Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Feb 16


Associated Press
Class-size cut may go back to voters for funding (Hunter)
More focus sought on costs of initiatives (Sullivan)
Oil terminal proposed at Port of Vancouver
Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline
Senate OKs medical marijuana overhaul (Kohl-Welles)
Washington, others will treat e-cigarettes as drug paraphernalia
Proposal wants big study for Puget Sound’s little fish
Drone on: US proposes rules for the era of drones
State officials begin interviews in birth defect mystery
State board: More slot-like machines OK at tribal casinos
Labor secretary to press 2 sides in West Coast port dispute
Proposal tries to help wean Washington off coal-fired power (Morris, Ranker)
Water, air quality concerns heighten conflict with pig farms

Ballard News Tribune
Kohl-Welles: ‘Protecting patients has to be our number one priority’ (Kohl-Welles)
Fish and Wildlife enforcement splintered by internal conflict
Agate Pass Bridge cleaning almost finished

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Proposal would lower bar for school-district bond measures (Gregerson)
Proposal wants big study for Puget Sound’s little fish (Rolfes)
Expensive college textbooks targeted by two Puyallup legislators

Central Kitsap Reporter
Victims of Super Bowl ticket scam encouraged to file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office
Bill aims to reduce legal-defense costs for taxpayers
Governor’s cap-and-trade proposal receives House committee support
Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll rates topic at Transportation Commission meeting
Op-Ed: Jan Angel: Fix it before you fund it

In Our View: Crumbling Roads
Big study proposed of sound’s little fish (Rolfes)

The Daily News
Payment to man wrongfully convicted of rape delayed until state budget passes
Local residents tell about complicated (or nonexistent) encounters with health care insurance
Capitol Dispatch: Legislators grapple with payday loan regulations (Blake, Takko, Hatfield)
State Senate seeks $85 million for Longview’s Oregon Way/SR 432 project (Blake)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
’No Child Left Behind’ rule caught up in Congressional retooling
Kagi bill on early learning clears House committee after officials express support (Kagi, Ortiz-Self)
Snohomish County expected to push for public vaping ban
New system brings more safety to Snohomish County schools
Guest column: Tax carbon, then give the money back
Guest column: Vaping not safe for our youths
Editorial: Teacher pay is basic education
Editorial: Roads paved by compromise

Federal Way Mirror
Op-ed: What Sound Transit measure means to voters

Islands’ Sounder
Another baby for J Pod

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Editorial: OUR VIEW | The toll bill’s for thee
Editorial: OUR VIEW | More of us must discover pass

News Tribune (subscription required)
Proposal would lower bar for school-district bond measures (Gregerson)
Legislature might send Initiative 1351 back to voters (Hunter)
Gambling board approves deal for more machines at tribal casinos (Conway, Hurst)

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Oil-by-rail regulation needs bolster (Farrell)
Editorial: Voters bless scaled-back Tenino levy
Opinion: History, funding have shaped our school system

NuStar Energy application for oil-handling facility preceded Vancouver moratorium, report says

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Portion of U.S. Highway 101 would be called Medal of Honor Highway under State Sen. Hargrove’s memorial bill (Hargrove, Van De Wege, Tharinger)
Bills in state Legislature seek to end use of coal-fueled power in Washington (Morris)

Redmond Reporter
Editorial: Legislature needs to fix 520 bridge toll system

Seattle Times (subscription required)
520 bridge drawspan openings are coming to a close
Legislative bills put spotlight on cost of citizens initiatives (Sullivan)
Same-sex couples account for 1 in 6 Washington weddings
Liquor Control Board prohibits bundling of pot, paraphernalia
Flurry of sign-ups at health law deadline; web glitch fixed
Washington’s pending showdown on school funding: Legislature vs. Supreme Court
Affordable Care Act premiums out of reach for many in state
Roundup: Interim UW president ready to lead; state bill would tie college tuition to wages
Jerry Large: King County courts step up fight for racial equality
Danny Westneat: Guess who else opposes forced flu shots
Editorial: Don’t sideline Juvenile and Family Justice Center
Editorial: Don’t let ideology stand in the way of a transportation deal (Hobbs, Liias)

Seattle Weekly
4 Workers Injured After Falling 25 Feet in SR 99 Tunnel Accident

Skagit Valley Herald
County planners recommend rules on marijuana zoning

Spokesman Review
Proposal tries to help wean Washington off coal power
New rules on fuels take aim at carbon
Comments sought on restoring grizzlies to North Cascades
Medical marijuana revisions proposed (Hatfield, Kohl-Welles)
As deadline approaches for health exchange, Spokane outreach efforts increase sign-ups
House bill would require second opinion for foster children prescriptions (Kagi)
House panel tries to blend 2 revenge porn bills (Goodman)
Governors’ Super Bowl bet pays off for Spokane nonprofit
Spin Control: Legislators may rethink how they work (Kohl-Welles)
Shawn Vestal: Roach should be careful pointing ‘whack job’ finger
Editorial: Self-serving bills need impartial scrutiny
Editorial: Senators’ state transportation package a good start

Tri-City Herald
Wildfire legislation emphasizes using local resources to aid emergency efforts

Yakima Herald Republic
Analysis: ‘New Congress’ runs into same old hurdles
Domestic apple industry officials aren’t too concerned about Chinese imports
German measles survivor: Fear the disease, not the vaccine
Wildfire legislation emphasizes using local resources to aid emergency efforts


Report: Washington has the most regressive tax system
520 floating bridge opening delays to end Tuesday
Hindu Temple vandalism prompts investigation
FAA shoots down Amazon’s drone delivery plans
Teachers, parents to protest ‘toxic standardized testing’

Snohomish County may ban e-cigarettes in public places
Hundreds rally in Tacoma to support victim of hate crime
Huge protest in Pasco for man shot, killed by police

No more waiting for tall boats as 520 draw span goes away forever
Mountain snowpack now totally gone in some spots
Officials: Bertha getting ready to dig once again

How 3 Years Of Conversion Therapy Affected One Seattle Man
Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place
West Coast Port Closures Are Hitting Several Industries Hard

Welcome To My Town: Pasco, Wash., Through Residents’ Eyes
Local Flower Shops Push For Expanded ‘Truth In Location’ Law
Is That A Chunk Of The Kalakala Sitting In A West Seattle Parking Lot?

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Seattle tunnel opponents: No gas tax dollars for Bertha
Edmonds mom tries to turn son’s tragic death into lifesaver for entire school district

Q13 TV (FOX)
Coming soon: A change in who gets overtime pay
Amid measles outbreak, one crucial group not required to vaccinate
NASA warns of ‘megadroughts’


Muslim group calls for apology by legislator (Fitzgibbon)
Olympia: Death penalty in the docket this week (Carlyle, Gregerson, Kohl-Welles, Appleton, Van De Wege)

Oil Industry Makes Big Contributions to GOP (Hobbs, Liias)

State Senate Passes Republican Pot Bill that Combines Medical and Recreational Markets (Kohl-Welles)