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: December 2020

NPI bestows its highest honor, the Lynn Allen Award, on the late Tony Lee (1948–2020)

Excerpt: The former Solid Ground Advocacy Director, known affectionately as the "conscience of the Legislature," is the eighth person to become a Lynn Allen Award Honoree.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Announcements, Holidays
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Congratulations to NPI’s Gael Tarleton on concluding thirteen years of public service

Excerpt: As NPI's longest serving boardmember prepares to leave public office, we took a look back at her remarkable career and greatest accomplishments.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Public Service
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Cascadia could gain four Senate committee chairs if Democrats win Georgia runoffs next Tuesday: The stakes and the players

Excerpt: If Democrats flip Georgia's two Senate seats, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell, Ron Wyden, and Jon Tester could all end up running important U.S. Senate committees.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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U.S. House overrides Donald Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act

Excerpt: “With this overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the House has upheld our sacred Constitutional responsibility to keep our country and our people safe," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, National Defense
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U.S. House resoundingly adopts CASH Act to boost COVID-19 recovery payments to $2,000

Excerpt: The legislation earned the near unanimous support of the Democratic caucus. Democrats were joined by forty-four Republicans, including Washington State's Jaime Herrera Beutler and Oregon's Greg Walden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 21st-24th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes were both in support of a combined end-of-the-year COVID-19 relief package and omnibus appropriations bill that Donald Trump has threatened not to sign.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The bonding of Washington State and British Columbia: Even with our border closed, we share a gorgeous corner of the world

Excerpt: While the U.S.-Canada border remains closed to non-essential traffic, neither the pandemic shutdown nor the 49th Parallel and Strait of Juan de Fuca have obstructed the bonding between Washington and British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, World Commmunity
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Britain and the European Union have finally reached a “Brexit” implementation deal

Excerpt: Ursula von der Leyen and Boris Johnson say they've agreed on terms that will govern how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on December 31st, 2020.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BNSF-operated train transporting Bakken crude oil derails in Whatcom County

Excerpt: There were no fatalities and no injuries were reported, though the derailment did result in an oil spill. Seven tank cars went off the tracks, with two catching fire, about twenty minutes before noon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Planning
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Scramble for the Senate: Alex Padilla will be California’s next U.S. Senator

Excerpt: California's Secretary of State will become the first Latino to represent the Golden State in the U.S. Senate.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Year-end pandemic relief bill clears both houses of Congress with bipartisan support

Excerpt: With just a few days to go before 2020 ends, the House and Senate have given approval to a $2.3 trillion combined pandemic relief package and omnibus appropriations bill.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican plot to dissolve joint Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department collapses

Excerpt: At the last minute, erratic Republican Councilmember Pam Roach thwarted a scheme by Executive Bruce Dammeier's operation to displace TPCHD with a standalone public health department.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Open Government, Public Planning
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At his trial, Tim Eyman tried to get out of wearing a mask by saying he has ADHD

Excerpt: Eyman, an extremely vocal opponent of mask wearing, claimed that wearing a mask distracts him. Eyman attempted to justify his request by telling the court he has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Litigation
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2020 Electoral College affirms Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ historic and decisive victory

Excerpt: This year's meeting of the Electoral College took on greater importance due to Donald Trump and his followers' refusal to accept the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections
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