Washington State House Democrats


Friday, June 19


Associated Press
Oregon Senate committee clears birth control proposal
State officials hope for budget deal but prepare for shutdown
FCC to phone companies: You can stop unwanted robocalls
Former Rep. Fagan settles ethics violations complaint
Commission to let state’s first charter school stay open
Crews make progress against eastern Washington wildfire

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Silence and gold in Olympia

State workers rally in Vancouver (Moeller)
School districts stuck until state budget in place
In Our View: Victoria, Get Off the Pot
State charges Quicken Loans with misleading ads
Juvenile to be tried in adult court

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State ethics board to examine grants to Snohomish PUD
Public gets a look at light-rail plans
Lacking a budget, most state agencies will close July 1 (Sullivan)
Half of American whites see no racism around them
Mass shootings have become more frequent
Editorial: Recognize medical cannabis
Letter: Common sense needed on rails
Letter: Let the railroads do their jobs
Letter: Teachers are undervalued

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Op-Ed: Lawmakers should fund life sciences discovery

Kirkland Reporter
Hunger must be addressed politically

News Tribune (subscription required)
Free U.S. Open tickets also going to lawmakers’ spouses, family (Cody, Hunt, Fey, Jinkins, Fraser, Conway)
Opinion by Sen. Conway: Home care workers deserve chance to retire, too

Renton Reporter
Talbot Hill Elementary receives $5,000 grant for ‘green’ efforts

Seattle Times (subscription required)
UW, China’s ‘MIT’ to run tech program in Bellevue
State’s first charter school given more time to fix its problems
Court says women-only prison jobs justified
Editorial: New UW-China institution in Bellevue boosts region’s tech standing, diplomatic relations
Op-Ed: Why we still need public libraries

Skagit Valley Herald
DSHS workers rally to urge Legislature to pass budget

Spokesman Review
Spokane Council removes Rachel Dolezal from police panel
End-of-year tests add hurdles to education system
State workers get layoff warnings as budget deadline nears
Former Rep. Susan Fagan settles ethics complaint, reimburses state for funds
Editorial: Move fast, carefully on ombudsman selection

Vancouver Business Journal
Health exchange expanding to cover new businesses

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial – Lawmakers have no excuse for not approving budget


State shutdown would close parks, lay off 25,000
Opening doors for kids with autism
Q&A: Austin Jenkins on possible state shutdown

Partial government shutdown would affect thousands of jobs

Blueberry farm workers file lawsuit for unpaid wages

Battle Over New Oil Train Standards Pits Safety Against Cost
Former Washington State Lawmaker Agrees To Pay $5,600 To Close Ethics Case

NW Public Radio
Preparations Continue For Possible Washington Government Shutdown

Q13 TV (FOX)
Governor’s office details plans as state prepares for possible government shutdown


Capitol Record (TVW)
State prepares for partial government shutdown if no budget deal is reached

Civic Skunkworks
Nick Hanauer on New York City’s minimum wage and the ‘free rider problem’

Half of state employees could be off job in shutdown
Ex-legislator agrees to repay state for travel claims

EMC Poll Shows Lack of Enthusiasm for Rent Control

Seattle P.I.
Poll: Seattle voters cool to rent control despite hot council hearing (Chopp)
Pope Francis: Climate change is a principal problem facing humanity

The Morning News: State Transportation Package Talks Stalled, Suspect in Charleston Hate Crime Shooting Caught (Carlyle)
A Majority of the City Council Supports Asking the State to Lift the Ban on Rent Control

The Stand
Opinion: Letting wealthy to avoid paying their fair share grinds us down