Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, July 8


Associated Press
Governor Inslee signs early learning, tuition bills (Kagi)
Class size, testing extend Washington state’s legislative session (Nelson, Billig)
Oregon Democrats flex muscle

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State suspends license of 2 Whatcom health care workers
Despite rumor, Senate Democrats weren’t drinking the night of crucial vote, colleagues say  (Cody, Carlyle, Billig, Nelson)

Local lawmakers review session that’s still ongoing (Cleveland)
Drought forces region’s hatcheries to release millions of fish early
In Our View: Public-Sector Work Can Pay
Camden: Legislature needs to take hard look at ‘business as usual’ (Hargrove, Billig)

The Daily News
Editorial: Jury’s still out on marijuana

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Snohomish County 911 text service starts Wednesday, with limitations
Schwab: Justices’ dissents wrong on marriage, Constitution
Editorial: It’s legal; let them do business (Everett marijuana zoning)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Forage fish study gets state’s full backing (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Initiative 1351 divides Senate Democrats (Hargrove, Nelson)
Opinion: Matt Driscoll: 2015 has provided sessions to remember in Olympia

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Transportation tax plan has benefits (Sullivan)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington uninsured rate drops dramatically post Obamacare
Microsoft lays off 7,800, writes off $7.6 billion related to Nokia acquisition
Pacific NW gets nearly $1 billion in investments in second quarter of 2015
Jets that burn wood for fuel? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds
If 7 proposed projects are built, Northwest trains could carry 1M barrels of crude oil per day

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Rethink single-family zoning? Seattle officials open to some changes
Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs, take $7.6B charge as it scales back phone business
115 years of marijuana coverage
Seattle City Council president proposing tax on gun sales
Op-ed: Alternatives to reform prisons to reduce outsourcing and reoffending

Seattle Weekly
The Kennewick Man’s Bones Strike Back

Skagit Valley Herald
Another 1,000 acres of farmland to be preserved from development
Drought relief for farmers sparks criticism from landowners

Spokesman Review
Projects to ease car dependency will stimulate community
Air quality still ‘moderate’ despite smoke
Wind, lightning warnings increase fire worries
Scat-sniffing dogs unleashing wildlife science
Editorial: Lawmakers should put I-1351 on hold, for now

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Lawmakers make right choice supporting gas tax

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Lower Tuition a boon for access to higher education

Yakima Herald Republic
Feds invest $63 million in early childhood education around Valley
Yakima council drops bid to stay election, but OK’s limited appeal of $1.8M awarded to ACLU


Microsoft cutting up to 7,800 jobs
Seattle City Council considers gun, ammo tax
New car tech could stop drunken drivers
King County pitching property tax increase for ‘Best Starts’

Legal Pot Business Owner Recalls A Year Of Highs And Lows
Congress Begins Debate On Changes to ‘No Child’ Law

Q13 TV (FOX)
Seattle City Council president proposes new gun tax, reporting requirement


Seattle P.I.
Microsoft to layoff nearly 8,000
Tim Eyman’s back with ‘supermajority’ gambit (Ranker)

Washington Just Announced the First Measles Death in the United States in 12 Years. What’s Wrong with Us? (Robinson)
The Morning News: Subsidized Preschool, Ballard NIMBYs, and the Comeback of Preventable Diseases

The Stand
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