Most read posts of 2023
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As we bid adieu to 2023 and wel­come in 2024, it’s the per­fect time to look back at the most pop­u­lar Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate posts of the cal­en­dar year. Here’s the top twen­ty most read posts from the past three hun­dred and six­ty-four days, in descend­ing order. Note that some were pub­lished in years pre­ced­ing 2023.

#20 | Martin Luther King, Jr.: “One day the South will recognize its real heroes” 

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Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Mar­tin Luther King’s Let­ter From Birm­ing­ham Jail.

Pub­lished Jan­u­ary 21st, 2019

#19 | The Stranger versus PubliCola versus The Urbanist: Comparing their August 2023 Seattle City Council endorsements

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Read NPI’s analy­sis of the endorse­ments pub­lished by The Stranger, Pub­li­Co­la, and The Urban­ist for Seat­tle City Coun­cil in the August 2023 Top Two election.

Pub­lished July 25th, 2023

#18 | Marie Gluesenkamp Perez makes key staff hires and prepares to take office in January

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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.

Pub­lished Decem­ber 19th, 2022

#17 | Is Dave Reichert getting ready to run for governor in 2024? It sure looks that way

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For­mer Unit­ed States Rep­re­sen­ta­tive and King Coun­ty Sher­iff Dave Reichert, a Repub­li­can, appears to be on the verge of join­ing the increas­ing­ly crowd­ed field of can­di­dates run­ning for Gov­er­nor of Wash­ing­ton State next year, if recent state­ments from Repub­li­can state leg­is­la­tors are any indication.

Pub­lished June 27th, 2023

#16 | Attorney General Bob Ferguson leads 2024 WA gubernatorial field, new NPI poll confirms

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25% of 773 respon­dents inter­viewed June 7th and 8th for NPI said that they pre­ferred Fer­gu­son for Gov­er­nor. 17% said they favored Repub­li­can Raul Gar­cia. 10% say they’d vote for ultra MAGA Repub­li­can Semi Bird. 9% said they pre­ferred anoth­er Demo­c­ra­t­ic con­tender: Hilary Franz, the cur­rent Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands. Anoth­er 7% back a third Demo­c­ra­t­ic can­di­date, State Sen­a­tor Mark Mul­let. 33% were not sure.

Pub­lished June 9th, 2023

#15 | Right wing group “Let’s Go Washington” fails to qualify any of its 11 statewide initiatives 

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A right wing group formed and pri­mar­i­ly fund­ed by Repub­li­can donor Bri­an K. Hey­wood of Red­mond has admit­ted defeat in its efforts to qual­i­fy a batch of eleven right wing ini­tia­tives to the 2023 Wash­ing­ton State Legislature.

Pub­lished Jan­u­ary 4th, 2023

#14 | Time to worry about Snohomish County, too: Washington’s right wing frets about Sheriff Adam Fortney’s reelection prospects

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With less than one week to go until Gen­er­al Elec­tion Day 2023, there’s mount­ing evi­dence that local Repub­li­cans and right wing groups are grow­ing con­cerned that key races aren’t going to turn out in their favor, includ­ing a key sher­if­f’s race in Wash­ing­ton’s third largest county.

Pub­lished Novem­ber 1st, 2023

#13 | Turmoil inside the Let’s Go Washington paid signature drive: Brent Johnson pushed aside, while some petitioners have reportedly quit

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An ambi­tious effort to qual­i­fy six right wing ini­tia­tives to the 2024 Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture is strug­gling to get trac­tion with less than three months to go until the sig­na­ture sub­mis­sion dead­line arrives, NPI has learned.

Pub­lished Octo­ber 7th, 2023

#12 | Documentary Review: “Saving Capitalism” highlights an important truth about markets

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Read NPI’s review of for­mer Sec­re­tary of Labor Robert Reich’s new film about what hap­pened to our econ­o­my, now avail­able to stream on Netflix.

Pub­lished Decem­ber 16th, 2017

#11 | Joy Hollingsworth leads Alex Hudson for Seattle City Council District #3, NPI poll finds

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Seat­tle City Coun­cil hope­ful Joy Hollingsworth is the clear favorite in the close­ly-watched con­test to deter­mine a suc­ces­sor to out­go­ing Coun­cilmem­ber Kshama Sawant, a new North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute poll has found.

Pub­lished Novem­ber 3rd, 2023

#10 | White House announces Kamala Harris’ schedule for August 2023 Seattle trip

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The trip con­sists of an arrival, an offi­cial event that is open to pre­cre­den­tialed media, a brief­ing, a cam­paign recep­tion, and a departure.

Pub­lished August 14th, 2023

#9 | 2023 Washington State general election on track to join the worst turnouts of all time

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Here’s where vot­er turnout stands with twen­ty-four hours left to vote in the 2023 Wash­ing­ton State gen­er­al election.

Pub­lished Novem­ber 6th, 2023

#8 | Martin Luther King, Jr.: We have a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws

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Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Mar­tin Luther King’s Let­ter From Birm­ing­ham Jail.

Pub­lished Jan­u­ary 18th, 2016

#7 | The Seattle Times versus The Stranger: How their 2023 MLKC area endorsements compare

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With each paper’s set of endorse­ments now avail­able to scru­ti­nize, our team thought it would be inter­est­ing to do a com­par­i­son and see where the papers agree and dis­agree. You might think the papers would be far apart in their choic­es, and some­times they were… but not always!

Pub­lished Wednes­day, July 12th, 2023

#6 | Republican megadonor Brian Heywood opens his wallet to fund six-initiative signature drive

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A wealthy donor to the Wash­ing­ton State Repub­li­can Par­ty has begun fun­nel­ing seri­ous mon­ey into a sig­na­ture dri­ve that aims to qual­i­fy a slew of six right wing ini­tia­tives to the 2024 Wash­ing­ton State Leg­is­la­ture, reports filed this week with the Pub­lic Dis­clo­sure Com­mis­sion by his polit­i­cal com­mit­tee show.

Pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 15th, 2023

#5 | Bruce Dammeier (R), Bob Ferguson (D) lead hypothetical 2024 gubernatorial field in WA

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Should Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee decide against seek­ing an unprece­dent­ed fourth term, an NPI poll has found that Repub­li­can Pierce Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Bruce Dammeier and Demo­c­ra­t­ic Attor­ney Gen­er­al Bob Fer­gu­son would be the two lead­ing can­di­dates to suc­ceed him in a 2024 hypo­thet­i­cal field that also includ­ed King Coun­ty Exec­u­tive Dow Con­stan­tine (D) and Com­mis­sion­er of Pub­lic Lands Hilary Franz (D).

Pub­lished March 16th, 2023

#4 | Dori Monson: 1961–2022

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Long­time right wing talk radio host Dori Mon­son died sud­den­ly this week­end of an unspec­i­fied con­di­tion after being hos­pi­tal­ized, his employ­er Bon­neville Seat­tle announced on its web­site today. Mon­son was sixty-one.

Pub­lished Jan­u­ary 1st, 2023

#3 | Documentary Review: Robert Reich’s “Inequality for All” is an essential film

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Read NPI’s review of Inequal­i­ty For All, a film based on the work of pro­gres­sive thought leader and for­mer Sec­re­tary of Labor Robert Reich.

Pub­lished April 13th, 2019

#2 | Poll Watch: Thoughts on the New York Times / Siena College’s battleground state polling

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Read the NPI team’s thoughts on a set of polls com­mis­sioned by The New York Times that field­ed in bat­tle­ground states in Octo­ber of 2023, about one year before the home stretch of the 2024 pres­i­den­tial election.

Pub­lished Novem­ber 5th, 2023

#1 | Dave Reichert slightly ahead of Bob Ferguson in 2024 WA gubernatorial race, NPI poll finds

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46% of 700 like­ly 2024 Wash­ing­ton State vot­ers sur­veyed in mid-Novem­ber for the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute said they’d vote for Repub­li­can Dave Reichert if the elec­tion were being held today, while 44% said they would vote for Bob Fer­gu­son. 9% were not sure.

Pub­lished Novem­ber 16th, 2023

Honorable mention

This post was­n’t one of the twen­ty most-read, but is one of my favorites:

Repub­li­cans in Wash­ing­ton State can­not just ignore King Coun­ty and expect to win

Repub­li­can can­di­dates can win statewide, but that means they need to appeal to vot­ers in King Coun­ty, because, despite new par­ty chair­man Jim Wal­sh’s claims, there just are not enough votes in East­ern Wash­ing­ton to over­turn King County’s whims.

Pub­lished Sep­tem­ber 5th, 2023

NPI’s state and local elec­toral research remained a key draw. Pre­vi­ous­ly pub­lished reviews of Robert Reich doc­u­men­tary films con­tin­ued to draw a lot of inter­est, too. And our cov­er­age of “Let’s Go Wash­ing­ton” was also a mag­net for readers.

Thanks to every­one who read the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate this year. See you in 2024!

About the author

Andrew Villeneuve is the founder and executive director of the Northwest Progressive Institute, as well as the founder of NPI's sibling, the Northwest Progressive Foundation. He has worked to advance progressive causes for over two decades as a strategist, speaker, author, and organizer. Andrew is also a cybersecurity expert, a veteran facilitator, a delegate to the Washington State Democratic Central Committee, and a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps.

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