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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 2019

Senators call on NBC to make climate justice the focus of the first presidential debate

Excerpt: Three Democratic senators have released a letter calling on NBC News to make climate justice the focus of the first presidential primary debate.  
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Our Environment
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Death penalty legislatively abolished in New Hampshire by bipartisan supermajorities

Excerpt: Democrats and Republicans in the Granite State's House and Senate came together to override a gubernatorial veto, abolishing the death penalty in New Hampshire.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Frontier Communications to leave Cascadia; PNW assets sold to WaveDivision Capital

Excerpt: Nine years after taking on debt to buy Verizon's assets in the Pacific Northwest, Frontier Communications is offloading those same assets in a $1.35 billion sale to Kirkland-based WaveDivision Capital, which must be approved by regulators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Technology
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Fourth annual Rooted in Rights Film Festival puts disabled storytellers front and center

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the 2019 Rooted in Rights in Film Festival, where several groundbreaking films created by people with disabilities were screened.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Washingtonians unhappy with Donald Trump, want to replace him with a Democrat in 2020

Excerpt: Most Evergreen State voters disapprove of Donald Trump and say they'd support his Democratic opponent if the 2020 election were being held now, a new NPI poll finds.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Announcements, Elections
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 20th-24th)

Excerpt: Find out how our region's United States Representatives and Senators voted in this installment of our recurring feature Last Week in Congress.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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Guy Palumbo resigns from the Washington State Senate, effective immediately

Excerpt: Guy Palumbo is out. The one-term Democratic state senator has resigned from office, effective immediately. Three successors must now be nominated by the Democratic Party.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Legislative Advocacy
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Court penalizes Tim Eyman and associates as state wins two successive default judgments

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman and his friends now owe the taxpayers a lot of money after not bothering to defend themselves against lawsuits alleging they violated Washington's public disclosure laws.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Litigation
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SIFF Documentary Review: Our Bodies Our Doctors is a timely reminder of the importance of reproductive rights

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Our Bodies Our Doctors, a film about reproductive rights that's being screened at the 2019 Seattle International Film Festival.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Healthcare, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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Candidates other than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders vie for traction ahead of first debates

Excerpt: Candidates like Kamala Harris and Beto O'Rourke are trying to figure out how to gain traction with the Democratic electorate ahead of the first debates in Miami.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 13th-17th)

Excerpt: Find out how our region's United States Representatives and Senators voted in this installment of our recurring feature Last Week in Congress.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio enters the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field

Excerpt: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to become a presidential candidate, apparently figuring there isn't any downside.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections
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BOOK REVIEW: “A Prophet of Peace” and Juan Cole’s New Historicism

Excerpt: I some­times attend the Seat­tle Athe­ist Church on Sun­days, and despite the many virtues that group has an orga­ni­za­tion and pos­i­tive argu­ment it makes by exam­ple for sec­u­lar human­ism, the fact that the “Four Horse­men” of the New Athe­ism move­ment were four white Anglo-Amer­i­can men reflects accu­rate­ly the bias­es you’ll find in the athe­ism move­ment […]
Written by:David A Johnson
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Trump team turns to conspiracy theories to attack Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden

Excerpt: Donald Trump and his cronies have begun vociferously attacking former Vice President Joe Biden, who they believe could be their opponent in 2020.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections
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