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: June 2021

United States Supreme Court upholds the Patient Protection Act for the *third* time

Excerpt: Republicans have spent the last few years packing the Supreme Court full of extremely right wing justices and they still haven't been able to knock down the Patient Protection Act with a legal challenge.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Healthcare, Litigation
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Bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday clears Congress; Biden to sign it tomorrow

Excerpt: Legislation that would make Juneteenth a federal holiday has cleared the United States Congress by an extremely lopsided margin, with only a few extremist, white supremacist House Republicans in opposition.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Holidays, Legislative Advocacy
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Deb Haaland recommends that Joe Biden restore national monuments gutted by Trump

Excerpt: The Interior Secretary is making a cultural and conservation case to President Biden: Restore national monuments in Utah and New England that were brutally and unilaterally cut by the Trump regime.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Meet the 2021 Seattle mayoral candidates: Nonprofit leader Colleen Echohawk

Excerpt: Colleen Echohawk hasn't held elected office before, but that could be an advantage in an election cycle where voters may be looking for candidates with other kinds of experience.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
Categories:Elections, Public Service
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Netanyahu dislodged: Israel finally gets a new government and a new prime minister

Excerpt: Netanyahu's ouster is an important moment for Israel. It demonstrates that, even though it may be in danger, just like U.S. democracy is, Israeli democracy remains alive.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, World Commmunity
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Biden reverses Trump again: Old growth trees in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest slated to be reprotected under Roadless Rule

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture will “repeal or replace” a decision that removed the Tongass from a Clinton-era Roadless Rule that had protected more than nine million acres of the 16.9 million-acre national forest.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Accountability! Oregon Legislature expels extremist, militant Republican Mike Nearman

Excerpt: Video footage from December 21st depicts Nearman opening the door to the closed, locked Capitol to allow an armed band of militant right wing extremists into the building. It was something that Nearman had planned on doing in advance.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Open Government
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Washington’s COVID-19 vaccination progress correlated by NPI’s May 2021 statewide poll

Excerpt: In our May 2021 likely Evergreen State 2022 voters, conducted from May 25th-26th for us by Public Policy Polling, 63% of respondents said that they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 37% had not.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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Housing advocates team up to help renters understand their recently expanded rights

Excerpt: Thanks to the Washington State Legislature, tenant protections were expanded during the 2021 legislative session. This post summarizes the new rights gained by renters, which were championed by housing advocates.
Written by:Emma Goolsby
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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The fight over Keystone XL is over: In a big win for our Earth, the pipeline won’t be built

Excerpt: Keystone XL represented an effort by extremely powerful, polluting interests to keep the United States and Canada wedded to fossil fuels, while increasing the profits of billionaires like the Koch brothers, who are already very wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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The Biden-Harris administration’s American Rescue Plan is popular with Washingtonians

Excerpt: 60% of nine hundred and ninety two likely 2022 Washington State voters surveyed late last month by Public Policy Polling said they supported the American Rescue Plan, while 32% were opposed and 8% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Announcements, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy
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Understanding Joe Manchin, the Democratic senator imperiling U.S. democracy’s future

Excerpt: Manchin clearly doesn't like what is happening to the country, but bewilderingly, it appears he only wants to take corrective action if the very people who are busy enabling the destruction of America's political norms are on board.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Open Government
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Donald Trump erects a tower of lies for the midterms and a bid to regain power in 2024

Excerpt: Trump is back. Expect a summer full of rallies, camp followers spouting Q-Anon nonsense, and Trump leaving the stage to ovations that would send Hitler to bed happy.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Judge Mary Roberts: Seattle’s JumpStart revenue ordinance is legal and constitutional

Excerpt: The City of Seattle has the legal authority to levy an excise tax on annual payrolls of $7 million or higher with employees who make $150,000 or more annually, a King County Superior Court judge has ruled.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Litigation
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