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Betsy DeVos’s “School Choice” Fallacy

As Senator Patty Murray tells it, Luke was a middle-school boy who used a private school voucher program to attend Manatee Learning Academy in Bradenton, Florida. He did well at Manatee, but when he tried to switch schools for tenth grade he realized his credits wouldn’t transfer since Manatee—unbeknownst to him and his family—lacked accreditation. Show More Summary

Key Democratic senator outlines a case against school vouchers

In a memo to colleagues, Sen. Patty Murray said “school choice” sounds good in theory but falls short in practice.

Call Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Ask Them to Filibuster Gorsuch

by Rich Smith The argument against Neil Gorsuch is that he is not Merrick Garland. ALEX WONG / GETTY IMAGES Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Neil Gorsuch, who is to the right of Scalia, enters his second round of hearings today, which are expected to last 10 hours. Show More Summary

Women’s Health Services Face Cuts in the GOP’s Obamacare Replacement Bill

Democratic Senator Patty Murray calls the Obamacare replacement bill a "slap in the face" to women

Washington state senators urge Trump team to allow sale of recreational marijuana

Washington state Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell asked the Trump administration Thursday to allow states to tax and sell recreational marijuana. The Democratic senators wrote a letter to Attorney … Click to Continue »

Betsy DeVos gets it right on HBCUs ... but wrong on plagiarism

Back when she was just one of Donald Trump’s least qualified nominees, Betsy DeVos was caught plagiarizing part of the answer to a written question from Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). Now that she’s one of Donald Trump’s least qualified cabinet...Show More Summary

A Mild-Mannered Woman From Washington Is The Democrats' Deadliest Weapon

last monthNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON ? A few weeks after the 2013 government shutdown, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) compared the Republicans in the House to the preschoolers she once taught. To deal with a bunch of fractious, obstreperous 4-year-olds, she said, you need a plan. When Murray made her comparison, she was about to sit down with Sen. Show More Summary

Democratic Senators Demand to Know Why Betsy DeVos Took Down Website for Disabled Students

Click here for reuse options! The web address now redirects users to a site that “lacks much of the information previously available.” Washington’s two U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D) and Patty Murray (D) have demanded to know why the...Show More Summary

The Morning News: WA Senator Patty Murray to Vote No on Trump Attorney General Pick Jeff Sessions, a Quick State of the Media

last monthUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Ana Sofia Knauf Senator Patty Murray may not be without her own some questionable decision-making, but voting against Jeff Sessions is the right move. COURTESY OF SEN. PATTY MURRAY An Update on the Snow Mess: The latest outage map from Puget Sound Energy shows that 536 people from Bothell to Chehalis are still without power. Show More Summary

After unprecedented opposition, Betsy DeVos is likely to squeak through to become secretary of Education

Phone calls jammed congressional switchboards. Two Republican senators defected. Democrats held a last-ditch, 24-hour Senate debate in hope of shaking loose one additional vote. “We just need one more,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), who was leading the effort.  “Let’s ask President Trump to...

WATCH LIVE: Democrats' Last Stand Against Betsy DeVos

last monthUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith Here's some good political television for those of us enjoying a snow day. Democrats, led by Washington Senator Patty Murray, have been laying into Trump's unqualified, bear-wary pick for education secretary since 9 this morning. Show More Summary

Betsy DeVos Responds to Senator Patty Murray’s Question about SPED and Private Schools

I have been reading Michigan billionaire school choice champ and US ed sec nominee Betsy DeVos’ written responses to the 139 follow-up questions asked by Senate Health, Education, Labor and pensions (HELP) Committee member, Patty Murray. Show More Summary

Senator Patty Murray Is Prepared to Filibuster SCOTUS Nominee

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith Leader in the fight against DeVos, joiner in the fight against Judge Gorsuch. SENATE.GOV For the last two weeks, Senator Patty Murray has been busy trying to delay the nomination process of Betsy DeVos and Tom Price, two key members of Trump's proposed cabinet of incompetents. Show More Summary

Trump’s education pick DeVos clears Senate panel, but the move could carry a price

For years, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state and Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee have built a record of working together to get Congress to pass bipartisan legislation, … Click to Continue »

The Morning News: Washington Senators and Representatives Fight Against Muslim Ban, Amazon's Jeff Bezos Says He Will Too

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Ana Sofia Knauf Demonstrators protesting Trump's Muslim ban flooded Sea-Tac Airport on Saturday night. ASK Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray Fight Against Trump's Muslim Ban: The two Washington senators co-sponsored two bills...Show More Summary

In 25th year, Patty Murray has new role: Playing defense, fighting ‘swamp creatures’

Sen. Patty Murray had big hopes for her 25th year as a senator. None of them involved playing defense. The Washington state Democrat thought her friend and former colleague, Hillary … Click to Continue »

What Does Resistance Look Like? For These Americans, It’s Lobbying Their Senators Every Week on #ResistTrumpTuesday

2 months agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

by Rich Smith Got the federal building goin' up on a Tuesday. Rich Smith Melissa Alexander is bouncing a big, blue-eyed, burbling two-month-old on her lap in Democratic Senator Patty Murray's conference room. She's never sat in Senator Murray's conference room before. Show More Summary

Lawmakers Show Solidarity With Women's March On Washington

2 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Several lawmakers turned out for the Women’s March on Washington Saturday. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) showed up to support the...Show More Summary

HHS Nominee Tom Price Facing Allegations Of Corruption, Insider Trading

Senator Elizabeth Warren picked up where Senator Patty Murray left off this morning when it came to her time to question HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price on his investment habits, and specifically, his insider trading on health stocks. To review, Tom Price, while a Representative, bought stock in a company called Zimmer Biomet. Show More Summary

Patty Murray Really Grilled HHS Nominee Tom Price on His Health Stocks

2 months agoNews : Slate: The Slatest

On Wednesday morning, Sen. Patty Murray of Washington subjected Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price to a tough line of questioning on his trading of health stocks while serving on the health subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. Show More Summary

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