Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Jan 27


Associated Press
Washington state House weighs minimum wage hike (Sells)
China opens market to all U.S. apple varieties
Deficit to shrink to lowest level of Obama presidency
Lawmakers introduce bill to abolish death penalty (Carlyle, Orwall, Kohl-Welles, Pedersen)
State Supreme Court to hear case involving farmworkers

Aberdeen Daily World
Washington state officials unaware at first of November oil spill
Statewide minimum wage of $12 debated

Bainbridge Island Review
Gov. Inslee’s pollution control proposal: Carbon emissions reduction plan could generate funds for education, transportation

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State, local officials not notified of oil spill spotted at BP refinery
Gas prices expected to rise in the coming weeks
Editorial: WSU med school doesn’t pencil out (Hunt, Reykdal)
Politics Blog: Goldman Sachs: Coal hits ‘retirement age;’ IEA disagrees
Politics Blog: DelBene, Larsen to take on exports, oil train safety

Bothell Reporter
Washington brakes law serves as national model

In Our View: Raise Smoking Age to 21 (Orwall)

The Daily News
Little progress, but talks continue between KapStone, union

Daily Record
Surplus water rights could aid farmers, communities (Blake)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
House bill targets unsafe storage of firearms (Kagi)
Sen. Chase wants state protection of insurance shareholders (Chase)
Harrop: Education can beat back economic inequality
Editorial: A few tweaks to election laws

Highline Times
Victims of revenge porn could seek civil liability under Orwall & Padden bills (Orwall)

Huffington Post
A Tale of Two Washingtons

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State laws protecting aquatic species a national model | Washington Department of Ecology

Kirkland Reporter
Washington brakes law serves as national model

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Teachers’ COLA just a piece of the compensation puzzle, lawmakers say (Appleton, Rolfes)
Minimum wage hike could draw more legislative support this year (Farrell, Sells)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Beer with that burrito? Proposal aims to expand food-truck fare (Reykdal)
Bill would require all but smallest businesses to offer sick leave (Jinkins)
Tacoma sick leave policy could see council vote Tuesday
Editorial: Equal-opportunity education depends on standardized tests

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: WSU med school doesn’t pencil out (Hunt, Reykdal)
Stopgap spending deal would re-open 45 beds at Western State Hospital (Sullivan)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Kill Bertha? Two legislators want it done, now
State business leaders backing new ‘Opportunity Washington’ plan
Washington medical community lobbies for bill to allow telemedicine reimbursements

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Distracted-driving law could get reboot (Goodman)
State to get $48M from feds to help house homeless
Bills to abolish death penalty introduced in Legislature (Carlyle, Orwall)
GOP senators introduce bill to kill Bertha and the tunnel project
Joel’s Law, revenue forecasts, rules and transportation: things Democrats said today (Sullivan, Nelson, Hunter)
Seattle city leaders urge state legislators to abolish death penalty (Carlyle)
The light bulb freedom movement comes to Olympia
Key Democratic committee condemns Common Core
Guest: Let voters decide whether to raise the state minimum wage

Seattle Weekly
Seattle Is Ripe for a New Commercial Space Race

Skagit Valley Herald
The week ahead for the Legislature (Farrell, Jinkins, Fitzgibbon)
Nuclear bills get off the ground in Legislature (McCoy, Kagi, Carlyle, Orwall, Cody, Hobbs)

Spokesman Review
Upper Columbia tribes seek to restore river’s salmon runs
Flu kills 14 in region; precautions urged
Ballot postage in Washington elections covered in bill (Hasegawa)
Statewide minimum wage of $12 debated
Powdered alcohol may get Washington OK
WALeg Day 16: WSU med school bill gets hearing today
Editorial: Washington SJR 8201 takes aim at unfunded initiatives

Tri-City Herald
Washington crops hit $10 billion record

Yakima Herald Republic
Open Thanksgiving? Bill would pay workers triple (Sells)
Some House Republicans want to nix art funds in transportation projects


Two GOP senators propose bill to kill Bertha
Man launches campaign to divide Washington in half

Lawmakers want to ban use of smartphones while driving
Will this mild winter lead to a summer drought?

Lawmakers push bill to kill Seattle’s Bertha tunneling project

Helping People With A Criminal History Get Work
Chaos During Oso Slide May Spur Long-Awaited Change In Fire-Crew Mobilization Law

Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages
Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren’t Being Enforced, Report Finds
King County Defends Juvenile Strip Searches In Detention
University Of Washington Janitors Protest Increased Workloads, Low Wages

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Washington senators propose bill to kill Bertha, Seattle tunnel project (Kohl-Welles)

NW Public Radio
Oregon, Washington Propose $12 State Minimum Wages
King County Defends Juvenile Strip Searches In Detention


Capitol Record (TVW)
Washington business owners disagree on minimum wage increase
Youth drug prevention programs untested after legal marijuana

Prospects for $12 minimum wage may be improving (Farrell, Sells, Jinkins)

Metro Removing Seahawks Messages

Seattle P.I.
Abolishing death penalty wins bipartisan support in Legislature (Carlyle, Orwall)

Senate Republicans Float Bill to Kill Bertha (Kohl-Welles)
Guest Editorial: The False Promise of the Death Penalty

The Stand
Tonight in Tacoma: 3 sick days is not enough!

Washington State Wire
In Contrast to California, Washington Eyes Tougher, More Expensive Cap-and-Trade Program