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Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

November 19, 2014 - Rep. Jim Moeller

Rep. Jim Moeller: Revenues are up, and that’s good news–but there’s more to the story

Statement by Speaker Pro Tem Jim Moeller on the state’s budget forecast: It’s good news that revenues are going up a bit more. It would be better news if politicians and interest groups stopped repeating the myth that economic growth alone is enough. Growth will not fully fund education, fix our crumbling bridges and take care of veterans and the disabled. We can do better, and must do better, for kids in public schools, for our seniors and disabled and … Continue reading

House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

November 18, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

House Democrats select leaders for 2015-16

The House Democratic Caucus met in Olympia today and selected a number of leaders for the next Legislature. Frank Chopp (Seattle): House Speaker-designate Pat Sullivan (Covington): Majority Leader Eric Pettigrew (Seattle): Majority Caucus Chair Kevin Van De Wege (Sequim): Majority Whip Kris Lytton (Anacortes): Majority Floor Leader The remaining members of the HDC Leadership team, including the Speaker pro tem-designate, will be elected at a future date. The Speaker-designate and Speaker pro tem-designate must be elected by the entire House … Continue reading

Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

October 29, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Roger Freeman: 1965 – 2014

Statement from House Speaker Frank Chopp and Democratic Caucus Chair Eric Pettigrew on the passing of Representative Roger Freeman: “Our hearts and prayers are with the family of Rep. Roger Freeman today. We have lost a treasured colleague and friend, but they have lost their husband and father. “Roger was a deeply spiritual man who lived his faith every single day. As a legislator, he was passionate about social justice, strong families, and educational opportunities for all. “We will miss … Continue reading

Seattle prospers – but rich-poor gap also grows

October 13, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Seattle prospers – but rich-poor gap also grows

We blogged last week about how income inequality is growing in Washington. Now we have new information about the increasing gap between high earners  and lower earners in Seattle. The richest 20 percent of Seattle residents earned an extra $15,000 in 2013, compared to 2012 – more than the total average income of the bottom 20 percent of workers. That’s according to a new story by Gene Balk in The Seattle Times, which crunched numbers from the Census Bureau to … Continue reading

Tuesday, September 30th

September 30, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Print   Associated Press Colorado high court considers pot firing case Inslee: SBA approves emergency help for wildfires Boeing moving jobs to Oklahoma City, St. Louis Senators ask for more oil train notifications 2 more charter schools look likely to get approval SBA approves emergency help for Washington wildfires UW’s med school to accept deferred-action students U.S .grants $450M to link job training to employers Boeing moving jobs to Oklahoma City, St. Louis Colorado high court considers pot firing case … Continue reading

Chronic absenteeism: not your father’s hooky

September 9, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Chronic absenteeism: not your father’s hooky

How time flies.  Seems like only yesterday, but it’s been a few weeks since the last time we ran across a major study that confirmed what House Democrats have long maintained:  Funding education, by itself, is a good thing, but without sufficient attention to social programs, many of those education dollars will be unproductive at best. Now this: Johns Hopkins University education researchers Robert Balfanz and Vaughan Byrnes studied the relationships between poverty and chronic absenteeism, and between chronic absenteeism … Continue reading

The Daily E-Clips: August 20, 2014

August 20, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Print Associated Press Panel votes on limiting free meals for lawmakers (Hansen, Pedersen) Oregon state regulators reject coal terminal on Columbia Prison company pays $8 million in back wages Aberdeen Daily World Certification of primary vote today; recount likely Friday in commissioner race Ballard News Tribune Lockhaven tenant fights back against ‘illegal eviction’ and ‘retaliation’ Bellingham Herald (subscription required) Blog: Lobbyist limit proposed for WA legislators: 12 free meals a year Blog: Pro-coal terminal group’s statement appears to sidestep reality … Continue reading

The Daily E-Clips: August 14, 2014

August 14, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

PRINT Associated Press State jobless rate falls to 5.6% Large mudslide closes 30 miles of US Highway 12 Aberdeen Daily World Forest Service holding open house to talk about roads Solutions for Olympic Gateway Mall access six to seven years away Bothell-Kenmore Reporter Washington State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25 Columbian Editorial: In Our View: Bertha Offers Vital Lessons (transportation funding) The Daily News State’s unemployment rate drops to 5.6 percent Everett Herald (subscription required) Boeing starts demo … Continue reading

Wednesday, July 9

July 9, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

PRINT Associated Press Attorney General: eFoodHandler certificates worthless Heat wave forecast for Washington Whooping cough among farmworkers in Grant County Wildfire spreads to nearly 8 square miles, threatens homes near Entiat Washington state pot shop customers cheer first legal sale How marijuana goes from garden to store Hundreds line up for legal pot in Washington state Corinthian To Close Campuses In 11 States Bellingham Herald First legal marijuana store opens in Bellingham to hundreds of customers Columbian C-Tran allocates $6.7 … Continue reading

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

June 30, 2014 - Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon

Joe Fitzgibbon – Talking Transit

What would the 34th district look like if bus service suddenly vanished? Take a minute to imagine what changes our community would undergo. Seniors would no longer be able to get to medical appointments. Thousands more cars would be on the road each day, spewing carbon into the air and jamming up our streets. People who cannot afford to own a car would be stranded and unable to get to work or to local businesses. While the possibility of bus … Continue reading

Rep. Moscoso Receives Award for Public Service

June 25, 2014 - Rep. Luis Moscoso

Rep. Moscoso Receives Award for Public Service

Representative Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace, received the Tikkun Olam Award for Public Service last week at the annual meeting of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle. “I believe that Washington should be a safe and welcoming community where everyone, regardless of race or religion, should be able to pursue their American Dream,” said Moscoso. “I am humbled by the recognition of my work towards making that vision a reality.” Named after the traditional Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, or ‘repair … Continue reading

Rep. Morris’ attempt to protect personal privacy from airborne voyeurs making news — again

June 24, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Rep. Morris’ attempt to protect personal privacy from airborne voyeurs making news — again

Last February, the House gave an overwhelmingly bipartisan thumbs-up to Rep. Jeff Morris‘ HB 2178, a bill that would have made it a crime to invade an individual’s presumably private space with camera-equipped airborne drones.  Buoyed by that 92-6 House vote and widespread public support, the bill sailed over to the Republican-controlled Senate for consideration . . . and like so many other House bills, became a victim of that chamber’s inaction. Fast-forward a few months, and HB 2178 is … Continue reading

34 lawmakers sign letter to White House on oil trains

June 24, 2014 - Rep. Jessyn Farrell

34 lawmakers sign letter to White House on oil trains

State representatives and senators from across Washington sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to not lift the ban on exporting oil. The lawmakers wrote: “While lifting this ban may benefit oil producers, it will be detrimental to the environment, the American people, and the people of Washington state in particular.” You can read the full text of the letter by clicking here or on the photo below.

Fighting for Life

June 17, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

Fighting for Life

Earlier this month Rep. Freeman walked with cancer fighter, survivors and supporters at the Relay for Life at Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way.  Relay for Life is an overnight fundraising walk and run event. Rep. Freeman is currently fighting cancer himself.  He attended to the event to support other cancer fighters and survivors.  There, he spoke with other participants, saying: “Cancer affects so many of us: mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. We all want to … Continue reading

Orwall on meeting her birth family: “I’d never been in a room where I Iooked like anyone else.”

June 11, 2014 - Rep. Tina Orwall

Orwall on meeting her birth family: “I’d never been in a room where I Iooked like anyone else.”

Rep. Tina Orwall, an adoptee herself, knows what it’s like to miss important pieces of one’s own life puzzle.  Not knowing if you’re at risk of hypertension or diabetes could make it harder for you and your medical team to look for specific signs, so finding out if these or other conditions run in your family is truly valuable information. But there are other reasons people are curious about who they are and where they came from. Rep. Tina Orwall … Continue reading

Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on the Seattle City Council’s vote to raise the city’s minimum wage

June 2, 2014 - Rep. Jessyn Farrell

Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on the Seattle City Council’s vote to raise the city’s minimum wage

Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on the Seattle City Council’s vote to raise the city’s minimum wage  I wish to congratulate the Seattle City Council for today’s bold vote on a minimum wage increase for those who work in the city. We know our economy is stronger when an honest day’s work is rewarded with a fair wage. During the recovery, top earners have done quite well, the stock market has seen record highs, and corporate profits have never been better, … Continue reading

American Dreams – a short documentary

June 2, 2014 - Washington House Democrats

American Dreams – a short documentary

One of the biggest stories of the 2014 legislative session was the passage of the DREAM Act. This quick documentary tells the story of how, year after year, college students from around the state traveled to Olympia and never gave up on the dream of earning a university degree and giving back to the community. Related posts: Univision tells the story of local Dreamers American Dreams Statement by Rep. Hudgins on Senate allowing a vote on Dream Act DREAM Act … Continue reading

Washingtonians hurt by the I-5 Skagit Bridge collapse can get help

May 15, 2014 - Rep. Jeff Morris

When the I-5 Bridge over the Skagit River collapsed last year it caused damage, destruction, loss of business and heartache to local residents. In accordance with Washington state law, drivers here are liable for damage they cause to a bridge along a state highway. Both the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) as well as individuals have brought suit against the trucking company responsible, yet none have been successful. The insurance company continues to deny responsibility for any damage. WSDOT … Continue reading

2014 Legislative Highlights from Rep. Gregerson

May 10, 2014 - Rep. Mia Gregerson

2014 Legislative Highlights from Rep. Gregerson

  Click on the image below to read Rep. Gregerson’s report on the 2014 legislative session.

2014 Legislative Session Report to the 33rd District

May 1, 2014 - Rep. Tina Orwall

2014 Legislative Session Report to the 33rd District

Thank you for the honor of serving in Olympia on behalf of our community. I am pleased we ended the short session on time and that I was able to preside as Deputy Speaker Pro Tempore in the final gavel of the 2014 session. This newsletter provides some brief updates of the session that I hope you find informative. I am happy to report that the Legislature passed four of my bills and they have all been signed into law … Continue reading