Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, July 23


Associated Press
Higher minimum-wage proposals gain ground on both coasts
Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year Report: Social Security disability fund to run dry next year
Cost of fighting Washington wildfires nearly $35M so far
State appeals order to pay $1.3 million in competency case
Applications for US unemployment aid plummet to 42-year low
Official orca census: 81 whales, including 4 babies

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Jay Inslee: America’s most frustrated governor?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tesoro begins appeal of penalties for explosion at Anacortes refinery

Bothell Reporter
Washington AG calls on phone carriers to offer call-blocking technology to customers
Opinion: Inslee must draw a line in the sand on climate change issues (Fitzgibbon, Ranker, Clibborn, Hobbs)

Judge rebukes Vancouver port for letter to Inslee on terminal
Oil train counts trend upward in Clark County
Whooping cough cases decline locally
In Our View: Best Defense Possible

The Daily News
Legislators review difficult, but productive, session (Hatfield, Takko, Blake)
Editorial: Primary change

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Our green governor stymied on his environmental policies (Clibborn, Ranker, Hobbs)
Editorial: Cities pleased with outcomes (Clibborn)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Northeast Tacoma bus options increase, at least for a year
Medical marijuana cleared to treat PTSD in Washington
Editorial: County Council returns to those old-time land-use follies

Olympian (subscription required)
Legislative aide accused of stealing money from state Sen. Ranker (Ranker)

Peninsula Daily News
Waiting for . . . 2020. Official says cleanup at Rayonier pulp mill site in Port Angeles targeted to be completed in another five years
Port Townsend City Council declares drought emergency, encourages voluntary reduction in water use

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing CEO Muilenburg promises ‘mutual respect’ for union workers
Oregon officials relocate 160K salmon to Washington state amid weather fears

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Officials warn ultra-dry region is rife with tinder for brush fires
Video from bus driver’s body camera could cost 2 deputies their jobs
Editorial: Racism is a false issue in Seattle’s land-use zoning
Op-Ed: Free tuition puts American dream within reach

Spokesman Review
Former Rockwood Clinic doctor charged with unprofessional conduct
Editorial: Inslee should stick to transportation deal made with GOP

Tri-City Herald
TRIDEC announces trade deal to open up Asian markets to Mid-Columbia producers
Sen. Patty Murray uses new perch to push for more overtime pay
Pasco School District seeks help from state mediator in union negotiations
Editorial: We’re thankful for the benefits our rivers bring to the area
Editorial: Our Voice: Fixes to juvenile justice must be done carefully

Vancouver Business Journal
State building trades council endorses Vancouver Energy terminal

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Determining education funding role of lawmakers

Yakima Herald Republic
Judge signals win for Yakama Nation in gas tax case against state
Trade deal could expand Asian market for Tri-City food, wine producers
Letter: Gun rights, responsibilities


Salmon to spawn traffic tie-ups for years
UW solar innovations propel energy future

Should there be higher penalties for cigarette caused wildfires
Smoke from JBLM wildfires hangs over South Sound

Seattle Fire: Brush fires nearly triple this year compared to 2014
Heat wave, low snow pack wreaking havoc on fish hatcheries

Teens Shouldn’t Be Sleepless In Seattle, Task Force Says
Blue Creek Fire Near Walla Walla Is Highest Priority Fire In The Northwest
Drought, Irrigation Failure Take Toll On Washington Capitol Campus
California, New York And Washington, D.C., Make Moves On Minimum Wage
Wanted: Bilingual teachers. And here’s how one school is filling the gap

Q13 TV (FOX)
Truck with oversize load hits I-5 bridge near Ferndale; span inspected


Finally, Momentum for Greater Density and More Affordable Housing in Seattle

Washington State Wire
Transportation Greens and Business Community to Inslee: No fuel Standard by Fiat (Fitzgibbon)