Washington State House Democrats


Monday, March 16


Associated Press
Federal trail begins on Washington’s competency wait lists
Machinists seek union election at S. Carolina’s Boeing plant
Officials assessing oil-spill damage in Yakima River
Evergreen State College plans to pick new president Monday
Bill tied to fish-consumption water rule clears House (Fitzgibbon)
Big fees to view public documents discourage public access

Aberdeen Daily World
Hatfield dissapointed with Native American education bill passed in Senate
No quick fixes with history of erosion at jetty
Olympic Peninsula included in governor’s drought declaration
Letter: Usurious banks

Bainbridge Island Review
Grim reality of sexual exploitation in Kitsap

Bothell Reporter
Attorney General Ferguson files lawsuit over deceptive Super Bowl ticket sales

Central Kitsap Reporter
Attorney General files lawsuit over deceptive Super Bowl ticket sales

Washington struggles with drought due to low snowpack
Legislature gets ready to work on education (Cleveland, Moeller, Wylie)
Editorial: Back to Square One (Cleveland)
Letter: Letter: Get serious about bolstering safety (Wylie)

The Daily News
State rejects Kapstone’s $28,950 safety fine appeal
County survey: Youth viewing marijuana as less risky
Editorial: Cellphone/driving rules don’t go far enough

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing defends aerospace tax breaks at hearing (Robinson, Reykdal, Sullivan)
Bill would withhold money from districts that don’t file reports (Hunter)
Inslee takes a neutral stance on Boeing tax breaks (Robinson)
Was Oso mudslide nature’s mystery or man’s mistake?
Pro (by Rep. Robinson) & con: Should Boeing tax breaks be revoked if jobs are cut?   (Robinson)
Guest column: Medicare works; open it to everyone
Guest column: Expand access to computer sciences
Editorial: Don’t change what’s working (payday lending)

Islands’ Sounder
County council members take interests to Olympia

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap Caucus members score first-half successes, losses (Hansen, Appleton, Rolfes)

Marysville Globe
This is what your lawmakers are doing in M’ville, Arlington (Sells, Robinson, McCoy)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Mentally ill still wait at hospitals for lack of room
State senators consider limits on use of cellphone surveillance devices
Students start taking new state tests this week under more flexible schedule

Olympian (subscription required)
Opinion: A foundational education should be a birthright

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Bills live, die as deadline passes (Tharinger, Robinson, Van De Wege, Hargrove)

Puget Sound Business Journal
The healthiest and least healthy counties in Washington state may surprise you
Mayor Murray on civil rights: ‘We’ve entered a period that is the most significant since the 1960s’
‘Kent is being decimated:’ Workers offer passionate testimony in Olympia over Boeing tax bill

Renton Reporter
Brunell: Washington headed for water warfare?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
State’s plan for I-405: 3-person carpools, peak HOT-lane tolls of $10
Starbucks as citizen: Schultz acts boldly on social, political issues
Eastside homeowners who make $125K: Is this the middle class?
Vashon’s parents try to get along despite deep vaccination divide
Teen e-cigarette use spikes in King County
With Seattle Preschool Program set to launch, a look at highly-rated providers
Ron Judd: Hey, legislators: Is ‘fairly clean’ the same as ‘partially dirty’? | (Carlyle, Sullivan)
Editorial: Criticism of Common Core is misdirected
Editorial: A distraction in state government for women’s health
Guest Opinion: Close the gender wage gap | (Senn)

Skagit Valley Herald
Passenger trains stopped by mudslide north of Seattle

Spokesman Review
Mild winter yields low snowpack, water reserves
Veterans’ families building memorial sculpture at Spokane Arena
Campus evolution: WSU kicks Spokane development into high gear
Eastern State Hospital sanctioned over delayed mental health evaluations
E-cigarette use rises among youth
WSU president’s wife denies impropriety in cousin’s job, housing
Spin Control: Med school monopoly has its own mythology
Guest opinion: Don’t reward wage theft violators
Editorial: News good, bad on open government front in Olympia (Billig)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State Senate’s effort to cut college tuition is hollow

Yakima Herald Republic
Police body cameras can have big benefits, but come with many costs
Local school districts suffering from lack of bus drivers
State drought status will assist with water transfers, projects that help farms and fish
Washington program designed for those who can’t afford lawyers
Boeing CEO’s compensation was $29 million last year


Venture capitalist: No ‘not an option’ on minimum wage hike

Berry Pickers Say They Should Be Paid For Rest Breaks
Boeing Workers Facing Job Cuts Urge Lawmakers To Toughen Aerospace Tax Breaks

Mentally Ill Languish In Washington Jails; Federal Trial Set To Begin
Metro Rethinks Bus Strategy In Age Of Light Rail; Novelist Finds The Words
When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Do They Use Them?

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
How to combat pay discrimination by sharing what you make with your coworkers (Senn)

NW Public Radio
Mentally Ill Languish In Washington Jails; Federal Trial Set To Begin
Washington Governor Declares Drought In Three Regions

Q13 TV (FOX)
Trial begins on competency wait lists for the mentally ill


Capitol Record (TVW)
Boeing tax breaks would be tied to jobs, under proposal (Robinson)

Data privacy: Does anyone know where this train’s heading? (Hansen, Springer)
Olympia this week: Zombies and other movie folks (Kohl-Welles, Farrell)
Boeing tax breaks: Fighting over accountability (Robinson, Gregerson, Reykdal)
WA Senate tackles ‘dark money’ in politics
The cost of government transparency? It’s not free

Huffington Post
Industry-Supported Chemical Bill Straight From ‘Merchants Of Doubt’ Playbook, Critics Say

Republican-Controlled Senate Makes Democrats Look Like Budget Hawks (Hargrove, Kohl-Welles)

Carbon Program Revenues Should Invest in Working Families Tax Rebate

Washington State Wire
The Green Sheet for March 16 – is a Tax Fight Brewing in the Last 41 Days? (Wylie, Moeller)