NPI's Cascadia Advocate

Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate provides the Northwest Progressive Institute's uplifting perspective on world, national, and local politics.

Monthly Archives: September 2023

Shutdown averted: Surprising pundits, Congress adopts clean continuing resolution

Excerpt: To the astonishment of many pundits, who often lack imagination, Congress on September 30th voted to keep the federal government open and buy more time to pass a slew of longer-term appropriations bills.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Anti-Trump PAC finds that “Teflon Don” still has powerful bond with Republican voters

Excerpt: After producing more than forty television ads tested in twelve in-person focus groups and four online randomized controlled experiments, a well-funded PAC called Win It Back hasn't been able to find any really potent arguments against Donald Trump with Republican voters.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Republican rivals bash Trump and each other in party’s second 2024 presidential debate

Excerpt: Multiple voices shouted over one another and genuine dislikes emerged as seven Republican presidential hopefuls held their second debate tonight on party-aligned FNC at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. 
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Cory Booker, Patty Murray, Maria Cantwell join calls for Bob Menendez’s resignation

Excerpt: Menendez might feel that since he beat previous charges brought by the Department of Justice, he can do so again. But other Democrats aren't betting on him (nor should they).
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Take a look at the first general election ballot since 2011 to be free of Tim Eyman push polls

Excerpt: The 2023 general election will also be the first general election in more than a decade with no anti-tax disinformation at or near the top of the ballot in Washington State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Book Review: “What Are You Gonna Do About It?” presents the wisdom of Jolene Unsoeld

Excerpt: Read NPI contributor Joel Connelly's review of “What Are You Gonna Do About It? Stories of a Hopeless Meddler,” from Jolene Unsoeld, completed after her death by her son Krag Unsoeld.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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WGA, AMPTP reach tentative agreement to end lengthy 2023 writers’ strike

Excerpt: NPI congratulates the WGA (WGAW and WGAE) on reaching an agreement in principle with the studios that will hopefully ensure the future of the writing profession in the entertainment industry.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (September 18th-22nd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Native American Child Protection Act, the rejection of a Kevin McCarthy backed defense appropriations bill, and Senate confirmation of several military commanders.
Written by:Targeted News Service
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Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans can’t even agree on how to waste time anymore

Excerpt: They don't know what they want and lack a strategy for getting it, so, consequently, Republicans can't even agree on how to waste time anymore. Political theater is getting supplanted by utter chaos and paralysis.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On the campaign trail with the First Lady: Jill Biden greets kids and headlines another fundraising event on Mercer Island

Excerpt: Read NPI's report of First Lady Jill Biden's campaign fundraising stop in Mercer Island, Washington, on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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On the campaign trail with the First Lady: Get engaged early, Jill Biden tells guests at Biden Victory Fund reception in Shoreline

Excerpt: Read NPI's report of First Lady Jill Biden's campaign fundraising stop in Shoreline, Washington, on Friday, September 22nd, 2023.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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First Lady Jill Biden tours Seattle’s Fred Hutch campus, discusses Cancer Moonshot

Excerpt: Read NPI's recap of Dr. Jill Biden's visit to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and remarks in support of the Cancer Moonshot.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Seattle for multi-day September 2023 visit

Excerpt: Biden landed just after sunset at Boeing Field on a warm and lovely Pacific Northwest day. She was greeted by King County Executive Dow Constantine and then stepped into a waiting motorcade to head to her Seattle accommodations.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Canada’s TransMountain pipeline is turning into the WPPSS of the Great White North

Excerpt: The woolly mammoth went extinct in North America thousands of years ago, but a great white elephant is going to ground in British Columbia.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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