Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Jan 28


Associated Press
Kings says bill calling for end to Seattle tunnel project ‘not realistic’
House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration
Unemployment rates fall in 42 US states amid broad hiring
Tribes to discuss legal pot at Tulalip conference on Feb. 27
Inslee’s cap-and-trade plan makes polluters pay (Fitzgibbon)
Letter: Pot shops off limits to military members
State Democrats oppose national education standards
Washington Democrats oppose national education standards
Washington teacher, researcher testify on education law
Tacoma businesses required to provide 3 sick days a year
Poll: Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies
Ericksen co-sponsoring Senate bill to end Seattle tunnel project

Aberdeen Daily World
We’re not number one any more — Harbor jobless rate holds steady in December

Bainbridge Island Review
Olympic Ambulance warned for violating city code (Van De Wege)

Ballard News Tribune
New bill aims to give neighbors a voice in development (Pollet)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington agriculture yields $10 billion behind record values for milk, other products
Blog: Ericksen’s oil train bill moves one step closer to floor vote
LTE: Suggests early services to reduce crime
Op-Ed: A personal view of Mt. Rainier, climate change

Central Kitsap Reporter
Education funding in Washington state: A history lesson and Constitutional mandate
Voters want lower class sizes. Districts’ dilemma: Paying for it (Hunter)

In Our View: Find Delicate Balance
Camden: Hearings in Olympia have gone to pot as never before

The Daily News
Mega-quake in our future: Pressure has been building for 315 years off NW coast

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Lawsuit claims Oso mudslide was ‘man-made’
Burbank: For Seahawks and workers, 12 is a magic number  (Farrell, Ryu, Kagi, Stanford, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Dunshee, Sells, Robinson, Liias, Chase, McAuliffe, McCoy)

Federal Way Mirror
Speaker of the House gives local leaders Legislative outlook (Chopp)

Islands’ Sounder
Anti-discrimination bill from Ranker (Ranker)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Local dam removal initiative finds footing in Washington D.C.

Kirkland Reporter
Sen. Habib throw support behind the Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy (Habib, Ranker)
Washington brakes law serves as national model

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Sheldon back on Rules Committee (Billig)

North Kitsap Herald
Voters want lower class sizes. Districts’ dilemma: Paying for it (Hunter, Ortiz-Self)
Education funding in Washington state: A history lesson and Constitutional mandate

Olympian (subscription required)
Under the Dome: Wednesday, January 28, the 17th day of the 105-day legislative session
State worker raises remain caught up in budget debate
Editorial: Bill takes worthy aim at ‘dark money’ (Billig)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
GOP lawmakers spar over raises for state employees (Hunter)
Income growth skips all but top 1 percent in Washington state
Report: Highway 99 tunnel contractors not at fault over soil
Hearing on Inslee plan to charge big polluters draws divided crowd (Fitzgibbon)
Lawmakers suggest state pay for ballot postage
Danny Westneat: ‘Smart guns’ may be smart way to keep kids safe
Blog: Should marijuana home grows be legal in Washington? (Kohl-Welles)
Guest: Our state parks are heavily used but underfunded

Seattle Weekly
KEXP’s Fifteen-Million-Dollar Baby
A Voice for Victims: Alison Holcomb’s Fight Against Mass Incarceration
Bill to Have Mayor Appoint School Boardmembers Draws Fire (Pettigrew, Santos)

Skagit Valley Herald
Senate bills would change rules for water access

Spokesman Review
UW to legislators: WSU can have med school – without $5.9M set aside to expand UW Spokane program (Riccelli, Pollet)
Washington adopts Spokane River water flow rules
Changes to write-in candidate laws considered in Legislature
Jim Unsworth takes giant leap from Idaho to head Washington Fish and Wildlife agency
Editorial: Bills may help mentally ill before they commit more deaths (Billig, Riccelli, Ormsby)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Tougher DUI laws needed in Washington

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County jobless rate edges up; nonag job growth continues
Bill calls for triple pay for retail, service workers on Thanksgiving (Sells, Peterson, Walkinshaw, McBride, Ormsby, Fitzgibbon, Hunt, Reykdal, Moscoso, Pollet)
Proposal gives tax credits for hiring veterans


Lawmaker proposes tolling cyclists on new 520 bridge

King County reopens Section 8 waiting list

Inslee’s Carbon Reduction Act Gets First Hearing In Olympia
DNA Evidence Would Have To Be Preserved Under Proposed Law

Push To End Mandatory Arrest Of 16, 17-Year-Olds For Domestic Violence
Mental Health Becoming Part Of Overall Health At Seattle Schools

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Tim Eyman fights to prevent constitutional change to initiative process (Pedersen, Hunter)

NW Public Radio
Push To End Mandatory Arrest Of 16, 17-Year-Olds For Domestic Violence

Q13 TV (FOX)
Tacoma City Council votes to require businesses to provide paid sick days


Capitol Record
Bills call for responses to initiative fiscal statements, tighter rules for write-ins (Hunt)
WSU, UW propose fixes to doctor shortage (Riccelli)

Job killer? Or creator? Inslee carbon plan launches debate (Fitzgibbon, Fey)
Legislative leaders spare Bertha (Clibborn)
The Smartypants Guide to February’s Civic Cocktail: WSU, higher education and the state budget (Hunter)
Video: Why prospects for statewide transportation progress are looking up (Clibborn)

At A Minimum (Sells)

Democrats and Mayor’s Office Respond to GOP Bill that would Stop Troubled Seattle Tunnel Project (Hobbs, Liias)
How to Bring More Light Rail to Seattle, in Four Not-So-Easy Steps (Liias)

One Hundred Percent of Income Gains Have Gone to the Richest Washingtonians in Economic “Recovery”

Seattle P.I.
Bertha: Off the hook in the Legislature but not out of mind (Clibborn)

The Morning News: Seattle Leaders Against the Death Penalty, Senate Republicans Against Bertha (Carlyle)
Governor Inslee Opposes Kill-Bertha Bill
Republican Senator Kills the “Kill-Bertha” Bill
Guest Editorial: We Need to Become a State Where Everyone Pays Their Fair Share

The Stand
Opinion: Let’s extend passion of 12’s to passing $12/hour minimum (Farrell, Jayapal)
New state alliance calls for jobs, clean energy

Washington State Wire
Cap-and-Trade, Taxes, Budget: Same Church, Different Pew?