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.

Category Archives: Series & Special Reports

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
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy
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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
Other Categories:Legislative Advocacy
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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
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Healthcare, Public Service, World Commmunity
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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
Other Categories:Healthcare, World Commmunity
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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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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 25th-29th)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included House passage of a bill to patch the Paycheck Protection Program and transmission of a five-year extension of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to conference with the Senate.
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: NPI’s Bobby Aiyer on graduating high school during COVID-19

Excerpt: NPI's Transit Advocate writes about what it's like to be a senior during the 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic, which unexpectedly ended the Class of 2020's in-person learning.
Written by:Bobby Aiyer
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COVID-19 Update: Food, fraud, the homeless, strikes, the courts and miscalculations

Excerpt: In Washington, food processing plants are becoming hotspots for both disease and dissatisfaction, Oregon's Supreme Court has told a circuit court judge to explain at length why he thinks Governor Brown overstepped her authority, and Idaho is implementing a new plan for testing and tracking.
Written by:Rich Erwin
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Last Week In Congress: How Cascadia’s U.S. lawmakers voted (May 18th-22nd)

Excerpt: The week's major votes included the Mitch McConnell engineered confirmations of Trump nominees John Ratcliffe (to be DNI) and James Trainor (to the FEC).
Written by:Voterama in Congress
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The Pandemic is Personal: Ed Hodapp on staying at home in America’s wealthiest city

Excerpt: A Sammamish resident discusses what it's like to live with two other people who are also at higher than average risk from COVID-19 under one roof.
Written by:Ed Hodapp
Other Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Economic Security, Healthcare, World Commmunity
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