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Category Archives: Appreciations & Remembrances

Walter Mondale: 1928–2021

Excerpt: Read NPI's appreciation of the late Vice President Walter Mondale, a stalwart progressive leader from Minnesota, authored by Joel Connelly.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Ailing Fry’s Electronics is no more: Chain goes out of business after thirty-six years

Excerpt: The eclectic brick and mortar retailer, which was able to remain a going concern for years after the demise of competitors like Circuit City and CompUSA, has itself reached the end of the line after thirty-six years in business.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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WaPo’s Marty Baron retires: An appreciation for one who confronted power with truth

Excerpt: The Marty Barons of this world are essential to an informed citizenry. As the Washington Post put it in a motto adopted under Baron: Democracy dies in darkness.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Congratulations to NPI’s Gael Tarleton on concluding thirteen years of public service

Excerpt: As NPI's longest serving boardmember prepares to leave public office, we took a look back at her remarkable career and greatest accomplishments.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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Jay Pearson, 1948–2020: Mellow manager of Democrats’ victories and comebacks helped build Washington’s governing party

Excerpt: Read NPI contributor Joel Connelly's celebration of the life and accomplishments of Jay Pearson, who for decades worked to help elect Democrats and empower them to govern well once in office.
Written by:Joel Connelly
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Read tributes to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg from national and regional leaders

Excerpt: A collection of statements from senators, governors, nonprofit leaders, and former presidents honoring and celebrating the life of one of the greatest Supreme Court Justices in U.S. history.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933–2020

Excerpt: Read the Northwest Progressive Institute's obituary of a true legend, one of the finest people ever to serve our country as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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John Lewis: 1940–2020

Excerpt: There are few people in American history who lived their lives as courageously and conscientiously as Georgia's best known member of Congress.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Priscilla O’Leary: 1958–2018

Excerpt: On November 4th, 2018, NPI lost one of its strongest supporters: Priscilla O'Leary. Read about Priscilla's life and her contributions to progressive causes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In memoriam, sixteen years later

Excerpt: In honor of those who died in the September 11th attacks, we're republishing a poem that we post annually here on The Cascadia Advocate.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Cecil Andrus: 1931–2017

Excerpt: For­mer Demo­c­ra­t­ic Ida­ho Gov­er­nor and Unit­ed States Inte­ri­or Sec­re­tary Cecil Andrus, a pil­lar in the con­ser­va­tion move­ment, has died of com­pli­ca­tions of lung can­cer, his daugh­ter Tra­cy con­firmed this morn­ing. He was eighty-five. Andrus lived a ful­fill­ing life and leaves behind a lega­cy worth appre­ci­at­ing. Raised in Ore­gon, he lat­er moved to Ida­ho and became […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Andy Hill: 1962–2016

Excerpt: A key fig­ure in the Wash­ing­ton State Sen­ate’s Repub­li­can cau­cus has died after bat­tling a recur­rence of lung can­cer, his col­leagues and fam­i­ly divulged today. Sen­a­tor Andy Hill (R‑45th Dis­trict: Red­mond, Kirk­land, Sam­mamish, Wood­inville, Duvall) has been the Sen­ate’s chief bud­get writer since late 2012. He assumed the chair­man­ship of the Sen­ate Ways & Means […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frankie’s Pizza and Pasta closing after over two decades in Redmond: An appreciation

Excerpt: At the end of next week, one of the most beloved restau­rants in NPI’s home­town of Red­mond will be going out of busi­ness after a twen­ty-three year run in the heart of the city’s com­mer­cial dis­trict — to the dis­may of many cur­rent and for­mer residents. Frankie’s Piz­za & Pas­ta has been a fix­ture on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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In memoriam, fifteen years later

Excerpt: Today is the fif­teenth anniver­sary of the Sep­tem­ber 11th attacks, which destroyed New York’s World Trade Cen­ter, dam­aged the Pen­ta­gon, and claimed the lives of thou­sands of inno­cent Amer­i­cans. In hon­or of those who died that day, we’re repub­lish­ing a poem that we post annu­al­ly here on The Cas­ca­dia Advocate. Two thou­sand one, nine eleven […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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