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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: December 2017

Book Review: Morgan Simon’s “Real Impact” is a guide to socially responsible investing

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change by impact investor Morgan Simon.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Banished Words for 2018

Excerpt: Read Lake Superior State University's List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse, and General Uselessness for 2018, plus NPI's additions. This year, we're banishing "Alternative Facts", "Thoughts and Prayers", "Zero Sum Game", "Hive Mind", "Woke", and "Not/Shouldn't Be a Partisan Issue".
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Stick a fork in it, it’s done: Tim Eyman’s latest initiative to gut Sound Transit fails to qualify

Excerpt: Tim Eyman's losing streak keeps getting longer.... and that's a very good thing for the people of Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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De-Escalate Washington submits signatures for Initiative 940 at rainy event in Olympia

Excerpt: Washington State is slated to have at least one progressive idea on the November 2018 ballot following the submission of signatures for Initiative 940 by De-Escalate Washington, a broad and diverse coalition of organizations that is seeking policing reforms to reduce the use of deadly force in our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Public Planning
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Greed has won: U.S. Senate passes final version of Republicans’ depraved tax scam

Excerpt: Greedy Republicans have succeeded in overcoming the last of the hurdles that once stood in the way of their plot to plunder America's common wealth.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Amtrak Cascades 501 derails onto Interstate 5 at Mounts Road; several passengers killed

Excerpt: A horrific scene is unfolding in Pierce County, where the first Amtrak Cascades train in revenue service on the new Point Defiance bypass has been wrecked.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, Public Planning
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Documentary Review: “Saving Capitalism” highlights an important truth about markets

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's new film about what happened to our economy, now available to stream on Netflix.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Economic Security, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules; AG Bob Ferguson promises to sue the FCC

Excerpt: Donald Trump's men on the FCC (Ajit Pai, Brendan Carr, Michael O'Rielly) have voted to gut net neutrality, but their decision will be challenged in court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Democratic Senate hopeful Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore in Alabama, sending shockwaves through the Republican Party

Excerpt: Doug Jones and the Democratic Party have prevailed in a bitterly contested special election to pick a successor to Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Seattle: Hillary Clinton comes to the Paramount to discuss “What Happened?”

Excerpt: Hillary Clinton is in the Emerald City for the Seattle stop of her What Happened? book tour. Read NPI's take on her appearance at the Paramount Theatre.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Documentary Review: Everyone should see “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Al Gore's 2017 documentary, which continues the story of his fight to combat the climate crisis and protect the Earth, our common home.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Media & Culture, Our Environment, Views & Reviews
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Book Review: “The Future of War: A History” could be a bit more forward-looking

Excerpt: Lawrence Freedman’s "The Future of War: A History" is only about the more martial of the two human endeavors, but there’s a lot to love in it.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Greed wins again: U.S. Senate passes Republican tax scam in the dead of night

Excerpt: Fifty-one Republicans in the United States Senate just voted to set the United States on a course for economic catastrophe and unfathomable suffering.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senator Manka Dhingra’s legislative website now live; official portrait photo unveiled

Excerpt: Washington State's newest legislator has been added to the Senate roster and provisioned with an official legislative website ahead of the 2018 session.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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