Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, May 6


Associated Press
Lawmakers: Mental health system improved; critics disagree (Jinkins)
Report: IRS issues $5.6 billion in bogus education credits
With new standardized tests, educators worry about scores

Aberdeen Daily World
Federal judge dismisses suit against Quinaults over lake

In Our View: A Taxing Situation (Robinson)
Camden: Republican lawmakers cry foul over teacher ‘strikes’

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Burbank: We can assure a good quality of life for all
Editorial: Invest to reduce wildfire risks (Legislative budget priorities)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Troy Kelley’s former House co-workers contemplate his removal (Hurst, Hunt)

Olympian (subscription required)
North Thurston teachers union to hold rally in Olympia on Wednesday
Editorial: Pulling spray permit was right move
Editorial: A chance to think big on education (Hunter, Hargrove)

Peninsula Daily News
Sequim School District teachers vote to hold one-day walkout May 18 to show frustration with Legislature

Puget Sound Business Journal
What is WSU’s medical school backup plan if state money dries up? There isn’t one
As nurses prep for strike, Washington’s new for-profit mental health hospitals raise eyebrows
Unions file 140 petitions for ‘ambush elections’ under new NLRB rule

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Census shows Seattle has lowest percentage of struggling renters
Lifting cap on property taxes proposed in Legislature (Hunter, Chopp)
Bellevue schools teach emotional smarts to help boost academic success
New legislation could make electronic textbooks more widely available
Danny Westneat: Oklahoma City is our savvier nemesis (Boeing)
Editorial: Mayor’s politicking over Port lease hurts maritime industry

Seattle Weekly
Port of Stall: Shell Oil, Meet the Seattle Process
Higher Ground: Come Over to the Green Side

Spokesman Review
Some states say no to federal land transfer bills
GOP officers to pick nominees to replace ex-Rep. Susan Fagan
Comcast to build Spokane call center, creating 675 jobs
1,000 pounds of banned DDT found in old Spokane County silo

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Hanford nuclear cleanup must be federal priority


WSDOT plans to alleviate I-5 congestion near JBLM
University tuition attracting students to community colleges

Thousands of Eastside, Whidbey Island teachers to walk out of class
New state law will allow you to see pharmacist instead of doctor in some cases

State Rep: ‘Expect changes’ after nursing home sex abuse

Teacher Walkouts, By The Numbers: 1 In 4 Washington Kids Now Impacted

Wash. Lawmakers React Along Party Lines To Teacher Walkouts
Less Water In Northwest Rivers Will Mean Less Hydropower
Spokane Measles Quarantine Includes 6 Infants
Deepening Northwest Drought Poses Challenges For Farmers

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Does Boeing owe more for Washington tax breaks? (Robinson)

NW Public Radio
Deepening Northwest Drought Poses Challenges For Farmers
Wash. Lawmakers React Along Party Lines To Teacher Walkouts
For Some, Concerns That Firefighting Takes Money From Forest Management

Q13 TV (FOX)
Safety classes planned to reduce injuries for one of the state’s most dangerous professions


Civic Skunkworks
Marvel at the stupidity of Forbes’ Tim Worstall (minimum wage)

Treasurer’s funding idea: Something there?
Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Murray Versus the Port, Part 2

Seattle P.I.
Seattle’s transit divide
Graphics: Washington’s marijuana revenue broken down (includes revenue from Seattle stores)

The Stand
#BlackWorkersMatter shifts dialogue to jobs