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“It’s in our DNA.” -Rep. Gael Tarleton on Washington’s history of protecting workers’ rights, Fortune Magazine




Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor could get easier to navigate

Associated Press
Sen. Patty Murray to seek fifth term in 2016
State stuck with bill when people ditch boats (Hansen)
State’s health exchange will have to slim down in 2015 (Keiser)
Despite Chinese ban, WA geoducks going to Asia
Budget model uncertain for state health exchanges
Legislature eyes legalizing industrial hemp production (Kohl-Welles)
Panel: Federal wolf plan used unproven science Sen. Patty Murray to seek fifth term in 2016
Wave of college grads found jobs in January

Bellingham Business Journal
Potential entrants to new pot industry sort through risk, uncertain future

Columbia Basin Herald

Bill tries to protect burial grounds (Ortiz-Self)

Bill would put lobbyist reports online (Moeller, Wylie, Hunt)
Editorial: In Our View: Oil Terminal Still Bad Idea

Everett Herald
Machinist locals force national union election
Cities taking different tacks on how to regulate pot
Need to Know:How many earn minimum wage in Snohomish County?
Op-ed by Reps. Moscoso and Sells: Higher wages let more people share in economic recovery
Op-ed: It’s time to tackle climate change with carbon tax
Editorial: Politics sinks historic lookout (Omnibus Lands’ Bill)
Editorial: Public lands and private coal

The Inlander
Plugging Loopholes – Democrats take aim at Washington’s developer-friendly vesting law (Ormsby, Riccelli, Fitzgibbon)

Mercer Island Reporter
Cartoon: School Support | Cartoon of the Week

News Tribune (subscription required)
Proposal offers tuition alternative (Seaquist, Pollet)
Morning update: Session Day 29 (Seaquist)
Groups, governor lobby for end of refinery tax break
Boldt Decision on tribal fishing still resonates after 40 years
Boldt Decision cleared path for more landmark tribal rights changes

Olympian (subscription required)
Groups lobby for end to tax break for refineries (Carlyle, Sullivan)
Proposal offers new way to pay for college (Seaquist, Pollet)
Boldt Decision on tribal fishing still resonates after 40 years
Fish Wars victory still a success for South Sound tribes 40 years later
Boldt Decision cleared path for more landmark tribal rights changes
State’s health exchange budget gets slim in 2015 (Keiser)
Lawmakers rankled by Obama’s weed waffling
Under the Dome: Saturday, Feb. 8, the 27th day of the 60-day legislative session (Hunter, Green, Seaquist)
Bill that promotes hemp study faces no organized opposition (Kohl-Welles)
Despite Chinese ban, WA geoducks going to Asia
Editorial: Reasonable to register, train signature collectors (Reykdal)
Op-ed: Salmon enhancement helps restore our economy
Letter: Boeing could pay pensions out of its aviation profits
Letter: Use tolls on highways to fund transportation
Letter: Oil trains represent latest economic game
Blog: Surprise! Senate majority says new transpo plan now due next week (Clibborn)

Peninsula Daily News
State tackling costly problems with enforcement of derelict vessel rules (Hansen)
Eye on Olympia: Legislators make last push on drones, pot, toxic bills  (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Hargrove)

Puget Sound Business Journal
State’s latest report: Bertha the digger has popped a seal
This week in health care: Catholic employers, abortion coverage & doctor pay

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Lawmakers struggle over how to deny parental rights to rapists (Goodman, Kohl-Welles)
How and why college salaries contribute to rising tuition rates | Education Lab
Democrats question GOP’s removal of moderate from key panel (Jinkins, Pedersen)
Gun-violence victims complain about treatment at hearing
Ban on therapy to change child’s sexual orientation moves forward (Liias)
Student mentors have a message for youngsters: Go to college
Editorial: End waiting list for people with developmental disabilities
Editorial: Ban flame retardants that harm children (Van De Wege)
Editorial: State bill would create second chances for inmates through education (Pettigrew)
Guest: Washington state lags rest of U.S. on STEM education

Skagit Valley Herald
‘Passport Bill’ would make forced labor a felony (Ryu)
MV lawmaker’s privacy bills move closer to floor vote (Morris)

Spokesman Review
Spin Control: The will of the people not always worth a law (Kline)
Op-ed: Washington Legislature needs to close Medicaid funding gap
Blog: Tuition caps for state colleges rejected (Kohl-Welles)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Wow, are state lawmakers really giving themselves more money? (Sullivan)




Concussion law inspired by Wash. teen passed in all 50 states

Advocates: Washington Must Ensure ‘Basics Are Met’ For Refugees And Immigrants
Bertha: Broken, Not Blocked, Says WSDOT

Does Congress Have Enough Political Will To Reduce The Debt?
Washington Supreme Court Backs Discrimination Claim Against Catholic Hospital

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Gun violence victims say they felt disrespected at legislative hearing (Darnielle)

NW Public Radio
Tesoro To Upgrade To Safer Oil Tankers
Panel Finds Feds Didn’t Use Best Science In Wolf Plan
Divergent Agendas As Washington Legislature Approaches Halfway Point
Energy Storage Battery Heads To The Market

Q13 TV (FOX)
WSP: Snow storm’s hidden danger: abandoned vehicles




Capitol Record
Part-time faculty unions bill passes in Senate committee (Hasegawa)
Senate committee passes volunteerism for unemployment benefits bill
On ‘Legislative Review:’ Cough syrup abuse, faith healing and a fuel tax break

Table is set for furious battle over state Senate control  (Hobbs, Hatfield, Eide, Green, Stonier, Freeman, Haigh, Morrell, Seaquist, Dunshee)
Bertha’s latest problem? She broke the seal
Political cover? Bertha’s contractors hire lobbyist & former deputy mayor
The Daily Troll: Bertha’s latest woes. WA’s Olympic competitors. Merging medical & recreational pot markets? (Kohl-Welles)
What does Al Jazeera America see in the Northwest?

Fortune Magazine
Washington state and workers’ rights: Two peas in a pod (Tarleton)

HDC Advance
Meet a new legislator: Lillian Ortiz-Self, 21st Legislative District (Ortiz-Self)
Shopping for health care would be easier under proposed law


Fizz: The punks are now governing
Farrell opinion: Why the number 12 is important for Washington’s workers and businesses

Seattle PI
DOT: Bertha damaged, tunneling on hold
Blog: Utilities panel cool to coal plant, tells PSE to look at shutdown

Tunnel Machine Is Seriously Screwed
Dominic Holden Was Right About Bertha
If I Were Writing for the Seattle Times Editorial Board, This Is How I Would Oppose a $15 Minimum Wage
Here, You Try To Get By On Minimum Wage

Washington State Wire
Deathly Quiet as Governor Addresses AWB, and Then Come the Groans

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