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: May 2020

COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest states gingerly move forward with reopening plans

Excerpt: Pacific Northwestern states are moving towards reopening their economies at different speeds. Idaho is on the fastest track, followed by Oregon, and then Washington.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 25th-29th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a bill to patch the Paycheck Protection Program and transmission of a five-year extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conference with the Senate.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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The Pandemic is Personal: NPI’s Bobby Aiyer on graduating high school during COVID-19

Excerpt: NPI's Transit Advocate writes about what it's like to be a senior during the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, which unexpectedly ended the Class of 2020's in-person learning.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Series & Special Reports
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Scramble for the Senate: Can Democrats show Colorado’s Cory Gardner the door?

Excerpt: If Joe Biden wants his policy agenda to be enacted, the Democrats have to win the Senate. Can they flip Cory Gardner's seat in Colorado?
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Most Washingtonians not sure who they’ll vote for in state’s 2020 Supreme Court races

Excerpt: Only one in five voters surveyed express a preference between recently appointed Justices G. Helen Whitener and Raquel Montoya-Lewis and their challengers Richard Serns and David Larson.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Food, fraud, the homeless, strikes, the courts and miscalculations

Excerpt: In Washington, food processing plants are becoming hotspots for both disease and dissatisfaction, Oregon's Supreme Court has told a circuit court judge to explain at length why he thinks Governor Brown overstepped her authority, and Idaho is implementing a new plan for testing and tracking.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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To ensure Black Lives Matter, we must scrap oppressive systems for equity-based ones

Excerpt: The Northwest Progressive Institute is responding to the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd by committing to organize for systemic change to ensure that Black Lives Matter.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Let’s think + act beyond presidential politics to build a progressive agenda for America

Excerpt: In this thoughtful longread, MLK County Democratic Chair Shasti Conrad outlines a path forward for progressive activists and movement leaders following the suspension of the Sanders and Warren campaigns.
Written by:Shasti Conrad
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy, Party Politics
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Massive unemployment fraud reminds us that online signature gathering is a terrible idea

Excerpt: The last thing anyone who cares about the integrity of our democracy should want to do is lessen public confidence in elections, which is exactly what would happen if online signature gathering were to be permitted.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Technology
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 18th-22nd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the Mitch McConnell engineered confirmations of Trump nominees John Ratcliffe (to be DNI) and James Trainor (to the FEC).
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Ed Hodapp on staying at home in America’s wealthiest city

Excerpt: A Sammamish resident discusses what it's like to live with two other people who are also at higher than average risk from COVID-19 under one roof.
Written by:Ed Hodapp
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Series & Special Reports, World Commmunity
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Scramble for the Senate: Can Democrats pick up a seat in Arizona with Mark Kelly?

Excerpt: Democrats have high hopes that they can unseat Arizona's Republican Senator Martha McSally with the husband of former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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NPI poll finds Joe Biden on track for landslide Washington State win in November 2020

Excerpt: The presumptive Democratic nominee might well win the Evergreen State by a larger margin than any presidential candidate since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Matt Shea is leaving the Legislature. Are his wings clipped, or is he now unrestrained?

Excerpt: The militant extremist has decided not to seek another term, but that doesn't mean he is no longer a menace to Washington State and the Pacific Northwest.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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