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 2021

Read or watch the amazingly talented Amanda Gorman’s 2021 inaugural poem

Excerpt: If you did not get a chance to watch or listen to Gorman's stirring rendition of this beautiful composition, you can do so right now, right here.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Read or watch Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address

Excerpt: Read Joe Biden's inaugural address, delivered Janaury 20th, 2021 in front of the United States Capitol.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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We made it! Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been sworn in as America’s new leaders

Excerpt: We must and should commend ourselves for all we did to fight against all of the above and reach this moment. When you're going through hell, keep going, the old adage goes. And so we did.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden and the Salish Sea: Will cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline mean Alberta’s bitumen crude oil is headed to our waters?

Excerpt: Progressives will need to back the forty-sixth president, but make sure he will have our backs when it comes to safeguarding shared waters of the Salish Sea.  Our worries should be heard and considered at the highest level.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Secretary of State Kim Wyman is thinking of quitting the Republican Party. Great idea!

Excerpt: "I don't know that I can continue being a Republican, because that's not what republicanism is about," Wyman told KUOW.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Incoming Biden-Harris team signals it will avoid repeating many of Obama’s missteps

Excerpt: At this incredibly fraught and perilous moment in American history, we don't just need steady, compassionate governance -- we need savvy, capable leadership with a respect and appreciation for history and a willingness to learn from it.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government, Public Service
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Nonviolent direct action is what makes negotiation possible

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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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted on Donald Trump’s removal

Excerpt: How did United States Representatives from the Pacific Northwest vote on two resolutions seeking Donald Trump's removal? Find out in this edition of Last Week In Congress.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Loren Culp, Stephen Pidgeon scrap their absurd lawsuit against elections officials

Excerpt: In an attempt to explain their retreat, Culp and Pidgeon offered a plethora of excuses to their rabid right wing followers during a Facebook Live event, none of which were true.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Litigation
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NPI again urges Washington State Legislature to embrace equity with a capital gains tax

Excerpt: Voters in Washington State have told the Northwest Progressive Institute they support a capital gains tax on the wealthy for six years running. It's time to act.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican lawmakers are still harping about building access, even after attack on Capitol

Excerpt: So much for "Law and Order!" and respecting law enforcement. Once again, Republicans have proven that they are wholly unwilling to accept the rules and standards that they want to impose on everybody else.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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America’s wrong wing tries bevy of ploys to recover from the trashing of the U.S. Capitol

Excerpt: How does the right -- or, more accurately, wrong -- wing plan to regroup with President-elect Joe Biden assuming office?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Donald Trump has become the first person holding the presidency to be impeached twice

Excerpt: Voting two hundred and thirty-two to one hundred and ninety-seven, the House agreed to transmit a single new article of impeachment to the Senate. Every Democrat who participated in the vote backed the article, along with ten Republicans who crossed over.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jaime Herrera Beutler will be one of the Republicans voting to impeach Donald Trump

Excerpt: We still don't know how many Republicans will vote to impeach. But we do know that at least one from our region will be among their number, and that is Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents the 3rd Congressional District, spanning Southwest Washington.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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