Elin Johnson

Elin Johnson has joined the Well News as a summer intern and staff reporter. Elin is originally from Alaska, but attends Linfield college in Oregon where she studies Mass Communication and International Relations. Her work has appeared in The Turnagain Currents, 61° North, Camas Literary Journal, The Linfield Review, and on air on The Cat Call. Outside of journalism, Elin enjoys downhill skiing and hiking.

Recent Work

New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation Infrastructure
New Dems Push President to Prioritize Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation
July 26, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The House New Democrat Coalition has asked President Donald Trump to recommit to negotiations on an infrastructure investment plan, highlighting the many benefits of bipartisan cooperation on a vital national issue. In a letter written by the coalition’s Infrastructure Task Force, 70 members of... Read More

Protests Mount Over New Telescope Planned On Culturally Significant Hawaiian Site State News
Protests Mount Over New Telescope Planned On Culturally Significant Hawaiian Site
July 23, 2019
by Elin Johnson

Hawaii’s Lieutenant governor said Monday that talks to end a protest over the construction of a 14th observatory atop a sacred Hawaiian mountain are at an impasse, and he’s not sure a compromise will ever be reached. Lt. Governor Josh Green offered that grim assessment after... Read More

Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout State News
Alaska Legislature Convenes For Special Session Amid Budget Fallout
July 19, 2019
by Elin Johnson

Controversy continues to roil Alaska, a week after the state legislature failed to overturn $444 million in budget cuts by Governor Mike Dunleavy. The latest dispute, resolved only Wednesday, concerned the location for a special session of the legislature that Dunleavy initially called solely to determine... Read More

New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees Immigration
New Dems Endorse Proposed Standards For Border Detainees
July 19, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The New Democrat Coalition has endorsed a proposal by Representative Raul Ruiz, D-Calif., to establish enhanced standards of care for people detained at the U.S. border by Customs and Border Patrol. Ruiz’s bill, the Humanitarian Standards for Individuals in Customs and Border Protection Custody... Read More

Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans Education
Reps. Lee, DeLauro Fight to Defend Students Against Predatory Loans
July 16, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Representatives Susie Lee, D-Nev., and Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., have added their names to the growing list of members of Congress who are pushing bills that tackle predatory student loan practices. Reps. Lee and DeLauro have introduced a new bill that will protect college students... Read More

Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates State News
Connecticut Governor Signs Budget, Closing Deficit Without Hiking Tax Rates
July 12, 2019
by Elin Johnson

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed the state's new spending plan this week, a plan that closes the $3.7 billion deficit he inherited when he took office in January without raising taxes. “For years, instability in the state’s finances has resulted in slow growth and volatility in... Read More

Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets Veterans
Levin, Pappas Press VA Over Return of Erroneous Loan Fees Charged To Vets
July 11, 2019
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** Representatives Mike Levin, D-Calif., and Chris Pappas, D-N.H., are pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie to reveal the agency’s plan to... Read More

Craig Seeks Lifetime Ban On Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress K Street
Craig Seeks Lifetime Ban On Lobbying By Former Members Of Congress
July 11, 2019
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - Representative Angie Craig, D-Minn., has proposed legislation that would ban former Members of Congress from lobbying after they leave... Read More

‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing Health
‘Chuy’ Garcia Leads Push to Get Carbon Monoxide Monitors in All Public Housing
July 11, 2019
by Elin Johnson

In our new series, Freshmen Get it Done, The Well News will be highlighting legislative accomplishments by freshman Members of Congress from both parties. *** WASHINGTON - A bill sponsored by freshman Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-Ill., to provide funding for carbon monoxide detectors in all... Read More

New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget State News
New Jersey Governor Signs New Legislation and Temporarily Freezes Part of Budget
July 11, 2019
by Elin Johnson

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed several pieces of legislation this past week, including bills that expand patient access to medical marijuana, ensure the health benefits and compensation to 9/11 responders, and prohibit utilities from cutting the power off on residents who rely on life-saving medical... Read More

Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool Education
Wisconsin Lawmakers Consider Loan Forgiveness to Expand Teacher Pool
July 11, 2019
by Elin Johnson

A bill with bipartisan support in the Wisconsin legislature could expand the eligibility for loan forgiveness for participants in a program aimed at growing the number of minority teachers in the state. Assembly Bill 51 has already received the unanimous support of the state Assembly’s Colleges... Read More

Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget State News
Alaska’s New Governor Slashes $444 Million From State Budget
July 2, 2019
by Elin Johnson

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy cut $444 million from the state’s operating budget  last week, a move he said was critical to moving closer to a balanced budget without raising taxes or reducing the annual Permanent Fund dividend paid to every Alaskan. The move touched off a... Read More

NCAA Behemoth Faces Challenges: CA Proposes Athletes Get Compensated for Image State News
NCAA Behemoth Faces Challenges: CA Proposes Athletes Get Compensated for Image
July 1, 2019
by Elin Johnson

California lawmakers have advanced legislation allowing college athletes in the state to earn compensation for the use of their name, image or likeness, despite a thinly-veiled warning from the NCAA that such a move could keep those athletes out of the association’s championships. On Tuesday, the... Read More

Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game In The News
Democrats Knock Republicans Out of the Park at Annual Charity Baseball Game
June 28, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Wednesday night the Democrats took the upper hand over Republicans 14-7 at the annual Congressional baseball game for charity. The game was an opportunity for spry members of Congress to show their innate athleticism, proving there is nothing more enjoyable than mediocre baseball. The... Read More

Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL State News
Oregon Climate Bill Is Dead, But Republican Lawmakers Still AWOL
June 28, 2019
by Elin Johnson

With only days left in Oregon’s legislative session, a Democrat-backed climate bill is dead, and the awol Republican state senators who helped kill it now appear to be considering what to demand before they agree to return. Last week 11 Republican state senators bolted out of... Read More

San Francisco Becomes 1st Major US City to Ban E-Cigarettes California
San Francisco Becomes 1st Major US City to Ban E-Cigarettes
June 27, 2019
by Elin Johnson

San Francisco became the first major U.S. city to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes Tuesday, a move some say will help curb underage use, but that others say will only make it harder for adults to purchase an alternative to regular cigarettes. City supervisors voted... Read More

Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans Civil Rights
Tensions High During Committee Hearing On Reparations for African Americans
June 21, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - A House Judiciary subcommittee held the first congressional hearing in more than a decade on whether the federal government should consider compensating the descendants of slaves in the United States. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who became the sponsor of a measure to study... Read More

Press Defeats Women of Congress at Charity Softball Bipartisan
Press Defeats Women of Congress at Charity Softball
June 20, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - Now this isn’t fake news. The Bad News Babes of the DC press corps defeated the ladies of Congress 10-3 Wednesday night at the eleventh annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game. The Babes, captained by Mikayla Bouchard of The New York Times and Emmarie Huetteman... Read More

Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change Climate
Oregon to Pass Cap-and-Trade Legislation to Address Climate Change
June 18, 2019
by Elin Johnson

Oregon is a step closer to becoming the second state in the nation, after California, to adopt a sweeping cap-and-trade-program. The bill passed the state House with a 36-24 vote on Monday after six hours of debate, and has been sent on to the state Senate,... Read More

Trump Says He's Not Firing Kellyanne Conway in Wake of Hatch Act Report White House
Trump Says He's Not Firing Kellyanne Conway in Wake of Hatch Act Report
June 14, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON -  President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has no plans to fire Kellyanne Conway after an independent federal agency recommended that she be removed from her job after she repeatedly used her official position for political purposes. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel... Read More

Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans Education
Clyburn, Warren Want to Cancel Student Loan Debts for Nearly 42 Million Americans
June 14, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., and Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said this week they plan to introduce legislation to cancel student loan debt for nearly 42 million borrowers. “For far too many students and families, the cost of higher education has meant daunting... Read More

House Panel Hears Tales of Student Loan Woes From State Regulators In The News
House Panel Hears Tales of Student Loan Woes From State Regulators
June 13, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - State officials told the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Tuesday that questionable practices by the servicers of student loans are saddling a generation with enormous debt that if left unchecked could stifle economic growth across the nation. Concerns about the ballooning of student... Read More

Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Litigation
Attorneys General File Lawsuit to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger
June 13, 2019
by Elin Johnson

WASHINGTON - The Attorneys General from ten states including New York and California filed a lawsuit this week to stop the proposed merger between telecommunications companies T-Mobile and Sprint. In a federal complaint filed in New York on Tuesday, the attorneys general allege any merger between... Read More

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