Offering asides, recommended links, blogworthy quotations, and more, In Brief is the Northwest Progressive Institute's microblog of world, national, and local politics.

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If the Legislature is not prepared to create a carbon tax that is scaled to meet the challenges we face, it will be up to the citizenry to live up to our great state’s rich heritage of environmental leadership and take decisive action to address climate change.

— Fawn Sharp and Matthew Randazzo V: Don’t bolster education funding by selling out our environment

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Action item: Visit GoFCCYourself.com. Click “Express” and demand the FCC to “keep strong net neutrality rules backed by Title II.”

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Everything you need to know about the issues in tomorrow’s B.C. provincial elections

The Globe and Mail: “When British Columbians head to the polls for [tomorrow]’s election, they’ll be armed with a host of platform promises from the major parties, ranging from a sweeping remake of the province’s child-care system to smaller, targeted proposals designed to pick up votes from key groups. Here’s what you need to know about where the parties stand on the campaign’s most important issues.”

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Set in Seattle, this sketch brilliantly skewers pointless reality shows. The SNL synopsis: Conflicts arise when Adam (Chris Pine) forgets about Alex’s (Kyle Mooney) margarita night and makes plans with Ryan (Beck Bennett).

Contestants are tasked with finding Kellyanne Conway (Kate McKinnon).

Joe Scarborough (Alex Moffat) and Mika Brzezinski (Kate McKinnon) speak with Trump spokesman John Miller (Alec Baldwin) about Trumpcare.

Weekend Update introduces its new meteorologist, Dawn Lazarus (Vanessa Bayer).

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, including the House of Representatives passing Trumpcare 2.0.

View all of this week’s sketches.

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Democratic Senate hopeful Manka Dhingra takes questions at an Eastside house party

Democratic Senate hopeful Manka Dhingra takes questions at an Eastside house party

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British Columbia’s governing neoLiberals are swimming in corporate cash

And some of it’s coming from companies doing business with the province. Who’s getting Site C contracts? And how much have they given the BC Liberals? The Tyee looked at 51 companies offering services to BC Hydro for a multibillion dollar dam project.

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Oh, gosh. Let’s put it this way: People in my office have read all parts of the bill. I don’t think any individual has read the whole bill. That’s why we have staff.

— Representative Thomas Garrett of Virginia, speaking to MSNBC: “I don’t think any individual has read” Trumpcare bill

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Before and after thunderstorm montage

Before and after thunderstorm montage

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People who walk regularly around Seattle are torn between bafflement and dismay at what they traverse on foot. On any given day, they encounter buckled, battered and sometimes closed sidewalks; broken curbs; faded or entirely unpainted crosswalks; and crumbling stairways.

— Former WSDOT Secretary Doug McDonald: Seattle isn’t doing enough to make its streets safe and pedestrian friendly

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Dave Reichert announces he’ll oppose Trumpcare bill

His vote apparently not needed for the legislation’s passage, Congressman Dave Reichert (WA-08) announced this morning that he will be opposing the newest incarnation of Trumpcare when it comes up for a vote within the next few hours.

“Unfortunately, the current House bill falls short and does not provide the essential protections I need to support it,” Reichert said in a statement sent to news outlets but curiously not yet published on his own official website or social media channels.

“With all of the political banter surrounding this bill, it can be difficult to remember that this decision ultimately comes down to people. We need to know our loved ones can get and afford the care they need, regardless of age, income, or health status,” Reichert’s statement added.

Reichert has been deluged by calls, emails, and faxes insisting that he oppose the legislation, which would be catastrophic for American families.

Fellow Republican Jaime Herrera-Beutler is also a no on the bill. Republicans Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers are expected to vote yes.

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State Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman chat with a constituent

State Representatives Larry Springer and Roger Goodman chat with a constituent

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Signs of spring in full swing

Signs of spring in full swing

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Republicans almost have the votes to pass Trump/Ryancare — call before it’s too late

“House Republicans are finally within striking distance on their [scheme to gut] health care bill, flipping at least two members through a small amendment and shoring up support among some undecided members through good old-fashioned whipping,” reports The Huffington Post’s Matt Fuller.

Two key Republicans in the no camp (Fred Upton and Billy Long) have changed their minds after Trump, Pence, and Ryan came down on them like a load of bricks.

There are still a number of Republicans who are opposed, and the bill’s prospects are dicey, but it could pass with enough arm-twisting.

Now is the time to call your members of Congress, especially if any are Republicans, and tell them you’re fiercely opposed to this disastrous legislation that would sabotage the healthcare of millions of Americans. Insist that they vote no.

Dave Reichert is now said to be in the “lean yes” camp, which is appalling. Reichert needs to hear from as many constituents as possible.

Alaska’s Don Young, meanwhile, is still “undecided”.

Here is the current HuffPost whip count on the latest version of the GOP health care proposal. This whip count is based on conversations with lawmakers and staffers with knowledge of how members are voting. Not every lawmaker on this list has confirmed how he or she will vote ― this is our best guess:

No (16)
Mark Amodei (Nev.)
Andy Biggs (Ariz.)
Barbara Comstock (Va.)
Ryan Costello (Pa.)
Charlie Dent (Pa.)
Dan Donovan (N.Y.)
Brian Fitzpatrick (Pa.)
Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.)
Walter Jones (N.C.)
John Katko (N.Y.)
Leonard Lance (N.J.)
Frank LoBiondo (N.J.)
Thomas Massie (Ky.)
Patrick Meehan (Pa.)
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.)
Chris Smith (N.J.)

Lean No (8)
Paul Cook (Calif.)
Jeff Denham (Calif.)
Mario Diaz-Balart (Fla.)
David Joyce (Ohio)
Michael Turner (Ohio)
David Valadao (Calif.)
Daniel Webster (Fla.)
David Young (Iowa)

Undecided (13)
Justin Amash (Mich.)
Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
John Faso (N.Y.)
Darrell Issa (Calif.)
Steve Knight (Calif.)
Erik Paulsen (Minn.)
Bruce Poliquin (Maine)
Peter Roskam (Ill.)
Ed Royce (Calif.)
Elise Stefanik (N.Y.)
Rob Wittman (Va.)
Kevin Yoder (Kan.)
Don Young (Alaska)

Lean Yes (17)
Rod Blum (Iowa)
Ted Budd (N.C.)
Bradley Byrne (Ala.)
Mike Coffman (Colo.)
Rick Crawford (Ark.)
Tom Emmer (Minn.)
Jeff Fortenberry (Neb.)
Rodney Frelinghuysen (N.J.)
Garret Graves (La.)
Peter King (N.Y.)
Adam Kinzinger (Ill.)
David McKinley (W.V.)
Dave Reichert (Wash.)
Hal Rogers (Ky.)
Scott Tipton (Colo.)
Glenn Thompson (Pa.)
Lee Zeldin (N.Y.)

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What we ended up with, from Bill Clinton onward, is a status quo party and an “undo the system” party, where the Democrats became the status quo party and the Republicans became the “undo the system” party. In that constellation it’s very hard to think of change because one party is in favor of things being the way they are, just slightly better, and the other party has this big idea of undoing everything, although it’s unclear what that really means in practice. So no one is actually articulating how you address the problems of the day, the greatest of which would be inequality. When neither party is creative, then it’s hard for scholars to get their ideas into meaningful circulation.

Historian Timothy Snyder on Trump and what happened to the Democratic and Republican parties. Snyder says “it’s pretty much inevitable” that Trump will try to stage a coup and overthrow democracy.

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This is a monologue worth watching.

“Jimmy and his wife Molly welcomed their second child together, William ‘Billy’ Kimmel. At three days old, Billy had successful open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and is now home with his family. Jimmy opens up about his son’s birth and health complications and encourages donations to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where Billy and so many other kids get such wonderful care.”

FOR MORE: Jimmy Kimmel’s humanity underscores heartlessness of Republican Party’s approach to the poor (The Huffington Post)

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Dave Reichert is “undecided” on new Trump/ Ryancare bill: Time to call his office again

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan are trying once again to take away the healthcare of millions of Americans. For this attempt, they’ve struck a deal with the far-right wing “Freedom Caucus”, hoping to secure the votes of the most militant and extreme members of the House Republican Caucus. But that deal has come at a cost: squeamish, more reasonable Republicans are refusing to pledge their support.

Twenty Republicans are in the no camp so far including Jaime Herrera-Beutler (WA-03). If a few more join, the bill won’t have enough votes to pass.

Dave Reichert is once again (surprise, surprise) in the “undecided” camp.

Please call his office in D.C. at (202) 225-7761 and ask him to oppose this bill. If you can’t get through, call the Issaquah district offices at (425) 677-7414 or (877) 920-9208 or the Wenatchee office at (509) 885-6615.

Washington, DC Office
1127 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-7761
Fax: (202) 225-4282

Issaquah Office
22605 SE 56th Street Suite 130
Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: (425) 677-7414 or (877) 920-9208
Fax: (425) 270-3589

Wenatchee Office
5 South Wenatchee Ave, Suite 315
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Phone: (509) 885-6615

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One of the tasty treats provided by Montlake Mousse for NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

One of the tasty treats provided by Montlake Mousse for NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

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First Lady Trudi Inslee’s homemade pie — the centerpiece of the desserts table at NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

First Lady Trudi Inslee’s homemade pie — the centerpiece of the desserts table at NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

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King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci delivers the opening address at NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci delivers the opening address at NPI’s 2017 Spring Fundraising Gala

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NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve presents Sound Transit CEO Emeritus Joni Earl with a Lynn Allen Award

NPI founder Andrew Villeneuve presents Sound Transit CEO Emeritus Joni Earl with a Lynn Allen Award

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A UBS ad from The Seattle Times

This UBS ad has been appearing in recent editions of the Seattle Times

What is UBS smoking? For the past few weeks the Swiss investment bank has been inviting people to workshops held today and yesterday in Bellevue to “find out what’s behind the post-election optimism”.

“The Presidential election led to an unexpected result: optimism,” the ad reads. “And no wonder. Our research reveals that President Trump is believed to be stronger on investors’ number one concern: the economy.”

The only thing Trump is strong on is insulting people. In every other respect, he’s a terrible human being. But it seems UBS has completely bought into Trump’s mythos. What are they smoking over there?