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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: June 2022

Initiative 1922 won’t qualify for November ballot, Commit to Change Washington says

Excerpt: "We will not be moving forward to qualify Washington State Initiative Measure No. 1922 to the November 8th general election ballot," the campaign said. "Signature gathering proved more challenging and prohibitively expensive than projected."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections
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The dishonesty of the Dobbs majority

Excerpt: "More than a gutting of reproductive rights and women's rights, Dobbs is a breach of trust," attorney Cat Williams writes in this guest post for NPI's Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Cat Williams
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Litigation
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John Horgan, popular British Columbia premier, will leave province’s top job this fall

Excerpt: The popular British Columbia premier says he has some time left in him, but he can't make another multi-year commitment to continuing in the province's top job. The New Democrats remain in government and will be choosing a successor soon.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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King County Council sends even-year elections charter amendment to voters!

Excerpt: It's official: Voters across Martin Luther King Jr. County will get the opportunity in the fall of 2022 to decide whether the county ought to align elections for all of its offices in even-numbered years instead of electing many key positions in odd years.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Documentary Review: The Arctic — Our Last Great Wilderness is an immersive, stirring call to conserve one of Earth’s wildest places

Excerpt: Read NPI contributor Joel Connelly's review of a film created by Florian Schulz and the Campion Advocacy Fund that majestically makes the case for leaving the Arctic Refuge free from destructive activities like oil and petroleum gas drilling.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Media & Culture, Our Environment
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with State House hopeful Kristine Reeves

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with former State Representative Kristine Reeves, who hopes to return to the Legislature to work on causes like reproductive rights and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with U.S. Representative Kim Schrier

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with United States Representative Kim Schrier to discuss her price gouging bill and work on critical water infrastructure.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 20th-24th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional approval of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in both chambers, along with House passage of bills concerning cybersecurity and mental health. The Senate confirmed two Biden nominees.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Convention Conversations: NPI catches up with State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski

Excerpt: In this installment of NPI's limited podcast series, host Caya Berndt sits down with the Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party to discuss topics like the party's bid to be an early primary state.
Written by:Caya Berndt
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Patty Murray, Kim Schrier release new ads in wake of Alito court’s Dobbs decision

Excerpt: In the spots, Murray and Schrier speak directly to voters in a single take, emphasizing that they are unequivocally committed to reproductive rights, while noting that their opponents are not.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Elections, Healthcare
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Alito court overturns Roe v. Wade, allowing states to criminalize reproductive rights

Excerpt: In an extreme decision, the United States Supreme Court has gutted almost fifty years of precedent and removed recognition of an important right supported by a majority of Americans.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare
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After decades of inaction, U.S. Senate passes modest bipartisan gun safety package

Excerpt: "This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Kids in schools and communities will be safer because of it. The House of Representatives should promptly vote on this bipartisan bill and send it to my desk," said President Joe Biden.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marysville School District debates parental consent policy for clubs that opponents say would violate students’ rights

Excerpt: Right wing groups and conservative parents in the Marysville School District have been urging its school board to require parental consent for students to join clubs. The proposal is fiercely opposed by many students, student advocates, and progressive organizations.
Written by:Medhya Goel
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Education
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Sound Transit Board unanimously hires Julie Timm as its new Chief Executive Officer

Excerpt: “I am profoundly grateful to join the Sound Transit team’s work to transform lives across the Puget Sound region for generations to come," Timm said in a prepared statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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