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: June 2020

Joel Connelly retires from the P‑I; will join NPI’s Cascadia Advocate as a contributor

Excerpt: After nearly half a century of service to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and its online successor, seattlepi.com, the legendary journalist and columnist has retired. He'll join NPI as a contributor.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State Supreme Court hears oral argument in legal challenge to Eyman’s I‑976

Excerpt: Appellants and respondents in Garfield County Transportation Authority, et al. v. State of Washington will field questions from the Court's nine justices.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest embraces mandatory mask directives

Excerpt: As British Columbia makes additional moves to reopen its economy, Washington has mandated the wearing of masks in public and Oregon has completed a special legislative session focusing on COVID-19 and police reform.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 22nd-26th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 and a D.C. statehood bill, along with the failure of a Senate Republican policing reform proposal.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Jef­frey Robin­son on celebrating PRIDE during COVID-19

Excerpt: An LGBTQ+ Democratic Party leader shares his views on the importance and meaning of PRIDE during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Written by:Jef­frey Robin­son
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Analysis: U.S. Supreme Court expected to rule soon on trio of pivotal Trump tax cases

Excerpt: The Supreme Court is due to release rulings in three cases demanding access to Donald Trump's financial records. Here's what could happen.
Written by:Peter Orth
Categories:Open Government
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COVID-19 Update: States grapple with rise in new coronavirus cases in rural communities

Excerpt: Seeking to avoid squandering the hard won progress of the spring, Pacific Northwest governors and public health officials are exhorting and even ordering their constituents to wear masks.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Healthcare, Series & Special Reports
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included passage of a landmark public lands funding bill and the confirmation of one of Mitch McConnell's protege to the D.C. Circuit Court.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Patti Dailey on adjusting to not going out during COVID-19

Excerpt: A Pierce County activist and public servant reflects on keeping up a strict physical distancing regimen to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Written by:Patti Dailey
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Scramble for the Senate: Can Democrats win in North Carolina with Cal Cunningham?

Excerpt: Republican Senator Thom Tillis faces a tough challenge from Democrat Cal Cunningham in the Tar Heel State this year that could be decisive.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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COVID-19 Update: Districts accelerate their planning for the 2020–2021 school year

Excerpt: A return to in-person classroom learning is being contemplated by school administrators across the region, but students and faculty will need to observe physical distancing protocols.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Healthcare
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For the first time ever, the Washington State Democratic Party held its convention virtually

Excerpt: Democrats from across Washington met virtually for the first cyber convention in the history of the state party. Here's what went down.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 8th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the advancement of a major public lands funding bill and the confirmation of Charles Brown as U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Rituja Indapure on how COVID-19 has changed everyday life

Excerpt: One of NPI's Advisory Councilmembers describes her spring with the pandemic in a series of journal entries recorded at one month intervals.
Written by:Rituja Indapure
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Service, Series & Special Reports, World Commmunity
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