NPI's Cascadia Advocate

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: March 2022

Attack on Kyiv remains stalled, but other cities are suffering under Russian occupation

Excerpt: What's happening in Ukraine? This March 13th update discusses what we know about efforts to evacuate civilians, resupply the Ukrainian defenders, and impose penalties on Russia for Putin's war of aggression.
Written by:Rich Erwin
Categories:Breaking News, Series & Special Reports, World Commmunity
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (March 7th-11th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 2471), Senate passage of the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 3076), and House passage of the Suspending Energy Imports From Russia Act (H.R. 6968).
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Move Ahead Washington transportation package gets final legislative approval

Excerpt: The package's revenue bill passed 54-54 in the House and 29-20 in the Senate, while its appropriations bill passed 57-41 in the House and 30-19 in the Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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A majority of Washington State voters favor expanding the size of the U.S. Supreme Court

Excerpt: 50% of 700 likely 2022 voters surveyed last month for NPI by Public Policy Polling said they strongly or somewhat supported passing legislation to expand the Court, while 41% were strongly or somewhat opposed. 8% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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Trainspotting with NPI: Watch Link test trains roll through the Eastside on overhead power

Excerpt: Each clip in our Trainspotting series is less than two minutes long, and shows Kinkisharyo-made Sound Transit LRVs rolling along portions of the new East Link/Line 2 alignment using overhead power.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Redistricting Chair resigns as commissioners deadlock on intervening in federal lawsuit

Excerpt: At its March 7th meeting, the four member commission, which is evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans -- lost its nonvoting chair, Sarah Augustine, while the commissioners deadlocked on responding to a federal lawsuit that alleges the Voting Rights Act wasn't followed when the new maps were drawn.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Litigation, Party Politics
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Two NPI priority bills get concurrence and head to Governor Jay Inslee for signature

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5228 (providing flexible new revenue authority to Sound Transit) and House Bill 1630 (prohibiting the carrying of weapons at local government meetings and election sites) have completed their journey through the legislative process.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In arena after arena, Attorney General Bob Ferguson is getting results for Washington

Excerpt: The state's three-term chief legal officer has scored an impressive number of wins in a bevy of cases with big ramifications.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Ukrainian forces continue to grimly repel Vladimir Putin’s invaders as war drags on

Excerpt: This March 6th update discusses recent events in Ukraine, which had been under attack by Vladimir Putin Moscow-based regime for a week and a half as of press time.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (February 28th-March 4th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Emmett Till Antilynching Act and Honoring Our PACT Act along with Senate passage of two Republican-backed resolutions to sabotage America's response to COVID-19.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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VICTORY! Bill to grant new revenue authority to Sound Transit gets out of state House

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5528, which now returns to the Senate for concurrence, is prime sponsored by Senator Jamie Pedersen (D-43rd District: Seattle), and championed by Seattle Subway, The Urbanist, the Sierra Club's Cascade Chapter, Transportation Choices Coalition, NPI, and many other organizations.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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O’Rourke, Abbott advance in Texas primary; Cisneros and Cuellar head to runoff

Excerpt: This week's Texas 2022 midterm primary elections, held on Tuesday, March 1st, produced a few surprises amidst mostly expected results.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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VICTORY! School seismic safety grant bill clears state House; heads to Governor Inslee

Excerpt: Senate Bill 5933, one of NPI's top legislative priorities for 2022, received a unanimous vote of support in the House of Representatives on March 3rd, 2022, a few weeks after getting a unanimous vote in the Washington State Senate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Bill to add fiscal impact disclosures to state-level initiatives passes Washington’s Senate

Excerpt: By a vote of 26 to 22, the Senate approved House Bill 1876, which requires fiscal impact disclosures to be appended to ballot titles that would alter the state's finances.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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