Washington State House Democrats


Friday, April 17


Associated Press
Common Core testing problems continue with money at stake
Financial incentives OK’d for workplace wellness programs
Amid state investigation, bill moves forward to exempt hockey league from child-labor laws
Machinists withdraw request for union vote at Boeing’s South Carolina plant
State Auditor Troy Kelley indicted, pleads not guilty as calls for his resignation start with governor
Washington’s first charter school making improvements
Insurers agree to revamp info on contraception
Budget negotiations hit snag in state Legislature (Sullivan, Carlyle)
US House votes to make sales tax deduction permanent
Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed
Big spike in whooping cough cases concerns health officials

Aberdeen Daily World
Oped: Smartphones are capturing widespread abuse and changing the world of American policing
Oped: Jim Walsh — Reliance on grants leaves us with a beggar’s mentality

Bainbridge Island Review
Op-Ed: Pot may be on the ballot again come November

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Medical marijuana cooperative owner in Bellingham calls bill before Inslee ‘devastating’
State Auditor Troy Kelley indicted on charges of tax evasion, keeping stolen money
Experts warn of trouble as Washington state, others consider online voting
Editorial reprint: Inslee should sign marijuana reforms (Kohl-Welles)
Editorial reprint: Kelley must resign to restore trust in auditor’s office

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Moscoso helps to push through Transportation Revenue, Transportation spending bills (Moscoso, Ortiz-Self, Sells)

Central Kitsap Reporter
Mount Rainier National Park free this weekend
Washington’s jobs outlook continues positive trend

State seeks comments on draft oil spill plan
In Our View: A Matter of Fairness

Everett Herald (subscription required)
House bill would have voters decide on city marijuana bans
State Democrats look at caucus system for presidential nomination
Jobless claims below 300,000 for sixth week
Machinists withdraw request for union vote at Boeing in S.C.
In Olympia, talk of impeaching an indicted state auditor (Sullivan, Nelson)
State health officials warn of whooping cough outbreak
E-cigarette retailers worry about legislative changes
Editorial: Start negotiations with transportation (Sullivan, Sells, Ortiz-Self, Moscoso)

Kent Reporter
Orwall’s DNA bills headed to Inslee’s desk (Orwall, Kohl-Welles, Darneille)
Kent schools win state’s highest honor
House passes Western Hockey League bill to clarify players as amateurs (Gregerson, Orwall, Sullivan)

Kirkland Reporter
Sen. Habib ride sharing legislation passes both chambers, on its way to governor’s desk (Habib)
Kirkland fights for completion of state highway project in Totem Lake neighborhood (Clibborn, McBride, Moscoso)

Maple Valley Reporter
Washington State Auditor Troy Kelly indicted for false tax returns, false declarations and more | U.S. Department of Justice

News Tribune (subscription required)
State Auditor Troy Kelley indicted on charges of tax evasion, keeping stolen money
Lawmakers discuss options for removing, replacing indicted state auditor Troy Kelley (Sullivan)
Under the Dome: Friday, April 17, the 96th day of the 105-day legislative session
Editorial: Under the Dome: Friday, April 17, the 96th day of the 105-day legislative session

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Inslee should sign marijuana reforms (Kohl-Welles)

Peninsula Daily News
Renewed by Congress, Secure Rural Schools program to help Clallam, Jefferson counties

Puget Sound Business Journal
Bipartisan bill could put trade deals on a fast track
Op-ed by Gov. Jay Inslee and Hans Bishop: State pursues bold vision for life sciences

Seattle Medium
Two DNA bills headed to Inslee’s desk (Orwall, Darneille, Kohl-Welles)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Indicted auditor vows fight; Inslee urges him to resign
Whooping-cough cases spike; vaccinations urged
Women getting bad info on birth-control coverage from ACA insurers
Affordable-housing legislation sent to governor’s desk (Springer)
Sakuma Brothers Farm issues new pay plan for pickers
Editorial: Time for State Auditor Troy Kelley to show himself the door
Guest Opinion: Education law’s reauthorization a chance to right a wrong

Seattle Weekly
A Grand Jury Indicts Troy Kelley for Falsifying His Taxes, But the State Auditor Refuses to Resign

Spokesman Review
Jury indicts state auditor on fraud, tax charges (Sullivan)
Budget talks stall along partisan lines (Sullivan)
In reversal, bill banning powdered alcohol goes to Inslee
Editorial: Indicted state auditor needs to quit his job – now

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State grab for local levy funds is huge political risk (Hunter)

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Union leader’s compensation should not be on public dime


Mistakes led to near disaster on tunnel project
Machinists withdraw request for SC Boeing union vote
Auditor Troy Kelley ‘very confident’ in his innocence

State Auditor charged with false tax returns: ‘I did not break the law’ (Jayapal)

State auditor refuses to resign after federal indictment
Machinists: S.C. union reps threatened at gunpoint, Boeing vote canceled

Study Shows Confusion Over Costs When It Comes To Birth Control And Health Insurance
Meet One Of The Seattle ‘Smarter Balanced’ Testing Boycott’s Youngest Organizers

Shell Oil Arctic Drilling Rig Arrives Off Port Angeles
Wash. Auditor Proclaims Innocence, Won’t Resign After Federal Indictment
Gov. Inslee Urges Indicted State Auditor To Resign
Uber Drivers, Teamsters Protest On National Day Of Action For Higher Wages

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Indicted state auditor is ‘very, very confident’ he can prove his innocence

Q13 TV (FOX)
‘I did not break the law’: Indicted state auditor says he will not resign, will prove his innocence


Premera cyberattack: How an ancient state law makes our data vulnerable
Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away
Gov. Gregoire and Sen. Gorton Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research
State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

Pro-Choice Groups Sting Health Insurance Providers

Local Levies Can’t Fund Statewide Education

Seattle P.I.
State tells insurers to give women full, accurate contraception information
Washington’s law ending ‘wild west’ of medical marijuana may boost black market (Carlyle, Kohl-Welles)

Drastic Changes Are Coming to Washington State’s Medical Marijuana Industry