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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: February 2021

Twenty years after the Nisqually earthquake, seismic upgrades still needed across Cascadia

Excerpt: There is no question we've made some progress since the Nisqually quake traumatically reminded us that we live in a region that belongs to the Pacific Ring of Fire. Yet there is also a lot that remains to be done.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, Public Planning
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (February 22nd-27th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the American Rescue Plan and Senate confirmation of three Biden Cabinet nominees: Jennifer Granholm, Tom Vilsack, Linda Taylor-Greenfield.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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U.S. House passes Biden administration’s American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19

Excerpt: The vote on final passage was two hundred and nineteen to two hundred and twelve. All Republicans voted nay, and all but two Democrats voted aye. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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U.S. House passes sweeping wilderness protection bill that includes PNW’s Olympics

Excerpt: The Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act designates approximately 1.5 million acres of public land as wilderness and incorporates more than 1,200 river miles into the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Manka Dhingra’s “duty to intervene” police accountability bill gets State Senate approval

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5066 would require officers to intervene when they see a fellow offer engaging in excessive force. It would also require officers to report wrongdoing to their superiors.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy
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Ailing Fry’s Electronics is no more: Chain goes out of business after thirty-six years

Excerpt: The eclectic brick and mortar retailer, which was able to remain a going concern for years after the demise of competitors like Circuit City and CompUSA, has itself reached the end of the line after thirty-six years in business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances, Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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Kevin Mather’s departure from the Seattle Mariners was absolutely necessary

Excerpt: The ex-club president proved, repeatedly, that he doesn't have the qualities needed in a leader. It was absolutely necessary that the Mariners sever ties with him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Texas-sized politics of calamity: Disasters put a spotlight on elected officials’ negligence

Excerpt: Will the country wake up to the need for infrastructure modernization following the horrors in Texas, or will we see right-wing politicians escape responsibility and go on demonizing clean renewable energy?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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The airbrushing of the late Rush Limbaugh: A mocking, racist demagogue is depicted as shy, private, and “enormously generous”

Excerpt: For decades, Rush Limbaugh heaped abuse on people as a syndicated practitioner of hate speech. Now he's gone. His contemporaries in right wing media are now trying to memorialize a Rush who never existed.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Proposal to fund childcare with a capital gains tax advances in the Washington State Senate

Excerpt: In a historic vote, the Washington State Senate's Ways & Means Committee approved a progressive tax reform idea NPI has been championing for years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Tim Eyman concedes that judge’s sentence won’t keep him out of Washington politics

Excerpt: Eyman's convenient pivot away from **Help me -- Attorney General Bob Ferguson is trying to ban me from politics for life!** to **Full steam ahead -- nothing's gonna stop me** was entirely predictable.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Murray and Cantwell take up gavels in the Senate as heirs to Scoop and Maggie’s legacy

Excerpt: With Democrats now running Congress’ upper chamber again after over a half-decade of Republican control, each veteran senator chairs an influential Senate committee.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (February 8th-13th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the Senate's failure to convict Donald Trump of inciting an insurrection against the United States and confirmation of Denis McDonough to head the VA.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Despite Republicans’ depravity, Donald Trump is and shall always remain guilty of treason

Excerpt: Donald Trump is guilty. He may not have been convicted of his treachery by the requisite two-thirds of the Senate as the Constitution requires. But he did the crime and he will rightly be remembered by history as a criminal and a traitor. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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