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: April 2021

The Biden-Harris administration is showing us that it gets the importance of reframing

Excerpt: Framing and reframing really matters to this administration. Consider the naming of Biden's three key proposals. The American Rescue Plan, the American Jobs Plan, and the American Families Plan are all simply and beautifully named. Accurate, memorable, and punchy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Open Government
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Joe Biden’s primetime address adeptly sought to relink U.S. to the idea of E Pluribus Unum

Excerpt: America's forty-sixth president is commendably seeking to restore faith in government, showing that the people of the United States can enable each other to realize their hopes and dreams.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Democratic State Senator Joe Nguyen launches campaign for King County Executive

Excerpt: Nguyen's entrance into the race had been expected: the first-term state senator, a rising star in the Democratic Party, has been reaching out to Democratic activists and progressive leaders for weeks to advise them of his intentions.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific Northwest congressional delegation to grow as Oregon gains sixth U.S. House seat

Excerpt: The United States Census Bureau has revealed that Oregon has experienced population growth sufficient to merit the allocation of a sixth congressional district, one more than the five it currently has.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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VICTORY! State Senate okays final version of capital gains tax bill, sending it to governor

Excerpt: NPI's top legislative priority, the levying of a capital gains tax on the wealthy, has finally left the Washington State Legislature after more than half a decade of discussion and consideration.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (April 19th-23rd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a D.C. statehood bill (H.R. 51) and Senate passage of the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act to protect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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State House of Representatives adopts conference report on capital gains tax bill

Excerpt: By a vote of fifty two to forty-four, the House of Representatives voted to adopt a final version of the bill (ESSB 5096) that was negotiated by a conference committee consisting of three state representatives and three state senators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: John Boehner laments his party’s mutation into a cult in new memoir

Excerpt: Read Joel Connelly's review of ex-Speaker John Boehner's memoir of his time in U.S. politics. Boehner resigned from the House in October of 2015, five years after assuming power.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Walter Mondale: 1928–2021

Excerpt: Read NPI's appreciation of the late Vice President Walter Mondale, a stalwart progressive leader from Minnesota, authored by Joel Connelly.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Appreciations & Remembrances
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (April 12th-16th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act and Senate confirmation of Wendy R. Sherman to the State Department and Gary Gensler as SEC Chair.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The wait is almost over: Northgate Link will make its debut on October 2nd, 2021

Excerpt: Sound Transit has set a date for the opening of the U District, Roosevelt, and Northgate light rail stations, which collectively make up the Northgate Link extension.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biden administration to the rescue! OMB halts sale of National Archives’ Seattle campus

Excerpt: The Office of Management and Budget, a key executive branch agency, has withdrawn its approval for the sale of the National Archives' Seattle campus, in a victory for the people and tribal communities of Cascadia.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Two Puget Sound bus rapid transit projects get a boost from the Biden administration

Excerpt: Two agencies will receive $100m in federal funds to expand Puget Sound's network of bus lines with frequent and high quality service.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Happy Easter 2021!

Excerpt: The Cascadia Advocate's annual Easter holiday news roundup for 2021, with messages from elected leaders and links to local Easter liturgical services.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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