Washington State House Democrats


Monday, March 2


Associated Press
Tribes discuss legal marijuana
Apple maggots threaten Spokane yard waste recycling
AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $2.72
Bill on animals locked in cars clears Washington Senate (Kohl-Welles)
Police body-camera bill stirs debate over privacy, power (Hansen)
Seattle high school to boycott spring tests tied to Common Core
Senate passes bill to notify Washington families when guns are returned
Washington flu season most deadly in years, but not over

Aberdeen Daily World
Editorial: Oil — The risks outweigh the rewards
Oped: Governor’s carbon bill good for environment and business

Ballard News Tribune
36th Legislative District town hall to be held March 14 (Kohl-Welles, Carlyle, Tarleton)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Washington lawmaker tries to tackle thousands of untested rape kits in state  (Orwall)

Bothell Reporter
Presidential primary puts parties in same old quandry | Cornfield
Senate transportation package comes with ‘poison pill’ (Habib)
Beyond McCleary: Education opportunity — equal but unequal? (Jayapal, Santos, Ortiz-Self)

Senator: Share marijuana money to fight crime
In Our View: A Majestic Mission

The Daily News
Pair of bills seeking to transform state’s oil transport policies
Legislative Roll Call Report (Feb. 27) (Blake, Takko, Hatfield)
Marijuana bill advancing through Legislature would clamp down on medical side (Blake, Hatfield, Kohl-Welles)
Capitol Dispatch: Move to thoroughly map potential disasters (Hansen)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Bill would allow public records fees to be based on size of request (Chopp)
Boeing gives 319 workers layoff notices
Guest column: E-cigarettes have their place for those who want to quit smoking
Editorial: Value workers as shareholders
Editorial: Progress that honors victims (Oso landslide)

Highline Times
Strong support voiced (Hobbs, Liias, Jayapal, Habib, Ranker)

Kirkland Reporter
Senate transportation package comes with ‘poison pill’ (Habib)
Kirkland resident serves as page in Olympia
Presidential primary puts parties in same old quandry
Beyond McCleary: Education opportunity — equal but unequal? (Jayapal, Ortiz-Self)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Editorial: OUR VIEW | Making a primary matter

News Tribune (subscription required)
Some parts of state budget can’t be raided for schools (Hunter)
Federal investigators will probe discrimination claims at Tacoma’s Lincoln High School
Despite ban, marijuana shop opens in Parkland

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Geologic hazards bill deserves swift passage

Peninsula Daily News
Jamestown S’Klallam remain cautious while discussions of tribal marijuana businesses elsewhere continue

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington state’s $600 billion IT industry: Study shows tech jobs drive economic growth
Investments in Seattle companies up more than 700 percent in January
Companies spent $20 billion acquiring Washington state businesses in 2014
WSU med school takes a step toward reality

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Gas-tax increase hits surprise bump in state Senate (Hobbs, Sullivan)
Even with overhaul, black market for pot could remain
Nathan Hale to boycott test, risking fed funding to state
Telemedicine making sense for more doctors and patients
Danny Westneat: State Senate doing its oily best to ignore us on transportation
Editorial: Keep higher education healthy and affordable

Spokesman Review
WALeg Week 8 on tap: On the floor.
House budget panel approves changing law to allow medical school (Hansen, Riccelli, Cody)
New state rule on apple maggot puts Spokane yard waste recycling at risk
Spin Control: Excuses for not voting run the gamut (Hunter)
Winds fan 150-acre fire in southwest Spokane County
Flu taking bigger toll this season
Editorial: College prep programs need smart funding
Letter: Support true oil train bill (Rolfes, Ranker)

Tri-City Herald
Mid-Columbia business expect long-term effects from port slowdown

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial – Establishing wine wastewater permitting process off to strong start
Editorial: Uptick in revenue should cover state expenses

Yakima Herald Republic
Dual-credit high school and college courses may face changes (Reykdal)
Common Core exams begin soon, and many school districts are ready to go
Editorial: Take steps to assure safety of oil trains


Healthplanfinder overbilling mistake leaves one couple broke
Washington gas tax increase rule to be decided Monday (Cleveland)
Alaska Airlines wants delay in Everett airport vote
Washington gas prices up 28 cents in one week
Small distilleries say new bill would help them grow
Medical marijuana trial pits state vs. federal laws

Pot shop opens in Pierce County despite ban

‘It just looked ridiculous’: First I-90 weekend closure strains drivers
Hindu temple leaders unite to denounce recent vandalism

Seattle’s Nathan Hale High Will Not Give Juniors A Required Standardized Test This Year
UW School Of Law To Start Clinic For Worker Rights
Will The Same High School Student Do Better In Life As ‘Johnny’ Or ‘Amari’?

Higher Bus Fares, Hiring Spree Now In Effect For King County Metro
Washington Animal Cruelty Law Could Be Enhanced To Cover Pets in Hot Cars
Seattle Police Contract, Legislation Will Tackle Controversial Appeals Process
People With Low Incomes Say They Pay A Price In Poor Health
Cleanest Energy Of All Could Soon Come From Small Redmond Lab

NW Public Radio
Oregon Lawmakers Vote To Dissolves Health Insurance Exchange
Human Cargo: Washington’s Jail Bed Economy
Behind Bars And Far Away

Q13 TV (FOX)
Flu season is deadliest in years, still not over in Washington


Capitol Record (TVW)
Democrats challenge Senate transportation proposal over two-thirds supermajority rule (Nelson, Cleveland, Jayapal)
Lawmakers address questions of teacher COLA (Sullivan)
Judges could disarm potentially-violent gun owners under bill (Jinkins)

Olympia: Minimum wage, gas tax on the agenda (Farrell, Jinkins)
Democrats stall a Senate transportation package (Cleveland, Habib, Nelson)

Friday Likes and Dislikes: Undoing Payday Loan Regulations (Pettigrew, Santos, Tarleton, Ryu)
Democrats Challenge Two Thirds Rule in State Senate (Cleveland, Jayapal, Habib, Hobbs, Liias, Frockt, Nelson)

What Can Washington State Do to Make the Feds Move Faster on Oil Train Safety?
Is King County About to Embarrass Seattle on Paid Parental Leave?

The Stand
Opinion: Refinery strikers are in a fight for their lives

Washington State Wire
The Green Sheet for March 2 – All Eyes on Owen (Cleveland, Fitzgibbon, Santos, Moscoso)