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Monthly Archives: December 2020

The Snoqulamie’s Middle Fork is Washington State’s latest conservation success story

Excerpt: Two decades ago, the river valley was rapidly becoming a mountain crime zone and trash dump. It has since been cleaned up and restored.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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The pro-death Trump regime is executing incarcerated people as fast as it possibly can

Excerpt: As of December 12th, the the Trump regime had, in a few short weeks, executed ten people via lethal injection in Terre Haute. Sickeningly, the regime has even more executions planned before January 20th, 2021, when Trump's term ends. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 7th-11th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House and Senate passage of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act along with a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open for another week.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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BC’s NDP government authorizes COVID-19 relief as province begins a dark, dreary winter

Excerpt: Premier John Horgan's government has put together a COVID-19 Recovery Benefit program, in which an estimated 3.7 million B.C. residents will get grants up to $1,000 (Canadian) per family and $500 for individuals.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Elections, Healthcare
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Loren Culp pulls a Trump, sues Washington State to overturn the election he just lost

Excerpt: Culp and his campaign manager appear to have concluded that by pretending they never lost, they can go on separating fools from their money for months to come, just like the Trumps are doing at the federal level. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pro-Biden states deliver furious rejoinder to Republican AGs’ attempt to throw election

Excerpt: Texas and a cohort of other states with Republican attorneys general don't want Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be sworn in on January 20th. So, in an unprecedented move, they're asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the will of the people.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Brady Walkinshaw, April Sims to represent Democrats on 2021 Redistricting Commission

Excerpt: Democratic legislative leaders in Washington have chosen the first Latino Redistricting Commissioner as well as the first woman of color and Black Redistricting Commissioner to help draw the state's 2021 legislative and congressional maps.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Party Politics, Public Service
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As Biden’s Cabinet takes shape, progressive groups plan for a post-Trump future

Excerpt: President-elect Joe Biden has spent the weeks since the election assembling the team that he hopes to bring with him to Washington, D.C.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare, National Defense, Open Government, Our Environment
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Federal, state governments allege Facebook is an illegal monopoly in major antitrust case

Excerpt: Having foolishly chosen to allow Facebook's acquisitions of Whatsapp and Instagram several years ago, the federal government is now belatedly moving to unwind those mergers as well as stop the growing power and anticompetitive behaviors of Facebook.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington’s upcoming conservation district elections sorely need progressive candidates

Excerpt: Dozens of publicly governed conservation districts will be holding elections for board supervisor positions this winter and spring. In this guest post, King Conservation District Supervisor Chris Porter explains why progressive activists and community leaders should step up, run, and win.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan won’t seek reelection in 2021, creating a wide open race

Excerpt: The Emerald City will have a new Mayor by the end of 2021. Incumbent Jenny Durkan says she's decided not to seek a second term, and will instead focus on governing during her last year in office.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cities outside of King County powered Biden-Harris’ historic victory in Washington State

Excerpt: Read guest contributor McCauley Pugh's analysis of the 2020 Democratic ticket's strength in Washington State outside of King County, which is an ominous sign for the Republican Party.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (Nov. 30th — Dec. 4th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a groundbreaking bill to legalize cannabis at the federal level and Senate adoption of legislation to help people diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Loss of a presidential bellwether: For decades, Okanogan County telegraphed Washington’s allegiance in federal elections. Not anymore.

Excerpt: Okanogan County is now known as a solidly red, Republican bastion. But before that, it had nearly a hundred year run as Washington's bellwether county in presidential races, as Joel Connelly explains.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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