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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: March 2018

Documentary Review: LA 92 tells the story of the riots that tore apart the Southland

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of LA 92, a film by Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin that tells the story of the riots that tore apart the Southland using only archival footage.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Views & Reviews
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NPI asks Bob Ferguson to consider filing suit to block bad AT&T/Time Warner merger

Excerpt: Read NPI's letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson requesting that the State of Washington file suit against AT&T to block its proposed acquisition of Time Warner.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Media & Culture
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Conor Lamb declares victory in PA-18 as seething Republicans mull election challenge

Excerpt: Barring a recount that produces a different outcome, young Democratic congressional hopeful Conor Lamb has eked out a narrow victory over Republican opponent Rick Saccone in Pennsylvania's Trump-friendly 18th Congressional District, confounding Republicans and delighting Democrats across the country.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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U.S. Senate passes Republican-backed bill to weaken Dodd-Frank financial reforms

Excerpt: The United States Senate voted overwhelmingly today to begin dismantling the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, approving Idaho Senator Mike Crapo's S. 2155 by a vote of sixty-seven to thirty-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Every vote counts: Democrat Conor Lamb has extremely slim lead in PA-18 with 99% in

Excerpt: A massive vote swing against Donald Trump and the Republicans in western Pennsylvania has put the party in jeopardy of losing a gerrymandered district it has previously had no trouble winning to a resurgent Democratic Party hungry for more special election victories ahead of the 2018 midterms.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Why states are a good place to fight for health care as a human right

Excerpt: The path to single-payer health care can, and perhaps will, begin in the states themselves, Robert Cruickshank writes.
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
Categories:Healthcare
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Publicity seeking Tim Eyman files lawsuit to undo the Legislature’s I‑940 compromise

Excerpt: Refusing to leave well enough alone, disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman today filed a lawsuit against Secretary of State Kim Wyman in an attempt to nullify last week's agreement between the Legislature, De-Escalate Washington, and representatives of the law enforcement community regarding I-940.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation
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It’s over: 2018 session of the Washington State Legislature adjourned Sine Die

Excerpt: The Washington State Legislature is going home. Having spent sixty days working to craft three budgets and pass a long list of policy bills (many liberated from the Republicans' graveyard of progress), lawmakers in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate jubilantly voted to adjourn Sine Die tonight.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 approved by the Legislature along with a compromise bill

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the House and Senate of the State of Washington have approved an initiative and a successor bill that removes the requirement for prosecutors to prove that a police officer acted "without malice" when bringing a case for improper use of deadly force.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Washington State House, Senate agree on 2018 supplemental operating budget

Excerpt: As one of its final acts prior to adjourning Sine Die later on this evening, the Washington State Legislature today sent Governor Jay Inslee a supplemental operating budget agreement that appropriates funding to a host of essential public services necessary to the health and well-being of our communities.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ruth Kagi (D‑32nd District: Shoreline, Seattle, Edmonds) to retire from the state House

Excerpt: Another senior member of the Washington State Legislature's House Democratic caucus has decided to retire this year instead of seeking reelection. Representative Ruth Kagi (D-32nd District: Shoreline, Seattle, Edmonds) announced today that this will be her last term in office.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judy Clibborn (D‑41st District: Mercer Island, Bellevue) to retire from the state House

Excerpt: One of suburban Washington's longest-serving Democratic legislators has decided not to seek reelection in 2018, setting the stage for a change of leadership on the House Transportation Committee and opening up a seat on the Eastside.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee signs net neutrality into law in Washington, drawing nationwide attention

Excerpt: Net neutrality will soon be the law of the land again -- at least in the Evergreen State -- following today's signing of Substitute House Bill 2282 by Governor Jay Inslee, officially titled protecting an open internet in Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Thoughtful planning will help Sound Transit’s Ballard, West Seattle Link projects succeed

Excerpt: Today, Sound Transit is concluding the comment period for the first phase of early scoping on the voter-approved Ballard and West Seattle Link light rail extensions. Read the comments that NPI submitted to Sound Transit regarding issues we believe should be studied as part of the planning for each extension.
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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