Washington State House Democrats


Friday, March 24


Associated Press
Senate passes $43 billion state budget proposal (Nelson, Liias)
Electroimpact to pay $485K for Muslim discrimination 
Ohio school-funding suit leaves mark after 20 years 
The Latest: Reichert undecided on health care bill 
Herrera Beutler a ‘no’ on health care bill 
Murray says she’ll vote no on Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch
Trump administration approves Keystone oil pipeline
House sets risky health care vote after Trump demands it

Aberdeen Daily World  
Chapman rural jobs bill: One year of free tuition for high-demand fields
State Route 8/State Route 108 intersection closes soon for two years
Quinault Nation President Sharp honored with American Indian Leadership Award

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Mumps outbreak spreads to UW Greek system 
Op-ed:  Trump’s arts cuts save .002 percent. We lose much more in community building 

The Daily News 
Falling BPA revenue may trigger additional electricity fee
School levies in Cowlitz County would decrease under Senate plan

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
‘Emotionally connected’ students build tiny houses for homeless
Harrop: Trump supporters hit with budget cuts they voted for
Editorial: ICE report only chills local law enforcement
Editorial: Officials’ ‘hot’ mic conversation could hurt district

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
Innovative solutions needed for county’s longtime affordable housing crisis

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Bremerton Housing authority braces for cuts to rental assistance program
Chimacum being tested in area waters
Guest Column: Fight the attempt to kill the Clean Water Rule

News Tribune (subscription required)  
She voted for Trump. Now her husband is getting deported for a 16-year-old incident.
Trump demands Friday vote on health care bill despite uncertainty in GOP caucus
Editorial: Meals on Wheels rides on, despite Trump budget

New York Times 
Obamacare Repeal Rolls Toward a Vote: ‘It’s Time to Act’
What the G.O.P. Bill Will Keep or Discard
C.B.O. Update: Health Bill Amendments Will Cost More But Not Insure More
Count for the Procedural Vote on the Republican Health Care Bill
Trump Tells G.O.P. It’s Now or Never, Demanding House Vote on Health Bill
Leaders Struggle to Unite House Republicans Behind Health Bill
Opinion: Yes, Senator, You Wouldn’t Want to Lose Your Mammograms — or Women Voters

Olympian (subscription required)   
Trump will keep Obamacare if GOP doesn’t pass health repeal Friday
Amazon wins $1.5 billion tax battle with IRS
Trump’s deal-making reputation on line today with health vote
Mumps outbreak spreads to UW Greek system
Breakdown: What are some of the biggest cuts to social services in the Senate GOP budget proposal?
Men in poll say birth control doesn’t benefit them. Women say those men are ‘idiots’
Whither the capital gains tax?

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Law: Travel ban on the back burner
Opinion: Business innovation needed to prevent future wastewater treatment system failures
‘They changed my whole life:’ Washington providers get creative in treating mental, physical health care
Opinion: Washington should update laws to allow for more wireless investments
Sound Transit CEO says agency won’t blow $54B chance for development around transit

Queen Anne & Magnolia News 
Cleaning up the mess

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Aerospace firm Electroimpact agrees to pay $485K after AG finds ‘shocking’ discrimination against Muslims
Changing car-tab formula would cost $6B in revenue, Sound Transit says
McCleary roundup: Senate GOP’s budget plan draws swift opposition from Democrats, teachers union
Podcast: State senator trying to block safe-injection sites says we must ‘stigmatize’ drug use
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes, Rep. Dave Reichert undecided on GOP health-care bill
Mental-health therapists see uptick in patients struggling with postelection anxiety
Editorial: Legacy of Oso should be better education about slope safety

Seattle Weekly  
Sound Transit Signals Little Interest in Changing Plans In Light of Car Tab Furor
Mayoral Challenger Calls for Rent Control, ‘More Aggressive’ Affordable Housing Demands on Developers
Is Reichert Softening His Stance on Trumpcare?

Skagit Valley Herald  
Draft EIS released for Tesoro refinery project
Letter: GOP health plan would hurt kids

USA Today 
Decision day: House marches forward with Obamacare repeal vote
What the GOP bill could mean for ‘essential health benefits’
Fact check: GOP’s Obamacare obituary is premature

Vancouver Business Journal 
Driverless trucks: Coming soon to a highway near you?
McCord’s Vancouver Toyota ready for expansion
State’s unemployment rate hits nine-year low

Washington Post 
After Trump’s ultimatum, some GOP lawmakers change stance on health-care bill
11 health-care bill changes aimed at wooing moderates and the far right
Per House members, phone calls on the GOP health bill run 35-to-1 against
House leaders and President Trump press for ‘yes’ on health-care overhaul as some Republicans previously opposed start changing their minds
Rep. Harper on health-care bill: If this fails, it makes things increasingly difficult
Trump delivers ultimatum to House Republicans: Pass health-care measure on Friday or he’ll move on
Analysis: Trump’s health-care strategy is straight out of ‘The Art of the Deal.’ It just might work.
Analysis: In a do-or-die moment, Republicans come undone
Opinion: Even if Trump ‘wins,’ this health-care mess has been a horrendous disaster
Opinion: Your guide to the most contentious parts of the GOP health-care plan
Opinion: The health-care bill melodrama is only just beginning

Yakima Herald Republic  
Guest commentary: Bill needed to improve access to technology 
Editorial: Political parties see generation gap widen 
Letter: Health care for children 


Sound Transit holds first board meeting since car-tab controversy began
Report: Light rail needs $225 million more to cross I-90 bridge
School shooting documentary aims to improve communications
Support growing for a lid over I-5 in Seattle

Tearful Testimony As Senators Consider Crackdown On Prohibited Gun Buyers 
Kids Who Suffer Hunger In First Years Lag Behind Their Peers In School
Trump Ultimatum For House GOP: Vote On Health Bill Or Affordable Care Act Stands

What we’re really talking about when we talk about genetic testing
Trump Faces Most Consequential Day Of His Presidency So Far 
This Week In Race: ICE Sends Chills Across U.S., Kaepernick, Others, Write Big Checks
Maternity leave debate in Washington state: 8 or 26 weeks paid?
Bold women tell stories of global struggles for equal rights
Israel Arrests Man Suspected In Wave Of Bomb Threats Against Jewish Centers

NW Public Radio  
Ferguson: Travel Ban Lawsuit Is Victory For Checks And Balances
Tearful Testimony As Senators Consider Crackdown On Prohibited Gun Buyers
Trump’s Hiring Freeze Could Be Felt By Recreation Seekers On Public Lands

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Cheaper car tabs could bring lawsuits, standstill in transit projects


Senate votes 50-48 to repeal Obama-era regulations requiring that ISPs ask before sharing customer data

Was KOMO just bullied into airing right-wing rhetoric?
Civilians might investigate Seattle cops. Will it backfire?

Don’t let the talking points fool you: Senate Republicans’ budget proposal is a House of Cards

State Supreme Court Justice says immigration enforcement is scaring people away from Washington courts