NPI's Cascadia Advocate

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: August 2018

Dirty TransMountain pipeline dealt massive blow by Canadian Federal Court of Appeal

Excerpt: VICTORY! A Canadian court has dealt a MASSIVE blow to the TransMountain oil pipeline that Justin Trudeau wants to build to pump oil out of Alberta to B.C.'s coast. The pipeline may not be built now. Learn about this huge win for indigenous peoples, climate justice, and our orcas.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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State Supreme Court erred in ordering I-940 onto the ballot, but that mistake can be fixed

Excerpt: In ordering I-940 onto the ballot, the Supreme Court itself stepped out of bounds, but attorneys for De-Escalate Washington have afforded the Court an opportunity to revise its verdict and avoid setting a very problematic, very troubling precedent.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Supreme Court sends De-Escalate WA’s Initiative 940 to the November 2018 ballot

Excerpt: A deeply divided Washington State Supreme Court ruled today that De-Escalate Washington's Initiative 940 must appear on the November 2018 ballot to be considered by the people because its adoption by the Legislature last winter was effectively not without change or amendment due to the Legislature's passage of a separate compromise bill (ESHB 3003) intended to supersede I-940.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI gets a sibling: Announcing the formation of the Northwest Progressive Foundation

Excerpt: Learn about NPI's new sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Don’t expect right wing media to apologize for deceptively declaring I-1639 to be dead

Excerpt: Last week, right wing blogs and media outlets credited the NRA with a big victory when a judge blocked the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 from the ballot. Now that the Supreme Court has reversed that judge's decision, though, no mea culpas appear to be forthcoming.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture
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Unanimous Supreme Court rules Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s I-1639 will stay on ballot

Excerpt: NRA LOSES APPEAL: The Washington State Supreme Court has decided that the Alliance for Gun Responsibility's I-1639 will STAY on the November 2018 ballot, overturning a Superior Court judge who had blocked the measure from the ballot last week.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Malcom Turnbull out as Australian Prime Minister after latest Aussie leadership spill

Excerpt: The Commonwealth of Australia is getting a new Prime Minister for the sixth time since 2007, after the Liberal Party of Australia (which is, despite its name, the country's major right wing party) decided to boot out its current leader Malcom Turnbull, who himself ousted his predecessor in a leadership spill three years ago.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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We’ve been revolutionizing grassroots politics for a decade and a half: NPI is fifteen today!

Excerpt: August 22nd, 2018 is the the fifteen year anniversary of the founding of the Northwest Progressive Institute, which publishes the Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge blocks Alliance for Gun Responsibility’s I-1639 from the ballot; campaign appeals

Excerpt: A judge in Thurston County has ordered that the Alliance For Gun Responsibility's I-1639 (raising the age to buy semiautomatic firearms, imposing new safe storage requirements, creating new background check requirements) be blocked from the November 2018 ballot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Dr. Kim Schrier to speak at NPI’s Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic on Sunday, August 26th

Excerpt: We're excited to announce that Dr. Kim Schrier will be a featured speaker at our Fifteenth Anniversary Picnic on Sunday, August 26th, along with State Senator Patty Kuderer. Learn more:
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jason Rittereiser suspends congressional campaign; congratulates Kim Schrier

Excerpt: Kim Schrier has emerged victorious among the Democratic field in Washington's 8th Congressional District. Jason Rittereiser said today he's suspending his campaign.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Good news: Washington State seeing highest August electoral voter turnout since 2012

Excerpt: August voter turnout is significantly UP compared to 2014 and even 2016. The last time August turnout was this high was in 2012. It looks we'll soon surpass the 2012 mark, which will make August turnout the highest in eight years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Senator Sharon Nelson’s successor will likely be either Shannon Braddock or Joe Nguyen

Excerpt: Who will succeed Senate Majority Leader Sharon Nelson in the Washington State Senate? It looks like the 34th District's next Senator will be either Shannon Braddock or Joe Nguyen.
Written by:Greg Evans
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5th District Democrats celebrate as early returns put Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan ahead

Excerpt: The Eastside of King County might soon cease to have any Republican representation in the Washington State Legislature. If Bill Ramos and Lisa Callan go on to win their House races (they're currently ahead), Democrats will hold 12 out of 12 legislative seats on the Eastside.
Written by:Brad Fenstermacher
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