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Monthly Archives: July 2022

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 25th-29th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional passage of the CHIPS and Science Act, along with the House's adoption of an assault weapons ban and the Senate's approval of water projects bill.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Casting your ballot in the coming midterms: A guide for college-bound Northwesterners

Excerpt: All aspiring voters must first join the rolls before they are eligible to cast a ballot. Here's what you need to do to be prepared to vote this summer and autumn. 
Written by:Medhya Goel
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Washington’s once sleepy special election for Secretary of State is now on the media’s radar

Excerpt: In the 2022 Top Two election, incumbent Steve Hobbs faces three Republicans -- Keith Wagoner, Mark Miloscia, and Bob Hagglund, along with Pierce County Auditor Julie Anderson, who is running as an independent, plus a conspiracy theorist, Tamborine Borrelli, an unaffiliated candidate named Kurtis Engle, and one other Democratic candidate, Marquez Tiggs, who is running without money or party support.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Trump’s Republicans to American families: Don’t count on us when the CHIPS are down!

Excerpt: After mostly voting against the CHIPS and Science Act, Republicans used their legislation blocking powers to hold up a bill to help veterans that they'd already previously voted for, while claiming their behavior had nothing to do with the Schumer-Manchin Inflation Reduction Act breakthrough.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Schumer, Manchin announce agreement on major climate and health focused budget bill

Excerpt: "This is the action the American people have been waiting for," President Joe Biden said in a statement. "This addresses the problems of today – high health care costs and overall inflation – as well as investments in our energy security for the future."  
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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There’s a better way to fight inflation, save jobs, and curb a recession: Create a Hamiltonian National Infrastructure Bank

Excerpt: This guest post from macro-economist Alphecca Muttardy discusses the need for legislation that could strengthen our economy and reduce our infrastructure deficit: H.R. 3339.
Written by:Alphecca Muttardy
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Pope Francis journeys to Alberta to apologize for “the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous peoples”

Excerpt: With his statements, the Pope answered a 2015 recommendation by Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called for accountability and apology for the “spiritual, cultural, emotional, physical and sexual abuse of First Nations, Inuit and Metis children from Catholic-run residential schools.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, World Commmunity
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COVID-19 Update: Novavax wins FDA approval; President Biden fights off BA.5

Excerpt: A new vaccine has been approved to protect Americans against COVID-19. Meanwhile, President Biden's personal physician is providing regular updates on his battle with COVID. The President is taking Paxlovid and isolating as he recovers from his bout with the virus.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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House votes to affirm right to contraception with Rodgers and Republicans in opposition

Excerpt: The Right to Contraception Act drew unanimous support from House Democrats. Opposition came from 195 House Republicans, led by Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington (5th District). Eight Republican lawmakers backed the measure while two Republicans voted “Present.”
Written by:Joel Connelly
Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics
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King County Elections says Republicans’ ballot drop box surveillance scheme is illegal

Excerpt: A scheme conceived by right wing activist Amber Krabach and her cronies on the now-disbanded King County Republican Party "Election Integrity Committee" to surveil drop boxes throughout the county is an illegal effort to intimidate voters, King County Elections Director Julie Wise says.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler vote against marriage equality in U.S. House

Excerpt: In a bipartisan 267-157 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 19th approved legislation that would codify same-sex marriage into federal law as well as repeal the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Poll Watch: Crosscut/Elway finds twenty point lead for Patty Murray and Democrats

Excerpt: For the second time in as many weeks, a new poll has been released that correlates NPI's recent statewide poll findings demonstrating that it's the Democratic Party that is heading into the midterms in Washington State with momentum and vote enthusiasm.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 11th-15th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the 2022 version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Steven Dettelbach to head the ATF.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Midterms marvel: Seattle Times endorses a Democratic-only slate in marquee races

Excerpt: In what may come as a pleasant surprise to the majority of its readers, The Seattle Times is recommending a Democratic-only slate of candidates in each of the marquee contests that's on the 2022 ballot. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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