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Category Archives: Legislative Advocacy

Washington voters back phasing out odd year elections by a 2:1 margin, with 24% unsure

Excerpt: 52% of likely 2022 voters surveyed about two months ago said they either strongly or somewhat supported doing away with elections in odd-numbered years, while 24% were opposed and another 24% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 10th-14th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act and Senate confirmation of Gabriel Sanchez to serve as a judge on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Washingtonians overwhelmingly favor right to repair bill for electronics, NPI poll finds

Excerpt: 69% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI about two months ago said they were supportive of a bill introduced by Mia Gregerson (House Bill 1810) that aims to promote "the fair servicing and repair of digital electronic products in a safe, secure, reliable, and sustainable manner."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A majority of Washington voters are willing to raise vehicle fees by $10/year to fund ferries

Excerpt: 51% of likely 2022 voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling for NPI two months ago said they would support increasing the fees they pay annually to renew their vehicles' car tabs by ten dollars to provide Washington State Ferries with stable, dedicated funding. 44% said they were opposed, while 6% were not sure.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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2022 legislative session begins; four state senators report positive COVID-19 tests

Excerpt: The 2022 session is expected to run through March 10th, 2022, the last day allowed by the Washington State Constitution for a regular session in an even-numbered election year like the one we're in.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (January 3rd-7th)

Excerpt: The week's only major vote was Senate confirmation of Anne Witkowsky to serve as the State Department's assistant secretary for conflict and stabilization operations.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 13th-17th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House and Senate passage of legislation to raise the debt ceiling, a House contempt referral to the Justice Department concerning Mark Meadows, and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, including two to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (December 6th-10th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House and Senate passage of the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, House passage of the Protecting our Democracy Act and 2022 NDAA, and Senate confirmation of Jessica Rosenworcel to be FCC Chair.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (Nov 30th-Dec 3rd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House and Senate passage of the Further Extending Government Funding Act, Senate confirmation of a Biden Treasury nominee, and House passage of the Immunization Infrastructure Modernization Act.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (November 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Build Back Better Act and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees, including Chuck Sams, the first Native American to lead the National Park Service.
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House of Representatives approves historic Build Back Better Act, sending it to the Senate

Excerpt: At 6:44 AM Pacific on November 19th, 2021, by a vote of 220-213, the House adopted H.R. 5376, known as the Build Back Better Act, after Biden's campaign slogan, with all but one Democrat in favor and all Republicans opposed.
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Governor Jay Inslee appoints Steve Hobbs to be Washington’s next Secretary of State

Excerpt: Hobbs (D-44th District; Snohomish County) will take over on November 22nd from Republican Kim Wyman, the last Republican holding statewide office on the Left Coast, who is resigning on November 19th to take a job in the Biden administration.
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Yo, NYT! Washington’s tax code is definitely regressive, but the state’s Democratic leaders have actually been working on changing that

Excerpt: "Blue States, You're the Problem" certainly has excellent production values and slick visuals. The discussion, on the other hand, leaves a lot to be desired. The opinion video by the New York Times' Johnny Harris and Binyamin Appelbaum could have been so much better... deeper, richer, and more informative.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (November 1st-5th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Protect Older Job Applicants Act and designations of land for several tribes and Senate confirmation of several Biden nominees. The Senate also considered the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act, but it did not advance due to Republican opposition.
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