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Friday, February 15


Associated Press
House panel advances bill limiting vaccine exemptions
Trump will sign border deal but will also declare emergency
Seattle metal recycler fined $98K for polluting Duwamish
State Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Sen. McConnell says Trump will sign spending bill and declare a national emergency
City starts snow removal process
Inslee appoints new judge to Whatcom County Superior Court
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools – (Wilson)
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks – (Gregerson, Jinkins)

Bothell Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

State restrictions on cannabis packaging worry producers (Wylie)
In Our View: Oil trains inevitable, must be safely regulated
Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million  (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
What will the 797 look like — and will Boeing even build it?
Near-record cold pushes emergency shelters to their limits
Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas
Editorial: State should recommit to electric vehicle fleets
Letter: I-976 on $30 car tabs not in our best interests

Federal Way Mirror
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap school districts haven’t nailed down how they’ll make up missed time
State plans paving projects on Burwell, Highway 3 and more

News Tribune (subscription required)
Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency (AP)
Amazon dumps NYC headquarters and its promised 25,000 jobs
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools
Bill would prohibit authorities from ticketing homeless people for sleeping on sidewalks (Gregerson, Jinkins)

New York Times
Trump Declares National Emergency to Build Border Wall
In Wielding Emergency Powers, Trump Paves a Dangerous Path Forward
Amazon’s Retreat on New York City Headquarters Followed Unexpected Backlash
In a Divided Washington, Congress Averted a Shutdown — but at a Price
Could the U.S. Get Paid Family Leave? It’s Looking Better Than Ever
The Federal Debt Is Rising. Concern Is Not.

Olympian (subscription required)
68,543 misdemeanor pot convictions could be wiped away under bills in the Legislature
States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

Peninsula Daily News
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions (Fitzgibbon)
Two District 24 lawmakers take stand on measles vaccination exemptions (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon’s retreat from New York doesn’t alter the company’s plans for its Seattle campus
Sources: Amazon closes in on Bellevue property deal as it backs out of New York
‘It’s a completely different city:’ Honeywell’s closure changes Renton’s economy

Redmond Reporter
Redmond’s Ali attends State of the Union with Rep. DelBene 

Renton Reporter
Bill targets sexual health curriculum in Washington schools (Wilson) 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon: Canceled New York jobs likely to go elsewhere; company will ‘continue to evaluate’ growth in Seattle
Students share how diversity among teachers can affect grades, comfort and discipline
For local businesses, Snowmageddon created a mix of winners and losers
Opinion: I lost my cousin in Parkland — why is there pushback to gun laws?
Editorial: Amazon’s New York HQ2 pullback offers opportunity, lessons for Puget Sound region

Spokesman Review
Libraries, parks and child-care facilities would become gun-free zones under Washington Senate bill (Wilson, Kuderer)
Bill that would provide clemency for pot convictions advances
The Legislature’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad public-records bill promotes secrecy, not openness (Pedersen, Billig)
Weekend blizzard caused unprecedented loss to dairy cattle in Yakima Valley

Tri-City Herald
Comprehensive sex education could be required in Washington’s public schools (Wilson)
As runs dwindle, experts say Idaho’s salmon, steelhead ‘could be gone in a generation’  

USA Today
Congress passes spending bill to avoid shutdown, sends it to Trump for his signature
Federal judge to weigh fight over citizenship question on US census
Trump’s emergency declaration would trigger a drawn-out legal fight
William Barr sworn in as attorney general, takes charge of investigations of the president
Texts show collusion between police and right-wing extremists, Oregon official claims
‘Every remedy available’: Here’s what Democrats vow to do to rebuff Trump’s national emergency order on the border wall
Follow the money: How President Trump’s national emergency will pay for a border wall 

Vancouver Business Journal
Vigor selects Vancouver site for all-aluminum fabrication facility 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New state program helps people with disabilities save money for college 

Washington Post
‘Off the rails’: Inside Trump’s attempt to claim victory in his border wall defeat
Trump’s border emergency: President seeks to redirect Treasury, Pentagon funding for barriers
An emergency declaration by Trump will lead to lawsuits. Lots of them.

Whidbey News-Times
Law would celebrate public lands in Washington state (Peterson) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Bill would keep homeless camps away from schools
Environmental groups threaten to sue 2 Lower Valley dairies



Oregon, Washington must restart Interstate Bridge project or owe feds $140 million (Cleveland) 

Amazon will pay $0 in federal taxes this year, despite $11.2 billion in profits
Property tax bills drop for half of King County cities
Voters pass school levies, bonds in Washington special election
Emotional testimony over proposal to give Washington inmates a second chance (Darneille)
Melted snow increases landslide risk in Washington lowlands 

New bill looks to clear path for state universal health care (Hasegawa) 

Gov. Inslee, Attorney General Ferguson pledge upholding I-1639 

#MeToo lessons spur mandatory sex-education proposal in Washington (Wilson) 

Trump declares emergency. Washington AG considers lawsuit. 

NW Public Radio
Digital license plats may be coming soon to a road near you (Lovick)
EPA says it plans to limit toxic PFAS chemicals, but not soon enough for critics
New Idaho law to make overdose reversal drug more available

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington National Guard helping first responders after winter storm
Arlington says it’s sticking to its Amazon plans
Washington Democrats, Republicans unite against Trump’s national emergency



Opinion: Seattle gets an F on snow shoveling
How Seattle activists helped stop Amazon in NYC

Seattle P.I.
Wash. AG Ferguson: Trump emergency declaration is ‘unlawful action’

Don’t Believe the Seattle Times, It’s Still Illegal for Teenagers to Buy Assault Rifles

Thursday, February 14


Associated Press
Bill outlining exemptions for state lawmakers in Public Records Act heard in committee (Pedersen, Hunt)
Southwestern Washington measles case count holding at 53 

Aberdeen Daily World
Port has a record-breaking story to tell
GHC Sheriff responds to AG’s open letter regarding I-1639 background checks
Oped: Michael Galant: It’s time to shut down tax havens
Letter: Since we have the Constitution, let’s use it

Bainbridge Island Review
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions | 2019 Legislative Session (Nguyen)
Journalists criticize proposal giving the Legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws | 2019 Legislative Session (Pedersen)
Proposed legislation would make tiny-home zoning easier | 2019 Legislative Session 

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Fight over whether lawmakers should disclose their records continues in Olympia (Pedersen)
Bellingham ranks well in economic study because of consistent growth across many jobs 

In Our View: Rejecting Reciprocal Trade Act protects state
Senate bill that honors late Vancouver woman gets hearing (Cleveland)
Letter: Support vaccine programs
In Our View: Reform of federal pot laws worthy endeavor
Oregon official releases Columbia River Crossing review (Cleveland)

 Everett Herald (subscription required)
Car tab rumblings have yet to erupt into legislative fracas (Fey, Pellicciotti, Hobbs)
Cold snap could send electric bills soaring dramatically
WaPo: Banks want a hit of the marijuana business
Editorial: FAA, U.S. aviation needn’t be hostage in shutdowns

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State selects firm to design Belfair bypass
Kitsap voters easily pass levies on a snowy election day

New York Times
McCabe Says Justice Officials Discussed Recruiting Cabinet Members to Push Trump Out of Office
Congress Expected to Swiftly Pass Border Deal to Prevent Shutdown
Parkland Shooting: Where Gun Control and School Safety Stand Today
E.P.A. Will Study Limits on Cancer-Linked Chemicals. Critics Say the Plan Delays Action.
Trump Puts Best Face on Border Deal, as Aides Try to Assuage an Angry Right

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon withdraws plans to establish 25,000-person office in New York
Trump eyes bypassing Congress to privatise Fannie and Freddie
Optimism in economy wanes. Will it rally?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle schools levies pass in second-day returns, low turnout likely due to snow
Women in Black honor recent lives lost to homelessness, violence
The long goodbye: Viaduct ramp demolition begins this week at Columbia Street
Snow emergency declared in East King County, as thaw continues in rest of region
Despite reinstatement of officer who punched handcuffed woman, Seattle police haven’t violated reform pact, federal attorneys say
Washington state lawmaker, open-government advocates spar in hearing over the Legislature’s transparency (Pedersen, Kuderer)
Editorial: Give schools a better chance to pass construction bonds
Opinion: Why we need global efforts to prevent measles at home

Seattle Weekly
All Quiet On The Car Tab Front In Washington Legislature (Fey, Hobbs, Pellicciotti) 

Spokesman Review
Records exemptions proposed for Legislature blasted (Pedersen)
Ferris High School resource officer resigns; Spokane School Board hears public concerns of ‘implicit bias’
Fracking ban passes Senate (Saloman)
Comprehensive sexual health courses could become school standard (Wilson) 

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Kids should not be allowed in school without vaccinations  

USA Today
Opinion: New York health commissioner: Deadly diseases like measles are coming back from the grave
EPA plans to regulate cancer-causing chemicals found in America’s drinking water
When is a wall not a wall? Lawmakers argue over what they would be funding at the border

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon Community Care receives high governmental rating 

Washington Post
McCabe says he quickly opened FBI investigation of Trump for fear of being fired
EPA vows national action on toxic ‘forever’ chemicals
With teachers in the lead, more workers went on strike in 2018 than in any year since 1986
Black-white cancer disparities narrow sharply amid progress against common malignancies
‘This is disgusting:’ Lawmakers blast companies overseeing military homes racked by toxic dangers
‘Strange days’: Winter temperatures have been way above normal in the northernmost part of the United States

Whidbey News-Times
Lawmakers seek permanent solution to the homeless crisis (Gregerson)
Continued resistance against gun control initiative; Attorney General defends law
Journalists criticize proposal giving the legislature exemptions to public disclosure laws (Pedersen, Hunt)

Yakima Herald Republic
Environmental groups threaten to sue 2 Lower Valley dairies
Editorial: CWU’s lockdown scare exposes social-media distortions



Tacoma considers eliminating curbside recycling amid market changes
Bills banning plastic bags advance in Washington state Legislature (Carlyle, Peterson)

State Sen. Curtis King: Keep homeless shelters away from schools
Demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct to begin after snow delay

Anger, Confusion Over Dwindling Refunds. Is Trump’s Tax Plan To Blame? 

NW Public Radio
Sweeping public lands bill would protect Washington lands, waters 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Viaduct demolition most likely will begin Friday




4 ways WA lawmakers are still trying to keep secrets
In Methow Valley, locals hope D.C. lawmakers will stop a copper mine

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass reopens, North Bend continues state of emergency 

Seattle P.I.
Sex education bill — start young, stress consent (Wilson)
Landslides, flooding: Rain, snowmelt bring hazardous conditions to Seattle and Puget Sound lowlands

Wednesday, February 13


Associated Press
Official warns sheriffs to enforce gun law or face liability 

Aberdeen Daily World
Proposed bills would allow use of pesticide on oyster beds (Blake, Takko)
Legislature considering “ranked choice voting” (Blake, Palumbo, Gregerson) 

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge voters say yes to permanent EMS, school improvements 

Vancouver school levies sail to passage
Evergreen school levies off to narrow, early lead
Ridgefield bond trailing in early results
Hockinson levies fail; La Center’s leads in early count
New Clark County measles case confirmed; one case ruled out
In Our View: Legislature, stop trying to dodge transparency (Pedersen)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State AG warns sheriffs to enforce gun law or face liability
WaPo: US Senate passes the decade’s biggest public lands package
Editorial: Auto-enroll IRA can help more save for retirement

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bainbridge Island School District’s capital levy passing
Central Kitsap’s school support levy passing

New York Times
Trump Is ‘Not Happy’ With Border Deal, but Doesn’t Say if He Will Sign It
Smaller Tax Refunds Surprise Those Expecting More Relief
Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill

Puget Sound Business Journal
The government shutdown made the IRS even more frustrating
The biggest economic divides aren’t regional. They’re local. (Just ask parents.)
Opinion: Fare-free transit can ease the Puget Sound region’s transportation woes, if we all buy in

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sheriffs who don’t enforce Washington’s new gun law could be liable, AG Bob Ferguson says
U.S. Senate passes bipartisan public-lands bill pushed by Sen. Cantwell
Seattle ethics commission may shine light on political work, City Hall lobbying
Legislative committee to hear Washington lawmakers’ new public-records bill (Pedersen)
Seattle Public Schools levies passing by wide margins
Tired of cold muffins for breakfast, inmates at a Washington prison are protesting (Goodman)
As the snow melts, King County Metro running more bus routes Wednesday
Westneat: You may think we banned the sale of assault weapons to teens. But they’re still buying them.
Sen. Pedersen: Make Legislature subject to public-records law – but with exemptions tailored to its role
Editorial: Public records for the public

Spokesman Review
200,000 misdemeanor pot possession charges would be dropped under Washington bill (Nguyen)
Panel approves state program to ‘welcome’ new babies (Wellman)
Washington, Idaho lawmakers start formulating positions on immigration deal to avert shutdown
Washington bill would limit state assistance to federal immigration enforcement (Wellman)
Despite advice from mayor, Spokane voters approve tax for police and firefighters

Tri-City Herald
200,000 misdemeanor pot convictions could be wiped away under bills in the Legislature (Nguyen)
Guest Opinion: Representative government: What is it and how should it work?  

USA Today
House to vote Thursday on border security plan as Trump signals he’s willing to sign the deal
Government shutdown: What’s in the deal on border security and federal funding?

Washington Post
Lawmakers rush to resolve last-minute snags in spending bill as shutdown looms
California’s new governor breaks from state’s most ambitious public works projects
Three teen suicides in the last eight months have ‘devastated’ this rural Midwest village
The Senate just passed the decade’s biggest public lands package. Here’s what’s in it.
In a world drowning in trash, these cities have slashed waste by 80 percent
Education Department allows extra day for comments on Title IX rules
T-Mobile is defending its Sprint merger before Congress. Here’s what to expect.
Critics call on Apple and Google to shut down Saudi app that can restrict women’s travel
Study claims older homeowners are preventing millennials from buying houses. But is that true?
Refilling prescriptions and no more date nights: How government workers are girding for another shutdown

Whidbey News-Times
Needle exchange is ‘all about recovery’
Environmental group declares court victory over prolific logger
WhidbeyHealth reports 2018 as a ‘tough year,’ with $6.3 million loss
Column: Lawmakers should follow true science, pass HB1683

Yakima Herald Republic
Schools may not have to make up snow days taken during winter storm



Hundreds of schools closed again Wednesday, including Seattle and Tacoma
Melting snow causes damage, flooding concerns across Northwest
Voters show support for schools in early Washington special election results
More owners may be abusing affordable housing in King County
Washington attorney general fires back at sheriffs over I-1639 enforcement

Hundreds were trapped on Snoqualmie Pass during closure
King, Pierce County special election results

Three people dead due to exposure, amplifying concerns for homeless population
Health Officials, Governor Discuss Washington’s Infant Mortality Rate
Students urge lawmakers to lower the threshold for approval of school bond measures

Seattle officials try to bring people inside from the cold, with mixed results
The fight against measles, in the hospital and in Olympia (Stonier)
For many Seattleites with disabilities, this snow is impassable

NW Public Radio
School shootings are rare, but threats and lockdowns are not. Families say that takes a toll 

Q13 TV (Fox)
I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass to remain closed all day Tuesday



WA winemakers reel from one shutdown, prepare for another
New WA bill aims to prevent an Electoral College revolt in 2020 (Kuderer, Pederson)

Seattle P.I.
The beginning of the end: Temperatures could reach low 40s by this weekend
No rough sledding: School levies winning big in Seattle
Connelly: Senate bill rescues conservation fund for Wash.

Seattle Voters Approve Over $2 Billion in Education Levies
Attorney General Fires Back at Rural Sheriffs That Are Vowing Not to Enforce Gun Control Laws
Los Angeles Sets a Clean-Energy Example That Washington Hopes to Follow




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Tuesday, February 12


Associated Press
GOP leaders back border deal, despite protests on the right
US job openings jump to record high of 7.3 million
Congressional lawmakers reach deal on border wall funding
Church parking lots to offer car camping to Medford homeless

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom business taking ‘care of those who take care of us’ during the snow storm 

In Our View: Rejecting Reciprocal Trade Act protects state
Senate bill that honors late Vancouver woman gets hearing (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
150 units of supportive housing coming to Everett in 2019
Lawmakers want carpool lane cheaters to pay a higher penalty (Liias)
Hundreds descend on Olympia to oppose measles vaccinations (Robinson)
Legislation targets missing and murdered indigenous women
Op-Ed by Sen. McCoy: Take action now to aid our ecosystem and climate
Commentary: Why is suicide rate higher in U.S. than Europe?
WaPo: Commentary: Congress considers bills to rein-in robocallers
Editorial: Bill falls short holding lawmakers to records act (Pedersen)

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
‘Snowiest’ February on record for King County 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Court ruling clears hurdle toward lasting protections for Puget Sound shorelines 

News Tribune (subscription required)
Should pet stores only sell rescue animals? Puyallup area businesses, advocates speak out (Appleton)

New York Times
With Shutdown Looming, Border Deal Is Reached ‘in Principle’
Five Key Takeaways From the Tentative Deal on Border Security

 Olympian (subscription required)
One of the men shot by a Roy police officer has been released from the hospital
Why your tax refund could be smaller this year — and why you might even owe money

Puget Sound Business Journal
Talks over border security break down, imperiling effort to prevent shutdown 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
People with disabilities can save for college, life expenses with new Washington state savings plan
Here’s what the massive public-lands bill means for conservation, climate change in Washington state
Seattle-area snow begins transitioning to rain, but street flooding could follow, officials warn
If you’re homeless, where can you go for shelter?
Did you lose 138 hours to Seattle-area traffic last year? New report ranks 5 other cities even worse
Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules, some Community Transit trips canceled
Opinion: Authorize dental therapists so all Washingtonians get the oral care they deserve
Editorial: National praise, and a nudge to expand, for Seattle preschool program

Seattle Weekly
My-Linh Thai Makes History as Washington’s First Refugee Legislator (Thai) 

Spokesman Review
Almost all public schools closed in Spokane County as snow piles up
Legislature takes a snow day
Middle school students want new buildings to get kids excited about going to class

USA Today
Supreme Court to determine if taxpayer payments to businesses are confidential
Government shutdown: Lawmakers reach agreement ‘in principle’ to avoid shutdown as Friday deadline looms
Lawmakers don’t want any more government shutdowns; they just can’t agree on how to prevent them

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Drug companies displaying prices on ads is good start

Washington Post
Trump’s failed shutdown strategy produced an even worse deal than he started with
Lawmakers say they have reached an ‘agreement in principle’ to avoid government shutdown
Denver teachers strike in bid to dismantle pay-for-performance system
Utah lawmakers scale back voter-approved Medicaid expansion

Whidbey News-Times
Picking a location for a new airport, other aviation issues before lawmakers (Orwall) 

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima, Union Gap police chiefs weigh in on new gun law
Editorial: Valley’s rental housing shortage needs immediate attention



Snow pushes back Seattle viaduct demolition 

Parts of North Sound getting pounded by snow as next winter storm moves through

Three people dead due to exposure, amplifying concerns for homeless population
Students urge lawmakers to lower the threshold for approval of school bond measures

The Babyless Recovery
Flood Waters Hit Northwest Oregon And Southwest Washington

NW Public Radio
‘What if they want you dead?’ Bearing arms for self-defense from the political left 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Thousands without power, at least three die from exposure after winter storms



Will Olympia save WA’s historical records from ruin? 

Microsoft wants Washington state to double down on infrastructure and privacy 

Snow delays demolition of Seattle’s viaduct
State bill proposed for college campus sexual assault task force

Seattle P.I.
90,000 without power as winter weather pounds Puget Sound region
Severe conditions, avalanche risk cause closure of Snoqualmie Pass 

Since Facebook Banned Political Ads in Washington State, It’s Sold a Bunch of Them



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Monday, February 11


Associated Press
Some Washington sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws
Washington farmers face rising costs in ongoing trade war
Gun seizures surged in second year of Washington’s law
Legislators advance mental health plan, debate privatization (Frockt, Dhingra)
Canadian leader appears with Washington governor
Washington lawmakers weigh vaccine exemption bill

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen homeless hit hard by snow and freezing weather
Grant will help some of the hardest-to-help homeless
Forecast prompts Quinaults to halt 2019 commercial sockeye fishery
Letter: State school ‘fix’ made things worse for districts such as Aberdeen

MMR vaccines skyrocket locally (Stonier)
Hundreds turn out for hearing on vaccine bill in Olympia (Stonier, Jinkins)
Public health reports no new measles cases, exposure sites Sunday
Cheers & Jeers: I-940 improved; adieu to pool (I-940, measles, mechanical fish)
Sen. Wilson bill would change key word in Growth Management Act 

The Daily News
Capitol Dispatch: Lawmakers support pesticides for oyster beds (Blake, Takko)
Property tax bills down for most of Cowlitz County 

Federal Way Mirror
CareNet lends helping hand to expectant mothers
Burial, cremation, or…compost?

The Inlander
Yakima County agrees to stop detaining people wanted by ICE 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Southern residents focus of Way of the Whales conference 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Parents who lost son in 2008: Be informed on measles vaccine

News Tribune (subscription required)
Snowmageddon to become Slushmageddon? Fourth snowstorm could quickly switch to rain
Roy police officer shoots 2 men on off-road vehicle Saturday night

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Fresh snow arrives in Seattle, closing region’s schools again
Breaking point? King County jails corrections officers worked more than 188,000 hours of overtime last year
Washington voters said yes to tough new gun law; at least 13 county sheriffs say no to enforcing it
Inslee pardons pot convictions of 13 Washington residents. Now lawmakers may clear criminal records for 200,000 more. (Fitzgibbon, Nguyen)
As snow complicates school bus routes, Seattle schools chief vows to ‘take action’ on transportation
Beason: The Virginia blackface scandal opens a window into Seattle’s own troubles with race
FYI Guy: The ‘Nextdoor effect’ in Bellevue: a familiar reaction to crime
Editorial: Washington is on the front line of a losing trade war
Opinion: Update old definitions about nuclear waste to speed safe cleanup
Editorial: Trump turns to swamp for Interior boss
Opinion: Why are arrest rates for rape in Washington state so underwhelming?”
Opinion: How can Americans protect wildlife if we’ve lost moral leverage?
Opinion: Roosevelt High incident is wake-up call to fight toxic racial stereotypes

Spokesman Review
Washington House panel starts debate on ending personal exemption for vaccines
Thieves should get more supervision and less prison, Spokane officials tell senators (Billig)
WSP trooper injured while responding to I-90 crash
Opinion: State’s work funding Washington education isn’t done yet
Opinion: Spokane County commissioners anti-labor resolution waste of taxpayers dollars

USA Today
Border wall negotiations hit hurdle as Democrats push for cap on number of ICE detainees 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State lawmakers must be as transparent as local officials (Pedersen)
Editorial: Measles outbreak should trigger vaccinations 

Washington Post
Top lawmakers to meet to revive stalled border talks with shutdown days away
Devastated by one shutdown, dreading the next
Millions of Americans could be stunned as their tax refunds shrink
Unvaccinated teens are fact-checking their parents — and trying to get shots on their own

Whidbey News-Times
Proposed legislation would vacate some marijuana convictions (Fitzgibbon) 



Washington state weighs vaccination bills as measles outbreak grows (Stonier)

Don’t abandon your car in snowy conditions, state patrol says

Amid measles outbreak, battle over vaccine choice to play out in Olympia (Stonier) 

As snow falls, officials rush to help unsheltered people survive
Students urge lawmakers to lower the threshold for approval of school bond measures

In A Measles Outbreak, Demand For Vaccine Spikes
Can Businesses Turn Away LGBT Customers? Court Battles Bubbling Back Up

NW Public Radio
‘Hey guys, how you doin’?’ How Jay Inslee introduces him ambition beyond Washington
 ”God Knows How I’m Still Alive.” A teen decides to get vaccinated, questioning mother’s judgement

Q13 TV (Fox)
Agencies, volunteers working to keep homeless safe amid winter storms
Nearly 1 in 7 US kids and teens have a mental health condition — half go untreated, study says



Icy sidewalks make Seattle dangerous for people with disabilities 

Amid measles outbreak, Washington state legislators consider bill to remove personal belief as a reason to forgo MMR vaccine (Stonier) 

Seattle P.I.
Puget Sound headed for ‘Slushmageddon’ — UW’s Cliff Mass
Snowfall breaks February record as temperatures stay well below normal
Abolish death penalty — Washington’s Catholic bishops

Snow That Just Won’t Quit, Inslee Pardons Pot Crimes, Another Shutdown Is Looming
Landlord Goes Off on Racist Ramble at Hearing for Eviction Reform (Hobbs, Hasegawa, Mullet)
Want to Be Composted When You Die? Time to Call Your State Representative.





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