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Rep. Gael Tarleton D-36 Aaron Barna

Rep. Gael Tarleton D-36

“Right now the workplace is a rat race. It doesn’t give people time off, it doesn’t give people any economic security, and it doesn’t give people a chance to recharge.” -Rep. Gael Tarleton






Aberdeen Daily World
Harbor Paper employees left with thousands in medical bills when insurance unexpectedly lapsed

Associated Press
Bills seek moratorium on destroying DNA evidence (Orwall, Darneille)
UW Tacoma Chancellor Friedman dies at age 58
Lawmakers push back against Washington high court (Hargrove)
Democrats push forward minority voting bill
Minimum wage bills pushed in at least 30 states (Farrell)
The new face of food stamps: working-age Americans
Hastings seeks changes to Endangered Species Act

Bainbridge Island Review

Environmental concerns rise to the top at Kilmer roundtable

Ballard News Tribune
New Seattle police chief search starts with local input

Bellingham Herald
Railroad tank-car safety woes date decades before crude oil concerns
Legislature taking action on awful leaf blower noise (Fraser)

Bothell Reporter
Editorial: State government attempts to get past rhetoric to a transportation plan
Bill would require public officials to take open-records training (Pollet)
How did 1st District representatives for Bothell vote? (Moscoso, Stanford)
How did 46th District representatives for Kenmore vote? (Pollet, Farrell)

Editorial: In Our View: ‘Help Wanted’ or ‘Keep Out’?
Editorial: In Our View: More Cash for Schools?

The Daily News
What do Feds’ oil train safety proposals mean to Pacific Northwest?
State House bill would raise minimum wage to $12 by 2017 (Farrell)

Everett Herald
Banks relieved by A-G’s stance on pot trade (Roberts)
Democrats push forward minority voting bill in Legislature
Three million sign up for Obamacare
Boeing a winner in R&D tax credit war
Lawmakers balk at state high court’s school funding ruling (Hargrove)
Sirota: The economic case for paid leave laws
Op-ed: Raising minimum wage a burden, not a benefit
Op-ed: Make schools, roads a priority
Editorial: Stopping the Bristol Bay mine
Editorial: Uniting to end sexual assault

Islands’ Sounder
A coastline of ‘critical’ habitat? Petition seeks to expand protection for endangered orcas

Islands’ Weekly
Senator Ranker sponsors telecommunications bill

Kitsap Sun
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Leaders trying to reach agreement on West Sound transportation package (Seaquist, Rolfes)

Issaquah Reporter

Discover Pass revenue continues to grow | Increase still not enough to make up for budget cuts to state parks

Mercer Island Reporter
Litzow ‘committed to gun safety’

News Tribune (subscription required)
Morning update: Session Day 15 (Hunt)
WA lawmakers question safety of crude-oil trains
Poor record of tank cars dates back decades
Political nonprofits holding sway on issues
Editorial: Higher ed remains urgent state need

Olympian (subscription required)
Lawmakers question safety of crude-oil trains (Farrell, Rolfes)
Today is Saturday, Jan. 25, the 13th day of the 60-day legislative session (Chopp, Hunt, Hansen, Kagi)
Age limit for solo hunting proposed once again (Blake)
Legislature taking action on awful leaf blower noise (Ranker, Fraser)

Minimum age for hunting would be 8 under bill in 2014 Washington Legislature
Influential lawmaker predicts “Oregon is done” with Columbia River Crossing

Peninsula Daily News
State legislators like chances for toxics bill in Senate (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Hargrove)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington women earn 76% of what men earn

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Highline schools cut suspensions, expulsions in half | Education Lab
Rideshare use picks up sharply in King County
Rep. Larsen rips agency investigating Anacortes refinery explosion
Sen. Baumgartner: Do community service to get jobless benefits (Darneille)
McMorris Rodgers to give GOP response to Obama speech
Editorial: Political will needed to pass transportation package
Guest Opinion: The front line of suicide prevention is primary care
Guests: Does Seattle need to raise minimum wage to $15?

Skagit Valley Herald
Bills seek to rein in largely unregulated medical pot market (Cody)

Spokesman Review
Spin Control: Spokane community leaders take pilgrimage to Olympia (Chopp)
Spokane’s red-light cameras make streets safer, statistics show
Spokane red-light cameras ‘fleecing’ drivers, some say
With 10 years of road fixes nearly done, city taking new tack
Shawn Vestal: Christian-based health plan shares premise of Affordable Care Act

West Seattle Herald
Kilbourne Ravine Project will take six years to clean up invasive species; Work to begin this summer

Whidbey News-Times
10th Dist. state representative honored by law enforcement (Darneille, Riccelli)

Yakima Herald Republic
Rep. Hastings calls for reforms to Endangered Species Act




Five shot in Seattle, at least three in Pioneer Square

Online Gun Exchange Launches On Eve Of Gun Measure Hearings
Bill Would Make Washington The First State To Mandate Paid Vacation Days (Tarleton)
Court To Lawyers: Not OK To Secretly Record Phone Calls As Evidence
The Income Gap: How Much Is Too Much?
State Senators Want Ethics Boards — Not Lawmakers — To Define ‘Infrequent’ Meals (Moeller)
Holder Favors Pot Banking, And Legal Dealers Shrug

Washington Ranks Sixth For New Foreign And Out-Of-State Residents
Still No Answers For Stuck Bertha

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
New overpass for notorious Seattle traffic bottleneck
Report: Red light camera company bribed city officials

NW Public Radio
How The Farm Bill Could Make It Harder To Track Down Pollution
Washington State Slaps Fine For Mishandled Waste At Hanford




Capitol Record
Paid vacation proposed for employees who work at least 20 hours a week (Tarleton)
At American Indian lobby day Nooksacks fight to belong in the tribe

Testifying about lawyer bills for foster kids (Goodman)
2 lawmakers push for class-size improvements (Goodman, Liias)
The Daily Troll: Perkins Coie raids Obama’s cabinet. Mariners’ questionable new management.
To seal or not to seal: WA’s battle over juvenile records | Crosscut.com (Kagi)
Feds’ latest Columbia River plan: Play me an old-fashioned melody
Tunnel work continues despite Bertha stoppage

Olympia outtake: Week 2, unified theory (Farrell)
On other blogs today: Homelessness rises, bridge sinks, and more

Republicans (Like State Senator Michael Baumgartner) Are Total Jerks
Maybe Bertha Isn’t Stuck?
A Livable Minimum Wage Could Decrease Unemployment by Decreasing Demand for Second Jobs

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