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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: May 2022

Tim Eyman again begs for some benefactors to step forth and revive his initiative business

Excerpt: Standing outside the Secretary of State's Elections Annex under a covered walkway, Eyman staged a repeat performance of the event he orchestrated last autumn, in which he made a similar public plea for rich right wing funders to pony up megabucks to allow him to run a new initiative to get rid of Washington State's new capital gains tax on the wealthy
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Reagan Dunn votes against reproductive rights as Democrats vow to make abortion care an issue in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: If you missed the movie “Twister,” watch what Dunn, who is challenging Representative Kim Schrier, says and does on reproductive rights. His mother, the late United States Representative Jennifer Dunn, who retired in 2004, was a Reagan Republican, but pro-choice.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Joe Manchin joins Republicans to defeat Women’s Health Protection Act in U.S. Senate

Excerpt: The bill, known as the Women's Health Protection Act, had been expected to get filibustered. Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer staged the vote anyway to put Republicans on record as opposed to reproductive rights
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Campaign to nix capital gains tax gets more money but hasn’t launched a signature drive

Excerpt: Despite having spent more than a quarter of a million dollars already, the Initiative 1929 campaign is still not yet in the field. It also hasn't taken the password protection off of the campaign website that a vendor was paid several thousand dollars to create. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Reagan Dunn and Jason Rantz are wrong: Moving county elections to even years won’t hurt public discourse at the local level

Excerpt: Read NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve's rebuttal to right wing arguments against the organization's proposal to switch elections for twelve King County positions to even-numbered years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 2nd-6th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate confirmation of three Biden nominees and the passage of multiple Republican-sponsored motions to instruct conferees on the negotiations for the America Competes Act.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Distract and distort: Republicans declare Alito Court the victim after anti-Roe draft leaks

Excerpt: The extreme right wing has moved quickly to distract and distort in the wake of Politico's publication of Samuel Alito's draft opinion holding that the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision was egregiously wrong.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Litigation
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Let’s amend the King County Charter to elect all county offices in even-numbered years

Excerpt: If adopted by the Council and ratified by voters this November, the amendment would eventually result in future elections for Executive, Assessor, Elections Director, and County Council being held in midterm and presidential cycles, rather than in odd-numbered years, as has been the case for many years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts admits that leaked Alito draft is authentic

Excerpt: A draft of a majority opinion overturning the United States Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision from 1973 and leaked to Politico is authentic, Chief Justice John Roberts has admitted in a statement released by the Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Draft of opinion overturning Roe v. Wade leaks out of the United States Supreme Court

Excerpt: Authored by Samuel Alito, one of George W. Bush's two Supreme Court appointees, the draft declares that "Roe was egregiously wrong from the start" and "the decision has had damaging consequences."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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