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: February 2019

Bill to repeal Tim Eyman’s push polls advances to floor of Washington State Senate

Excerpt: Ready to get rid of Tim Eyman's push polls (which he calls "advisory votes")? The Washington State Senate is! A repeal bill is now awaiting a floor vote.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Bipartisan majority in U.S. House votes to terminate Trump’s fake national emergency

Excerpt: The Donald's abuse of power was too much for Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Jaime Herrera-Beutler to stomach. They put country ahead of party for a change.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Mammoth public lands bill gets resounding vote of support on final passage in U.S. House

Excerpt: A bill that will expand our national parks system and permanently reauthorize the Land & Water Conservation Fund has cleared Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Planning
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Sound Transit says House Bill 2123 (vehicle fees) would blow a big financial hole in ST3

Excerpt: NPI is urging a group of Washington State House Democrats to abandon legislation that would reduce revenue for Sound Transit projects in an Eyman-like fashion.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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2019 Oscars impressions: America got a shorter, more diverse ceremony to enjoy

Excerpt: Read NPI's impressions of the 91st Annual Academy Awards, which aired February 24th, 2019, on ABC.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Media & Culture
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Documentary Review: “Silas” will take you inside the fight against corruption in Liberia

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Silas" a documentary about the fight against corruption and exploitation in Liberia.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Our Environment, Views & Reviews, World Commmunity
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Bored House Republicans waste our resources on bill mocking statue replacement task force

Excerpt: Fourteen of our Republican elected representatives just made fools of themselves by trying their hands at satire, wasting public resources in the process.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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Tim Eyman, broke? Nope! Try flush with cash — he’s got $465,615 in his checking accounts

Excerpt: Remember when Tim Eyman filed for bankruptcy? He make it sound like he'd fallen upon hard times. But actually, he's doing quite well, thank you very much.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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Good news: House Democrats introduce bill to create progressive tax reform task force

Excerpt: The legislation would create a task force to set Washington on a pathway to developing a credible plan to overhaul our unfair, broken tax code.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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Instant runoff isn’t a sensible alternative to our current voting system; here’s why

Excerpt: How can we make voting a more satisfying experience? Proponents of instant runoff/ranked choice voting say they have the answer, but NPI disagrees.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman charged with misdemeanor theft; he says he didn’t mean to steal office chair

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter has cooked up a pathetic, laughable excuse for his criminal conduct for last week.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Bethel youth get it: In a democracy, decisions should be made by the many — not a few

Excerpt: Washington State's Constitution should be amended to change the threshold for passage of school bonds to a majority vote, which is all that levies require.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Tim Eyman caught on video stealing a chair from the Office Depot in Lacey, Washington

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter is under investigation for petty theft and pledges to "cooperate fully" following widespread media coverage of his crime.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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VICTORY! Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty a second time

Excerpt: Washington is once again on its way to becoming the next state to abolish the death penalty thanks to Senate passage of Reuven Carlyle's SB 5339.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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