Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 6


Associated Press
Lawmaker: State shouldn’t pay for extra Seattle buses
Timber sale near Index proceeds after another look
Marijuana trimmers use tiny scissors but eye big careers

Bothell Reporter
Legislature misses chance to limit vaccine exemptions

Central Kitsap Reporter
Kitsap student named ‘Youth of the Year’ (Rolfes)
Op-Ed: The Petri Dish: Do voters really want smaller class sizes?

Traffic on I-5, I-205 bridges increasing
In Our View: Lessons In Education
In Our View: Find Middle Ground (Moeller)
Harrop: Some sexism lawsuits hold women back

The Daily News
Columbia County commissioners to discuss extending pot moratorium
Capitol Dispatch: Last bill to boost state’s minimum wage dies in committee

Everett Herald (subscription required)
House passes capital budget with local projects intact
Only a little time left for legislators to vote on Boeing tax breaks bill (Robinson, Carlyle)
Op-ed: Point-Counterpoint: A look at safety record for oil transportation
LA Times editorial: Reining in payday loan industry
Op-ed: Using test scores in teacher evaluations ineffective, unfair
Editorial: Our response when rights clash

Islands’ Sounder
Senator Ranker ‘disgusted’ by defeat of anti-discrimination amendment (Ranker)

Kent Reporter
Attorney General opposes legislative committee’s vote to raise smoking age to 19 rather than 21 (Orwall)

Kirkland Reporter
How did 48th District representatives for Kirkland vote? | March 30 through April 3 (Habib, Hunter, McBride)
How did 45th District representatives for Kirkland vote? | March 30 through April 3 (Springer, Goodman)
How did 1st District representatives for Kirkland vote? | March 30 through April 3 (McAuliffe, Moscoso, Stanford)
Op-ed: Legislature misses chance to limit vaccine exemptions

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
For employers, pot legalization changes little
Plan to address toxins watered down in Olympia

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington covets online sales tax revenue, may take the risk of budgeting for it (Carlyle)
Gov. Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban
Editorial: Money to fight youth marijuana use should stay put

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: TVW has helped us navigate politics
Opinion: Our lives are longer thanks to public health

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Partisan dust-up over budget irks 24th District senator (Hargrove, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Want new transportation investments? You’ll have to wait for Bertha to finish, says House

Redmond Reporter
Letter to the editor: Washington tax system most regressive in nation
Letter to the editor: What about addressing light rail, Sen. Hill?

Seattle Times (subscription required)
How WSU beat odds in fight to create med school (Kohl-Welles, Hansen, Frockt)
GOP lawmaker wants Seattle on hook for buses during delayed tunnel project (Clibborn)
$54M PacMed remodel a political tug of war (Chopp, Pedersen, Hasegawa, Hudgins, Pettigrew, Santos, Walkinshaw)
How state budget plans differ for Democrats, GOP
Thanh Tan Column: To see the effects of the minimum wage hike, follow the pho
Editorial: How to get closer to solving state’s budget mess
Editorial: King County makes progress on youth incarceration
Guest Column: Digging into data to find impact of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage
How to get Puget Sound traffic moving: Allow a vote on a package to fully fund light rail

Spokesman Review
Nuclear energy getting Washington legislative support
Fourth DUI a felony under bill OK’d by Washington Senate
Spokane County projects worth $95 million in House’s Capital Budget
Washington’s Senate Republicans hope to broaden 2006 energy sources law
Spin Control: Marathon budget session an exercise in futility (Hargrove)
Editorial: Legislature deserves court’s reproof after mental health cuts
Editorial: Washington Voting Rights Act offers sound steps for resolving disputes

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
State grant funds healthy food stamp purchases
Editorial – Record-breaking college applications create competition
Editorial – Shoreline Community College idea should be adopted statewideial – Using marijuana tax to pad state’s general fund budget is bad idea

Yakima Herald Republic
WSU’s president was key in getting medical school OK (Hansen, Kohl-Welles, Frockt)
Editorial: Competing budgets offer plenty of room for compromise


Lawmaker says state shouldn’t pay for extra Seattle buses

Lawmaker: State shouldn’t pay for extra Seattle buses during tunnel project

Repair work underway on damaged White River Bridge

Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington
When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

NW Public Radio
Group Launches Initiative For A Carbon Tax In Washington


Capitol Record (TVW)
State Senate delays vote on budget, institutes ‘supermajority’ rule change (Nelson, Ranker, Hargrove)

Lawmakers pull all-nighter – and some shenanigans – over budget (Nelson, Chopp, Ranker)
Guest Opinion: Why fish hatcheries remain essential

Money (or the Lack Thereof)
It’s Chilly in Hell: Seattle Times Endorses State Capital Gains Tax

Today’s Only Kinda Likes: The Democrats’ Gotcha and Expedia’s Move (Ranker, Cleveland, Rolfes)

SDC Hopper
Minority Rules: Republican majority institutes minority rule in attempt to pass partisan budget
Mullet: Budget amendments sought to protect Issaquah, taxpayers (Mullet)

Seattle P.I.
Tom Douglas backs away from surcharge at restaurants to pay for higher minimum wage
Inslee rescinds travel ban after Indiana changes ‘religious freedom’ law

Gov. Jay Inslee Rescinds Indiana Travel Ban
The Morning News: Republicans Make It Harder to Change Their Budget, Tom Douglas Backpedals on Minimum Wage Surcharge
A Transgender Food Service Worker’s Minimum Wage Story

The Stand
Senate GOP changes rules to block raises for state workers (Hargrove)

Washington State Wire
The Green Sheet for April 6, 2015 (Chopp, Nelson)

Western Front
Washington State Legislature reviews sexual assault procedures and resources