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Archive for: June, 2017

People to Senate Republicans: Stop the state shutdown!

UPDATE (June 26, 2017) — There’s STILL no budget deal with just 5 days until the state shutdown. Call 1-800-562-6000 and leave a message for your State Senator to STOP THE SHUTDOWN and pass a budget! The following is from the All In for Action coalition, which includes the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO and […]

3OT in Olympia, voila in D.C., sky aloft in Seattle

Thursday, June 22, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► KOMO News — Third overtime session begins with shutdown looming — The second special session ended with no agreement and lawmakers immediately went into a third overtime session with June 30 as the deadline. The governor is asking majority Republicans in the Senate to come to […]

Cold-hearted GOP health care legislation calls for veto threat

For Trump to keep his promises, he must force GOP to make it less ‘mean’   By LEO W. GERARD WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 21, 2017) — Donald Trump is right. The House health insurance bill is “mean, mean, mean,” as he put it last week. He correctly called the measure that would strip health insurance […]

Countdown to shutdown, we told you so, prelude to the cave

Wednesday, June 21, 2017   THIS WASHINGTON   ► In today’s (Everett) Herald — With state budget impasse, countdown to shutdown is on — An exchange between the chief House and Senate budget writers Tuesday doesn’t bode well for those counting on lawmakers to strike a deal in time to prevent the first-ever shut down […]

Boeing bidding, Senate plans its bum-rush, trading places, if liberals voted

Tuesday, June 20, 2017   BOEING   ► In today’s Seattle Times — Paris Air Show: Boeing stacks up more MAX 10 orders and offers detail on ‘797’ — Boeing said that the fuselage of its proposed next new airplane will be made from carbon fiber composite… Boeing has never built a composite fuselage in […]

Trumpcare analysis: 344,000 will lose coverage in Washington, while wealthy get $62K tax cut

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2017) — If the Republican health care bill known as Trumpcare becomes law, 344,400 people in Washington state will lose health insurance coverage by 2026, while an average of more than $62,000 in annual tax breaks will go to 8,160 households in the state with incomes higher than $1 million per […]

Familias wages, miles and miles to go, choosing voters

Monday, June 19, 2017   LOCAL   ► In the Spokesman-Review — Farmworker union approves contract with Sakuma Bros. — Familias Unidas por la Justicia, Skagit County’s first and only farmworker union, approved its union contract Thursday night with Sakuma Bros. Farms berry pickers. “From today on, we have a contract,” Familias President Ramon Torres […]

Senate Dems’ talkathon to decry GOP’s secret Trumpcare talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2017) — Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is spearheading a floor filibuster tonight to protest Senate Republicans’ continuing secret negotiations of their version of Trumpcare to repeal the Affordable Care Act, slash Medicaid funding, and pass major tax cuts targeted to wealthy Americans. Senate Democrats are planning to hold their late-night talkathon […]

Familias Unidas berry pickers ratify historic Sakuma contract

The following statement is from Familias Unidas por la Justicia: BURLINGTON (June 16, 2017) — Members of Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), an independent and indigenous farm worker union with more than 500 members based in Burlington, Wash., turned out Thursday night to overwhelmingly ratify the collective bargaining agreement with Sakuma Brothers Berry Farm […]

Trumpcare: The Album, old socialists, Up With People!

Friday, June 16, 2017   TRUMPCARE   ► In today’s NY Times — GOP senators might not realize it but not one state supports the Republican health care bill — It’s no secret that the American Health Care Act is unpopular. In recent national polls, only about 29 percent of Americans support the bill. It […]


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