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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: 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
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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
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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
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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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