Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, March 25


Associated Press
Multistate investigation announced into Premera cyberattack
Bacterial levels in Portage Bay means shellfish restrictions
Mediator to lead talks following Pasco police shooting
Union vote set next month at Boeing’s SC plants
Uncertainty about doctors’ pay has taken a toll on Medicare
Study: Beetles don’t make forests more likely to burn

Aberdeen Daily World
Quinault lawyers: City could prevent proposed oil terminals
Commissioners briefed on proposal for new jail, court facilities
Twin Harbors jobless rates down a tick, still high
Hargrove stewards bill to curb repeat offenders

Bainbridge Island Review
State seeks input on toll increase for Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pollution partially closes nearly 500 acres of Portage Bay shellfish beds

Bothell Reporter
Washington State Attorney General to advocate raising legal smoking age before legislature (Orwall)

Clark the 14th-healthiest county in Washington
In Our View: Marijuana Balancing Act
Camden: Is automatic voter registration really such a good idea?

Everett Herald (subscription required)
House Democrats to unveil budget and maybe tax plans too (Hunter, Carlyle)
Boeing South Carolina workers to vote on joining union in April
Burbank: Closing tax loopholes could do a lot of good (Robinson, Kagi, Moscoso, Ortiz-Self)
Editorial: Forward for University Center

Kirkland Reporter
Washington State Attorney General to advocate raising legal smoking age before legislature (Orwall)
Letter: Washington tax system most regressive in nation (Hunter)

News Tribune (subscription required)
State lawmakers eye pension changes for new public sector workers
Under the Dome: Wednesday, March 25, the 73rd day of the 105-day legislative session

Olympian (subscription required)
Poll: 69 percent of Olympia voters want $15 minimum wage

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing denies reports it has planned an Atlanta research center

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: Legislature misses chance to limit vaccine exemptions

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Stanford study: Urban charter school students have academic edge, but are differences meaningful?
About 20,000 sign in favor of teacher-evaluation bill (Santos)
Guest Opinion: Restore the cut to temporary assistance for needy families

Seattle Weekly
Recently Revealed Oil-Train Violations Increase Concern in Seattle
Cybershaming: ‘Only Creepy People Check Past the Second Page’

Spokesman Review
House budget coming Friday (Carlyle, Hunter)
Washington officials leading Premera cyberattack investigation
Judge tells agency to reconsider decision on caribou habitat
EPA seeks Superfund listing for Freeman grain elevator

Tri-City Herald
DOE to look at separate disposal of defense, commercial nuclear waste
Our Voice: More supervision could reduce prison population
Our Voice: Legislators’ laws should meet initiative standards

Wall Street Journal
International Students Stream Into US Colleges (Orwall)

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima group to promote Latino civic engagement in response to voting rights case


Legislators Talk About Education and Other Issues [AUDIO] (Santos)

Insurance hack leads to ID theft concerns for customers
Insurance commissioner investigating Premera breach
State studying adding extra I-5 lane in Seattle
Tacoma Power explains alarming stats about grid attacks
Fewer people pass revised GED test in Washington
Conflicting reports on quality of Seattle school’s air

Private tutor system falters under No Child Left Behind

Effort to raise smoking age in Washington to 21 (Orwall)

Major Expansion Of Pike Place Market Set To Begin
Bill Aimed At Regaining No Child Left Behind Waiver Will Get A Hearing In House Committee (Reykdal)
Where Are We Going? Seattle Hosting Series On Transportation Future
What Exactly Should Washington State Get From Boeing In Exchange For Tax Breaks?

VA Gives Rural Vets A Break After ‘Daily Show’ Covers KUOW Story
Port Of Seattle Rejects Calls to Cancel Arctic Drill Rig Lease
Washington Lawmakers Consider Banning Powdered Alcohol (Hurst)
Washington Insurance Commissioner Launches Investigation Of Premera
Congressional Democrats Want More Money For Earthquake Early Warning System

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Raising smoking age about money as much as health

NW Public Radio
Wash. Insurance Commissioner To Investigate Premera Blue Cross
Washington Lawmakers Consider Banning Powdered Alcohol (Hurst)
Democrats Want More For New Earthquake Early Warning System
No Racial ‘Profiling Problem’, But Spokane PD Forms Committee Anyway


Capitol Record (TVW)
House Democrats to release budget proposal on Friday, TVW will carry live (Hunter, Carlyle)

House Democrats ready to offer a state budget (Hunter)
Is Seattle ready to enforce its $15 minimum wage?
Will Inslee’s plan to reduce property crimes work? (Hargrove)
Environmentalists, utilities at odds over green power

Voting Rights Act Gets Good Reception in GOP Senate (Moscoso)

PT Leader
New Olympia political drama debuts when legislators reveal basic-education budgets (Hunter)

Washington State Lagging in Key Measures of Progress
Volatility Claims for Capital Gains Reform Are Overblown

Seattle P.I.
Defining ‘middle class’ in Seattle
Rich get richer: Seattle tops income growth of highest-earning households (Carlyle)

The Stand
Cuts have stalled state economy, report finds
Opinion: Let’s help homeless kids succeed, rather than international banks (Fey)
Labor Archives’ Minimum Wage History Project kicks off April 11