Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 8


Associated Press
Agreement on new U.S. education law would aid Wash. state (Santos)
Tacoma, Seattle ports meet privately about merger
Transportation officials: New cracks on Alaskan Way Viaduct
State buying 1,700 acres of forest on Olympic Peninsula
Poll: Voters don’t want to ignore class size initiative (Hunter)
Bill to revamp terms of payday loans all but dead in House (Hudgins, Liias, Ryu)
Washington attorney general sues over student loan practices
Flaw in reporting tribal cases stymies gun background checks

Aberdeen Daily World
Stafford Creek bike program gives inmates chance to give back
PUD looking to refinance bonds, could save an estimated $5 million
Funds for homelessness not keeping up with the need

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Attorney asks Gov. Inslee to reconsider special prosecutor in Pasco police shooting
Tribal history curriculum gets boost  (McCoy)
Blog: Montana Congressman: Don’t let Cherry Point terminal become next Keystone XL

Bothell Reporter
Sen. Frockt statement on why he voted against Senate budget (Frockt)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Op-Ed: Working across the aisle gives bills a better chance

‘First step’ on new I-5 bridge brushed back (Moeller)
City: Review NuStar proposal
Agreement on new U.S. education law would aid Washington (Wylie)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Proposed change to education law would aid Washington
Distracted-driving bill hits a guardrail in Olympia (Clibborn)
Burbank: Voting Rights Act would level election field (Moscoso)
Milbank: Corporations turning tide on climate change denial
Editorial: Get voters’ OK on I-1351 change
Letter: McCoy should know ‘list’ exists (McCoy)

Herald and News
‘First step’ on new I-5 bridge brushed back (Moeller)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Under the Dome: Wednesday, April 8, the 87th day of the 105-day legislative session
Inmate rehabilitation program needs changes, officials say

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia council extends moratorium on new medical marijuana outlets
Editorial: Tribal history curriculum gets boost (McCoy)
Editorial: New prison idea for Maple Lane (Dunshee, Fraser)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Senators, fire chief worry oil trains could explode in 1905-era tunnel below downtown Seattle

Redmond Reporter
House approves two-year budget, invests billions in education (Sullivan, Santos, Kagi, Hunter, Jinkins)
Rep. Goodman sponsors Redmond page in Olympia (Goodman)

Seattle PI
First responders likely wouldn’t fight oil-train fire in Seattle rail tunnel

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Students opting out of Common Core exams
Tech workers’ spouses ready, eager to work under new immigration rules
No Child Left Behind plan would give power back to states (Santos)
Study finds health-insurance sign-ups on state-run exchanges lackluster
Poll: Voters back smaller classes, but will they pay? | Politics NW Now
Danny Westneat: Anti-gay-marriage windfall flows to fined florist
Guest Opinion: Legislators need more say in setting state worker pay
Editorial: Preparing students to compete in a high-tech job market

Seattle Weekly
How Seattle Business Owners Are Paying the New Minimum Wage

Spokesman Review
Grant will fund work to reduce wildfire risk in northeast Washington
Smaller class sizes still popular idea in Washington, poll says
Washington attorney general sues student loan processor
Columbia ranks No. 2 on endangered rivers list
Efforts address backlog of rape kits
Editorial: Federal education bill provides important revisions

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: House leaders got it right in delaying budget hearing (Hasegawa, Chopp)

Yakima Herald Republic
Education law rewrite would give power back to states (Santos)


Crowdfunding classrooms becomes popular
Teachers, parents speak out against SBAC standardized test
Transportation officials say new cracks on viaduct
WA Senate plan to cut college tuition receives support
New idea floated for old 520 pontoons

Cantwell pushes for oil train safety sooner

Distracted driving bill dies in state legislature (Clibborn, Carlyle)

Cantwell, Fire Chiefs Pressing For More Regulation Of Oil Trains
More Seattle High Schoolers Refusing To Take Required Tests, Forcing Garfield To Improvise

Train Crew Transport Safety Bill Dies In Washington Senate
Ban On Holding A Cell Phone And Driving Dies In Washington House (Clibborn)
Puget Sound Tribe’s Lawsuit Aims To Keep Oil Trains Off Its Reservation
Amid Seattle’s Affluence, Homelessness Also Flourishes

NW Public Radio
Puget Sound Tribe’s Lawsuit Aims To Keep Oil Trains Off Its Reservation
Train Crew Transport Safety Bill Dies In Washington Senate
Common Weed Could Become New Northwest Cash Crop


Capitol Record (TVW)
GOP lawmakers say voters could change minds on class size initiative
State Senate passes budget, modifies class size initiative (Keiser, Liias)

Class size initiative could vex Legislature to the end (Hunter)
Tunnel Expert Review Panel: Project won’t exceed $3.1 billion budget

Huffington Post
What Every State Can Learn From Washington’s Program To Reduce Drive-Alone Commutes

New Elway Poll Shows Voters Split on State Budget Proposals

Washington Is the Only State with Legal Marijuana That Doesn’t Allow Home Grows (Blake, Kohl-Welles)

The Stand
Civil rights movement continues with WA Voting Rights Act (Moscoso)

Washington State Wire
Opinion: K-12 System Leaves Low Income and Minority Children Behind