Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, March 23


Associated Press
Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent 
Washington justice to feds: Keep immigration agents away 
Seattle gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year 
Banks lead stocks higher; health care debate continues

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Whatcom Council approves second 6-month ban on crude oil exports 
Three years later, families, officials and scientists wrestle with lessons learned from Oso landslide 

In Our View: Sunshine Worth Price (Chopp, Hunt)

The Daily News  
Emergency shelter committee considers “clean and sober” shelters in Highlands, Broadway neighborhoods
GOP budget plan would fund Naselle Youth Camp
SR 503 slide won’t be cleared for weeks

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Area unemployment down to 3.5%, despite aerospace cuts
Cornfield: Sound Transit board ponders car tab fury

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way School district’s TAF Academy named a STEM Lighthouse School
Elementary curriculum helps Federal Way teachers, students find success

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
Committee meeting for San Juan Republicans

Kent Reporter 
Education funding leads discussion at 47th Legislative District town hall meeting (Sullivan)
Time to fully fund education | Kent town hall meeting (Orwall, Gregerson, Keiser)
Unemployment rate hits nine-year low in Washington

Kirkland Reporter 
DelBene, Cantwell introduce bill to protect communities from landslides
Unemployment rate hits nine-year low in Washington

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.9 percent
The House health care battle: What’s at stake?
Buses attracting fewer riders

New York Times
Key to Health Vote, Hard-Line Conservatives Push New Cuts
Trump Makes Pitch for Health Bill: ‘It’s Going to be Terrific’
Leaders Struggle to Unite House Republicans Behind Health Bill
Late G.O.P. Proposal Could Mean Plans That Cover Aromatherapy but Not Chemotherapy 
Opinion: Health Care’s Big Day

Olympian (subscription required)   
Breakdown: What are some of the biggest cuts to social services in the Senate GOP budget proposal? (Nelson)
Inslee slams GOP budget’s tax break for ‘flavorful, wood-smoked steaks’ — a break he signed into law (Springer, Ranker, Lytton)
Trump and Ryan don’t yet have the votes to pass health bill today
Bill would let employers get too personal

Queen Anne & Magnolia News 
Remembering Helen Sommers (Carlyle)

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Law: Democrats will filibuster Gorsuch
Feds kill grant program that had 100,000 percent return for Washington aerospace exporters

Redmond Reporter 
City of Redmond participating in PSRC regional travel study

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle joins effort to press for production of electric heavy-duty vehicles for city fleets
Ignoring calls for resignation, 2 Snohomish County fire commissioners are reprimanded for racial comments
What’s the cost of not funding public education? Panelists weigh in
Chief justice asks ICE not to track immigrants at state courthouses
Inslee to speak at U.N. on Thursday about climate change
Seattle’s gun-sale tax raises less than $200,000 in first year
Opinion: Medicaid is a lifeline for our children
Editorial: Put brakes on President Trump’s fuel-economy and emissions rollbacks

Seattle Weekly  
Can Sound Transit Quell the Car Tab Fury?
For Republicans Backing Trumpcare, Ignoring Is Bliss
A Pioneer Square Startup Is Using Bitcoin to Let People Buy Pot With a Credit Card

Skagit Valley Herald  
Skagit County Sheriff’s Office at odds with federal agency

Tri-City Herald  
Uber wants to serve Pasco even as Olympia mulls new law 
State senators hear emotional pleas for Hanford worker compensation change 
Our Voice: Washington state needs new tourism office

USA Today 
President Trump takes lead on health care negotiations
8 GOP House members whose votes on health care will be crucial
Speaker Paul Ryan’s status and agenda at risk in Obamacare repeal vote
The House health care battle: What’s at stake?
Obama: America is stronger because of Affordable Care Act 
GOP health care bill: Everything to know about plan
Op-Ed: Vote ‘no’ on Ryancare: Our view

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
GOP’s state budget plan has right focus on basic education 

Washington Post 
GOP health-care plan hangs in balance as House leaders push for floor vote
Right now, there are more than enough House Republicans opposed to the health-care bill to kill it
GOP health-care plan hangs in balance as House leaders push for Thursday floor vote
Seven years ago today: ACA supporters tout numbers to mark law’s anniversary
If they can’t do it now, Republicans can probably kiss health-care reform goodbye
Health-care overhaul faces an even bigger challenge in the Senate
The GOP wants to take money from Medicare’s trust fund and give it to the rich
Opinion: Health-care reform is a lot harder than tax cuts. So why are the Republicans trying to do it first?
Opinion: Judges shouldn’t ignore what we all know Trump’s travel ban is really about
Opinion: The GOP’s health-care plan goes in the exact wrong direction


Washington sees record-breaking grape harvest

Sound Transit Board to meet for first time since car tab increases

Oso community, victim’s families still mourning 3 years after massive landslide
Washington justice to feds: Keep immigration agents away
Should the sales tax be raised to help the arts?

Child Under 2? GOP Plan Would Let Parents On Welfare Delay Work Requirement
Rethinking The Future Of Tacoma’s Industrial Tideflats
Social Media, Math And The Mystery Of A Mumps Outbreak
Health Care Plan Championed By Trump Hurts Counties That Voted For Him
Powdered Vaccine Raises Hopes Of Stopping A Top Killer Of Kids
The Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of A Special Education Student

Will Seattle Sounders’ foreign players have their visas revoked?

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Can Seattle really stomach more taxes?

NW Public Radio 
Child Under 2? GOP Plan Would Let Parents On Welfare Delay Work Requirement
Washington Chief Justice Concerned Over ICE Reports


Work in Seattle? Six months of paid family leave may soon be an option

South Lake Union Legislation Heads for Final Vote

A majority of the Seattle City Council supports giving all workers six months of paid family leave
Trumpcare doesn’t even pretend to care about new moms with low incomes
State unemployment drops to 4.9 percent – the lowest in nearly a decade