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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: May 2018

The fight for net neutrality isn’t over yet

Excerpt: Ajit Pai is trying to destroy net neutrality, but the fight is not over. Learn what you can do to keep the Internet free and open.
Written by:Brad Fenstermacher
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Technology
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SIFF Documentary Review: “The Most Dangerous Year” highlights the urgency of the fight for transgender rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "The Most Dangerous Year", premiering at the 2018 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, World Commmunity
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Meet the candidates vying to succeed Kris Lytton in the 40th LD: Alex Ramel

Excerpt: Read NPI's profile of Alex Ramel, a candidate for State Representative in Washington's 40th Legislative District. Ramel is among six candidates vying to succeed retiring Democratic State Representative Kris Lytton.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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No surprise: NPI poll finds Washingtonians don’t like Donald Trump’s job performance

Excerpt: Washington State voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election and has been a hotbed of resistance activity since Donald Trump's Electoral College victory a year and a half ago, so it's not too surprising that most Washingtonians don't have a favorable opinion of Trump's job performance.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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Senator Maria Cantwell enjoys a robust lead over Susan Hutchison, new NPI poll finds

Excerpt: Maria Cantwell is well positioned to continue on in the United States Senate with seatmate Patty Murray for another six years, a new NPI poll has found. 52% of respondents said they would support Cantwell, while only 36% would support Republican Susan Hutchison.
Written by:Alison Wendler
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Susan Hutchison’s absurd bashing of Maria Cantwell shows how Trumplike she’s become

Excerpt: It's pretty evident that Hutchison intends to be a candidate in the mold of Donald Trump, her idol. That means we can expect a campaign consisting of outrageous lies and derogatory insults. That is not the kind of campaign that Washingtonians expect or deserve.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: Read “Inventing Ourselves” to learn about the latest brain science research

Excerpt: Cognitive neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore's book Inventing Ourselves is a fascinating examination of what recent decades of technological progress and investigation have shown us about the teenage brain.
Written by:David A Johnson
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Jan Angel drops reelection bid; Democrats ready to pick up 26th LD with Emily Randall

Excerpt: Yesterday, incumbent Republican Senator Jan Angel (R-26th District: Gig Harbor, Key Peninsula) rocked the Washington State political landscape when she unexpectedly dropped her state Senate reelection bid, handing Democrats a prime pickup opportunity in a cycle that is expected to be difficult for Republicans.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Former Republican State Party Chair Susan Hutchison files to run against Maria Cantwell

Excerpt: With less than an hour and a half to go until the close of Filing Week 2018, former Republican State Party Chair Susan Hutchison has filed to run against incumbent Democratic United States Senator Maria Cantwell -- we presume with the backing of the state party organization she was previously in charge of.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Torturer Gina Haspel will be installed as new CIA head thanks to renegade Democrats

Excerpt: Despite the opposition of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, the United States Senate today voted to confirm torturer Gina Haspel to be the next director of the Central Intelligence Agency, further harming the United States' international standing and handing Donald Trump another victory.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Read Patty Murray + Maria Cantwell’s Senate floor speeches in support of Net Neutrality

Excerpt: In an important victory for our digital liberties, the U.S. Senate voted 52-47 in favor of restoring net neutrality as the law of the land in this country. The following are the speeches given by United States Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell in support of a free and open Internet prior to the vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oregon primary election results: Val Hoyle elected to lead Bureau of Labor and Industries

Excerpt: In a victory for the Democratic Party of Oregon, voters in the Beaver State have decided to keep the office of Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (which is a nonpartisan position) in progressive hands by electing Val Hoyle.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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All Washington voters to get prepaid postage on their ballot return envelopes in 2018

Excerpt: Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Kim Wyman have cobbled together enough emergency funding to ensure that all counties in Washington State can offer prepaid postage on ballot return envelopes this year, Inslee's office announced in a press release today.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Avalanche of corporate money begins flowing into Washington State initiative campaigns

Excerpt: Big Oil and Big Soda are back -- and they want your vote. Serious money is beginning to flow into campaign committees organized for and against initiatives that could be destined for the November 2018 general election ballot, reports recently filed with the PDC show.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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