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These were the most popular, widely-read Cascadia Advocate posts of 2022

Excerpt: As we bid adieu to 2022 and welcome in a new year, it's the perfect time to look back at the most popular Cascadia Advocate posts of 2022. Here's the top twenty most read posts from the past three hundred and sixty-four days, in descending order.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s tricolor logo gets a new, Cascadia-inspired palette: Meet “Forest & Mountains”

Excerpt: A new year has arrived, and with it a new look for NPI. Today, we’re unveil­ing a new iter­a­tion of our durable tri­col­or logo, using a palette inspired by the region we serve and love. Take a look: We call this palette “For­est & Moun­tains” because it was inspired by one of our favorite pho­tographs of Mount […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Browse with confidence: NPI’s core network now encrypting all visits by default

Excerpt: It seems like hard­ly a week goes by these days when we don’t hear about yet anoth­er data breach or new­ly-dis­cov­ered exploit in wide­ly used soft­ware. Bad neigh­bor­hoods have exist­ed on the Inter­net for a long time, but dan­ger now seems to present itself at every turn. There’s mal­ware lurk­ing all over the place, email […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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U.S. Representative Denny Heck to keynote NPI’s 2014 Spring Fundraising Gala

Excerpt: As of this evening, we are just sev­en­teen days away from our 2014 Spring Fundrais­ing Gala, which (as in past years!) will be tak­ing place in the heart of King Coun­ty at the Mer­cer Island Com­mu­ni­ty & Events Cen­ter. For the past few months, we’ve been busy orga­niz­ing the event and putting togeth­er a great […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Grandpa George Storm: 1915–2014

Excerpt: Sad news to share today: I’ve just learned that Grand­pa George Storm, the patri­arch of my moth­er’s fam­i­ly and the best sto­ry­teller I’ve ever known, died peace­ful­ly this morn­ing, before dawn. He was nine­ty-eight years old. My fam­i­ly and I had known this day was com­ing for some time — Grand­pa had been cop­ing with com­pli­ca­tions […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Robert Cruickshank elected president of the Northwest Progressive Institute for 2014

Excerpt: Spring has often been called the sea­son of renew­al, and we’ve always thought it’s as good of a time as any to recal­i­brate and reor­ga­nize. To that end, each March, before we file our year­ly report with the Sec­re­tary of State’s office, our board holds its annu­al meet­ing. The prin­ci­pal busi­ness of this meet­ing is […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI launches BallotGuide.info, a microsite that demystifies ballot measures

Excerpt: On behalf of the team at here at the North­west Pro­gres­sive Insti­tute, I’m pleased to announce this evening that we have launched BallotGuide.info, a new microsite designed to help pro­gres­sive vot­ers nav­i­gate the many mea­sures on the 2013 gen­er­al elec­tion bal­lot in Wash­ing­ton State. (Microsites, for those who don’t speak tech, are very small stand­alone web­sites […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Michael King’s embezzlement demonstrates why progressive and Democratic organizations need strong internal controls

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day, King Coun­ty pros­e­cu­tors charged Michael Wal­ter King, the for­mer exec­u­tive direc­tor of the now-defunct Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic Cam­paign Com­mit­tee (SDCC) with six counts of theft fol­low­ing a six month inves­ti­ga­tion, in which Seat­tle police found that King had stolen more than a quar­ter of a mil­lion dol­lars from the Sen­ate Demo­c­ra­t­ic cau­cus to fund his […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Pacific NW Portal 5.6 (Otter Rock) released

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team, I’m pleased to announce that we have com­plet­ed work  on a new release of Pacif­ic NW Por­tal – Ver­sion 5.6, code­named Otter Rock. Otter Rock is a main­te­nance release – the sixth in the New­port series. In oth­er words, there aren’t any new major fea­tures… just bug fix­es, updates to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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NPI’s (unconventional) newsgathering credo: Accuracy and context are more important than getting it first or getting it fast

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the third post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. I came to Wash­ing­ton in 1992, but I did­n’t become involved in pol­i­tics until 1999 when I […]
Written by:Ralph Gorin
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Ready for a new decade: NPI to begin its next ten years with a capable, committed board

Excerpt: Editor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the sec­ond post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members. NPI has come a long way in ten years.  I moved to Wash­ing­ton State in 1997, but […]
Written by:Martin Chaney
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From opposition to proposition: NPI is working to make the defeat of Tim Eyman’s initiative factory a beginning — not an end

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: This month and this week, NPI is cel­e­brat­ing its tenth anniver­sary. This is the inau­gur­al post in a sev­en-part series reflect­ing on NPI’s first decade. Each install­ment will be penned by one of NPI’s board members.  As I reflect on NPI’s tenth anniver­sary, I find myself think­ing back to where we were as […]
Written by:Robert Cruickshank
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Pacific NW Portal 5.5 (Waldport) released

Excerpt: On behalf of the NPI team, I’m pleased to announce that we have com­plet­ed work tonight on a new release of Pacif­ic NW Por­tal — Ver­sion 5.5, code­named Wald­port. Wald­port is a main­te­nance release – the fifth in the New­port series. In oth­er words, there aren’t any new major fea­tures… just bug fix­es, updates to the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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A point of personal privilege

Excerpt: As 2012 draws to an end and I head into my sec­ond decade as a pro­gres­sive activist, I want to take a moment to pub­licly say thanks to a num­ber of peo­ple who have helped me and helped NPI get to where it is today. First, thanks to every­one who sup­port­ed and donat­ed to NPI this year. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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