Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 13


Associated Press
All-day kindergarten, smaller classes challenge for schools (Dunshee)
House passes bills to overhaul state’s pot markets (Cody, Carlyle)
Richland florist a ‘grain of sand’ in gay rights storm
Survey: Nearly 9 in 10 US adults now have health insurance
Spokane schools to get tough about vaccinations

Aberdeen Daily World
State buys 1,720 acres along Queets River from The Nature Conservancy
Timber activist: Damage already done by spotted owl’s listing

Ballard News Tribune
How could Olympia stoop so low?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Cities, counties may get new incentives to allow pot sales  (Sawyer, Reykdal)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Op-Ed: New rail safety regulations

Cleveland: Local View: Commitment, cooperation key to new I-5 bridge
In Our View: Wildfires Burn Budgets
In Our View: Every Child Deserves a Shot (Wylie)
Clark County Land-Use Planning: How small is big enough?

The Daily News
Cowlitz PUD commissioners to get I-937 update
Editorial: Pot, med school, highway bills need action in Olympia

Everett Herald (subscription required)
County public works and WSDOT win award for post-mudslide road rebuild
Senate panel guts bill allowing new toxic-waste program
Solar proposal generating heat (Morris)
Everett gang violence appears to be on rise
Guest column: Increase would hit shop owners, the poor
Guest column: Community Transit should lower costs, not increase tax
Guest column: Put emphasis on teaching kids, not testing them
Guest column: Nursing homes’ low staffing levels raise concerns for care
Guest column: Carbon proposals threaten state transportation budget
Op-ed: Our way out of this jam (State transportation plan)
Editorial: Holding Boeing accountable (Robinson)

Kirkland Reporter
Distracted driving law dies in Olympia

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State spending plan draws protest from conservation, recreation groups (Rolfes, Keiser)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Cities, counties may get new incentives to allow pot sales (Sawyer, Reykdal)
House passes bills to overhaul marijuana industries (Cody)

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Sen. Hargrove says contempt sanctions for state Legislature from high court are a possibility (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Transportation, education, housing: What are Seattle’s biggest challenges?
‘The promise of marijuana’ may no longer save Washington’s health centers

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: Lawmakers can ensure opportunity for students, economic growth with STEM education investments (Hanson, Kagi, Lytton, Bergquist, Keiser, Conway)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Toxic gun ranges win federal contracts despite violations
Schools scramble to meet rules on all-day kindergarten, smaller classes (Dunshee)
The party that wants to put ‘public’ back into public education (Hasegawa)
As lotteries grow, states look at rules to rein them in
The body camera business is booming, and Seattle is its nerve center
Amazon receives new approval for drone testing in U.S.
Rep. Dave Reichert gets alleged death threat after too many mailings, emails
GOP: Inslee making unreasonable demands for taxes, state pay (Hunter)
Editorial: Congress should pass new education law to provide flexibility for states
Editorial: Stop sweating Bertha: Everything should be OK
Opinion: Climate change is a threat to national security
Krugman: Where government excels

Skagit Valley Herald
Connecting students with community

Spokesman Review
House bills rewrite pot laws (Cody)
Washington House approves $5 fee on studded tires (Ryu)
Interstate 90 widening project on Snoqualmie Pass resumes
Ecology report assesses health of Palouse waterways
Columbia Basin tribes lead effort to save lamprey
Spin Control: China flag at Capitol stirs flap
Editorial: Lawmakers’ tweaks of pot law: Some smart, others not

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Not all needs being met in Senate and House budget proposals
Our Voice: Student scores a small part of teacher evaluation

Yakima Herald Republic
Valley superintendents have big concerns over smaller classes
Guest editorial: STEM investments bring opportunity, growth


Schools scrambling to come up with more classroom space

Why Would The Seattle School District Want To Authorize & Oversee Charter Schools?
Contract Negotiations Are Underway Between Student Workers And The University Of Washington

King County Rural Roads: How They Got So Bad
Marysville Shooting: Data Barriers Hide Tribal Court Cases
What We Talk About When We Talk About Gay Marriage

Q13 TV (FOX)
Spokane schools to get tough about vaccinations, remove children


Capitol Record (TVW)
Early Start Act passes Senate, both sides yet to agree on funding level (Billig)

Will Washington state stop neglecting its own history and heritage?
House votes to relax pot taxes, tighten regulations (Carlyle, Kohl-Welles)
Reforming Ferguson-style “debtors’ prisons” here in Washington State (Goodman, Kagi)
Legislature wants new office to help homeless youth

Ten Ways Senate Budget Holds Back Progress

Is Marijuana Addictive? A Look at the Scientific Research
Washington Is the Only State with Legal Marijuana That Doesn’t Allow Home Grows—But That Could Change! Here’s How (Blake, Kohl-Welles)
Can We Get Big Money Out of Local Politics by Giving Every Voter $100?

The Stand
Call this week to urge fair revenue solution (Carlyle)
Broken promises, broken priorities in State Senate (Hargrove, Farrell, Jinkins, Senn, Reykdal, Clibborn)

Washington State Wire
Enough Talk: Let’s Use A Small Fraction of McCleary Education Funding To Make a Real Difference in Graduation Rates