Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 20

MLK150x150A video, from the House Democrats to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



Aberdeen Daily World
Appeals over crude oil permit decision
Wild Olympics back on the table

Associated Press
New Columbia fish plan is little changed
GMO labeling debate shifts to Olympia
Parties pledge to work together on WA ed money
House OKs bill to stop variable tuition (Seaquist, Carlyle)
Deportations drop by 30% in Washington, Oregon, Alaska
Stalled immigrant bill could impact WA elections
Lawmakers talk again about GMO labeling
Gov. Inslee’s big ideas face big hurdles (Hargrove)
Fewer suicides reported at Lewis-McChord base

Bainbridge Island Review
Meeting scheduled for Bainbridge Ferry Terminal rehab project
Rep. Hansen proposes new bill to safeguard waterways and protect marine jobs by cleaning up derelict vessels (Hansen)
Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates and ferry operations to be discussed at next Transportation Commission meeting

Bellingham Herald
Activists bring guns to Olympia to defend rights

Bothell Reporter
State Parks offers ‘free days’ to park visitors in 2014
Editorial – Legislators need to listen to state Supreme Court’s words

State official says program for homeless needs bigger slice of the pie

The Daily News
New online map tracks state transportation spending
Health exchange, Live Nation team up to promote insurance
House panel hears debate on modified salmon
Sheriff Nelson says voters should consider law-enforcement levy

Everett Herald
Telephone town hall for 38th District residents (Sells, Robinson, McCoy)
For fledgling pot industry, uncertainty is the rule
Ads in state parks explored (Senn)
Senator introduces plan to reduce class sizes (McAuliffe)
Editorial: Speak up, invigorate legacy (MLK)

Islands’ Sounder
Hospitals required to disclose health care policies

Kitsap Sun
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Questions abound for potential pot entrepreneurs who are active-duty spouses
Wild Olympics legislation revived in Congress
Letter: Strong stand against modern slavery

Maple Valley Reporter
WSDOT report highlights next steps for improving I-405 congestion

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington state pot backers loudly make their points (Jinkins, Cody, Hurst, Appleton, Kohl-Welles)
Vets could fall victim to education stalemate (Hudgins, Chopp)
New low-carbon fuel standards mired in cost debate
Contempt of court possible if McCleary demands unmet (Sullivan)
No faith healing instead of medical care for kids, state senator says (Mullet)
Group says state’s bad for emergencies
Bill: Lawmakers could sue employers who fire them for time spent in Olympia (Liias, Hunt)
Lawmaker wants to prevent criminals from suing their victims (Sawyer, Jinkins)
Editorial: Honor King, and others who fought for rights

Olympian (subscription required)
Activists bring guns to Olympia to defend rights
Lawmakers get earful from pot advocates (Jinkins, Cody, Hurst, Appleton, Kohl-Welles)
Olympic, Mount Rainier national parks’ funding in jeopardy
Under the Dome: Today is the sixth day of the 60-day legislative session (Hunt, Morris, Liias, McAuliffe, Mullet)
Contempt of court possible if McCleary demands unmet (Sullivan)
More layoffs announced at printing department
Orting councilman Graham Hunt wins seat in state Legislature
Op-ed: Special to The Olympian: State must address heroin epidemic, drug crimes
Letter: Is medical pot really a recreational cover?
Letter: Common Core standards have links back to ALEC
Blog: Bill: Lawmakers could sue employers who fire them for time spent in Olympia
Blog: No faith healing instead of medical care for kids, state senator says (Mullet, Darneille)

Peninsula Daily News
Eye on Olympia: Sen. Hargrove’s would govern use of drones by state agencies

Puget Sound Business Journal
With Seahawk win, California owes WA a case of wine
This week in health care: State exchanges, unpaid doctor bills, emergency care

Real Change News
To blunt the impact of Citizens United, Spokane legislator pushes campaign disclosure law (Billig)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
How will state Supreme Court react if lawmakers hold back on school funding?
Bill would prohibit state from cooperating in warrantless electronic surveillance
Republicans stand by assertions Inslee plans low-carbon fuel standards (Clibborn)
We need to dig out truth about Bertha problems | Westneat
Editorial:  Honor Martin Luther King by ending county’s disparities

Skagit Valley Herald
MV lawmaker pushes personal privacy with three bills (Morris)

Spokesman Review
Oil by rail: Area leaders prep for disaster while calling for tougher standards
House panel hears debate on modified salmon
Spin Control: It was a partisan week at the Legislature – everyone for the Seahawks
Editorial: Children of illegal immigrants should be able to apply for higher ed aid
Editorial: Badly needed transportation action stalled in Olympia

Voice of the Valley
Governor’s Climate Report Estimates Low-Carbon Fuel Standard Would Add $1.17 Per Gallon

West Seattle Herald
Parents consider Community School of West Seattle; Specializing in ‘organic’ education they invited neighbors to an open house Jan. 18

Whidbey News-Times
Skipper says NAS Whidbey Island will see substantial growth in coming years

Yakima Herald Republic
Supreme Court could force Legislature’s hand on education funding
Editorial: Legislature must focus on basics this session



Biodiesel Industry Puzzled By Loosening Of Alternative Fuel Standard
Olympia Mulls Crowdfunding Of Equity Shares In Biz Startups
I-502 Author Says Attorney General Got It Wrong On Pot Business Bans

Genetically-Modified Labeling Fight In Washington Continues With New Bills
Spill Plan For Columbia River Oil Terminal Lays Out Worst-Case Scenarios

Man accused of ‘death threats’ against Seattle mayor, socialist councilwoman

NW Public Radio
When King and Johnson Joined Forces To Fight The War On Poverty
Feds Stand By Current Dam, Salmon Plan For Columbia
Legislation Revived To Protect 126,000 Acres Of Olympic Peninsula



Capitol Record
House approves bill that would end differential tuition (Seaquist)
GMO labeling debate shifts from ballot to state capitol
Litzow: Early Start Act step in “ongoing journey” (Hunter)
Local marijuana sales bans could be risky, board warns

Gov. Inslee’s letter to Republicans: Half-hearted diplomacy?
City & county marijuana bans: What is the attorney general thinking? (Sawyer)
The Daily Troll: The 1000 clam Seahawks wager. Seattle, unequal? Comment troll perils. (Hobbs, Dunshee, Haigh, Carlyle, Liias)

HDC Advance
“Focus on: Trade” workshops begin in House Transportation Committee (Clibborn, Farrell)
Rep. Appleton: Ban bad dogs, not “bad” breeds (Appleton)

Olympia outtake: Week 1, all governance is local?
Low-wage workers deserve a higher state minimum
Fizz: David vs. Goliath (Tharinger, Carlyle)

SDC Hopper
Hobbs, Hatfield and all Senate Democrats sign on to teacher COLA bill (Hobbs, Hatfield)

President Obama on Legal Marijuana
The Plan to Save Metro: Higher Taxes, Low-Income Fares (Clibborn)
The Answer to the 99 Tunnel Problem: It’s Totally Obvious, and Involves the Word “Plex”