NPI's Cascadia Advocate

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 In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 27th-31st)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of two bills to help childcare providers and Senate confirmation of Derek Tai-Ching Kan to the OMB.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (July 20th-24th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the Great American Outdoors Act and House/Senate passage of a major military appropriations bill.
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 29th-July 3rd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill and Patient Protection Act expansion plus the Senate's failure to endorse a total withdrawal from Afghanistan.
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COVID-19 Update: Pacific Northwest embraces mandatory mask directives

Excerpt: As British Columbia makes additional moves to reopen its economy, Washington has mandated the wearing of masks in public and Oregon has completed a special legislative session focusing on COVID-19 and police reform.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 22nd-26th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020 and a D.C. statehood bill, along with the failure of a Senate Republican policing reform proposal.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Jef­frey Robin­son on celebrating PRIDE during COVID-19

Excerpt: An LGBTQ+ Democratic Party leader shares his views on the importance and meaning of PRIDE during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Written by:Jef­frey Robin­son
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COVID-19 Update: States grapple with rise in new coronavirus cases in rural communities

Excerpt: Seeking to avoid squandering the hard won progress of the spring, Pacific Northwest governors and public health officials are exhorting and even ordering their constituents to wear masks.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 15th-19th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included passage of a landmark public lands funding bill and the confirmation of one of Mitch McConnell's protege to the D.C. Circuit Court.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Patti Dailey on adjusting to not going out during COVID-19

Excerpt: A Pierce County activist and public servant reflects on keeping up a strict physical distancing regimen to avoid contracting COVID-19.
Written by:Patti Dailey
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 8th-12th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the advancement of a major public lands funding bill and the confirmation of Charles Brown as U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Rituja Indapure on how COVID-19 has changed everyday life

Excerpt: One of NPI's Advisory Councilmembers describes her spring with the pandemic in a series of journal entries recorded at one month intervals.
Written by:Rituja Indapure
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COVID-19 Update: Food, transparency, and the fallout in our hardest hit communities

Excerpt: Food processing facilities remain a primary coronavirus outbreak nexus. We look at the fallout in that industry and highlight two areas within the Pacific Northwest hard hit by the pandemic in this installment of COVID-19 Update.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (June 1st-5th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the confirmation of Trump appointees to head the Voice of America and a new position, inspector general of COVID-19 relief funds.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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Scramble for the Senate: Can Democrats take out Maine’s Susan Collins with Sara Gideon?

Excerpt: The Pine Tree State is home to the last supposedly reasonable Republican senator in New England, but her votes for Brett Kavanaugh and the Republican tax scam have shown she's just an enabler of the Trump agenda.
Written by:Ruairi Vaughan
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