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: January 2024

Nancy Bell Evans: 1933–2024

Excerpt: The former First Lady of Washington State went far beyond renovating a mansion, embracing a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions, and pursuing an array of interests and good works.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Writer E. Jean Carroll wins a huge judgment against Donald Trump for defamation

Excerpt: A nine-member Manhattan jury deliberated just three hours before attaching a price tag to defamatory remarks Trump made about a woman who accused him of sexual assault in the dressing room of a pricey New York department store.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Initiative 2124 (sabotaging the Washington Cares Fund) gets certified

Excerpt: Passage of Initiative 2124 would leave working Washingtonians without access to an affordable plan they can count on to provide them with money to pay for long-term care, including in-home care, when they need it. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Elections, Healthcare, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics
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Mass media examines Trump’s vulnerabilities in the wake of New Hampshire’s 2024 primary

Excerpt: The vote Tuesday showed cult-like Trump support from the hard right and evangelicals. But there is a ceiling to his support, and no particular wish to add on new floors.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Initiative 2111 (prohibiting fair taxation based on ability to pay) gets certified

Excerpt: Although Washington State does not currently levy an income tax, Initiative 2111 nevertheless seeks to prohibit the state and its localities from levying one.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New Hampshire results: Trump eclipses Haley, Biden wins primary as write-in candidate

Excerpt: The country seems headed for a replay of the 2020 presidential election, with Joe Biden seeking a second term and Donald Trump seeking revenge and reinstatement.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Initiative 2109 (repealing billions of dollars in education funding) gets certified

Excerpt: Initiative 2109 would eradicate nearly $900 million a year in funding from Washington’s K-12 schools, early learning, and childcare to give a tax cut to the very wealthiest Washingtonians.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ron DeSantis drops out of presidential sweepstakes and endorses Donald Trump

Excerpt: In an online video, DeSantis awkwardly confirmed speculation he's calling it quits after his much-hyped but extremely ineffective campaign flamed out in Iowa. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Survivors stage chain-in at the Washington State Capitol to call for end to child marriage

Excerpt: The demonstration drew attention to the need to pass legislation setting a minimum age of eighteen to marry in the Evergreen State.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy, Policy Topics, World Commmunity
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Reject Initiative 2113 to keep reasonable safeguards on police pursuits in place

Excerpt: In this guest essay for The Cascadia Advocate, Sonia Joseph and Martina Morris explain why Washington voters should reject Initiative 2113 this November.
Written by:Sonia Joseph and Martina Morris
Categories:Elections, Policy Topics, Public Planning
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Property tax reform must be a priority, NPI tells Senate Ways & Means Committee

Excerpt: Read NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve's prepared testimony in support of Senate Bill 5770, a long overdue effort to revisit Tim Eyman's Initiative 747, which is choking the life out of our essential public services.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Congress sends President Biden a new stopgap bill to keep federal government open

Excerpt: H.R. 2872, dubbed the Further Additional Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act, 2024, was sent to President Biden for signature after receiving affirmative votes in Congress on January 18th.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Initiative 2081 (jeopardizing student privacy) gets certified

Excerpt: Initiative 2081 would undermine the ability of youth to access gender affirming and reproductive care services through their schools, jeopardizing carefully crafted safe harbor policies.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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