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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: 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
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Public Planning
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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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