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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 (May 20th-24th) in Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

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
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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 (May 13th-17th) in Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

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
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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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