Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Jan 16


Associated Press
2 Seattle lawmakers seeks to raise Washington minimum wage (Farrell, Jayapal)
Growers struggle with glut of legal pot in Washington state
Hundreds of gun-rights activists rally in Olympia (Blake, Sullivan)
Despite low gas prices, gas tax hike appears unlikely
Monroe lawmaker wants to bring back ‘free coffee’ signs
2 lawmakers propose paid sick leave bill (Jinkins, Habib)
Renewed push for oil transport bills as oil trains spike (Farrell, Rolfes)
Liquor Board pays $192,000 to public records gadfly

Aberdeen Daily World
Team Rubicon working on flood cleanup throughout the week
Coastal Community Action Program deemed clearinghouse for flood victims
Port sees healthy 2014 shipping traffic
Ocean Shores declares emergency caused by recent storms
Aberdeen Council updated on flood efforts

Bainbridge Island Review
Sen. Rolfes introduces bill to address oil transportation safety (Rolfes, Ranker, McCoy)
Underage viticulture students may get sipping privileges (Springer)
House Republicans want education budget separate from General Fund spending plan (Hunter)

Ballard News Tribune
Op ed: High cost of rents: Tenants need fair time to relocate (Kohl-Welles)
Kohl-Welles co-sponsors legislation to address oil spill disasters (Kohl-Welles)
Tarleton elected Deputy Majority Floor Leader (Tarleton)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
A possible ‘McCleary‘ for Washington higher education?

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Ferrell helps introduce $12 minimum wage bill in Olympia (Farrell, Jayapal, Jinkins, Habib)
Local representatives support bill defelonizing drug possession (Moscoso, Farrell, Appleton, Pollet)

In Our View: Building A Better Bridge (Cleveland, Wylie)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
$3.8 million port upgrade will allow it to handle heavier cargo
McCusker: Obama’s community college plan needs work
Editorial: Talk with teens about sexual assault

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way homeless mother advocates early learning in Olympia
Lawmakers launch Olympia session introducing some unusual proposals
Opinion: Process to fill 30th District seat was game of charades (Gregory, Chopp)

Islands’ Sounder
Lummi Nation requests permit denial for proposed coal terminal

Kirkland Reporter
House Democrats elect Rep. Joan McBride to leadership position (McBride)
Local lawmakers discuss state budget at town-hall meeting in Redmond (Hunter, McBride, Habib)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
$12 minimum wage could be proposed in Olympia (Jayapal, Farrell, Habib, Jinkins)
Seahawks fast ferry ride falls through

Maple Valley Reporter
House Republicans want education budget separate from General Fund spending plan (Hunter)
Lawmakers launch Olympia session introducing some unusual proposals (Dunshee, Springer, Appleton)

News Tribune (subscription required)
People are rapping about the Legislature on Twitter
Under the Dome: Friday, January 16, the fifth day of the 105-day legislative session
A possible ‘McCleary‘ for Washington higher education?
Editorial: Lobbying proposals would provide more accountability (Hurst)

Olympian (subscription required)
More bipartisan interest in targeting ‘dark money’ (Billig)

Peninsula Daily News
Multimillion dollar lawsuits filed over Nippon Paper’s Port Angeles biomass plant

Puget Sound Business Journal
Northwest economy will outpace nation’s

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Giant crane to lift Bertha
Politicians’ wagers over Hawks boost local products
Bills to raise minimum wage, require paid sick days introduced in Olympia (Farrell, Jayapal)
Hundreds at Capitol protest new gun-purchase background checks (Blake)
Teens’ brains are not fully wired but plenty capable of self-control
Guest Opinion: It’s time to get serious about keeping effective teachers

Skagit Valley Herald
Dueling bills tackle rail oil safety (Ranker, Rolfes)
State offers truckers a travel app to avoid low clearances

Spokesman Review
Gun activists gather, as control activists plan to grade legislators on which way they vote
Train derailment near Cheney may block road until Saturday
Here come the Seahawks-Packer bets
Editorial: Legislature must invest to make sure all parts of state are heard

Tri-City Herald
Investigation finds problems with Hanford tank farm inventory management

Yakima Herald Republic
Newhouse votes to end Deferred Action for undocumented immigrants
Editorial: Standing up for our state after potshot from neighbor


Lawmakers push to give Medal of Valor to Oso residents

2 Seattle lawmakers seeks to raise Washington minimum wage (Farrell)

Health officials move to protect kids from medical marijuana candies
Too much pot: Growers struggle with glut of legal weed

Tense Moments As Gun Rights Rally Spills Into Washington House Gallery
4 Puget Sound-Area Counties Team Up To Attract Foreign Investment Dollars

The Cost Of Riding Transit Is A Public Health Issue, King County Says
Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Where are the politicians when port slowdown cripples Seattle’s traffic?
SDOT, Seattle police employing new tactics to avoid port backups
State representative explains why he didn’t applaud State Supreme Court members


Capitol Record (TVW)
Bills for paid sick leave, $12 minimum wage introduced (Farrell, Jinkins)
Wednesday recap on ‘Legislative Review’

Politics of minimum wage, sick leave have some surprises (Farrell, Jayapal, Jinkins, Habib)
Oil train safety draws quick attention in Olympia (Ranker, Rolfes)

Another Great GOP Free Speech Idea
National Poll: 63 Percent of Americans Support a $15 Minimum Wage

Senate Committee Passes Republicans’ Education Plan
Council Candidate Seeks Tunnel Advice (Clibborn, Pollet)
Friday Likes and Dislikes: First World Problems and Rhetoric (Pollet, Tarleton, Orwall)

SDC Hopper
Senate Democrats introduce bill to address oil transportation safety (McCoy, Ranker, Rolfes)
Nelson: “Billionaire Protection Act” will hurt working families, small business (Nelson)

Seattle P.I.
How polluting industries paid to thwart Inslee’s play
Opponents of new gun law rally in Olympia, trade guns in House gallery (Blake)

Republican Introduces “Ag-Gag” Law in Olympia

SnoValley Star
School funding challenges state Legislature this session

The Stand
MLK: Champion of unions, bargaining rights

Washington State Wire
Oil Train Safety Under Scrutiny in the Legislative Session (Ranker, Rolfes)
Dem Lawmakers Introduce Paid-Sick Leave, $12 Minimum Wage Legislation (Jayapal)