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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: June 2017

State House swiftly passes paid family and medical leave bill, sending it to Inslee’s desk

Excerpt: Washington State's House of Representatives has enthusiastically given its backing to a landmark paid family and medical leave bill that will bolster the economic security and well-being of Washington families. The House took action within an hour of having received the bill from the state Senate, which is extremely fast.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Washington State Senate passes landmark paid family and medical leave bill

Excerpt: By a vote of thirty-seven to twelve (a three-to-one margin), the Washington State Senate has passed a landmark paid family and medical leave bill that will strengthen the economic security and well-being of families across the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washingtonians strongly support Medicare For All and oppose Trumpcuts, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: A new poll commissioned by NPI has found that voters in Washington State are overwhelmingly opposed to the U.S. House's version of Trumpcuts while resoundingly supportive of the idea of expanding Medicare to cover everyone
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State budget analysis roundup: NPI partners offer critiques based on what we know so far

Excerpt: Today is the final day of Wash­ing­ton State’s cur­rent fis­cal year. State law­mak­ers must either pass an oper­at­ing bud­get by the end of the day or find a way to buy them­selves more time to con­tin­ue ham­mer­ing out a bud­get (which most are loathe to do), or else state gov­ern­ment will have to shut down. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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End of Washington’s fiscal year looms as lawmakers disclose details of budget deal

Excerpt: While those watch­ing out for the release of the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture’s final state bud­get were sore­ly dis­ap­point­ed this after­noon, details were bub­bling out about the Leg­is­la­ture’s plans to address McCleary. Leg­isla­tive staff, how­ev­er, are still scram­bling to actu­al­ly pro­duce a bud­get that nego­tia­tors have agreed to in order avoid a state gov­ern­ment shut­down. Then […]
Written by:Kaylinne Shaffer
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Christy Clark resigns; NDP’s John Horgan to form new government in British Columbia

Excerpt: British Columbia will soon have a new Premier heading up a more progressive government following today's decision by the province's Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon to ask New Democratic Party Leader John Horgan to form a government.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Budgets need scrutiny: State Legislature’s lack of fiscal transparency is unacceptable

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, with­out fan­fare, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee’s office announced that the major­i­ty cau­cus­es of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Sen­ate had reached agree­ment (“in prin­ci­ple”, at least) on a go-home bud­get deal that would avert a state gov­ern­ment shut­down fol­low­ing the end of the day on Fri­day, June 30th, the last day of the cur­rent […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Five ways Seattle Pride can become more environmentally responsible in 2018

Excerpt: Pride currently generates a lot of trash and air pollution, and we'd like to see organizers pursue strategies that would reduce emissions and the volume of material being sent to landfills.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Tim Eyman, Republican lobbyist

Excerpt: Eyman has always had a relationship with the Republican Party, but it's never been this tight before.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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Neck and neck in Georgia: Jon Ossoff, Karen Handel trading the lead in early counting

Excerpt: A short time ago, voting in the special election to select a successor to departed U.S. Representative Tom Price in Georgia's 6th Congressional District ended, and the three counties in the district began releasing early results.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Times article on state’s rising health insurance rates relies heavily on the perspective of a national right wing think tank

Excerpt: The Seattle Times' newsroom is capable of putting out higher quality reporting than this. Here's hoping their next article on this subject is more reasonable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Ecommerce giant Amazon to buy Whole Foods grocery chain in blockbuster deal

Excerpt: If this deal goes through, Amazon will -- almost overnight -- become a major player in the brick and mortar retail industry. It already dominates ecommerce.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Congratulations to Representative Javier Valdez, Washington State’s newest legislator!

Excerpt: As a result of Javier's appointment, the House Democratic caucus is now back at full strength and has enough members (fifty) to pass legislation again.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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LIVE from Seattle: Who will succeed Jessyn Farrell? Democratic PCOs selecting nominees

Excerpt: Good morn­ing from Lake City. I’m here at the Seat­tle Men­non­ite Church, where the Demo­c­ra­t­ic precinct com­mit­tee offi­cers of the 46th Leg­isla­tive Dis­trict are gath­ered to draw up a list of can­di­dates to suc­ceed Jessyn Far­rell, who recent­ly resigned from the state House to run for May­or of Seat­tle. Because Jessyn has quit the leg­is­la­ture […]
Written by:Dominic Barrera
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