Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, December 15


Associated Press
Seattle’s Uber unionization measure a new economy test case
The Latest: Reaction mixed after Seattle’s Uber union vote
Washington wildlife refuge to be renamed for Indian activist
Skagit County projects receive $5.4M grant for salmon work
Groups concerned about Walgreens’ ties to Catholic hospital

Aberdeen Daily World
Early childhood education scholarships available at GHC

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Op-ed: Whatcom View: Local levies, foundation help enrich education

Oil train traffic rising in county
Inslee turns to students to promote climate change campaign

The Daily News
Editorial via Yakima Herald: What follows No Child law must benefit all students

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Another boost for Everett’s homeless housing program
Guest commentary: Many not getting dental care they need

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Jail chief leaving but staying in the field

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma eyes possible shopping bag restrictions
Temporary homeless shelter for young adults opens in downtown Tacoma
Puyallup lawmaker plans to file bill to work around prosecutors like Mark Lindquist
With a bonsai, former Vietnamese refugee thanks governor who welcomed him in 1975
Coalition wants Tacoma School Board to do more about racial disparities
Op-Ed: Vital drug discount program at risk
Editorial: Tacoma schools earn good marks for graduation

Olympian (subscription required)
Op-Ed by Sen. Tim Sheldon: State should speed up permits for export docks
Editorial: Commissioners smart to invest in pretrial services
Editorial: NCLB reform shows hope for students

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Following the money: Ethics concerns muddy state’s clean-energy grant program
State urges customers to stop calling over Good to Go snafu
Seattle reaches 10-year cable-TV deal with Comcast
Seattle first U.S. city to give Uber, other contract drivers power to unionize
Editorial: Remarkable climate agreement in Paris, but goals are soft

Spokesman Review
Spokane City Council approves scope of investigation into Mayor David Condon’s handling of police chief firing
ATF agent who’s been part of some of the region’s biggest news stories to retire
‘Clerical error’ leads to $8 million judgment against Spokane County in jail death
Spokane police making progress on Justice Department recommendations

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: New education reform bill an achievement

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Every Student Succeeds Act needs state support to work



WA charter schools continue fight for survival
College program for students with intellectual disabilities grows

‘Give Salmon a Brake’ campaign to promote copper-free brakes

Tunneling a step closer as crews fill in Bertha’s access pit
FBI investigating UW student’s rough arrest by Seattle Police
New study says shellfish poisoning is killing sea lions
Seattle becomes first US city to let Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

Seattle Approves ‘Unprecedented’ Unionizing Ordinance For Taxi And Ride-App Drivers
Obamacare Sign-Ups Could Get A Bump As Higher Penalties Kick In
Transportation Package: Oregon’s Leaders Agree On Need, Not Timing
Washington State Bears Down On White Pass Repairs

Oregon Signs On To Sell Only Emission-Free Vehicles By 205
These Justices Can’t Get Washington State To Pay McCleary Fines (Dunshee)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
WSDOT caught off guard by I-405 toll lane drivers
State Rep: Idea of ‘safe space’ misunderstands purpose of college

Q13 TV (FOX)
FBI investigating whether SPD used excessive force in arrest of college student
FBI investigating Stanwood man they allege threatened to kill law enforcement officers


Civic Skunkworks
Today, the City Council Is Considering a Bill That Would Let Rideshare Drivers Unionize

“Environmental company” racks up biggest pollution fines of the year
Seattle City Council: Let Uber and Lyft drivers unionize
Washington welcomes wolves back — across deep political divides
Police, religious leaders on alert amid possible hate crimes

Council Challenges Uber on Worker Rights, Murray Challenges UW on Affordable Housing

The Seattle City Council Just Voted to Allow Uber and Lyft Drivers to Unionize

The Stand
Seattle’s for-hire drivers win in historic vote

The Verge
Uber is testing UberHop, a bus-like service, in Seattle, and carpooling service UberCommute in Chicago