Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, December 16


Associated Press
SeaTac employers seek hearing on minimum wage
Councilman being investigated over racially charged email
Regulators want limited company operation after crash
Unincorporated Pierce County voters to decide on pot measure
Regulators recommend limited Ride the Ducks operation
Pacific Northwest can meet power need with energy efficiency
AP EXPLAINS: Why US will lift restrictions on oil exports

Aberdeen Daily World
Coastal flood insurance maps cause concern

In Our View: Beyond The Tracks

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State Rep. Kagi speaks at White House (kagi)
Burbank: Solstice dreams of getting back to where we were
Editorial: A plan for school funding, fairer taxes

News Tribune (subscription required)
Recreational pot coming back to Pierce County ballot in 2016
Patients harm themselves, each other at Western State Hospital
Comment period begins for proposed Tacoma methanol plant
Editorial: Lindquist text messages need truly independent review

Puget Sound Business Journal
Alaska Air, other businesses, launch new challenge to $15 minimum wage at Sea-Tac Airport
Changing demographics of business: Minority firms up, white firms down
The gender pay gap exists at startups, too

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Q&A: New law allows Uber drivers to unionize, but how?
Good to Go credit-card glitch solved, as two lawmakers attack I-405 toll program (Clibborn)
Airport employers seek new hearing on SeaTac minimum wage
Washington’s graduation rate rising, but still lags national average
Editorial: It’s common sense for Seattle to tax gun sales to study violence
Murray: Reset on federal education spending, testing spells relief

Spokesman Review
More than 500 CenturyLink customers still without service
Former Police Chief Frank Straub says ‘old guard’ in department have a stranglehold on reform efforts
Shawn Vestal: Preventing homelessness a worthy goal
Editorial: Billy Frank Jr. has powerful story to tell

Tri-City Herald
State, DOE spar over Hanford consent decree deadlines
Editorial: Get training if you choose to arm yourself

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State funding of prenatal vitamins makes sense

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakama Nation seeks $65.5M in fire damages
How the state is missing chances to find deadly birth defect’s cause
Yakima County jail set to make transition to mental health facility
Open Mike: Support for mental illness
Other Views: Right and left could agree on increasing earned income tax credit for childless adult workers
Editorial: It’s time to impeach Auditor Troy Kelley


Snoqualmie Tribe sues over service cuts to casino
Investigation finds 442 safety violations of Ride the Ducks
Survey: 45% say Seattle’s cost of living hurts their financial goals
Inslee: Climate agreement is just the beginning

Toll or not to toll? Law makes proposal to cut 405 toll lanes in half
What services are available locally to refugees? Executive to explain
SeaTac employers seek hearing on minimum wage
Traditional taxi drivers may also see bargaining rights

$10 ‘toll shock’ sparks effort to open I-405 lane to commuters
‘Ride the Duck’ CEO: Ducks will be ‘safer than any other vehicle’
State counties see alarming spike in trumpeter swan deaths (Photo Gallery) (Video)

Alaska Airlines, Other Businesses Continue Legal Battle Over SeaTac Minimum Wage
Ride The Ducks Could Resume Operations In Seattle
Firefighting Costs Burn Hole In Washington State Budget
Paid Sick Leave Set To Go Statewide In Oregon
State Dollars Flowing To Clean Energy Start-Ups Spurs Debate

Inslee’s Chief Of Staff Leaves Politics For Her Art
Snowmobilers’ Trail Improvements Turn Into Path Of Destruction
Push-Pull Over Refugee Resettlement Could Go To Public Vote In Idaho

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
WSDOT head apologizes for ‘suicide’ comment about I-405 express toll lanes

Q13 TV (FOX)
Petition to stop I-405 tolls has nearly 25,000 signatures as lawmakers create bill to slash toll lanes
Edmonds-Woodway students arrested for racial threats about lynching, leaving ‘dead bodies’ police say
State regulators propose ‘unsatisfactory’ safety rating for Ride the Ducks after intense investigation


Will GMO salmon harm Alaska’s fishing industry?

Seattle P.I.
Legislation seeks ‘reasonable accommodation’ so pregnant workers can stay on the job
World’s warmest-ever November; Arctic warming twice as fast as rest of planet

Now Is the Time to Start Fighting for Better Light Rail in Seattle

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