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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: January 2023

Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 23rd-27th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the NOTAM Improvement Act and the Chance to Compete Act, along with Senate confirmation of Brendan Owens to be the Defense Department's Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment.
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How sound data enabled NPI to anticipate a big Democratic victory in the 2022 midterms

Excerpt: This retrospective looks at NPI's 2021-2022 research and explains why, in January of 2022, we assessed that the 2022 midterms could be more like 2018 than 2010 or 2014.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Shasti Conrad unanimously elected the new Chair of the Washington State Democrats

Excerpt: Shasti Conrad, the former Chair of the King County Democrats, was chosen unanimously by the Washington State Democratic Committee (of which I am a member) to be the successor to Tina Podlodowski at its biennial reorganization meeting in Olympia, after running unopposed for the position.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S., Canadian officials act to rescue rainforests in Alaska and British Columbia

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially reinstated the Clinton-era National Roadless Rule in Southeast Alaska’s vast seventeen million-acre Tongass National Forest. On the other side of the border, British Columbia’s Premier David Eby announced protection of 75,000 hectares of the Incomappleux Valley.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Impressions from today’s oral arguments in right wing’s capital gains tax legal challenge

Excerpt: Here's what it was like to be in the courtroom for oral arguments in Quinn et al v. State of Washington et al, the right wing legal challenge to the constitutionality of our recently enacted capital gains tax on the wealthy.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles to retire from King County Council, public service

Excerpt: Two-term County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles has decided not to seek reelection and will retire from public service at the end of 2023, she announced in a letter to constituents and in a press release sent to the media.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Biden administration reportedly now willing to send U.S. made Abrams tanks to Ukraine

Excerpt: The U.S. has already agreed to provide Strykers and Bradleys to Ukraine. The Abrams is the final frontier with respect to what the U.S. can offer in terms of armored vehicles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI urges Senate to advance constitutional amendment to protect reproductive freedom

Excerpt: Read NPI's founder's remarks in support of Senate Joint Resolution 8202, a proposed constitutional amendment which declares that "the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom decisions."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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National, state Republicans file against voters in signature verification legal challenge

Excerpt: State and national Republicans are filing briefs in a lawsuit that seeks to end the error-filled signature verification process on Washington’s mail-in ballots. The suit they are intervening in alleges that thousands of valid votes get rejected and that rejections hit a disproportionate number of younger, Black, Latino/Latina and disabled voters.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Kshama Sawant joins Seattle City Council exodus; won’t seek reelection this year

Excerpt: In a guest editorial for The Stranger, Sawant said she will be focusing on launching a national political entity, "Workers Strike Back." 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI urges Legislature to enact a ban on military style assault weapons with HB 1240

Excerpt: Read NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve's written testimony in support of House Bill 1240, which would prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offer for sale of any assault weapon, subject to various exceptions for licensed firearm manufacturers and dealers, and for individuals who inherit an assault weapon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Joy Hollingsworth launches campaign for Seattle City Council in 3rd District

Excerpt: Speaking to a large crowd of energetic supporters at the MLK FAME Community Center, Hollingsworth explained that she's a practical, pragmatic progressive who believes in the power of public policy to improve lives.
Written by:Seth Boun
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We will reach the goal of freedom because that is America’s goal

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Holidays, Policy Topics
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 9th-13th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a Republican bill to roll back part of the Inflation Reduction Act and the adoption of several antiabortion resolutions pushed by Republicans.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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