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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: August 2022

Representative Adam Smith to speak at NPI’s Nineteenth Anniversary Picnic (08/21)

Excerpt: Join us on Sunday, August 21st, 2022 to hear from Congressman Adam Smith, who will deliver the keynote address at our celebration of NPI's nineteenth anniversary.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 7th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included congressional adoption of the climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act as well as Senate confirmation of Constance J. Milstein to be the U.S. ambassador to Malta.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Inflation Reduction Act passes the U.S. House, heads to President Joe Biden’s desk

Excerpt: The historic climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act is one of the most consequential environmental bills ever enacted by Congress. It now heads to President Joe Biden to be signed into law.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment
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Seattle, TreePAC prevail over Master Builders in tree protection ordinance legal skirmish

Excerpt: Seattle Hearing Examiner Ryan Vancil rejected a challenge brought by the Master Builders of King and Snohomish counties to the city's determination that an update of its tree protection ordinance would not have would not have probable significant adverse impacts on the environment.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Kent stays ahead in sixth Top Two Count; Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes defeat

Excerpt: “Thank you, Southwest Washington, for entrusting me six times with the privilege of representing you in Congress," said Herrera Beutler. "Ever since I was first elected to this seat, I have done my very best to serve my home region and our country. Though my campaign came up short this time, I'm proud of all we've accomplished together for the place where I was raised and still call home."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Biden signs CHIPS and Science bill crafted by Washington’s own Maria Cantwell

Excerpt: Senator Cantwell does the grunt work of governing. She has repeatedly pulled progress out of a balky, divided body. She was able to get a Republican-controlled Senate to permanently authorize and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Teaming with Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska. On Tuesday, August 9th, she was right next to President Joe Biden as he signed into law a key bill she steered across the finish line to keep America technologically competitive.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Trump-endorsed Joe Kent overtakes Jaime Herrera Beutler for second place in WA-03

Excerpt: While Herrera Beutler's colleague Dan Newhouse looks set to go on to the general election in the neighboring 4th District, Herrera Beutler is now facing defeat and the end of her service in the United States House of Representatives. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A win for America! U.S. Senate passes climate and health focused Inflation Reduction Act

Excerpt: "Today, Senate Democrats sided with American families over special interests, voting to lower the cost of prescription drugs, health insurance, and everyday energy costs and reduce the deficit, while making the wealthiest corporations finally pay their fair share," said President Joe Biden in a special statement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (August 1st-5th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included Senate passage of the Honoring our PACT Act and the Senate's approval of Sweden and Finland's accession to NATO, along with confirmation of two Biden judicial nominees. Several House votes from the previous week are also included in this report.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Republicans’ dreams of flipping Washington State Legislature vanish in a puff of vapor

Excerpt: By embracing extremism, corruption, and vindictiveness at every turn for years, Republicans have destroyed their brand - especially in the suburbs - and paved the way for Washington's transformation into a state that is even more reliably Democratic, no matter what the political climate elsewhere might be. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Birds of a feather flock together: Dori Monson brings Tim Eyman on his show for a gripefest about Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Excerpt: Loathing Ferguson -- "the most dangerous politician in our state's history," to quote Monson -- is a shared pastime of both men.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Well, that’s embarrassing: Republicans won’t have a candidate for Washington Secretary of State listed on the general election ballot

Excerpt: With three counts now completed, it looks like Democratic incumbent Steve Hobbs will be facing unaffiliated candidate (and Pierce County Auditor) Julie Anderson this fall, leaving Republicans shut out of the final round for an office they continuously controlled from the 1950s until last year.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Reagan Dunn concedes defeat: Matt Larkin slated to face Kim Schrier in WA-08 this fall

Excerpt: The right wing Republican county councilmember's second consecutive bid for high office has ended in failure after a boastful beginning.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Patty Murray, Washington State Democrats celebrate a robust Top Two election showing

Excerpt: Washington State's senior senator demonstrated that she is on track for reelection, while three low-profile Democratic congressional candidates put up strong numbers in the state's Republican-controlled congressional districts. U.S. Representative Kim Schrier, meanwhile, is holding her own in a battleground district against a trio of Republican opponents.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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