Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Feb 19


Associated Press
Seattle Tunnel Machine Bertha Moves Toward Access Pit
House committee weighs bill to abolish death penalty (Carlyle)
Richland florist who refused gay-wedding request broke law, judge rules
Kirkland latest to ban disposable plastic bags
Hockey league seeks labor-law exemption; panel supports it
Bill to tighten vaccine exemptions draws dozens of foes (Robinson)
Group recommends raising Tacoma Narrows Bridge toll

Auburn Reporter
Education opportunity: Equal but unequal? Legislators tackling student-achievement gap (Jayapal, Santos)

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: Presidential primary politics

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Ships remain in Bellingham Bay as port labor dispute continues
Report: Single moms in Whatcom County more likely to be poor
Allow guns on campus, advocates say, to deter rape

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Stanford bills would make college a reality for more veterans, active service members (Stanford)
Rep. Jessyn Farrell’s statement on Oil Transportation Safety Act (Farrell)

Central Kitsap Reporter
CK Class of 2021 may be first to need 24 credits to graduate, up from 22

WHL seeks labor law exemption
Three universities in Washington pack Peace Corps pipeline
In Our View: Reconsider Initiative 1351 (Cleveland, Pedersen)

The Daily News
Ecology opts for $28 million cleanup option for former Reynolds plant

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing CEO says cash will keep coming for shareholders
Traffic congestion up 84%
Wal-Mart to raise U.S. hourly workers’ pay after criticism
Cornfield: It’s complicated and costly to position state for a presidential primary
Editorial: A trade deal that works for all

The Inlander
WW: Marijuana in Indian Country, overhaul of WA pot laws and smoking doobies in the White House (Hurst)
Hard to Swallow 

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. Goodman testifies in favor of tuition lock bill (Goodman)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bremerton route borrowing Southworth ferry for a few weeks

Maple Valley Reporter
Fish and Wildlife enforcement splintered by internal conflict

News Tribune (subscription required)
Consumer advocates pan reemergence of payday lending alternative (Springer)
Under the Dome: Thursday, February 19, the 39th day of the 105-day legislative session (Orwall)
Editorial: Don’t let oil train safety legislation get derailed
Tacoma Narrows bridge committee recommends two 50-cent toll hikes over two years

Olympian (subscription required)
Opinion: Corrections workers just want a fair shake

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington Legislature to consider bill to make judges more independent after insurance commission whistleblower
IRS delays penalties on businesses that reimburse workers for health insurance

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Long-stalled Bertha crawls 6 feet toward repair pit
Bill would nix Seattle minimum wage, but raise it statewide more than inflation
Vaccination-exemption data missing for 300 state schools
Olympia Watch: Should school bonds pass with majority vote? (Gregerson, Pollett)
Editorial: It’s time to improve Washington’s presidential primary

Seattle Weekly
Murray’s State of the City: ‘We See Inequities’

Sequim Gazette
The Oasis at center of proposed music licensing bill (Van De Wege)

Skagit Valley Herald
Supporters testify to banish state’s death penalty (Carlyle)

Spokesman Review
WSU, UW questioned on medical school budgets
Health district offers students guided walks to school (Billig)
House bills seek to provide clarity on police body camera use (Hansen)
Landers: Moose issues spur tough decisions for wildlife officials

Tri-City Herald
Judge: Arlene’s Flowers owner violated the law

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Legislators push to “Ban the Box” asking about criminal backgrounds on applications
Editorial – Voters have ultimate say over senator’s behavior

West Seattle Herald
Port slowdown has impact on West Seattle business; Emerald Maritime is off 35%


Is Seattle waging a war on cars?
Snohomish County honors unsung heroes of Oso
Bertha 6 feet closer to access pit

Nation’s largest pot expo being held in Seattle

W. VA Oil Train Derailment Has NW Lawmakers Thinking About Safety (Rolfes)
Why A Court Once Ordered Kids Vaccinated Against Their Parents’ Will

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Judge rules Richland florist was wrong to refuse service to gay couple
State bill to kill $15 minimum wage is actually a bad idea

NW Public Radio
Gay Couple Hopes Court Victory Will Stop Discrimination

Q13 TV (FOX)
About 150 hold protest in Seattle over cops’ fatal shooting of man in Pasco


Capitol Record (TVW)
Legislature holds memorial service for lawmakers who have died
Washington would abolish death penalty if bill passes (Carlyle)

‘Poison pill’ in gas tax plan worry enviros
Death penalty repeal backed as cheaper, smarter (Carlyle, Orwall)
Guest Opinion: Will Seattle take a stand on, or a cut of the Arctic drilling action?

Note to Republicans: $12 an Hour Is the Compromise
Don’t Discriminate, Florists

Murray Delivers State of City Speech

Real Change News
Bills in Olympia would fund an innovative program: connecting parents who could lose their kids to the courts with parents who got their kids back

Seattle P.I.
Tanker cars still burning, burning questions about oil transport
Judge: Florist violated state law in refusing flowers for gay marriage

Why the Republicans’ Pot Bill Is Scaring Medical Marijuana Activists (Kohl-Welles)
Bertha Moved a Whole Three Feet Last Night, and It’s Making Us Nervous
Bertha Has Now Chewed Through More Than Six Feet of Concrete

The Stand
Opinion: Labor, trans workers stand together to fight discrimination

Washington State Wire
Will Traffic, Commerce Gridlock on State Highways be Enough to Break Legislative Bottleneck on Transportation? (Hobbs, Liias)