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: May 2017

Stand up and speak out: America’s values need defending in this time of crisis

Excerpt: We have a need-to-know. We are the voters and no matter what, we need to know that our nation's leaders are not putting our right to self-government at risk.
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Jessyn Farrell resigning from state House to focus on Seattle mayoral campaign

Excerpt: Farrell's campaign said in a news release she would elaborate on her decision tomorrow in a press conference in the University District.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BCNDP and BC Greens unveil deal that could topple Christy Clark’s neoLiberal government

Excerpt: It's looking increasingly likely that British Columbia will soon be administered by a much more progressive government than the one it has now.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Horrifying hate crime in Portland: Two Good Samaritans stabbed to death on a MAX train

Excerpt: Police say they have taken into custody a suspect who allegedly murdered two men who tried to stand up for two young women who were being verbally abused on a MAX train.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Guardian reporter assaulted by Republican Greg Gianforte on eve of special election

Excerpt: Forget Republican dirty tricks — how about outright thuggery? The Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat slammed a Guardian reporter to the floor on the eve of the state’s special election, breaking his glasses and shouting, “Get the hell out of here.” Ben Jacobs, a Guardian political reporter, was asking Greg Gianforte, a tech millionaire […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman countersues State of Washington, claims he’s not guilty and is being persecuted

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman has at last filed an answer to the State of Washington’s lawsuit against him and his associates — and it’s a doozy. In a ten page pleading filed today with Thurston County Superior Court, Eyman asserted through his lawyer Mark Lamb that he hasn’t done anything wrong and is being […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Litigation
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Lynn Allen Award honoree Paul Lawrence: We need a resurgence of progressive activism

Excerpt: Read the text of Paul Lawrence's Lynn Allen Awards acceptance speech, delivered at NPI's 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala.
Written by:Paul Lawrence
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45th LD Republican candidate Jinyoung Lee Englund backs Trump: “He is our president”

Excerpt: In an appearance this week on Dori Monson's show on KIRO, the Senate Republican hopeful was asked by her sympathetic host how she is going to respond when Democrats come after her as a supporter of Donald Trump.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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One-on-one with Tom Perez: DNC Chair talks to NPI about rebuilding the Democratic Party

Excerpt: Read a transcript of our May 2017 interview with the new Chair of the Democratic Party, who previously served as President Obama's Secretary of Labor.
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Today is a special election day in Oregon and Idaho — don’t forget to vote!

Excerpt: May 16th is the second day of Filing Week in Washington State, but in Oregon and Idaho, May 16th is a Special Election Day, with much at stake. Readers, if you live in the Beaver State or the Gem State, it’s very, very important you exercise your civic duty today and vote. Courtesy of the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Could Washington see a November election with no statewide ballot measures? Possibly

Excerpt: We are now one third of the way through 2017, and politically speaking, it’s already turning out to be a very unusual year, thanks to the continued, destructive ascendancy of Donald Trump. As Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat explains in today’s edition of his semiweekly column, all politics seemingly now revolves around Trump, which was […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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It’s a dead heat in British Columbia: Major parties tied for seats, BC Greens hold balance

Excerpt: Who will be the next Premier of British Columbia? That’s a question we still don’t know the answer to, despite polls having closed across Canada’s western-most province over three hours ago, because the results have been incredibly close. As of around 11:10 PM Pacific Time, incumbent Premier Christy Clark and the governing Liberals (who, despite […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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You’re fired: Donald Trump has ousted FBI Director James Comey, effective immediately

Excerpt: James Comey is out as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after being sacked by Donald Trump in a surprise dismissal, the regime said today in a bombshell announcement that instantly became top news. In a letter addressed to Comey, Trump wrote: “I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Ed Murray to end political career; won’t seek reelection as Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: At a press conference this morning at Alki Beach, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced that he has decided not to seek a second term as leader of the state’s largest city, saying “it tears me to pieces to step away“. Flanked by loyal supporters, Murray reflected on his accomplishments before saying the 2017 mayoral race […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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