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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

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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, Public Planning
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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
Categories:Media & Culture
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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
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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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
Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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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
Categories:Legislative Advocacy, Series & Special Reports
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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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Bob Ferguson has done it again! Judge blocks plot to sell National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: “Today’s legal victory blocks the federal government’s unlawful plan to sell the Archives and scatter the DNA of our region thousands of miles away,” Washington's Attorney General said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Inside Tim Eyman’s profit machine: A cartoon guide to his many moneymaking schemes

Excerpt: To help people who are interested in Eyman's history understand it better, we've created a cartoon guide that explains the many different schemes Eyman has cooked up to rake in the Benjamins.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Judge punishes Tim Eyman for egregiously violating Washington’s public disclosure laws

Excerpt: Eyman must pay a $2.6 million fine and is now prohibited from flying solo as an officer of a political committee, Thurston County Superior Court Judge Dixon decreed. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Litigation
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As Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins, Republican senators seek to bail — despite being witnesses to the crime

Excerpt: A terrorist mob was sent by Donald Trump to attack the United States Capitol on January 6th. Republican senators are preparing to vote to acquit him anyway.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (February 1st-5th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of apprenticeships legislation, Senate confirmation of several Biden Cabinet nominees, and disciplinary action in the House against Marjorie Taylor Greene.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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