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: March 2019

Senate Democrats unveil their own capital gains tax plan, but it doesn’t fund our schools

Excerpt: Levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy is a very good idea, but the Senate Democrats' plan sadly does not dedicate the money to our schools.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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2019-2021 transportation budget approved by Washington State House with five nays

Excerpt: The chamber voted overwhelmingly to adopt a transportation budget for 2019-2021 (ESHB 1160) developed by the House Transportation Committee, chaired by Jake Fey.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Poll Watch: “Mayor Pete” gaining support with Iowa Democrats

Excerpt: Support is rising for Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg, the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, according to a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Kirsten Gillibrand releases tax returns as a challenge to Trump and other Democrats

Excerpt: "It allows people to know you’re working for them and nobody else,” the junior Senator from New York and presidential contender explained to CNN.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Book Review: Fallout: Conspiracy, Cover-Up and the Deceitful Case for the Atom Bomb

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Peter Watson's Fallout, which argues that "the atomic bomb was the unnecessary product of mistrust and deceit between World War II allies".
Written by:David A Johnson
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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Documentary Review: Oscar winner “Period. End of Sentence.” is a must-see short film

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of the 2019 Academy Award winning film for Best Documentary Short, exploring the rarely discussed subject of menstruation.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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Poll Watch: Early survey examines Washington’s 2020 gubernatorial landscape

Excerpt: In presidential years, Washington State elects a governor. If incumbent Jay Inslee doesn't run again, what will the electoral landscape look like?
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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April 10th will henceforth be celebrated as Dolores Huerta Day in Washington State

Excerpt: Washington State has a new holiday, recognizing a pioneering labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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On fifth anniversary of Oso slide, NPI calls on Legislature to fund geologic hazards research

Excerpt: NPI is calling on Washington's lawmakers to appropriate funding so geologic hazards like slides can be researched by our Department of Natural Resources.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Former gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Gillum launches massive voter registration effort

Excerpt: Former gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum has a new mission: deny Donald Trump a second term by making sure Florida doesn't vote for him again.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Poll Watch: New poll shows Kamala Harris gaining, record enthusiasm ahead of 2020

Excerpt: A new poll conducted on behalf of CNN shows California Senator Kamala Harris gaining support among Democratic voters, with less than a year to go until the Iowa caucuses.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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*This* is what leadership looks like: New Zealand is banning military-grade guns

Excerpt: It's truly refreshing to see a country's leadership take swift and decisive action to improve gun safety laws in the aftermath of a horrific mass shooting.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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State of Washington moves to convert Tim Eyman’s bankruptcy into a Chapter 7 case

Excerpt: Bob Ferguson has objected to Tim Eyman's motion to dismiss his Chapter 11 case and is asking for a conversion to a Chapter 7 liquidation bankruptcy instead.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Senate joins House in voting to terminate Donald Trump’s fake emergency declaration

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty-nine to forty-one, the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate concurred that Donald Trump's fake national emergency declaration should be terminated.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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