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: September 2021

Link’s arrival in Northgate is a good reminder that Seattle voters are keen on getting more neighborhoods connected to light rail

Excerpt: 76% of likely August 2021 Seattle voters surveyed support a new transit funding measure to connect more urban villages in the Emerald City with Link light rail, while a mere 19% are opposed.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Joe Biden touches down in Boise; visits National Interagency Fire Center

Excerpt: Today, Joe Biden made his first official visit to Cascadia as President of the United States of America, landing in Boise, Idaho to visit the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), which is located adjacent to Boise Air Teminal/Gowen Field. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Breaking News, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment, Public Planning
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Texas Republicans intend for SB 8 to be the template for gutting reproductive healthcare in the United States. It must not stand.

Excerpt: In this Cascadia Advocate guest post, Democratic leader Shasti Conrad breaks down the ramifications of Texas' discriminatory, freedom-denying Senate Bill 8, which Republicans in other states are already planning to mimic.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Twenty years, twenty reads: Reflecting on the September 11th attacks two decades later

Excerpt: This collection of twenty interesting, thought-provoking articles and columns brings the impact of the tragedy of September 11th into clear focus.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In memoriam, twenty years later

Excerpt: In honor of those who died that day, we’re republishing a poem that we post annually here on The Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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COVID-19 Update: President Biden unveils new plan to get more Americans vaccinated

Excerpt: Read about the more aggressive steps the federal government will be taking to get tens of millions of Americans vaccinated between now and mid-October 2021, and what Pacific Northwest states are currently doing to combat the virus.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Tim Eyman publicly pleads with wealthy right wingers for money to revive initiative factory

Excerpt: The notorious chair chief and serial public disclosure law offender is hoping some right wing billionaires will open up their checkbooks to allow him to qualify a measure to the 2022 Washington State ballot that would reverse all of the recent efforts to balance the state's tax code.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden will make his first stop as President in the Pacific Northwest next week

Excerpt: The President will be making a stop in Boise, Idaho at the National Interagency Fire Center as part of an western swing that will also include a stop in Denver, Colorado.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Public Service
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Incoming federal judges David Estudillo and Tana Lin will diversify and strengthen a federal bench that has spoken truth to power

Excerpt: President Joe Biden's nominees for the federal bench in the Western District of Washington are well prepared and suited to continue the state's rich history of federal jurisprudence.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Seattle voters eager for I‑5 to be modernized with seismic, accessibility improvements

Excerpt: Despite I-5's importance to Seattle, Washington, and the Pacific Northwest, it is falling apart. Decades of heavy use and inadequate maintenance have left the highway in increasingly bad shape. Voters in Seattle are enthusiastic about taking action to fix these problems.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s July 2021 survey of Seattle voters found deep support for JumpStart revenue plan

Excerpt: 67% of Seattle voters support Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda's JumpStart revenue ordinance, with 27% opposed and 6% not sure. That’s a margin of well over two-to-one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A lasting lesson in privacy, persuasion, and social justice: Remembering how abortion became legal in Washington State in 1970

Excerpt: What resonated with voters in this state a half-century ago is a blueprint for bolstering and protecting the right of choice from Washington to Washington, and even regressive places in between.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Court of Appeals rejects Compassion Seattle appeal, keeping Charter Amendment 29 off the November general election ballot

Excerpt: "While we are deeply disappointed, we will continue to share evidence that our amendment’s approach can make a necessary and noticeable difference for those living unsheltered in our parks and other public spaces," the coalition said.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Sarah Perry won Kathy Lambert’s precinct in the Top Two — here’s what that tells us about the coming general election battle for the 3rd

Excerpt: The 3rd has historically been Republican turf, but in recent years, its populous western side has been enthusiastically voting for Democratic candidates up and down the ballot, making it a prime Democratic pickup opportunity.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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