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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's uplifting perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Monthly Archives: February 2022

Donald Trump’s accounting firm Mazars USA severs ties, retracts financial statements

Excerpt: In addition to being ordered to testify under oath in a ruling issued today by State Supreme Court Judge Arthur F. Engoron along with two of his children -- a decision that his attorneys will no doubt promptly appeal -- Donald Trump lost the services of his longtime accounting firm, Mazars USA. 
Written by:Peter Orth
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Litigation, World Commmunity
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The occupation convoys plaguing Canada are a slick, foreign-funded attack on democracy

Excerpt: All told, more money has flowed toward the convoy protest than was given to Canada’s three major political parties in the last quarter of 2021. One percent of donors has accounted for twenty percent of the money donated.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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State Representative Laurie Dolan to retire from the Legislature after three terms

Excerpt: "I'll deeply miss working with my colleagues and constituents on issues ranging from education improvements to helping our hard-working State Employees, but this is a good time for me to step aside and spend more time with family," said Dolan.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Public Service
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U.S. gray wolves once again protected as an endangered species thanks to court ruling

Excerpt: U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Lee ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delisted the wolf based on analysis of just two core wolf populations and failed to provide a reasonable interpretation of the “significant portion of its range” standard.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Our Environment
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Washington State House of Representatives votes to protect workers, repeal BIAW’s I‑841

Excerpt: House Bill 1837 is simple: it gets rid of the restriction on the regulation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and ergonomics. The bill is so simple that it fits on two pages (with margins removed)
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Legislative Advocacy
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“Five alarm fire”: Tim Eyman beside himself after House passes key initiative reform bill

Excerpt: The convicted serial public disclosure law offender and notorious chair thief -- who is fond of sending out email missives that liberally utilize all caps -- is having a public meltdown over the Washington State House of Representatives' passage of House Bill 1876.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Legislative Advocacy
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (February 7th-11th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Postal Service Reform Act of 2022 and a continuing resolution to keep the federal government open, along with Senate confirmation of several D.C. judicial nominees.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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VICTORY! State House adopts bill to add fiscal impact disclosures to initiative ballot titles

Excerpt: By a vote of 54-44, the House voted to pass HB 1876, prime sponsored by Mia Gregerson, which is one of NPI's priority bills for 2022. This is truly a huge win for Washington voters that deserves to be celebrated. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democrats’ legislative wins won’t resonate unless they get better at framing, storytelling

Excerpt: Will the Democrats who advocated for Amtrak (only a handful of House Republicans voted “yea” on infrastructure) find a way to “sell” to the public what will be substantial improvements in public services?
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Party Politics, Public Planning
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February is Black History Month. It’s a good time to ask: What are you doing to make your community a better place for Black people?

Excerpt: In our fear, may we find purpose. May we leverage our collective pain and struggle to make ourselves and our communities better, Erin Jones writes.
Written by:Erin Jones
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, Guest Posts, Holidays
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COVID-19 Update: States, local governments consider drawdown of mask mandates

Excerpt: As the omicron wave begins to fade, states and local governments are considering changes to rules requiring the wearing of masks to protect against COVID-19.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Washington State Senate unanimously passes much needed school seismic safety grant bill

Excerpt: All forty-nine Washington State senators have voted to pass a bill that would establish a grant program to upgrade seismically vulnerable school buildings in Washington State, providing sorely needed funds to ensure our kids have safe facilities to learn in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education, National Defense
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February 2022 King County school levies are passing, except for one Riverview levy

Excerpt: Early February 2022 special election results are in here in Washington State's most populous county, and they look good for schools and essential public services almost across the board, with only a couple of exceptions. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democratic legislators unveil 2022 Move Ahead Washington transportation package

Excerpt: Negotiated by teams led by House Transportation Chair Jake Fey and Senate Transportation Chair Marko Liias, Move Ahead Washington would make substantial, billion-dollar multimodal investments in roads, bridges, ferries, and public transit over the next several years
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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