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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: February 2018

Documentary Review: “Happening” shows that freedom from fossil fuels is possible

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Happening" (A Clean Energy Revolution), a film directed by James Redford and featuring Mark Ruffalo, Ray Mabus, Dave Ramm, and Matthew Nordan. Learn about the growth of the renewable power industry and prospects for a clean energy future.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Our Environment, Technology, Views & Reviews
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Darcy Burner to emcee NPI’s 2018 Spring Fundraising Gala on Saturday, April 7th

Excerpt: Meet our 2018 Spring Gala Master of Ceremonies: Darcy Burner. Darcy has a long history of involvement in progressive politics as both a candidate and a strategist. She has run for Congress and the state Legislature and played an instrumental role in getting progressive members of Congress more organized.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Washington State House passes bill to ban bump fire stocks (trigger modifiers)

Excerpt: Legislation to ban bump stocks, also known as trigger modification devices, took another step towards landing on Governor Jay Inslee's desk today when the Washington State House voted decisively to pass ESB 5992.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Victory! House Judiciary Committee advances bill to abolish the death penalty (SB 6052)

Excerpt: Legislation to abolish the death penalty moved a step closer to Governor Jay Inslee's desk today when the House Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to advance Senate Bill 6052, prime sponsored by Republican Senator Maureen Walsh.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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Poll Watch: De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 enjoys overwhelming support among voters

Excerpt: An initiative that would require law enforcement to receive violence de-escalation and mental-health training in addition to changing the legal standard for use of deadly force enjoys overwhelming support among voters, a new poll by the coalition supporting the measure has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Victory! Bill to levy capital gains tax gets “do pass” recommendation from House Finance

Excerpt: A bill that would make Washington's upside down tax code more just and equitable by levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy has just been reported out of the House Finance Committee with a "do pass" recommendation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Washington State House sends Breakfast After The Bell to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: One of the bills long stymied by the Senate Republicans in their graveyard of progress has finally left the Legislature and is now on its way to Governor Inslee. 2ESHB 1508, known as Breakfast After The Bell, has been given final approval by the Washington State House following changes to the bill by the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Healthcare
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LANDMARK VICTORY: Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty!

Excerpt: In a landmark victory for human rights and dignity, the Washington State Senate made history today by approving legislation that would abolish the death penalty, ending the barbaric practice of executing people as a punishment for crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Book Review: “Fifty Million Rising” explains how women are changing the Muslim world

Excerpt: Saadia Zahidi's look at the cohort of "The Generation of Working Women Transforming the Muslim World" doesn't contradict itself, but it is large and containing multitudes. It couldn't be anything less and still true, spanning as it does thirty Muslim-majority countries from North Africa all the way to Southeast Asia.
Written by:David A Johnson
Categories:Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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Victory! Washington’s House overwhelmingly votes for net neutrality at the state level

Excerpt: Net neutrality may be in grave peril at the federal level, but states like Washington are stepping up to protect the idea of a free and open Internet. By a vote of ninety-three to five, the House of Representatives on Friday adopted legislation that would safeguard net neutrality at the state level.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Technology
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Victory! Automatic voter registration has passed the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Another day, another victory for voting rights. Minutes ago, in a rare Saturday session, the Washington State Senate resoundingly passed a bill that provides for automatic voter registration, removing yet another barrier to voting in our great state.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Major General Paul Eaton (Ret.) to accept Lynn Allen Award at NPI’s 2018 Spring Gala

Excerpt: At our April 7th, 2018 Spring Gala, NPI will present Lynn Allen Awards to two deserving individuals to recognize indispensable contributions to progressive causes. We are delighted to announce that our first honoree this year is Major General Paul Eaton (Retired), the Managing Director of the VetVoice Foundation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Victory! Washington State House votes to toughen penalties for corporate crimes

Excerpt: Corporations that break the law in Washington State could soon be forced to pay more appropriate penalties for their wrongdoing thanks to the work of State Representative Mike Pellicciotti (D-30th District: Federal Way). By a vote of ninety-seven to one, the Washington State House of Representatives today voted to pass ESHB 2362, which would substantially increase fines for corporate crimes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Victory! State Senate passes bill to ban invasive fish net pens in Washington waters

Excerpt: The Washington State Senate has passed a bill that will safeguard our waters and aquatic lands for future generations. Sponsored by Kevin Ranker, 2SSB 6086 would prohibit the Department of Natural Resources from signing or renewing any leases that would allow the farming of invasive, nonnative Atlantic salmon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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