** Action Item – Help flip the State Senate to a pro-environment majority **
Join Washington Conservation Voters , Washington Environmental Women’s Alliance and other community partners to kick off election season with 100 days of action! They will share with you some of the strategies this election season, discuss some key issues and themes for this election, and talk about how we will engage our friends, communities, and neighbors in this critical election. Come ready to take action, ask questions, and share your most pressing issues!
What to do – Plan to attend a neighborhood canvas in the 45th or one of the special election events hosted by Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) this month.
Why it’s important – We must make sure our state government can resist federal environmental rollbacks AND make real environmental progress here in Washington by electing a pro-environment majority in the Senate.
Regardless of what district you live in, this election is going to take all of us working together as Washingtonians, fighting for environmental progress and justice.
The GOP has controlled the House of Representatives 18 of the past 22 years. The prior two years (2015-2016), the GOP controlled BOTH the Senate and the House.
For half of Bush’s presidency, the GOP controlled the House and the Senate. That was NOT very long ago. And the folks in Congress? They leave, in the main, when they decide to retire or do something else. Our “re-election” rate is on par with countries that hold faux elections.
Had the GOP actually wanted to govern — that is, move the country forward — it would have been working with the minority party in the House the past six years. Instead, it saw a black man in the White House and said, in effect, “Hell no.”
Groundhog Day references will likely be inevitable when the House votes once again Tuesday, Feb. 2, on legislation to repeal ObamaCare.
The House has voted more than 60 times since Republicans took over the majority in 2011 to undo the healthcare law. Tuesday’s vote, however, will be the first attempt to override President Obama’s veto of a measure to overturn his signature legislative accomplishment.
Consideration of the repeal measure – the first to pass both the House and Senate – is expected to stall after this week’s vote. Republicans are not expected to secure the necessary two-thirds majority to override a presidential veto.
It seemed to me that Obama’s adoption of ideas developed at the Heritage Foundation in the early 1990s—and then enacted into state law in Massachusetts by Governor Mitt Romney—offered the best near-term hope to control the federal health-care spending that would otherwise devour the defense budget and force taxes upward. I suggested that universal coverage was a worthy goal, and one that would hugely relieve the anxieties of working-class and middle-class Americans who had suffered so much in the Great Recession. And I predicted that the Democrats remembered the catastrophe that befell them in 1994 when they promised health-care reform and failed to deliver. They had the votes this time to pass something. They surely would do so—and so the practical question facing Republicans was whether it would not be better to negotiate to shape that “something” in ways that would be less expensive, less regulatory, and less redistributive.
4. “The GOP right blows up its best chance to reform government.”
House Republicans pulled their health-care bill shortly before a vote on Friday, and for once the media dirge is right about a GOP defeat. This is a major blow to the Trump Presidency, the GOP majority in Congress, and especially to the cause of reforming and limiting government… Republicans have campaigned for more than seven years on repealing and replacing ObamaCare, and they finally have a President ready to sign it. In the clutch they choked….
Republicans run the government and that means they are responsible for what happens in health care. Messrs. Trump and Ryan are right that the ObamaCare markets are imploding, and prices will rise and choices will shrink again next year on present trends. Republicans can try to blame Democrats, but they’re in charge….
This failure also reveals the unfortunate skills gap between Democrats and modern Republicans in practical legislative politics. Democrats have their Bernie Sanders faction, which claimed to “oppose” ObamaCare in 2009-10 for lacking a government-run public insurance option. But the far left voted for the bill anyway because they concluded, rightly, that a new entitlement was a great leap toward single-payer national health care….
An ideal free health-care market is never going to happen in one sweeping bill. The American political system is designed to make change slow and difficult, thank goodness. Republicans have to build their vision piece by piece…
But much of the current conservative establishment profits from fanning resentments, not governing. Legislative compromises don’t help Heritage Action raise money for its perpetual outrage machine. An earlier generation of leaders at Heritage understood that the goal of winning elections was to achieve something. The current leaders seem happy with failure.
The WSJ editorial board has been increasingly vocal in its unhappiness with this Administration.
[For greater Seattle-area residents, login to SPL; go to the newspaper database reference page; then click “National Newspapers” to access ProQuest; the WSJ and NYT database links are on this page. If you live in the greater metro area (Thurston – Snohomish) and do not have a Seattle Public Library card, talk to me!]
5. Making an “enemies” list
I tweeted Friday that one disappointment from pulling the bill was that GOP representatives got a “pass” from having their “yes” votes on the record. (A vote is more powerful than a statement that someone plans to vote one way or another. Rubber meets road.)
Ready for secure, affordable, and comprehensive health care coverage for all? Come to the screening of the new documentary “Now is the Time” and panel discussion including a perspective on Senior issues with 32nd Senior Opportunity Committee Chair Birgit Ages.
32nd District Telephone Town Hall Thursday, March 30 @ 6:00 PM
Who – 32nd Legislative District legislators: Rep. Ruth Kagi and Rep. Cindy Ryu.
What – Telephone town hall meeting.
When – 6:00 – 7:00 PM Thursday, March 30, 2017.
Where – Calls will go out to thousands of homes throughout the 32nd legislative district. Residents will be able to listen live and speak with their lawmakers. Those who do not receive a call can participate by dialing 877-229-8493 and using ID Code 116285.
Alternatively, the telephone town hall can be live-streamed:
Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Edmonds, will host two town hall meetings on Saturday, March 18. The first meeting will be from 10 to noon at the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center and the second will be from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Lynnwood Fire Department. Sen. Chase looks forward to speaking with constituents of the 32nd Legislative District at both events.
Millennial March Meeting – the 32nd LD Millennials are taking over!
The next meeting is brought to you by our 32nd LD Millenials: 1st Vice Chair – Alan Charnley Young Democrats Rep – Victoria Valentine, King County Rep Alternate Jinah Kim, Parliamentarian Dakota Solberg
Now until Feb. 20 is the public’s chance to push for a full review of the pipeline’s climate impacts. Here’s what to do.
Update 01/27/2017: An email on Thursday from Timothy Vail, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), said public input is being accepted: “I assure you, Mr. Owen continues to accept comments at the present time.”
It’s been a tumultuous few days for anyone following the ongoing battle against the Dakota Access pipeline. Within the course of just over a week, the project’s backers tried to get a judge to cancel environmental review of the project, environmental review officially began, and, on Jan. 24, President Trump issued a memorandum calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to ditch the Environmental Impact Statement process and approve the pipeline.
Things look bleak, but it’s unclear whether Trump’s order will actually have any effect. Read More…