Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 8


Associated Press
House votes to ban holding phones while driving (Farrell)
Senators seek return of protections for whistleblowers 
Port of Vancouver votes to extend oil terminal lease 
Oregon sees another strong year for wolf recovery 
Bill prohibiting Washington state income tax fails in Senate (Rolfes, Hobbs, Mullet)
Seattle’s tunneling machine Bertha back to work 
Washington House passes bill on I-5 bridge replacement (Wylie)
How GOP health care bill compares with Obama-era law
Lawyers for Seattle ‘dreamer’ again seek his release
Ex-state Rep. Helen Sommers dies; served in House 36 years (Carlyle)
House OKs bill to exempt some info about wolf attacks
U.S. to pay state’s costs, drop appeal on travel ban

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Tacoma approves interim rule to block expansion of immigration detention center 
4 Washington state firms interested in building Trump’s border wall 

Lobbyist to Vancouver leaders: Get ready to play defense
Inslee tours AbSci on Vancouver visit

The Daily News 
Opinion: A county administrator?
Anti-coal groups seek to defend state’s denial of Millennium aquatic lease
Northwest Innovation asks for revision in shoreline permit

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Washington Post Analysis: Massive tax cuts for the rich in the GOP health-care plan
Muhlstein: ‘I just want to be me,’ says Lake Stevens transgender teen
Editorial: Save EPA, but let state take lead on clean water rules

Federal Way Mirror 
30th District legislators to host town hall March 11
County councilman to host open house in Federal Way
King County has safe, convenient way to dispose of unwanted medicines
Miloscia seeks Department of Justice intervention in county heroin-injection plans

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
State’s oldest ferry sold

Kirkland Reporter 
Kirkland city councilmember Doreen Marchione to retire at end of 2017 term

Kitsap Daily News 
Rolfes bill: State retirement credit would not be interrupted by military service (Rolfes)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
‘A Day Without a Woman’: Strikes, rallies, political action
Sikh man is ‘getting back to normal,’ heartened by support

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Tacoma approves interim rule to block expansion of immigration detention center
Should state worker unions be allowed to donate to the governor’s campaign? GOP lawmakers say no (Ranker, Ormbsy)
Editorial: Information about JBLM water tests flows too slow

New York Times 
Hawaii Brings First Suit to Halt Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
Conservatives in Revolt Over G.O.P. Health Care Bill
U.S. Frees Visa-Holding Afghan Family It Detained for 4 Days
Obamacare Took Months to Craft; Repeal May Be Much Swifter
Opinion: How Republicans Plan to Ration Health Care
Opinion: No Wonder the Republicans Hid the Health Bill
Opinion: Why Republicans Can’t Do Health Care
Opinion: Gavin Grimm: The Fight for Transgender Rights Is Bigger Than Me

Olympian (subscription required) 
Senate Republicans fail to force vote on the governor’s capital gains tax (Nelson)
Trump acknowledges International Women’s Day – but not the Day Without A Woman strike
Conservative backlash threatens to sink new GOP health bill
Editorial: Trump’s new travel ban still needs scrutiny

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Military: Photo scandal victims describe pervasive problem
Republican health plan is a step backward that will cause chaos, Washington state leaders say

Redmond Reporter 
Padhye appointed and sworn in as new council member Tuesday evening

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Rep. Helen Sommers dies; she served in state House for 36 years (Cody, Carlyle)
Westneat: Fog clears on GOP health plan, and it’s not a pretty sight
Move to prohibit Washington state income tax fails (Rolfes, Hobbs, Mullet)
Boredom in Washington Legislature breeds a Twitter hashtag
Seattle evicting residents of filthy, ‘inhumane’ Sodo homeless camp ‘The Field’
Sen. Cantwell accuses Trump administration of unlawful action on coal-gas rule
WSU, UW look to strengthen their Spokane medical schools
Editorial: Who lives inside the tents? Use homeless survey to best focus spending
Opinion: Put diplomatic corps above politics

Seattle Weekly  
Fantasy A’s Strange Journey Through Seattle’s Housing Crisis
Don’t Like Poop In the Sound? Don’t Cut the EPA
Alive and Gigging: Seattle Seniors Face a Temp-Job Reality
Transit Supporters: Don’t Forget Why We Approved ST3 to Begin With

Skagit Valley Herald  
Letter: Inslee’s order puts our security at risk

Spokesman Review  
What would happen if every woman in Spokane went on strike Wednesday?
In first year of operation, Spokane’s school zone cameras net $1.2 million from speeders
Spokane Valley grandmother pushes for tougher Washington laws against using phones while driving
Spokane considers new misdemeanor penalty to combat car theft
Editorial: Take time to evaluate health care plan

USA Today 
Trump’s travel ban could have far-reaching consequences for presidential power
Health bill’s tax cuts worth $600 billion, mostly for corporations and the rich
Trump and team praises House health care bill but will work with critics

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Reducing absenteeism in schools must be a priority 
College tuition should be going down, not up

Washington Post 
Ryan downplays conservative backlash against health-care plan
What the proposed plan really means for taxes
How the GOP plan compares with Obamacare
To fund border wall, Trump administration weighs cuts to Coast Guard, airport security
Hawaii plans to sue to block new Trump travel ban
What Trump changed in the new travel ban
Whip count: Here’s where skeptical Republicans stand on the GOP’s Obamacare replacement
President Trump’s health-care plan probably would make health care pricier for core Trump voters
New anti-Obamacare ads conflate the exchanges with the entire health-care system
House GOP proposal to replace Obamacare sparks broad backlash
What does ‘repeal’ mean? The answer complicates the GOP’s health-care strategy.
Opinion: The House Republicans’ health-care bill is a thicket of bad incentives
Opinion: The Republican health-care plan’s top critics? Republicans.
Opinion: The Republican health-care bill is all about shortchanging the poor
Obamacare repeal guts crucial public health funds
Republicans’ ready-to-fail Obamacare replacement

Yakima Herald Republic  
Newhouse talks trade & immigration at private dinner; protesters want him to meet public for town hall
Senators seek return of protections for whistleblowers 


BNSF Settlement Could Stop Coal From Falling Off Railcars 
Oregon, Washington Lawmakers Eye Distracted Driving
Bill To Improve Students’ Mental Health Moves On In Washington Legislature (Ortiz-Self)
Profiling Bill Gets Support In Oregon Legislature
Public Clinics Fear Federal Cuts To Planned Parenthood Would Strand Patients
How Did We Get To 11 Million Unauthorized Immigrants?
Why A 106-Year-Old Event Is Still Relevant In 2017

Washington insurance chief has problems with GOP’s Obamacare replacement
Immigration case in Seattle pushes rights of ‘dreamers’
West Coast Energy Regulators Renew Pledge To Curb Carbon
Eerie parallels between 1907 Bellingham riots and anti-Sikh hate in 2017
Trump’s EPA cuts will drain cleanup programs for Puget Sound

NW Public Radio 
Bill To Improve Students’ Mental Health Moves On In Washington Legislature (Ortiz-Self)
Port Of Vancouver Extends Oil Terminal Lease
West Coast Energy Regulators Renew Pledge To Curb Carbon


Surprise! There is still a major pay gap in local tech
Can you hear me now? Legislature may help phone service (Carlyle, Hobbs, Chopp)
Activist, attorney Nikkita Oliver is running for mayor

Seattle P.I.
Brady Walkinshaw leaves politics to take on the Grist of journalism

Trump Administration withdraws appeal of federal court’s decision on travel ban