Washington State House Democrats


Friday, July 17


Associated Press
Seattle tunnel contractors say digging to resume by Nov. 23
Seattle may attempt to use taxes to combat gun violence
Elwha ferry out of service for 4 months for repairs
Drought-related fishing restrictions enacted on 38 rivers

Aberdeen Daily World
Aspects of new state budget create possible problems for Hoquiam Schools
Summit Pacific upgraded to Level IV trauma center
Hoquiam completes major pipeline renovation
Port incumbent, challengers on opposite sides of oil issue

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Editorial reprint: Washington state vaccine exemptions need to tighten
Op-Ed: Transportation and trade expand opportunities for working families in Whatcom County

Maple Grove to add free, full-day kindergarten

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Hobbs has eye on lieutenant governor’s office — if the job is open (Owen)
Community Transit wants sales tax increase for improved bus service (10)
Summit’s goal: Improve health, quality of life
$39.3M targeted to widen stretch of Highway 531 in Arlington
Racism stings at black-owned businesses
McCusker: Unintended consequences of gov’t meddling

Puget Sound Business Journal
Bertha’s new timetable — digging to resume in November

Seattle Times (subscription required)
New Bertha start date for tunneling: Nov. 23
30 rivers in state close to protect fish from drought-like conditions, heat wave
Pot of gold: The new legal marijuana business has created once-in-a-lifetime opportunities
Editorial: City needs to slow down and make the case on housing affordability plan

Seattle Weekly
Final Tally: 19 Out of 157 Washington Marijuana Stores Sold Pot to Minors

Skagit Valley Herald
Washington Supreme Court rules farmworkers must be paid separately for rest breaks
More seniors, disabled homeowners eligible for tax relief

The Suburban Times
Governor signs transportation package

Vancouver Business Journal
Will student loan debt be the next bubble?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Supreme Court: Washington farm workers must be paid for rest breaks
Column: It’s time to stop measles and misinformation in Washington state

Yakima Herald Republic
Supreme Court rules for farm workers on piece-rate pay


Pressure builds to ensure all rape kits are tested (Orwall)
Bertha to resume digging in November; tunnel opens in 2018
Kingdome bonds paid off early, arts programs to benefit
Neighbors hold ‘Peace Walk’ after shootings
Black leaders ask city to install surveillance cameras in high crime areas
Pressure builds to ensure all rape kits are tested (Orwall)

Pot shop slapped with second citation for underage sales
Seattle warm stretch to last into October … 2016?!?
SPD looks for gunmen, pistol tied to 10 recent shootings

Tacoma Voters Will Face Two Minimum Wage Initiatives On The November Ballot
NLRB Judge: Boeing Wrong For Withholding Job Relocation Information
Green River College Spares One Program, Axes Two More Over Union’s Objections
Re-Write Of ‘No Child Left Behind’ Passes U.S. Senate

Cooler Weather Gives Firefighters ‘Nice Reprieve’
Northwest States In Top 10 Nationally For Job Growth Over Past Year
Washington Lawmaker Warns Of Noxious Weed After Death Of ‘One-In-A-Million’ Horse
Record-Long Session Produced Surprisingly Few New Laws
Meet The ‘Really Big One’: The Northwest’s Megaquake
Washington Capital Construction Budget Includes $130M In Lawmaker-Requested Projects

NW Public Radio
State Supreme Court Sides With Farmworkers On Pay For Breaks
Washington Capital Construction Budget Includes $130M In Lawmaker-Requested Projects

Q13 TV (FOX)
Seattle tunnel contractors say Bertha will resume digging by November
Math error blamed in Washington pot store’s sale of marijuana to minor
Seattle police ask public for help in identifying two gunmen, pistol tied to 10 shootings
Due to drought, Washington state bans or limits fishing on over 30 rivers