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

Category Archives: Policy Topics

U.S., Canadian officials act to rescue rainforests in Alaska and British Columbia

Excerpt: The U.S. Department of Agriculture officially reinstated the Clinton-era National Roadless Rule in Southeast Alaska’s vast seventeen million-acre Tongass National Forest. On the other side of the border, British Columbia’s Premier David Eby announced protection of 75,000 hectares of the Incomappleux Valley.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Our Environment
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Biden administration reportedly now willing to send U.S. made Abrams tanks to Ukraine

Excerpt: The U.S. has already agreed to provide Strykers and Bradleys to Ukraine. The Abrams is the final frontier with respect to what the U.S. can offer in terms of armored vehicles.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:National Defense, World Commmunity
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NPI urges Senate to advance constitutional amendment to protect reproductive freedom

Excerpt: Read NPI's founder's remarks in support of Senate Joint Resolution 8202, a proposed constitutional amendment which declares that "the state shall not deny or interfere with an individual's reproductive freedom decisions."
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Legislative Advocacy
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NPI urges Legislature to enact a ban on military style assault weapons with HB 1240

Excerpt: Read NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve's written testimony in support of House Bill 1240, which would prohibit the manufacture, importation, distribution, sale, or offer for sale of any assault weapon, subject to various exceptions for licensed firearm manufacturers and dealers, and for individuals who inherit an assault weapon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: We will reach the goal of freedom because that is America’s goal

Excerpt: Take a few moments to read this excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties, Holidays
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Amtrak will restore a second daily round trip between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C.

Excerpt: Amtrak will restore a second daily round-trip train service between Seattle and Vancouver, B.C., as of March 7th, and promises to boost daily trips between Seattle and Portland from four to six come fall, according to a letter sent to the transportation departments of Washington and Oregon.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Public Planning
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Mr. Zelenskyy goes to Washington: D.C. offers a warm welcome to the President of Ukraine

Excerpt: Making his first trip abroad since the escalation of the war Putin began many years ago in an attempt to gobble up Ukrainian territory and weaken the second largest country in Europe, Zelenskyy explained in a series of appearances that Ukraine is fighting against autocracy and oppression on behalf of the entire free world and needs all of the help that it can get from allies like the United States. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:World Commmunity
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House Republicans vow to “unleash American energy” as big oil pipeline spill hits Kansas

Excerpt: The pipeline, owned by TC Energy, carries up to 600,000 barrels a day of heavy oil from the tar stands of northern Alberta to Cumberland, Oklahoma. This isn't the first time it has ruptured.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Our Environment
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President Joe Biden signs Respect for Marriage Act into law at the White House

Excerpt: With the stroke of a pen, the discriminatory "Defense of Marriage" Act from the 1990s was finally repealed and the right wing Supreme Court put on notice that this country won't stand for the overturning the landmark Obergefell decision. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Civil Liberties
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2022 Republican electoral losses and Trump legal defeats spur ultra MAGA infighting

Excerpt: The hard right has taken a hard drubbing of late. Its election deniers were denied wins from seats in legislatures, to secretary of state races, to contests for the Senate. That's led to unexpected recriminations.
Written by:Joel Connelly
Other Categories:Elections, Open Government
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U.S. Senate Republicans use chamber’s undemocratic sixty-vote threshold to deny railroad workers sick leave they need

Excerpt: Senate Republicans used the chamber's undemocratic sixty vote threshold to nix a concurrent resolution in Congress to require paid sick leave for railroad workers. Democratic and independent senators voted for it, but most Republicans withheld their votes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Economic Security
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U.S. House votes to adopt railroad labor agreement plus provide workers sick leave

Excerpt: If the Senate signs off on the proposed modification to the labor agreement, President Biden could sign the new terms into law and obligate railroads to provide sick leave to their workers, which they should have simply agreed to do in the first place in negotiations, obviating the need for congressional intervention.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Other Categories:Economic Security
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Respect for Marriage Act wins final passage in the U.S. Senate; returns to U.S. House

Excerpt: “Nobody should face the gut-wrenching pit in their stomach with the possibility that some politically motivated Supreme Court justices might suddenly tell them that their marriage is no longer recognized," said Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Net pen aquaculture in Washington’s waters must end, Commissioner Hilary Franz orders

Excerpt: "We, as a state, are going to do better by our salmon, by our fishermen, and by our tribes," said Washington's Commissioner of Public Lands. "Commercial finfish farming is detrimental to salmon, orcas and marine habitat."
Written by:Diane Jones
Other Categories:Our Environment
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