Presentation Will Compare German Weimar Republic to Current U.S. Events

Monday, March 27, 5:30 p.m., Orcas Center — from Kathy Lunde — Does the late stage of the Weimar Republic in Germany hold lessons for the current moment of the American Republic? A presentation by Jens Krus, Professor Emeritus of German, Wellesley College will address this topic in an upcoming … Continue reading

Inslee Statement on Canceled Republican Health Care Vote

— from Governor Inslee’s Communications Office — Gov. Inslee issued the following statement after Speaker Paul Ryan announced he was removing the Republican legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act from consideration: “Today 600,000 Washingtonians beat Congress, and can rest easy knowing that Speaker Ryan and President Trump have failed in … Continue reading

Ranker: Republican Budget Balanced on Backs of Most Vulnerable San Juans will see property tax increase

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, lead Senate Democrat on budget negotiations, issued the following statement following passage of the Senate Republican’s operating budget proposal: “After a marathon 18 hours of debate in a 36-hour period, Republicans passed a budget today that falls short … Continue reading

Governors, Mayors Issue Joint Statement Regarding Clean Power Plan

 — from Tara Lee, Governor Inslee’s Office — Following is a joint statement from West Coast Governors and Mayors in anticipation of a possible Executive Order from President Trump, including a directive to withdraw and rewrite the Clean Power Plan, as well as weaken other standards that protect our air … Continue reading

Larsen, Colleagues, Lead Effort to Prevent Mass Shootings in Schools

— from Douglas Wagoner — Bipartisan School Safety Act of 2017 would renew federal program – unfunded since 2010 – to address school safety U.S. schools could receive additional resources to prevent mass shootings under bipartisan legislation led by Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) and cosponsored by Reps. Mike Coffman (CO-06), … Continue reading

In Friday Harbor, Larsen to Hold Trumpcare ‘Town Talk’

Sunday, March 26, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Brickworks Building — from Douglas Wagoner — Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) will on Sunday hold a “Town Talk” at the Brickworks Building to hear directly from his constituents about their questions and concerns on Trumpcare, Congressional Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace the … Continue reading

Ranker: Republican Budget Falls Short of Washington Values

— from Dave Pringle, Senate Democratic Communications — Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas Island, issued the following statement today responding to the Senate Republican’s 2017 operating budget proposal: “Our values compel us to prioritize the critical funding for our state, a fully funded education for every child, to provide services for children, … Continue reading

Navy Updates Drinking Water Testing on Whidbey

— from  Mike Welding — The following update is provided as part of the Navy’s ongoing community drinking water testing for the emerging, national environmental issue of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). •        As of March 17, 2017, the Navy has received 211 lab results from drinking water sampling at private … Continue reading

Notification of San Juan Republicans Lincoln Day Events

Saturday, March 25, 12:30 p.m., American Legion — from Nathan Butler, Chair SJC Republican Party — The San Juan County Republican Party will be having its annual Lincoln Day Event on three islands: a light luncheon on Orcas Island at the American Legion Post #93 on the 25th of March, and … Continue reading

State Asks Navy for Health Impact Assessment on Jet Noise

— from Maryon Attwood, Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve — As a result of Citizens of Ebey’s Reserve’s (COER’s) complaint actions, noise as a public health issue, has moved up on state priorities for protecting and preventing auditory and non-auditory health impacts on children in schools throughout Washington. After a unanimous … Continue reading

Inslee Says Trump Budget “Incredibly Harmful” to State and Local Governments

— from Governor Inslee’s Office — President Trump today released a federal budget proposal that would make significant cuts in state and local government programs, including education, environmental protection, health care and many other critical services that Washingtonians rely on. “The budget blueprint issued today by President Trump includes incredibly … Continue reading

Senator Ranker to Discuss New State Budget State Senator in Eastsound on Friday

Friday, March 24, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Eastsound Fire Station — from Jeanne McPherson — State Senator Kevin Ranker will visit the Orcas Rotary on Friday, Mar. 24 in a meeting open to the public. Ranker will specifically address “Results of Our Recent Session: The New State Budget” in his presentation. All are … Continue reading