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: April 2022

Documentary Review: In new Netflix series, Barack Obama exhorts viewers to “vote like the planet depends on it” — because it does

Excerpt: The five-part series features parks in Kenya and Indonesia, as if to mock years of attacks on Obama’s origins and childhood from wacko birds of the right.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Our Environment
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Initiative to cut taxes for the rich gets a ballot title: Judge picks AGO’s alternative version

Excerpt: I-1929, sponsored by Republican operative J. Vander Stoep, seeks to completely repeal Engrossed Second Substitute Bill 5096, approved in 2021 by the Washington State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jay Inslee.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden pitches plan to lower the cost of essential drugs at appearance in Auburn

Excerpt: The 46th President spoke not for the ages, but of years as a widowed parent of two little boys who could not afford childcare even as a U.S. Senator, as an aneurysm patient cared for by nurses.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Healthcare
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A look at President Biden’s Earth Day itinerary

Excerpt: It's not often that the President of the United States is here in our region for an occasion like Earth Day, but it's certainly fitting that he is. Here's an annotated look at his plans for the day, as announced by the White House press office.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Biden touches down at SeaTac, beginning state’s first presidential visit in six years

Excerpt: The President's itinerary includes a DNC fundraiser, an Earth Day event in Seward Park, and an Auburn appearance at Green River College to discuss lowering costs for American families.
Written by:Medhya Goel
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President Biden stops in Portland to tout Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

Excerpt: The United States is finally taking meaningful steps to address its painfully deep infrastructure deficit, President Joe Biden declared today to a supportive crowd in Portland during his first visit to the Beaver State as Commander-in-Chief. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Events, Public Planning
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President Biden is on his way to the great Pacific Northwest, travel pool says

Excerpt: The 46th President of the United States is on his way to Oregon and Washington State for his first official visit as Commander-in-Chief to both states, accompanied by a significant number of aides and advisors from the White House.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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White House shares more details for President Joe Biden’s upcoming PNW visit

Excerpt: At the daily White House press briefing, Press Secretary Jen Psaki made public an initial list of supporting speakers at Biden's official events and elaborated on the themes for each.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Transportation providers endanger health of traveling public in rush to abandon masking

Excerpt: The sudden policy shift, made with absolutely no regard for the potential adverse impacts on immunocompromised passengers, children, or those not wishing to travel in mask optional environments, is yet another development that will likely help prolong the pandemic -- with deadly and ominous consequences.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Planning
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Emily Alvarado, Leah Griffin vie to succeed Eileen Cody for open seat in deep blue 34th

Excerpt: The 34th LD, which includes West Seattle, Vashon Island, White Center, and parts of Burien, is one of the most reliably Democratic districts in the state, so Republicans are unlikely to even bother fielding a candidate. The general election is expected to be a runoff between two Democrats.
Written by:Medhya Goel
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Putin’s war in Ukraine isn’t going well, but with no free press to hold him accountable, public opinion isn’t turning against him

Excerpt: Former U.S. Representative Don Bonker explains how Russia's lack of a free press has allowed Vladimir Putin to manipulate public opinion in his favor even though Putin's murderous war in Ukraine isn't getting results for the Kremlin.
Written by:Don Bonker
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, World Commmunity
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President Joe Biden returning to the PNW for Earth Day, will stop in Portland and Seattle

Excerpt: This will be Biden's first trip to Washington and Oregon as President. Biden has already been to Idaho as President, stopping in Boise for a visit as part of another trip out west that he took last year. Biden was most recently in Seattle in 2019 during a pre-pandemic fundraising swing as part of his presidential campaign.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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King County Councilmember Girmay Zahilay to open NPI’s 2022 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: First elected in 2019 to represent the 2nd District, Councilmember Zahilay is an alum of Franklin High School Stanford, and the University of Pennsylvania who has a long track record of successful community organizing. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Way beyond political theater: Greg Abbott is hiking prices on Texans by choking commerce

Excerpt: Business leaders are furious that truck traffic across the border with Mexico has mostly ground to a halt due to the implementation of Abbott's scheme requiring trucks to be "inspected" by state level officials answerable to him.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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