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: January 2020

Washington State Senate votes to abolish the death penalty for the third year in a row

Excerpt: Legislation that would permanently abolish Washington's unconstitutional, immoral, and indefensible death penalty statute is returning to the House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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Biden camp tries courting Klobuchar’s in final days before the Iowa Democratic caucuses

Excerpt: The former Vice President's team have proposed an electoral pact with Senator Amy Klobuchar's campaign. It was not well received.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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Evidence shows local races would benefit from being moved to even-numbered years

Excerpt: In this guest post, Shoreline's Chris Roberts explains how contests for local office in Washington would benefit from being moved to even-numbered years.
Written by:Chris Roberts
Categories:Elections
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NPI’s Gael Tarleton warns proposed sale of .ORG domain registry could harm nonprofits

Excerpt: A proposed sale of one of the Internet's biggest domain registries is attracting opposition all over the world, including here in the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Caitlin Harrington
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Technology, World Commmunity
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OMB’s decision to close the National Archives’ Seattle branch must be fought and overturned

Excerpt: The federal Office of Management and Budget plans to relocate records that document the history of the Pacific Northwest to California or Missouri.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 20th-25th)

Excerpt: Find out Cascadia’s United States Senators voted on motions pertaining to the rules for Donald Trump's removal trial.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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Opponents of phasing out odd year elections in Washington are making many bogus claims

Excerpt: The debate over eliminating elections in odd-numbered years is heating up. But opponents are making a number of claims that are factually inaccurate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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NPI to Evergreen State legislators: Phase out odd year elections to protect our democracy

Excerpt: Read our founder's prepared remarks in support of House Bill 2529, legislation that would reduce voter fatigue and save money by moving local races and state level ballot measures to even-numbered years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Senate sends OSPI-backed sexual health education bill back to House

Excerpt: Requested by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal, the bill is intended to help young people at many different stages of childhood and young adulthood make better decisions about their health and their future.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Healthcare
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Idaho Republican Jim Risch reportedly fell asleep today during Trump’s removal trial

Excerpt: The Washington Post reported today that U.S. Senator Jim Risch of Idaho fell asleep during the first day of proceedings in the trial to remove Donald Trump.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Injustice must be exposed… to the light of human conscience”

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Holidays
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Documentary Review: “Race to Nowhere” may be ten years old, but it has aged well

Excerpt: Vicki Abeles created this documentary film to bring attention to some of the problems with the American education system.
Written by:Theresa Curry Almuti
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Media & Culture, Views & Reviews
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 13th-17th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the transmission of impeachment articles/appointment of trial managers and ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Iowa 2020 Democratic presidential debate recap: How did the six candidates fare?

Excerpt: The debate was the last before Democratic voters caucus in Iowa, and the candidates appearing onstage in Des Moines were determined to showcase their electability.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections, Media & Culture, Party Politics
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