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: March 2021

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 22nd-26th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate passage of a bill to extend the Paycheck Protection Program and the confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Martin Walsh as Secretary of Labor.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Michigan Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II to speak at NPI’s 2021 Virtual Spring Gala

Excerpt: The Northwest Progressive Institute team is delighted to share that one of our alumni will be the featured speaker at our April 10th, 2021 Virtual Spring Fundraising Gala.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Meet the 2021 Seattle mayoral candidates: Councilmember Lorena González

Excerpt: In this installment of our series spotlighting the people running for mayor of Seattle, we get to know Lorena González, who has a record of activism going back to her childhood.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Book Review: In the U.S., the desire to “Break It Up” is more American than America itself

Excerpt: Read NPI's review of Break It Up by Richard Kreitner (Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America's Imperfect Union).
Written by:David A Johnson
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and Senate confirmation of Deb Haaland and Xavier Becerra to Cabinet positions, along with House passage of legislation to protect Dreamers and new Americans.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The American Rescue Plan: An opportunity to scrap Reaganomics and government bashing

Excerpt: It's time to show the country that governments works, while keeping Republicans from gobbling up credit for what they voted against.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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Video: Toshiko Hasegawa on standing up to hate during tremendously challenging times

Excerpt: Watch a video highlight from NPI's 2020 Spring Fundraising Gala featuring Toshiko Hasegawa, Executive Director of the Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 8th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the House's final passage of the American Rescue Plan and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, as well as House approval of labor rights and gun responsibility bills.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Amtrak restores daily service on long distance routes thanks to the American Rescue Plan

Excerpt: “Offering daily long distance service represents a vital step in our road to recovery,” said Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn in a statement. “Recognizing the immense value of our employees, we’d like to thank Congress for enabling service restoration and helping us recall furloughed employees.”
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Relief on the way: U.S. House sends American Rescue Plan to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: This historic bill is a life-changer that will help hundreds of millions of Americans recover from the coronavirus pandemic and build better lives.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Mike McQuaid pulls the plug on challenge to Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda

Excerpt: Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's sole challenger for Council Position 8 has dropped out after revelations of a criminal past.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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A reckoning for ticket-splitters: Can you vote for any Republican who sticks with Trump?

Excerpt: The Republican Party has become a cult that adores an unaccountable sociopath. Perhaps the time has come for a new center-right political party rooted in conservative values.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Party Politics
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With revenue declining and costs increasing, Sound Transit lobbies for state and federal aid

Excerpt: The COVID-19 recession economy hit Sound Transit's finances hard. How bad is it, and how will the Puget Sound region's transit development be affected?
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Nicole Macri’s just cause eviction bill gets approved by the Washington State House

Excerpt: ESHB 1236 would require landlords to give a reason before they can evict a tenant, and also ensure tenants have enough time to find new housing before they have to be out.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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