Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Feb 17


Associated Press
Lt. Gov. Owen takes Sen. Roach to task for ‘abusive behavior’ (Liias, Nelson)
House committee considers bill to limit vaccine exemptions (Robinson)
House OKs bill banning ticket bots
Group urges federal investigation of Pasco police shooting
Anti-Muslim graffiti sprayed on Bothell school
Top U.S. labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up
New charter school application season begins
Washington health exchange extends enrollment by 2 months

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Editorial reprint: Senate offers imperfect transpo plan

Bothell Reporter
Kenmore girls serve as pages for Farrell in Olympia (Farrell)
Senate transportation plan vs. Governor’s fuel standards | Cartoon
Rep. Gerry Pollet’s statement on the Senate Republican’s Higher Education proposal (Pollet)

Transportation package has its detractors (Cleveland, Wylie, Moeller)
Governor transition in Oregon speeds ahead
Business After School: Students exposed to in-demand careers
In Our View: What We Paid For (Tax breaks)

Everett Herald
Bill ties Boeing tax breaks to maintaining jobs in state (Robinson, Carlyle)
Proposed bill would exempt WHL players from state’s child labor laws
Guest column: Tax carbon, then give the money back
Editorial: Compromise to fix education

Highline Times
Governor’s cap-and-trade proposal receives House committee support

Issaquah Reporter
City administrators union gets place at the table to discuss health care

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bill would ease graduation requirements for at-risk youth
Two Kitsap school districts delaying 24-credit requirement

News Tribune (subscription required)
House committee considers bill to limit vaccine exemptions (Robinson)
Mental illness common in Washington, but need for care is unmet
Editorial: Tougher tobacco regulations will better protect youths

Olympian (subscription required)
Under the Dome: Tuesday, Feb. 17, the 37th day of the 105-day legislative session (Hunt)
Editorial: Senate offers imperfect transpo plan (Hobbs, Liias)

Peninsula Daily News
Risk of oil spills shifts from big ships to smaller vessels, Coast Guard expert say
Our Pacific coast, Strait have had share of oil spills over 51 years

Puget Sound Business Journal
Ports reopen after weekend closure as top government officials intervene in union negotiations
The good news about net neutrality changes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
State health exchange offers special sign-up period to April 17
State House takes on scalpers; OKs bill banning ticket bots
Interest grows in new model for school discipline and youth justice
Guest Opinion: Inmates re-entering society should not face lifetime barriers to work (Walkinshaw)

Skagit Valley Herald
Human trafficking: Skagit faces a fast-growing online threat

Spokesman Review
Washington extends health insurance sign-ups for certain categories
Minimum wage hike to $12 considered by Washington (Farrell)
Editorial: Voters should decide if I-1351 is worth their money (Hunter)

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Ecology takes right step to court winemakers early

Yakima Herald Republic
Bills call for task force to study federal land transfer (Blake)
Group wants federal investigation of Pasco police shooting


I-405 study finds little difference with 2 or 3 people HOVs
UW researchers welcome proposed drone rules

Boeing backlash as company gets tax break, moves jobs out of state (Robinson)

Examining the soles and smiles of Seattle’s homeless
Bothell temple, school vandalized with racist graffiti

How Do You Give Up A Drug After You’ve Sacrificed Everything For It?
With Pending Agreement, Seattle Is One Step Closer To Better Bus Service
UW Studies Highlight Simple Ways To Get More Women To Study Computer Science

UW Software Could Provide Early Warnings For Northwest Earthquakes
Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Party Bus’ Safety
Federal Judge Blocks Obama’s Executive Actions On Immigration

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Bill would cut Boeing tax breaks over workforce reductions (Robinson)

NW Public Radio
Washington Lawmakers Consider ‘Party Bus’ Safety


Capitol Record
Bill would open hearing rooms for ballot measure testimony

Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
Olympia Roundup: New medical pot system, renter posthumous rights, light rail to Ballard (Walkinshaw, Pedersen, Chopp)

Bill could make it easier to pass school bond measures (Gregerson)

HDC Advance
Washington has the worst taxes on average earners

State Senate Dems Should Not Compromise on Sound Transit Taxing Authority

The Parking Wars in Seattle

What Would Raising the Minimum Wage Do? Find Out in Our New FAQ

Why People in Washington Are Freaked Out About the Oil Train That Exploded in West Virginia Today
Here’s the Bad Tunnel News the State Quietly Released on Friday

The Stand
Voters back tying tax breaks to jobs, wages (Robinson)
Strong support for wage theft, minimum wage, sick leave bills (Ryu, Farrell, Jinkins)

Washington State Wire
In Spending Packages, Reform-Minded Senate Republicans See Chance to Overhaul State Government (Sullivan, Nelson)