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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: January 2020

Tickets are now on sale for NPI’s 2020 Spring Fundraising Gala on Friday, April 17th!

Excerpt: Learn about plans for the twelfth incarnation of NPI's largest annual event and buy tickets.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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More than two in three Washingtonians favor banning single use plastic bags, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: In a survey conducted last autumn by Public Policy Polling for NPI, voters enthusiastically endorsed Senator Mona Das' Senate Bill 5323, which would implement a statewide plastic bag ban, by a margin of more than two to one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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We’re watching the seventh 2020 Democratic presidential debate. Join us!

Excerpt: NPI staff are watching and sharing impressions of the final debate before the Iowa Democratic caucuses on February 3rd as it progresses.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cory Booker abandons his presidential bid

Excerpt: The New Jersey senator struggled to stand out in a crowded field, hampered by lack of support and interest from Democratic voters.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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New State Representative Alex Ramel talks to NPI about his priorities for the 2020 session

Excerpt: The newest addition to the Washington State Legislature from the 40th District wants to tackle affordable housing and climate justice in the 2020 short session.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
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Donald Trump’s looming impeachment trial could shift the balance in Iowa

Excerpt: Senators will be forced to stay in Washington D.C. as other candidates enter the final sprint for votes in the Hawkeye State.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 6th-10th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included a House resolution requiring the Trump regime to obtain advance congressional authorization prior to attacking Iran and Senate approval of a nominee to lead the Small Business Administration.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Weekend Reading: All of the possible ways Tim Eyman’s I‑976 violates the Constitution

Excerpt: The plaintiffs suing to defeat Tim Eyman's Initiative 976 have outlined nearly a dozen ways in which it violates Washington State's plan of government.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Right wing effort to recall Attorney General Bob Ferguson predictably ends in failure

Excerpt: Washington State's incumbent chief law enforcement officer has long bested the right wing. He's now done so again without even being a party to the proceedings.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jay Inslee zings Eyman after Tim interrupts Q&A: “Please leave the chair when you leave”

Excerpt: The Governor got the better of Tim Eyman during a confrontation that Eyman tried to instigate at the 2020 Associated Press Legislative Preview.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Diverting sales tax revenue from vehicle sales will not get us beyond I‑976, Republicans

Excerpt: Curtis King and his colleagues are nonsensically proposing to backfill lost vehicle fee revenue with another revenue source that I-976 targeted for repeal.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Litigation, Public Planning
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Washingtonians will have thirteen Democratic candidates to choose from in March’s primary

Excerpt: Fifteen candidates filed paperwork to be included on Washington state's ballot, two of whom subsequently dropped out.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Alex Ramel appointed to the Washington State House of Representatives from 40th LD

Excerpt: State Representative Jeff Morris has a successor: Environmental and climate justice activist Alex Ramel was chosen by the Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan county legislative authorities to serve in the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Public Service
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What drove Donald Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Suleimani?

Excerpt: The death of Iran's top military strategist has already sent shock waves around the Middle East and may put American soldiers and civilians in harm's way.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, National Defense
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