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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: July 2021

PNWcurrents Episode II is live: This month, we look at our region’s response to COVID-19

Excerpt: Read the release announcement for the second episode of PNWcurrents, NPI's uniquely regional podcast. This episode features Dr. Hilary Godwin, Dr. Chunhuei Chi, and Dr. David Pate, who joined NPI's Caya Berndt to discuss our region's response to COVID-19.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Seattle polling recap: Most voters undecided, homelessness is their top 2021 concern

Excerpt: Ahead of Top Two Election Night 2021, it seems like a good time to circle back and take one final look at the Emerald City's electoral landscape before the last sprint to the finish.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bipartisan infrastructure bill advances in U.S. Senate, but still faces hurdles to passage

Excerpt: The compromise legislation, which has the support of the White House, is being hailed by the Biden-Harris administration as a groundbreaking set of investments in everything from bridges and broadband to mass transit and water pipes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment, Public Planning
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Bruce Harrell talks with NPI about his 2021 candidacy for Mayor of Seattle

Excerpt: Read a transcript of the conversation between NPI's Ruairi Vaughan and mayoral candidate Bruce Harrell, one of fifteen candidates vying to become Seattle's next elected executive in the 2021 cycle.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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Seattle Charter Amendment 29 has qualified to the November ballot, King County says

Excerpt: With the qualification threshold cleared (34,714 signatures were accepted, 33,060 were required), Charter Amendment 29 is now officially on the ballot. Seattle voters will decide its fate in November of 2021.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Select committee on January 6th attack gets to work, hears testimony from police officers

Excerpt: Over the course of three and a half hours, four officers told their horrifying stories, describing the violence abuse they suffered at the hands of Trump's terrorist mob.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, National Defense, World Commmunity
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Followers of Trump resist vaccination as delta variant unleashes fourth wave of COVID-19 pandemic — with deadly ramifications

Excerpt: For half a year, Joe Biden's predecessor has had an opportunity to bring on board his followers. He could do a service to his country, but instead he serves only himself, as usual. The ramifications are deadly.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Most voters favor Seattle Charter Amendment 29 (concerning homelessness) out of the gate

Excerpt: A July 2021 survey of Seattle voters commissioned by NPI finds Charter Amendment 29 in a healthy position, with 61% of voters likely to vote in the current Top Two election saying they favor the amendment. Just 23% are opposed, and another 16% said they were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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No surprise: Seattle voters’ top concern this election year is addressing homelessness

Excerpt: There is a strong desire for results over rhetoric. While respondents diverge on how to get there, they are in agreement that there needs to be action. What the city has done to date just isn't enough. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Oregon changes its ballot return policy to match Washington’s more voter-friendly laws

Excerpt: Beginning in 2022, Beaver State voters will be able to vote through the Postal Service and have their ballot count as long as it's postmarked by Election Day and received within seven days. That's a win for democracy and ballot access.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ready, fire, aim! NRCC ineptly tries to knock Kim Schrier for sponsoring NPI’s research

Excerpt: While it's not unusual for the NRCC to say bad things about Schrier, who they desperately want to defeat in 2022, this particular broadside was notable in that it also attacked NPI, and faulted Schrier for sponsoring our research!
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cascadia needs climate action: Mother Nature is not giving the Pacific Northwest a bye, and activism is not something we can mail in

Excerpt: We are living in a climate emergency. Grassroots activism is crucial to addressing that emergency. It must continue, and it must expand. But it also must be supported in our nation's capital with serious climate action.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Nikkita Oliver has a big early lead over Sara Nelson for Seattle City Council Position #9

Excerpt: Two very different candidates appear likely to move on to the November general election in the race to succeed mayoral hopeful Lorena González on the Seattle City Council this year, with one enjoying a rather big early lead over the other.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Teresa Mosqueda well ahead of Kate Martin for Seattle City Council #8 with most not sure

Excerpt: 26% of likely August 2021 Seattle voters said they were voting for Mosqueda, while 55% said they were not sure. The remaining respondents said either that they would not vote (3%) or picked one of Mosqueda's opponents, like Kate Martin.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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