Washington State House Democrats


Monday, March 23


Associated Press
State fines company for violations related to logger’s death
Wolves thriving in Washington, but only in the east
Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot
FDA OKs genetically engineered apples, spuds
5 state chief judges to discuss deference, choosing cases

Aberdeen Daily World
Teachers show solidarity, quiz lawmakers (Blake, Hatfield)
City has a path to acquire land for riverfront park

Bainbridge Island Review
Education, ferries, guns among town hall topics (Rolfes, Appleton, Hansen)
Lawmakers pressed on school funding, Highway 305 (Rolfes, Appleton, Hansen)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom districts differ over handling new high school graduation requirements
Pro-coal Montana tribe weighs in on Cherry Point terminal
LTE: Warns payday loan bill hurts borrowers

Central Kitsap Reporter
Opinion: Ban toxic chemicals from furniture (Van De Wege)
New Olympia political drama debuts March 23 when legislators reveal basic-education budgets (Hunter)

Rivers’ bill on medical marijuana draws heat

The Daily News
Sens. Braun, Orcutt to host telephone town hall Tuesday
Substitute teacher bill would do little for local schools
Editorial: Grading fix is a step in the right direction

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Public safety officials learned lessons from Oso catastrophe
Rules for building in landslide-prone areas virtually unchanged
Op-ed by Sen. David Frockt & Diana Birkett Rakow: HPV vaccine is a simple step against cancer  (Frockt)
Editorial: Global tobacco fight grows
Letter: Union promotes innovation

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Angel targeted by Eyman on initiative bill (Appleton)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: One year later, heeding the lessons of Oso tragedy
Editorial: A shortfall of doctors for Washington’s mentally ill

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Our zombie tax code needs a new life (Carlyle)

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Sen. Hargrove stewards bill to curb repeat offenders (Hargrove, Van De Wege, Tharinger)
NEWS IN BRIEF: Lawmakers’ Telephone Town Hall tonight . . . and other news briefs you need to know (plus the chain gang report) (Van De Wege, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Gov. Inslee: There’s no plan B if Bertha tunnel project fails – yet

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: Protecting religious rights and sheltering our most vulnerable (McBride)
Opinion: Taking action to improve transportation

Renton Reporter
Op-Ed: State legislature must take action to ease congestion through Renton

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Hundreds gather at landslide site to remember, reflect
State’s harder GED exam draws far fewer takers
Federal bill would help Washington and other states that provide aid to Dreamers
State’s psychiatric care changes still not enough, say some experts
Editorial: Advance the bill to restore Washington’s No Child Left Behind waiver (Chopp, Santos, Sullivan, Frockt, Kohl-Wells, Pedersen)
Editorial: Legislature has a choice to not leave homeless students behind
Guest Opinion: Reining in cost of college a priority

Spokesman Review
Minimum wage bill to get hearing in Senate
Murray wants answers on Premera data breach
Avista explains need for another rate increase
Spin Control: Oregon’s new voter law misses the mark
Editorial: Coordinated public, private fire response would address system’s gaps

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Once again, time has come to move on to district voting


Oso landslide victims honored, one year later
Slide victim’s family says loss hurts every single day
Rebuilding SR 530, a community lifeline

WSDOT to formally roll out details of new I-405 toll lanes

Bell tolls, names read to honor victims of deadly slide

Wash. Voters Once Passed An Income Tax By A Wider Margin Than Vote For Legal Booze

Top Beijing Scientist: China Faces ‘Huge Impact’ From Climate Change
Washington Legislature Poised To Reconcile Dueling Marijuana Systems

NW Public Radio
Washington Supreme Court Weighs Changes To Orchard Piece Work Rest Breaks
Pressure Builds On Washington State Auditor To ‘Come Clean’

Q13 TV (FOX)
Community gathers for remembrance ceremony one year after Oso landslide


Olympia’s week: Fed probe questions, a possible budget plan (Moscoso, Carlyle, Hargrove)
Is Legislature playing games with initiatives? (Hunt)
Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills
Gun panel aims for ‘gun violence restraining order’
Inslee calls on Auditor to be open about federal probe

The Truth No Match for Local Lies on “Death Tax” (minimum wage, estate tax)
Dave Reichert Sucks Up to Blethens, Reads Shameful “Death Tax” Lie into Congressional Record (estate tax)

A Plan for Affordable Housing in Roosevelt

One Year After the Oso Slide
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles Proposes a New Bill Allowing Home Grows for Everyone (Kohl-Welles)
The First Part of the Bertha Rescue Mission Involved a Little Drama, a Lot of Waiting, and Plenty of Symbolism

The Stand
Lift ban on using local funds for college faculty step increases (Reykdal)