Washington State House Democrats


Friday, March 17


Associated Press
High court favors Vancouver port over lease for oil terminal 
Montana lawmakers seek plan for Colstrip plant closure 
Mandatory evacuations ordered as floodwaters rise in Yakima 
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill  (Pollet)
Revenue projections for Washington higher than expected   (Ormsby)
Washington Supreme Court upholds tribal fuel tax exemption 
US urged to spend more on infrastructure
Trump’s budget boosts military but cuts GOP, Dem favorites

Bainbridge Island Review 
Gov. Inslee: Trump budget ‘incredibly harmful’ to state and local governments

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Column: Republicans punish the poor for having the nerve to get sick 

Bothell Reporter 
Inslee signs bill assuring schools’ 28 percent levy-lid secure until 2019 expiration (Wellman)

The Daily News  
OPINION: Samuelson: Should the Fed run the economy ‘hot’?
State Superintendent talks assessments, education funding 
State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
PUD warns about digging without checking for underground lines
White House picks Boeing executive as Pentagon’s No. 2
Krauthammer: Few good options for GOP to replace Obamacare
Milbank: Why racists celebrate Trump’s praise of Jackson
Editorial: Trump’s EPA budget cuts an insult to Puget Sound

Kirkland Reporter 
Inslee signs bill assuring schools’ 28 percent levy-lid secure until 2019 expiration
Pint-sized pros: Kamiakin Middle School jazz program preps for busy spring schedule
Kirkland acquires more property for Totem Lake Park

News Tribune (subscription required)
Proposed charter amendment could trim term limits for Tacoma’s elected officials
Trump budget jeopardizes South Sound light rail expansion
Opinion: The real world of Obamacare repeal

New York Times 
Trump and G.O.P. Work to Win Repeal of Obama’s Health Act
Green Beer and Rank Hypocrisy
Even on Their Special Day, Irish Immigrants in America Have Reason to Fear

Olympian (subscription required)   
State senator on Trump transition team making equivalent of $160k a year while drawing state salary
Trump’s first budget plan would hit Washington state hard, top Democrats say
Washington lawmakers consider changing primary date to make state more influential in presidential elections
Editorial: Speaker Chopp earned his fine (Chopp, Hunt)

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Agencies and programs that Trump would cut have a long reach
Food funds for women, children and elderly threatened by Trump budget
Opinion: Sound Transit should lower car tab fees now

Queen Anne & Magnolia News 
The word from Olympia (Carlyle, Frame, Tarleton)

Redmond Reporter 
Searching for the little red fish in local streams

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
McCleary roundup: Lawmakers brave town-hall forums as they prepare to release budget plans
Here’s why your ST3 car tab fee is so high
Washington farmers tell Trump: We need more foreign workers
Trump budget could mean major changes in Washington, from housing and schools to military
UW, Fred Hutch slam Trump’s proposed budget, calling it ‘major step backward’ and ‘indefensible’
Editorial: Voters deserve credit for latest legislative compromise
Opinion: Give every Washington student a chance to learn computer science

Seattle Weekly  
Educators, Students Press School Board to Scrap “Whitewashed” History Lessons
Trump Budget Roundup: Homeless, Light Rail, and Listeners Like You Facing Big Cuts in Seattle
Protests Against Umoja Eviction Continue

Spokesman Review  
Trump’s budget proposal would cut WSU research, Spokane’s Central City Line
State revenue inches up but impact on Washington budget debated
Spokane, Grant, Adams counties included in governor’s emergency proclamation
Inslee slams ‘Trumpcare,’ but Washington Senate health care leader says wait for final plan
WSU-Spokane would lose “branch” from its campus description under proposal before Washington Senate
Flood waters inch closer to homes along Williams Lake, Little Spokane River
Moses Lake officials say funding street work expensive but necessary
State Supreme Court sides with Port of Vancouver in oil terminal suit
Racist posters plastered in 3 areas of Spokane
Dr. Richard Stacey, the Spokane doctor who shut down the city after Mount St. Helens erupted, dies
Spokane hearing examiner upholds ‘dangerous dog’ label for pit bull that bit 5-year-old girl on her face
Editorial: AHCA is ill-considered; start over

USA Today 
Trump says he’s ‘100% behind’ Republican health care bill

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
Lawmakers pass bill to delay school levy cliff

Washington Post 
Trump won big in parts of rural America. Now he wants to eliminate 3 agencies dedicated to helping them.
Trio of GOP proposals would overhaul Medicaid dramatically, starting with job requirement
The Republican bill to repeal Obamacare has made Obamacare repeal less likely
Opinion: Look at the buyer’s remorse on the GOP health-care bill
Opinion: Republicans’ four-point plan to help the poor get poorer


Democratic lawmakers back new bills targeting ST3 (Pellicciotti, Lovick, Kloba, Kilduff, Reeves)
Sound Transit CEO speaks out about car-tab controversy
How could Trump’s proposed budget impact local programs?
Snohomish students build tiny houses to ease homeless problem

Motorcyclists demand public hearing on lane-splitting legislation
Vapor products, e-cigarettes could be taxed under new bill 

Medical research, arts on President Trump’s chopping block

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done
What SeaTac’s Minimum Wage Fight Can Teach The Labor Movement 
Washington Supreme Court Ruling Touted As ‘Landmark’ For Tribal Sovereignty
Education Advocates Press Oregon Budget Committee For More Funding
How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them
The New Rulings Against Trump’s Travel Ban: What Was Blocked And Why

Puget Sound hits bottom in Trump EPA budget proposal: zero
Washington Lawmaker Has 6-Figure Salary In Trump Administration, Documents Show
Seattle rabbi: My kids see more anti-Semitism than I
Rural Washington will be hit hard by Republican health care plan
State arts organizations stand to lose big if NEA is eliminated

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Trump budget slashes money for Puget Sound light rail expansion

NW Public Radio  
Forest Health Bills Gain Consensus in Washington Legislature
Hunters And Anglers Cross Political Lines To Fight For Public Lands
Impact from President Trump’s Budget Cuts To Arts And Culture Programs In Washington
Washington Lawmaker Has 6-Figure Salary In Trump Administration, Documents Show
Washington Supreme Court Ruling Touted As ‘Landmark’ For Tribal Sovereignty


How Western churches built a movement to protect refugees
Opinion: When free speech is hate speech: Should it be banned?

Safe Consumption Sites Move Ahead Despite Opposition

Seattle P.I.  
State senator also feeding at federal trough to tune of $161K per year
West Coast governors gag at Trump relaxing fuel efficiency standards