Welcome to Your Fascist USA: Washington State Senator Mark Miloscia, a legislator who has consistently opposed LGBTQ civil rights and women's access to healthcare, took to his Facebook page to "shame" the millions of people who exercised their First Amendment rights over the weekend. He called the protests and women's/womxn's marches across the country "ugly, unAmerican, and unChristian protest activities." For good measure he added, "For Shame! For Shame!"
Bonus: When former state representative Dawn Morrell asked Miloscia to check his white male privilege in a Facebook comment, Miloscia accused her of making a "racist, sexist" slur.
Mark Miloscia Is Up for Re-election in 2018: And Federal Way is a swing district. Both House seats are held by Democrats. If you're wondering what you can do after marching this weekend, maybe start organizing to unseat someone who calls your First Amendment rights "unAmerican."
Police Say UW Shooter Sent a Facebook Message to Milo Yiannopoulos Before His Speaking Event: The Seattle Times reports that the man who told police he shot a protester at the UW in self-defense wrote a message to Yiannopoulos asking him for a signed "Make America Great Again" hat.
King County Exec Dow Constantine Says 200,000 Could Lose Healthcare if the ACA is Repealed: Constantine also noted that the number of uninsured people in the county has been cut by half.
Anti-Abortion Lawmakers Are Pushing Three Bills in the State Legislature: "HB 1003, would establish parental notification for abortion; HB 1002, would restrict public funding of abortion unless it is medically necessary; and HB 1243 would prohibit sale, donation or use of 'aborted fetal body parts,'" the Seattle Times reports.
Trump Pledges to Cut 75 Percent of Government Regulations After Meeting with Business Leaders: He didn't say which regulations. Even the right-wing Cato Institute thinks this is bogus. "We're gonna take care of the environment, we're gonna take care of safety and all of the other things we have to take care of," Trump added.
He Also Pledged to Move Forward with the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL: The Hill reports that on his fourth day in office, Trump will sign executive orders to give the green light to both pipeline projects. On Monday, the Indigenous Environmental Network, which has been fighting both projects for years, responded to the prospect of the White House's approval with the following statement: “Both Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline are bad for America, they do not create long term, stable jobs and they will not strengthen our economy."
And Trump Taps Pro-Oil Industry Don Benton, Doug Ericksen for EPA's Beachhead Team: "The 'beachhead teams' as noted by E & E News, are groups of campaign supporters and aides who temporarily move in on federal agencies, but may later be invited to stay on," Joel Connelly explains. State Senator Ericksen, whose district includes two oil refineries, has proposed making civil disobedience against oil trains a felony crime of "economic terrorism."
The White House No Longer Offers Translation for Spanish Speakers, Instructions for Disabled: Remember what Trump said on the campaign trail? “This is a country where we speak English." Yes, we are living in a fucking nightmare.