Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, March 14


Associated Press
City sues drugmaker for letting OxyContin flood black market 
2 Oregon bills aim to prevent or mitigate oil-train disaster
New bill could force heroin and opioid users into treatment 
WA governor says health care analysis confirms worst fears 
The Latest: Group of states support Hawaii’s travel ban suit 
Washington and 6 other states aim to block Trump travel ban
Landslide disrupts southwestern Washington Amtrak services

Aberdeen Daily World  
City makes pitch for county to take on Gateway Center
Oped: I got out of my bubble and really listened to a Trump supporter
Oped: Trumpcare: Is this what populism looks like?
Letter: Supports Wild Olympics
Letter: Include Hoquiam Library in capital budget

Bainbridge Island Review 
Senator Murray on Trumpcare: Millions to lose coverage, premiums will spike, Medicaid will be gutted
Attorney General Ferguson asks for new court hearing on Trump travel ban; California seeks to join lawsuit
WMS student serves as page in Washington State Senate (Rolfes)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
As the water level rises, so does the cost of living on the coast 

In Our View: Mitigating Homelessness

The Daily News 
Castle Rock: Brewing economic development through quality of place
OPINION: Give interior secretary with a Western perspective a chance

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Temporary levy solution creates new problems for schools (Rolfes)
Future of trade discussed at gathering in Seattle
Talk of taxes and unions: Prelude to a political season (Rolfes)
Robinson: Not hard to decode congressman’s racism
Editorial: A mayor’s wacky tax on local media a bad move

Federal Way Mirror
Mayor Jim Ferrell nominates Ryan Call for city attorney
BAG feeding program helps Federal Way students bridge the gap

Kirkland Reporter 
Lake Washington Schools Foundation agrees to subsidize test fees for low-income students

Kitsap Daily News 
Senate bill would reverse court decision regarding water-well drilling

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Hawkins students want to limit underage pot access
Obamacare repeal will increase the number of uninusred by 24 million by 2026, CBO says
States seeking Trump travel ban block want new hearing

Monroe Monitor 
Legislature delays school levy cliff (Palumbo, Nelson)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Opinion: One congressman’s unbounded racism
Editorial: Harsh new climate for Puget Sound Partnership

New York Times
24 Million Fewer Could Receive Health Coverage
How G.O.P. Lowers Premiums: Pushing Out Older People
C.B.O. Analysis: Republican Health Plan Will Save Money but Drive Up the Number of Uninsured
Editorial: Trading Health Care for the Poor for Tax Cuts for the Rich

Olympian (subscription required) 
House Speaker hit with campaign finance complaint in growing tug-of-war (Chopp, Hunt)
The Obamacare replacement bill could die on Thursday

Puget Sound Business Journal 
CBO: Savings up, but births could rise under GOP plan
24M more would lose insurance under Republican plan
Seattle trade diplomats are open to renegotiating NAFTA with Trump – just not on Twitter

Redmond Reporter 
Murray, Inslee and Constantine endorse 45th District candidate Dhingra
Redmond police officers double as goatherds

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Q&A: How Pierce College is helping more students succeed
A new age of resistance: People are taking political action for first time in their lives
Hate-crime suspicions cloud death of Muslim teen in Lake Stevens
Langley mayor learns there’s no billing a free press
Some Seattle Lyft, Uber drivers sue over city’s unionization law
Another research monkey dies at UW; it got no water for several days
LA Times: Your kids aren’t killing you; they may actually help you live longer
Opinion: Time to fix a broken election system
Editorial: Sales tax for the arts? Not when so many King County services are struggling

Seattle Weekly  
On the Cold Front Lines of ICE Resistance
Insurance Commissioner: ‘Trumpcare Is a Case of Robin Hood in Reverse’
Arrested Dreamer Speaks Out: ‘The Government Already Knows I’m Not a Gang Member.’
Steve O’Ban, ST3 Foe, Is Paving the Way for a New Tax to Support Drive-On Ferries
Local Voters Would Be Less ‘Tax Fatigued’ If We Taxed Income Progressively

Skagit Valley Herald  
Crews clear lane of Highway 20 of avalanche debris

Spokesman Review 
McMorris Rodgers: CBO report ‘not whole story’
Spokane City Council votes to speed up plowing, prioritize snow removal near schools and downtown
Inslee praises Eastern State Hospital during visit to Spokane
Lights go out at Hanford plutonium plant
Vestal: McMorris Rodgers backs GOP health care plan stripping insurance from Eastern Washington’s poor
Editorial: Debate to persist on eve of Iraq invasion

USA Today 
Hospitals fear Obamacare repeal may create financial strain
Obamacare repeal will increase the number of uninsured by 24 million by 2026, CBO says
Fact check: How accurate were CBO’s Obamacare predictions?
Editorial: CBO exposes Ryancare: Our view

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Editorial: State Senate wise to crack down on driving with cellphones 

Washington Post 
Conservatives’ reaction to CBO report casts doubt on GOP health plan’s viability
The Republican health-care arguments that were most severely hurt by the CBO report
This may be the most brutal number in the CBO report
What the CBO says about the Republican plan, by the numbers
What the CBO says about the House GOP’s health-care plans
Editorial: The CBO shows there is no rational justification for the GOP health plan

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
The GOP’s Repeal and Replace plan

Yakima Herald Republic  
State, feds agree to work together on forest restoration 


State insurance commissioner: GOP health care plan worse than expected
CBO: Obamacare repeal will increase uninsured by 24 million by 2026
Ferguson asks for travel executive order hearing
Zombies lobby lawmakers to extend film crew tax breaks
Seattle homeless Navigation Center offers more options

State House Democrats introduce five new bills aimed at lowering skyrocketing car tabs (Kilduff, Pellicciotti)

Carbon Tax Floated As Possible Replacement To Inslee’s ‘Clean Air Rule’
UW Sends Future Health Care Professionals Into A Homeless Camp
Wireless Carriers Lobby For Access To ‘Street Furniture’ In Washington
GOP Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage By 2026, CBO Says
ACLU Lawyer Sits At Heart Of Legal Resistance To Trump Agenda

Should kids in jail talk with their lawyers before cops?
A Spark Of Hope For Climate Change Reality
In Their Search For Asylum, Central Americans Find The U.S. Is Closing Its Doors

NW Public  
Ample Rain, Snow Make Loads Of Summer Grass And Brush
Industry Groups Join Trump Administration In Seeking To Appeal Youth Climate Lawsuit
Ocean Salmon Fishery Closures Proposed To Protect Klamath River Fish

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Mayor Ed Murray: Property tax is ‘not a tax I want to use’
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson files new complaint, seeks travel-ban hearings

Q13 TV (FOX)  
State lawmakers have yet to agree on how to fund public education (Lytton)
Pot crime claims prove to be overblown, even as tax revenue soars
City of Everett sues drugmaker for letting OxyContin flood black market


Tribes could lose big with EPA cuts
In Washington orchards, hope, anxiety around Trump

CBO: 24,000,000 Americans will lose health insurance under Trumpcare

Waterland Blog 
Quiet Des Moines Council enlivened by citizen upset with airport noise (Orwall)