Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, September 8


Associated Press
Washington Supreme Court Finds Charter School Law Unconstitutional
Striking Pasco teachers deciding next move after court order
Interior secretary tours wildfire zone in Wash. state
State ecology officials offer rebate for old woodstoves
Seattle investigating preferred employer rent discounts
National group calls for special session after state’s charter school ruling
New baby orca spotted with mother
Teachers in Seattle, Pasco still seek contracts
WSDOT’s new toll program has dismissed 125K violations
Governor to decide fate of proposed casino

Aberdeen Daily World
Camp talks spark new neighborhood watch in Hoquiam
DNR lifts burn ban west of the Cascades

Bainbridge Island Review
Ferry ridership hits 12-year high
Opinion: Gov. Jay Inslee and a presidential run

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Op-ed: Civic Agenda: Goals can help state, city prioritize spending

Central Kitsap Reporter
Nine charged with sex crimes in undercover sting
Recycle fluorescent, CFL and HID lights in Kitsap County at no charge

The Daily News
Editorial: Finding the best and brightest (Takko, Hatfield, Blake)
Opinion: Guest column: Legislation will speed prenatal testing guidelines

Everett Herald (subscription required)
District likely to OK Everett teachers’ contract
Common Core sets the bar for education
Guest commentary: Worker safety at dairies needs the Legislature’s attention
Viewpoints: NLRB decision: What’s the definition of employer?
Guest commentary: County should look at why farms are struggling
Editorial: What public funding requires
Editorial: Help lawmakers make a plan

Islands’ Sounder
Lummi Nation hires firm for potential litigation

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma, other schools play waiting game for class-size reduction funds
About 100 demonstrate against Nazis, police in downtown Olympia
Editorial: World must respond to this vast refugee catastrophe

Olympian (subscription required)
Hundreds pay homage to unions at annual Labor Day picnic in Chehalis
Editorial: Affordable housing is basic need

Peninsula Daily News
Shelton prison to offer nature videos in solitary confinement through ‘Blue Room’ program

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Disastrous’: Low snow, heat eat away at Northwest glaciers
‘Preferred employer’ discounts for renters may violate fair-housing rules
Procrastination pays for those with a batch of state toll penalties
Calls for quick legislative fix after charter-school ruling (Pollet)
Spokane Tribe’s embattled casino plan now up to Inslee
Hospital detentions of mentally ill increasing
State Supreme Court won’t block Eyman anti-tax initiative vote
Op-Ed: Iran treaty is rare, hopeful note for future of Middle East
Op-Ed: Too much hero worship of entrepreneurs
Op-Ed: Ignoring the needs of kids and teachers spells trouble for districts
Editorial: Teachers threatening to strike are demanding too much

Spokesman Review
Washington Supreme Court rejects charter schools
Fire at Planned Parenthood clinic in Pullman ruled arson
Colville Reservation residents still displaced as wildfires burn
Washington lawmakers push to revamp state financial system (Hasegawa)
Sunday Spin 2: Changes in Olympia
Smart Bombs: School district showdown began with Legislature, not teachers
Editorial: Washington lawmakers need to craft water quality rules

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial – Mandated cost-benefit study of pot law is sound policy


Teacher contract talks stall, strike deadline looms
8 states, including Washington, running out of water
Former state GOP chair challenging Murray for US Senate
Everett park closes for contamination cleanup
Tacoma charter schools, parents prepare for next step

Seattle schools threaten to take teachers to court
With two days to first day of school, Seattle teachers threaten strike
Teachers and Seattle Public Schools work Sunday to come to agreement
Overcrowded Seattle school to start classes without needed portable classrooms, district apologizes

Homeless camp prompts Hoquiam residents to start patrol

Seattle Parents Urged To Make Child Care Plans In Case Teachers Strike
Troy Kelley Hit With New Money Laundering, Tax Evasion Charges

One Family Reacts To Supreme Court Charter School Decision
Despite Recovery, Middle-Wage Workers Are Being Squeezed Out
Why Aren’t There More Higher Ed Programs Behind Bars?

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
State’s texting law is not keeping up with drivers, smartphones

NW Public Radio
Despite Rain, Officials Warn Of Continued Fire Danger
Sex Trafficking Lawsuit Against Backpage.com Can Go Forward
One Family Reacts To Supreme Court Charter School Decision
Troy Kelley Hit With New Money Laundering, Tax Evasion Charges

Q13 TV (FOX)
District could take Seattle teachers to court as strike looms; parents group rallies around educators
Half of US adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, study says


When the wildfire season never ends
Seattle installs new system to track individual drivers

Charter School Operators Deserve the Blame for Rushing to Open Charters Before Court Ruled

Seattle P.I.
Late Friday surprise: Supreme Court says charter schools initiative is unconstitutional
Supreme Court allows Eyman initiative on November ballot; Eyman ordered to appear in Superior Court

Washington State Supreme Court Strikes Down Charter Schools Law
The Morning News: Teachers to Strike, Space Needle Workers to Protest, Take-Home Pay Falls for Low-Wage Workers
If Seattle Teachers Strike on the First Day of School, You May Be Able to Send Your Kid to Camp Instead

The Stand
Dairy farm safety demands legislative action (Walkinshaw)

West Seattle Blog
SCHOOL STRIKE? Board meets tonight to consider authorizing court action if it happens
More hope for Puget Sound’s Southern Resident Killer Whales: Fifth baby orca in less than a year!