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: June 2022

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
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Washingtonians remain supportive of a capital gains tax on the wealthy, despite right wing efforts to overturn ESSB 5096

Excerpt: 56% of 1,039 Washington voters interviewed from June 1st-2nd, 2022 expressed support for levying a capital gains tax on the wealthy after hearing a selection of arguments for and against it, while 37% expressed opposition. 7% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 13th-17th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Ocean Shipping Reform Act and Recovering America's Wildlife Act along with Senate passage of the Honoring our Pact Act.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Book Review: It Was Vulgar & It Was Beautiful relates how art helped combat AIDS

Excerpt: Lowery chronicles the art installations by the collective Gran Fury, including Kissing Doesn’t Kill and All People With Aids are Innocent, while also describing the tragic consequences AIDS was having on the members themselves.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
Categories:Healthcare, Media & Culture, Policy Topics, World Commmunity
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King County Council votes 7–2 to advance even-year elections charter amendment

Excerpt: Seven councilmembers voted to send Ordinance 2022-0180 out of committee with a "do pass" recommendation, teeing up a final vote in the Council on June 28th, while two councilmembers voted no.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State could hold one of the first 2024 Democratic presidential primaries

Excerpt: Two other states are also in the running for the western region's spot: Colorado and Nevada, which have voted Democratic for President for several consecutive cycles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Party Politics
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Bipartisan group of U.S. Senators announces deal to advance modest gun safety package

Excerpt: Considering that the Senate has done pretty much nothing to protect Americans from the scourge of gun violence for decades, this is indeed a breakthrough. It is far from enough, but it is a start... and we have to start somewhere.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics
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House Select Committee lays out definitive case that Trump incited January 6th attack

Excerpt: As summed up by Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming: “President Trump summoned the mob. President Trump assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Patty Murray urges Republicans to stop blocking gun safety bills in the U.S. Senate

Excerpt: Washington State has shown what can be accomplished even in the face of strident opposition from the gun lobby, but Congress has not, because Senate Republicans have sadly blocked any and all progress to date.
Written by:Alexa Moormeier
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Mark Funk admits that initiative to overturn capital gains tax on the wealthy is kaput

Excerpt: Initiative 1929, sponsored by former Dino Rossi adviser J. Vander Stoep, is dead and no effort will be made to organize an eleventh hour signature drive to qualify it for the November 2022 ballot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Most Washington voters strongly support a ban on military-style assault weapons

Excerpt: A majority of likely 2022 voters in Washington State support a ban on military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle, with over fifty percent expressing strong support, NPI's most recent statewide survey has found.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A growing number of likely 2022 voters favor continued Democratic control of the Washington State Legislature, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 51% of 1,039 likely voters said they preferred a Democratic-run State House and Senate Senate, while 42% said they'd rather have divided government with Republicans in control of the Legislature.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Jaime Herrera Beutler courts Democratic voters as 2022 Top Two election draws near

Excerpt: The thirty-second television spot being deployed by six-term Republican United States Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler echoes themes repeatedly used by Democratic candidates to spotlight health care costs, an issue which the Democrats in this state have owned since the 1990s.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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WA Democrats double their congressional generic ballot lead from six to twelve points

Excerpt: 51% of 1,039 likely 2022 voters interviewed last week for NPI by Public Policy Polling said they would vote for the Democratic candidate if the election were being held now, while 39% said they would vote for the Republican candidate. 10% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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