Washington State House Democrats


Monday, December 21


Associated Press
Survey: State faces critical shortage of teachers, substitutes
Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination
Inslee’s proposed budget includes millions for mental health

Gov. Inslee touts plan for raising teachers’ salaries (Moeller)
In Our View: A Triumph for Fair Taxation

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
State’s Liquor and Cannabis Board to boost number of pot stores
Former refugee thanks governor who welcomed him in 1975
McCusker: Bipartisan miracle finally kills No Child Left Behind 
Viewpoints: 4 perspectives on curing what jail can’t
Guest commentary: Helping college students find their paths
Guest commentary: Cuts to Everett Fire Department staffing would put public at risk
Guest commentary: Do more to ensure safety of corrections staff at Monroe
Editorial: Ban tanning beds for minors 

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Narrows Bridge tolls to stay, and other transportation trivia
Op-ed: The revolt of the anxious class
Sowell: Attacked for telling the truth
Will: Higher education is a house divided

Maple Valley Reporter 
State Superintendent Randy Dorn on Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed education budget
Attorney General asks court to hold feds accountable in Hanford cleanup lawsuit

News Tribune (subscription required) 
State trooper shortage a ‘quagmire’ for Legislature (Clibborn)
Concern over hepatitis C drug costs only the beginning, health officials say
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: Pierce County Council makes another baffling decision on recreational pot
Op-Ed: Arlene’s Flowers case judge got it right
Editorial: Puyallup can’t duck its drug addiction problem
Editorial: Punting pot to the polls in Pierce County
Editorial: Kelley’s return highlights urgency of his removal
Editorial: Dammeier scores with bill for review of prosecutor

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington state faces shortage of teachers, substitutes

Peninsula Daily News  
Gov. Inslee proposes millions for mental health services

Puget Sound Business Journal
Budget deal contains good and bad news for Boeing and Puget Sound
Budget deal gives Obama hope for Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement
Congress passes spending bill with tax breaks for business
Federal spending bill to open spigot of crude oil exports through Washington

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Sen. Maria Cantwell balks at using disaster funds to fight wildfires
Seattle officials say more ‘sweeps’ of homeless camps in the works
Report: State not moving fast enough on education turnaround
Westneat: Why travel free with others when a solo commute is only 10 bucks?
Inslee: The immediate dangers facing children living on the street
Editorial: State must act on education funding, not just plan
Editorial: State needs to divert resources for jailing homeless youths to prevention
Editorial: The importance of the arts for economic growth

Seattle Weekly  
Emergency or No, Relief Is Coming Slowly to Seattle’s Homeless Families
Will Hanford’s Big Clean-Up Ever Begin?
The Great McCleary Holding Pattern: 2015 Will End With No Funding Plan In Sight
Skagit Valley Herald  
Sedro-Woolley becoming part of STEM Network 
Skagit County law enforcement to expand use of overdose antidote 

Spokesman Review 
Students, parents calling for improvements to roads leading to Pullman
Critics say oil trains report underestimates risk
Tacoma legislator wants Wellpinit to abandon Redskins mascot (Sawyer)
Spin Control: If you have to renew your Washington driver’s license for less than 6 years, here’s why
Editorial: City, school district should re-engage on security
Editorial: Legislature reaches out to East Side

Tri-City Herald  
Public lands commissioner wants more money for firefighting 
Virtual science comes to Richland schools 

Voice of the Valley 
Maple Valley Receives Grant from State Transportation Improvement Board

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Medicare cuts change the game for local medical suppliers
Boomers enter golden years in poor health

Yakima Herald Republic  
Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination 
Demand for craft beers sparks surge in US hop production 
Raise your hand if you can teach: Shortage vexes Yakima Valley schools 
Sen. Cantwell wants changes to firefighting fix 


How Washington delegation voted on omnibus/tax extender package

Bertha expected to resume digging Monday
Washington state faces shortage of teachers, substitutes

Concealed carry permits seeing a spike in demand
Seattle gun & ammo tax under fire from Judge

Plutonium Escapes From Hanford Nuclear Site
Washington State Prepares, But Little Winter Bird Flu Detected Yet

Why Is There So Much Prostitution On Aurora Avenue In Seattle?
Upcoming King Tide Offers A Preview Of Sea Level Rise


Is Seattle’s gun tax really a tax? Answer could determine law’s future
New hope for saving KPLU
Best of 2015: The Cascadia megaquake – 3 experts weigh in on what to expect