republican Senator Mark Schoesler of Ritzville, Tim Eyman this morning sent out an email offering a ringing, fervent endorsement of the Senate Republicans’ proposed budget for 2017-2019, which would increase property taxes on many Washingtonians. “Here’s how my day went yesterday: drove to and from Olympia through […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump regime declares war on rail: Budget would eviscerate Amtrak, light rail funding

Excerpt: Passenger rail service in the United States of America is now officially under an unprecedented assault following the release of neofascist Donald Trump’s regime’s “budget blueprint”, which proposes gutting most of what’s left of Amtrak’s national network of intercity rail routes and yanking away funding promised to regions like ours for the expansion of badly […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Want to save on tickets to NPI’s 2017 spring gala? Act now to get the early-bird rate

Excerpt: Readers, we are just forty-eight days away from our 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala on Mercer Island (Saturday, April 29th at 6 PM), and we’re looking forward to sharing details of our speaking program with you. Before we announce who our speakers are, though, I want you to know that you still have an opportunity to buy a ticket to the gala […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House of Representatives sends revised “levy cliff” rescue bill to Inslee

Excerpt: Legislation that would rescue school districts in Washington State from the so-called “levy cliff” is on its way to Governor Jay Inslee following an overwhelming vote of approval in the Washington State House of Representatives. By a vote of eighty-seven to ten, the House voted to give its assent to Engrossed Senate Bill 5023, originally […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congratulations, Tanika Padhye, and welcome to the Redmond City Council

Excerpt: Yesterday evening, at its March 7th business meeting, the Redmond City Council selected Tanika Padhye to fill the vacancy created by the January resignation of NPI Advisory Council member Kim Allen, who stepped down due to having an increasingly travel-centric work schedule. Padhye, forty-three, was previously a member of the city’s Planning Commission and has […]
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House Transportation Chair not interested in messing with Sound Transit’s governance

Excerpt: A bill recently passed by the Washington State Senate that would oust Sound Transit’s current board of directors and set the stage for a hostile takeover of the agency by right wing, anti-rail forces is destined to die in committee, House Transportation Chair Judy Clibborn indicated in an interview published this morning. Speaking to the […]
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Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1550 would enrich the wealthy at the expense of the rest of us

Excerpt: As Washington homeowners received their most recent property tax bills, disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman couldn’t resist trying to exploit their concerns by announcing his intent to qualify an initiative to the November 2017 ballot that would cut property taxes by twenty-five percent. Like Eyman’s I-1366, which was struck down as unconstitutional last year, its […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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