Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, August 18


Associated Press
States raising taxes, fees and debt to pay for road repairs
Washington’s prepaid tuition program to consider changes
About half are proficient in first round of new state tests
US proposes to cut methane from oil, gas by nearly half
Inslee, lawmakers meet to discuss court sanctions
Big wildfire threatens resort town in Washington

Bainbridge Island Review
A day at the races for Congressman Kilmer

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
About two-thirds of Bellingham students refused to take new state tests
Maryland judge orders release of oil train reports
Inslee, lawmakers meet to discuss court sanctions

Central Kitsap Reporter
STEM grants, safety and budgets discussed by CKSD board
Editorial: Steps for saving the safety net

How did our kids do? Standardized test scores are out
Inslee pushes lawmakers on education funding
In Our View: Social Security Far From Secure

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Inslee presses lawmakers on ed funding plan in light of new sanctions
Some county school districts excel, others struggle in Common Core testing
Editorial: Fund saves urban forests, too

Islands’ Sounder
Supreme Court fines state $100,000 per day over school ruling

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. Hunter responds to State Supreme Court’s new order based on McCleary case (Hunter)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Despite mounting fines, lawmakers plan to take time to answer McCleary ruling
Washington kids beat low predictions on first round of new state tests
Puyallup, Bonney Lake to explore fireworks bans

Olympian (subscription required)
Vancouver votes to extend moratorium on crude oil terminals
Transportation levy opponents file suit over ballot language
Washington’s prepaid tuition program to consider changes

Puget Sound Business Journal
What employers need to know about protections for LGBT employees

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Chelan blazes: With no end in sight, thousands evacuate
Inslee not ready to call special session on school funding (Nelson, Chopp, Sullivan)
Wave of charter schools debuts with all seats filled
About half of students pass state’s new, tougher tests
Bertha’s front-end pieces stacked and reassembled
Summer melt: Why accepted students don’t go to college
Op-Ed: Voting rights laws are moving dangerously backward

Seattle Weekly
Jeff Bezos Is Simply Shocked to Hear Amazon Is a Shitty Place to Work

Yakima Herald Republic
New test results: Some Yakima Valley students measure up, others don’t
Editorial: Feds need to provide emergency firefighting funds


Inslee, lawmakers meet to discuss McCleary court sanctions
Survey: Tech workers less happy than average worker
Progress reported in Chelan wildfire fight
Poplar trees grown for biofuels tackle obstacles

Education fines mount but no special session for now
UPDATED PHOTOS: Chelan County fires force evacuations, burn homes
Seattle police say regulated homeless encampments don’t increase crime

Standardized Test Refusals Ripple Through Statewide Results
Gov. Inslee Urges Lawmakers To Craft School Funding Solution, Special Session Could Come Later

Students Struggle On Washington State’s New Tests

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Another $20 million down the drain for transit expansion

NW Public Radio
Firefighters Struggle To Gain Control Of Chelan Complex Fires
Washington-Based Army Soldiers Will Help Fight Western Wildfires

Q13 TV (FOX)
Lawmakers take more time to answer McCleary ruling despite daily fines
Active duty soldiers from JBLM called out to battle Western wildfires
Washington’s prepaid tuition program to consider changes


Inslee, legislators looking for path forward on schools

Seattle P.I.
Group opposing $930 million Move Seattle property tax levy fires its first shot
Shell can drill into where the oil is in Alaska’s remote Chukchi Sea: Obama administration

The Stand
Sakuma farm workers walk off job (again), urge negotiations