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Monthly Archives: September 2017

Trump regime sends Tom Price packing after disastrous tenure at Health & Human Services

Excerpt: Good rid­dance: Tom Price, the health and human ser­vices sec­re­tary, resigned under pres­sure on Fri­day after rack­ing up at least $400,000 in trav­el bills for char­tered flights and under­min­ing [Don­ald] Trump’s promise to drain the swamp of a cor­rupt and enti­tled cap­i­tal. Already in trou­ble with Mr. Trump for months of unsuc­cess­ful efforts to repeal […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Open Government
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Republican Jinyoung Englund goes negative again, one week after agreeing 45th LD Senate contest should be more positive

Excerpt: In a pathet­i­cal­ly des­per­ate attempt to resus­ci­tate its prospects, the cam­paign of Repub­li­can Jiny­oung Lee Englund has launched a fresh tor­rent of false attack ads against her Demo­c­ra­t­ic oppo­nent Man­ka Dhin­gra — just days after Englund agreed with Dhin­gra in a debate host­ed by the League of Women Vot­ers that the con­test between the two […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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Sound Transit keeps moving forward despite attacks from Tim Eyman, right wing talk radio

Excerpt: Sound Transit's staff and board are doing their best to speed up the successor ST3 projects approved last year to liberate even more communities from lack of mobility options, but those efforts will be for naught if Eyman and company succeed in their sinister quest to cripple Sound Transit. That's why NPI is working to ensure Eyman's ill-conceived I-947 gets the vigorous opposition that it deserves.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Book Review: Laura Spinney’s Pale Rider re-examines the biggest tragedy of the 1900s

Excerpt: It’s become a stan­dard bit of twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry triv­ia that as ter­ri­ble as the First World War was, the 1918 flu pan­dem­ic coin­cid­ing with the armistice killed more than the con­flict itself. Now, an espe­cial­ly pedan­tic per­son might want to argue that WWI real­ly was the begin­ning of the ‘Sec­ond Thir­ty Years War’. They might treat as […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: “We the People 2.0” examines the decay of American democracy

Excerpt: In order to pro­tect our envi­ron­ment from messy oil and gas projects, haz­ardous waste, tox­ic pol­lu­tion, and indus­tri­al agri­cul­ture threat­en­ing local farm­ing, a new iter­a­tion of democ­ra­cy is nec­es­sary. At least, that is the argu­ment put forth in “We the Peo­ple 2.0,” a 2016 doc­u­men­tary pro­duced by Tree Media. This com­pelling film starts off by […]
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Our Environment, Views & Reviews
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John McCain announces his opposition to Graham-Cassidy, likely dooming the bill

Excerpt: "I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal. I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.," McCain said in a statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Dino Rossi becomes a candidate once again — this time for the U.S. House in WA-08

Excerpt: Dino Rossi con­firmed tonight that he once again becom­ing a can­di­date for pub­lic office, this time for the Unit­ed States House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in 2018. At the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty’s annu­al din­ner in Belle­vue, Rossi made his long-rumored can­di­da­cy offi­cial, declar­ing that he will be vying to suc­ceed Dave Reichert in Wash­ing­ton’s 8th Dis­trict […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Republican Jinyoung Englund doesn’t think that Washington State’s tax code is regressive

Excerpt: Here in the majes­tic Pacif­ic North­west, in the great State of Wash­ing­ton, we have much to be thank­ful for and proud of. We are a nation­al leader advanc­ing wor­thy ideas like envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, fair pay, and sen­si­ble gun safe­ty laws. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, there’s one area where we rank dead last among all fifty states, and that […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Patty Kuderer: Republicans are mismanaging the Washington State Senate — let’s fire them

Excerpt: This year, vot­ers in five leg­isla­tive dis­tricts hold­ing spe­cial elec­tions will decide who con­trols the Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture in 2018. The two cham­bers are cur­rent­ly each divid­ed by the nar­row­est of majori­ties, with Democ­rats hold­ing a razor thin major­i­ty in the House and Repub­li­cans hold­ing a razor thin major­i­ty in the Sen­ate. While the Demo­c­ra­t­ic […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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Manka Dhingra vs. Jinyoung Lee Englund: Two very different answers on pay equity

Excerpt: The fate of equal pay legislation in Washington State depends on the outcome of this year's special election for state Senate in the 45th District.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections
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PCC rebrands: Cooperative drops “Natural Markets” for “Community Markets”

Excerpt: For decades, PCC (the Puget Con­sumers Coop­er­a­tive) has been a fix­ture of Seat­tle and more recent­ly the greater Seat­tle met­ro­pol­i­tan area, pro­vid­ing organ­ic food from local farms, ranch­es, bak­eries, and dairies. When we need food for an event, such as our annu­al Win­ter Hol­i­day Par­ty, NPI turns to PCC. Since 1998, when PCC adopt­ed the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Ed Murray resigns as Mayor of Seattle after fifth man steps forward alleging abuse

Excerpt: Ed Mur­ray has decid­ed to call it quits and resign as May­or of Seat­tle, effec­tive tomor­row evening at 5 PM, hav­ing evi­dent­ly con­clud­ed that attempt­ing to serve out the remain­der of his term is no longer remote­ly fea­si­ble now that a fifth man has stepped for­ward to allege that Mur­ray sex­u­al­ly abused him years ago. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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In memoriam, sixteen years later

Excerpt: In honor of those who died in the September 11th attacks, we're republishing a poem that we post annually here on The Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances
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Book Review: Sasha Abramsky’s Jumping At Shadows explores America’s culture of fear

Excerpt: Abramsky makes a convincing case that we're clearly not worried enough about what's actually commonly dangerous and preventable compared with things that are rare, unavoidable, or outright false.
Written by:David A Johnson
Categories:Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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