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: January 2019

Washington State Senate approves bill to create a usable presidential primary in 2020

Excerpt: The Evergreen State is one step closer to a presidential primary that both major parties can use in 2020 to allocate their national convention delegates.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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State Senate sends bill to perfect De-Escalate Washington’s I‑940 to Governor Jay Inslee

Excerpt: A bill that polishes De-Escalate Washington's successful Initiative 940 has cleared the Legislature unanimously, without a single dissenting vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Trump caves to Democrats, says he’ll sign bill to temporarily reopen the federal government

Excerpt: Donald Trump has agreed to temporarily reopen the federal government without money for the construction a wall on the border with Mexico.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate fails to advance legislation to reopen the federal government

Excerpt: The federal government remains shut down, but the Senate Republicans are splintering, which could mean Congress might soon finally stand up to Trump.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House unanimously passes legislation to adopt new I‑940 compromise

Excerpt: And they're off! The Washington State House of Representatives has passed its first consequential bill of the 2019 session, concerning law enforcement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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FINALLY! Mariners legend Edgar Martínez elected to National Baseball Hall of Fame

Excerpt: Congratulations to Edgar, Holli, and their family on this great honor, and thanks to everyone who supported Edgar in his Hall of Fame quest.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Sound Transit: Tim Eyman’s I‑976 would wipe out nearly $7 billion in revenue through 2041

Excerpt: "If enacted, the initiative would divert a significant amount of tax revenues away from implementing voter-approved transit projects.," the agency says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “One day the South will recognize its real heroes”

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County residents want more transit, but there would be less under Tim Eyman’s I‑976

Excerpt: I-976 is a recipe for horrific highway gridlock, derelict roads, and stranded travelers. Think traffic is bad now? I-976 would make it much worse.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “The Empty Throne” makes a better argument for not having one

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of The Empty Throne: America's Abdication of Global Leadership, by Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay.
Written by:David A Johnson
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“We are the state that invests in our people”: Jay Inslee delivers 2019 State of the State

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of Governor Jay Inslee's 2019 State of the State Address.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Book Review: Kissinger is proof the adults in the room were “Reckless”, too

Excerpt: In the Mel Brooks par­o­dy “Space Balls”, the vil­lain­ous char­ac­ter Darth Hel­met brags to Lon­es­tarr, the pro­tag­o­nist, that, “Evil will always tri­umph because good is dumb.” This trope appears in fic­tion often, and some writ­ers rely on it almost entire­ly. The medieval­ist his­to­ri­an and cul­ture crit­ic Steven Atwell has observed that one of the cen­tral […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Kevin Ranker resigns from the Washington State Senate following misconduct allegations

Excerpt: Kevin Ranker has resigned from the Washington State Senate following recent allegations of misconduct, the Senate Democratic Caucus announced today.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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Documentary Review: Crime + Punishment details fight against illegal policing quotas

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Crime + Punishment, an original Hulu documentary chronicling the efforts of whistleblower cops to stop illegal policing quotas.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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