Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Feb 24


Associated Press
City of Seattle employees may get 4 weeks off for new child
Washington justices weigh warrantless searches of records
State had big highway fund increase in decade before 2013
AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $2.44
State lawmakers struggle to move forward on REAL ID compliance (Clibborn)
Saving for retirement: Obama proposal sets up Wall St. fight
Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking’s effects
Skagit oil-by-rail project to get full environmental review
Alaska becomes 3rd state with legal marijuana

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
EU: Washington state’s Boeing tax breaks are illegal
Whatcom County wins appeal, doesn’t need to restrict rural wells
Op-Ed: Legislature should invest in I-5/Slater Road interchange, safer roads for Whatcom residents

Bothell Reporter
Bothell student serves as page for Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe (McAuliffe)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Op-Ed: Legislative Update: Legislative session off and running

Guard commander worries about big quake
In Our View: Primary Challenge

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett schools dealing with surprisingly high enrollment
Labor dispute: Delayed cargo ships only downside at Everett port
Washington’s Boeing tax breaks are illegal, Europe charges
County leaders like Senate’s roads plan, but it has a bumpy road ahead (Sullivan, Hobbs)
Bloomberg commentary: Survey shows anxiety among poor nearing retirement
Editorial: Your part in aiding homeless

Highline Times
Surplus state-held water rights targeted for irrigation, local uses
Education opportunity: Equal but Unequal? Legislators tackling student-achievement gap (Jayapal, Santos, Ortiz-Self)

The Islands’ Weekly
Oil spill preparedness and response workshop

International Business Times
America’s Oysters, Clams Imperiled By Acidic Oceans

News Tribune (subscription required)
State not joining revolt against Common Core learning model (Chase)
Would voters still like I-1351 with tax included?
Under the Dome: Tuesday, February 24, the 44th day of the 105-day legislative session (Dunshee)

National ocean acidification study finds Northwest among hardest-hit regions
Marijuana possession and cultivation now legal in Alaska; marijuana advocacy group launches public education campaign

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Retirement crisis for elderly is here (Mullet)
Opinion: School boards are looking to add diversity to reflect students

Puget Sound Business Journal
What will health care in the Puget Sound region look like in the future?
Seattle mayor proposes 4-week paid maternity, paternity leave as model for businesses

Renton Reporter
Board of Health joins call for increasing the age to purchase tobacco and vapor products

Seattle Times (subscription required)
I-594 groups seek to fight suit by gun-rights backers
Bertha gets a breather while repair pit is tidied up
Why higher ed is getting a smaller slice of the budget pie
Jerry Large: For a change, common sense trumps political ideology
Editorial: Make passing school bond measures easier (Gregerson)
Guest Opinion: Paid parental leave is good for parents and business

Spokesman Review
Idaho Rep. Vito Barbieri’s abortion question stirs up social media
Washington bill would ban open pot containers in vehicles
Editorial: Levy issue resolution worth going to courts, Legislature
Letter: Support rail-safety bills
Letter: Expanded preschool crucial

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Oregon’s test with mileage tax makes sense

Yakima Herald Republic
Hunting could be allowed at four state parks (Blake)
Pasco residents concerned about diluting the Hispanic vote
Lawmakers want to work with tribes on regulations for legal pot (Hurst)
Guest editorial by Rep. Sam Hunt: State Voting Rights Act lets us solve own problems (Hunt)
Letter: Districts not enough


State spends millions on convicted teachers retirements (Ormsby)

5th grader brings marijuana-laced candy bar to school

Pasco police shooting victim’s family: ‘We want justice’
Light rail expansion worries Shoreline residents (Video)

School Eye Exams Don’t Identify All Who Needs Glasses, Say Education Advocates
Controversial School Reforms Could Complicate Funding Debate In Wash. State
Administration Bars Health Plans That Won’t Cover Hospital Care

Seattle Proposal Would Provide City Employees Four Weeks Paid Parental Leave

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Republicans dismiss invitations to discuss gas tax; it’s indefensible
Skagit County oil train project blocked for full environmental review

NW Public Radio
Port Backlogs Could Take Months To Clear
Controversial School Reforms Could Complicate Funding Debate In Washington State


Capitol Record (TVW)
House considers extension of electric vehicle sales tax exemption
Bills face first policy cutoff

For universal Pre-K, the devil is in the details
City Council takes first step toward a comprehensive privacy plan

Cascade Bike Club Supporters Circulate Petition to Preserve Political Advocacy Work

Seattle P.I.
Paid parental leave coming for Seattle city employees

Mayor Ed Murray to Announce Paid Parental Leave for City Employees

The Stand
Washington’s tax system: Unfair, outdated (Carlyle)
Opinion: Texas, Big Oil puts higher ed money where their mouth is

New poll reveals Washington citizens’ overwhelming support for greater investment in computer science education

Washington State Wire
How Safe is Your Information Online? Lawmakers Debate Upping State Requirements for Data Breaches (Hudgins)

Western Front
All Washington police officer may soon be required to wear body cameras