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Monthly Archives: December 2022

These were the most popular, widely-read Cascadia Advocate posts of 2022

Excerpt: As we bid adieu to 2022 and welcome in a new year, it's the perfect time to look back at the most popular Cascadia Advocate posts of 2022. Here's the top twenty most read posts from the past three hundred and sixty-four days, in descending order.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NYT admits its midterms coverage was wrongly wedded to a “red wave” narrative

Excerpt: "Not for the first time, a warped understanding of the contours of a national election had come to dominate the views of political operatives, donors, journalists and, in some cases, the candidates themselves," the story penned by the trio of Jim Rutenberg, Ken Bensinger, and Steve Eder acknowledged.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ranking and ready to chair: Rick Larsen is set to be the top Democrat on the U.S. House’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Excerpt: Larsen will succeed outgoing committee chairman, Oregon’s Representative Peter DeFazio, who is retiring after serving thirty-six years in Congress. He beat out D.C.'s Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton for the committee's top Democratic spot. Larsen has served as chairman of the panel’s Aviation Subcommittee.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Mr. Zelenskyy goes to Washington: D.C. offers a warm welcome to the President of Ukraine

Excerpt: Making his first trip abroad since the escalation of the war Putin began many years ago in an attempt to gobble up Ukrainian territory and weaken the second largest country in Europe, Zelenskyy explained in a series of appearances that Ukraine is fighting against autocracy and oppression on behalf of the entire free world and needs all of the help that it can get from allies like the United States. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joe Kent belatedly concedes to Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in Washington’s 3rd

Excerpt: "I promised during the campaign that I would accept the outcome of the election, now definitively determined as the recount has concluded," Kent said in a statement issued today by his campaign. "This morning, I called my opponent to concede and offer my congratulations on her victory." 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Democrats choose the PNW’s own Suzan DelBene as the next DCCC chair

Excerpt: The DCCC, the arm of the House Democratic caucus responsible for candidate recruitment, candidate support, and electioneering operations against Republican candidates, will be focused on trying to reclaim a majority in 2024 after Republicans narrowly flipped control of the chamber in the midterms.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Democrats champion “porcupine” strategy to keep Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in Congress

Excerpt: Gluesenkamp Perez faces an overarching task. She needs to secure reelection to continue representing Southwest Washington. Upset winners have targets on their backs when they seek a second term. Being proactive is the key to survival.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez’s victory confirmed, recount requested by Joe Kent changes little

Excerpt: The recount, which involved seven counties, added five votes to Kent's tally and nine votes to Gluesenkamp Perez's tally. At certification, Democrat Gluesenkamp Perez led by 2,629 votes out of 319,759 total votes cast in the district.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Marie Gluesenkamp Perez makes key staff hires and prepares to take office in January

Excerpt: Having prevailed over ultra MAGA Republican Joe Kent in the contest for U.S. Representative in Washington's 3rd, just as NPI's research showed she could, Gluesenkamp Perez is now getting ready to take office on January 3rd.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Washington State House Democrats set committee assignments for 2023 session

Excerpt: Several committees have been given new names and scopes, and several have new chairs. The membership of most committees has also changed in the wake of retirements and the election of new members to the House.  Here's a summary of those changes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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House Republicans vow to “unleash American energy” as big oil pipeline spill hits Kansas

Excerpt: The pipeline, owned by TC Energy, carries up to 600,000 barrels a day of heavy oil from the tar stands of northern Alberta to Cumberland, Oklahoma. This isn't the first time it has ruptured.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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President Joe Biden signs Respect for Marriage Act into law at the White House

Excerpt: With the stroke of a pen, the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage" Act from the 1990s was finally repealed and the right wing Supreme Court put on notice that this country won't stand for the overturning the landmark Obergefell decision. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Councilmember Dave Upthegrove will be the 2023 Chair of the King County Council

Excerpt: “My priority will be to support and strengthen our democratic institutions and demonstrate that democracy can work,” Upthegrove said in a statement published by the Council. “Our guiding value will be respect. This means respect for one another, for our exceptional staff, and for the people we serve.”
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 5th-9th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House final passage of the Respect for Marriage Act and Senate confirmation of more than half a dozen of President Biden's judicial nominees.
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