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Offering commentary and analysis from Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, The Cascadia Advocate is the Northwest Progressive Institute's unconventional perspective on world, national, and local politics.

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Last Week (October 28th-31st) In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the adoption of rules for proceeding with the Trump impeachment inquiry and an unsuccessful attempt to block states from allowing the sale of junk health insurance plans.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Last Week (September 23–27) In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

Excerpt: The week's major votes included a stopgap budget bill, another pair of votes opposing Trump's fake emergency declaration, and in the House, legislation to protect migrant families.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Last Week (July 8th-12th) In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted

Excerpt: The week's major votes included a military budget (the NDAA), new rules for allocating green cards, and taking care of September 11th first responders.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Progressive Ideas We Need: Paid vacation leave as part of every job

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: Today and through­out this week­end, NPI is run­ning a spe­cial series here on the Cas­ca­dia Advo­cate called Pro­gres­sive Ideas We Need, high­light­ing pro­pos­als that would raise qual­i­ty of life in our region and in the Unit­ed States as a whole. Each post is con­tributed by an NPI staff, board, or advi­so­ry coun­cil mem­ber. […]
Written by:Gael Tarleton
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security
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Poll Watch: Jay Inslee holds sizable lead over Andy Hill and Bill Bryant, PPP finds

Excerpt: Respect­ed pub­lic opin­ion research firm Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Polling has just pub­lished the results of a poll it recent­ly con­duct­ed in Wash­ing­ton on 2016 races and vot­er atti­tudes towards back­ground checks on gun sales, mar­i­jua­na, and mar­riage free­dom. It finds that both Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee and Sen­a­tor Pat­ty Mur­ray are in excel­lent shape for reelec­tion, lead­ing […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Filing Week 2015: A look at who’s filed in key races as of Monday afternoon

Excerpt: Wel­come to Fil­ing Week 2015! Today through Fri­day, elec­tions offi­cials around the state will be accept­ing for­mal dec­la­ra­tions of can­di­da­cy from Wash­ing­to­ni­ans who have decid­ed they want to run for office at the local lev­el (and, in a cou­ple leg­isla­tive dis­tricts, the state lev­el). There are many impor­tant con­tests with­in King Coun­ty on the bal­lot […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2014

Excerpt: Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Supe­ri­or State Uni­ver­si­ty has released a thought­ful and humor­ous “List of Words Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­er­al Use­less­ness”. Here is the 2014 (and thir­ty-ninth annu­al) edi­tion, for your read­ing enjoy­ment: SELFIE — Has the hon­or of receiv­ing the most nom­i­na­tions this year. “Peo­ple have […]
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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B.C. Journal: A Tsawwassen sunset

Excerpt: One of the joys of trav­el­ing is unex­pect­ed­ly encoun­ter­ing a scene or land­scape that is so beau­ti­ful that it takes your breath away. That hap­pened to me last night as I was jour­ney­ing south towards the Unit­ed States-Cana­da bor­der. I decid­ed to detour off of High­way 99 into Lad­ner and Tsawwassen and came across this sight: […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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B.C. Journal: Liberals hold telephone town hall to connect supporters to leader Clark

Excerpt: With less than one hun­dred hours to go until the polls close in British Columbi­a’s 2013 provin­cial elec­tions, par­ty lead­ers Christy Clark and Adri­an Dix are keep­ing busy sched­ules. As I report­ed ear­li­er today, Adri­an is spend­ing most of his Sat­ur­day in the Van­cou­ver sub­urbs. He was in Coquit­lam this morn­ing for the pan­cake break­fast […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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B.C. Journal: David Eby says challenging Christy Clark is like running against “a ghost”

Excerpt: British Columbi­a’s New Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty (NDP) may be lead­ing in the polls ahead of this Tues­day’s provin­cial elec­tion, but in order to actu­al­ly assume pow­er and become the major­i­ty par­ty in the B.C. Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly, the NDP has to cap­ture at least half a dozen rid­ings cur­rent­ly rep­re­sent­ed by Lib­er­als or inde­pen­dents, plus hold onto […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Banished Words for 2013

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s note: This post was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished on Decem­ber 30th, 2012, and repub­lished on New Year’s Day 2013. Every year since 1976, Michigan’s Lake Supe­ri­or State Uni­ver­si­ty has released a thought­ful and humor­ous “List of Words Ban­ished from the Queen’s Eng­lish for Mis­use, Overuse and Gen­er­al Use­less­ness”. Here is the 2013 (and thir­ty-eighth annu­al) edi­tion, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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