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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: July 2019

William Barr is totally, completely wrong: Encryption makes us stronger — not weaker

Excerpt: The Attorney General wants to require technology companies to build backdoors into their products to facilitate spying. That's a terrible idea that would make it illegal to properly secure anyone's data.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Technology
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Last Week (July 15th-19th) In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

Excerpt: The week's major votes included condemning Trump's racist comments, increasing the federal minimum wage, and passing an intelligence budget for FY 2020.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Sound Transit’s Link light rail system turns ten today: Relive the magic of opening weekend

Excerpt: Ten years to the day after Sound Transit's Central Link opened to the public for two days of free rides, NPI commemorates what was a watershed moment for our region.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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July Democratic presidential debate lineup set; Montana’s Steve Bullock makes the cut

Excerpt: Who will be onstage for the second Democratic debates this month? The answer: Everyone who participated in the first round, minus Eric Swalwell. Montana's Steve Bullock will take his place.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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U.S. House votes to condemn Donald Trump’s bigoted, racist, appalling “go back” tweets

Excerpt: Donald Trump's racism has been called out and rebuked by a bipartisan majority of the United States House of Representatives. It's a start.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman, “Liberty State” extremists no longer working together after I-1648 debacle

Excerpt: The disgraced initiative promoter has had a falling out with the people who provided the muscle for his unsuccessful attempt to qualify I-1648.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week (July 8th-12th) In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

Excerpt: The week's major votes included a military budget (the NDAA), new rules for allocating green cards, and taking care of September 11th first responders.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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LIVE from Philadelphia: Pressley, Haaland, Omar, Tlaib take the stage at Netroots Nation

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the Making HerStory: The women who are shifting the balance of power in D.C. panel discussion at Netroots Nation 2019.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Live Coverage, Open Government
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Joe Biden tries to revitalize his presidential campaign with foreign policy speech

Excerpt: The former vice president rejected the Trump regime’s attempts at dealmaking and isolationism.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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LIVE from Philadelphia: Netroots Nation 2020 to be held in Denver, Colorado in August 2020

Excerpt: Next year, Netroots Nation will be heading to the Mile High City in the Rocky Mountain West. Learn more about plans for next year's convention.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Philadelphia: Netroots Nation 2019 opens with a focus on equity, justice for all

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of the inaugural plenary session at America's largest annual gathering of progressive activists.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Live Coverage
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Documentary Review: “Knock Down the House” inspires with stories of working people running for Congress

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of "Knock Down the House", a documentary now streaming on Netflix about a few of last year's trailblazing congressional candidates, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
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Carolyn Long is challenging Jaime Herrera-Beutler again in Washington’s 3rd District

Excerpt: The Democratic effort to flip Washington's 3rd Congressional District blue has officially taken flight.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Another Tim Eyman scam bites the dust: I-1648 fails to qualify for the November ballot

Excerpt: Disgraced initiative promoter Tim Eyman was forced to admit failure yet again as his scheme to overturn the Legislature's 2019 revenue reforms met its demise in Olympia at the Secretary of State's Elections Annex on Union Street.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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