Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 4


Associated Press
Marijuana retailers cope with falling pot prices 
State asks for help in naming newest ferry 
Joint Base Lewis-McChord to cut about 900 civilian jobs 
New task forces look at bridge prospects for Columbia River 
Woodland, Washington, science teacher earns national award 
Democratic U.S. Rep. McDermott to retire
Consumers won’t know meat origin after U.S. ends labeling law
Standoff at Oregon wildlife refuge is part of long dispute over Western lands

Aberdeen Daily World  
Coastal Caucus lawmakers busy as session approaches (Takko, Blake, Rossetti, Tharinger, Hargrove, Van De Wege, Dunshee, Pettigrew)
Two Stafford Creek inmates affected by early release glitch
Three options discussed for Schouweiler intersection

Bainbridge Island Review  
Full steam ahead: WSF to add fourth Olympic Class ferry

Oil terminal hearing set for Tuesday at fairgrounds
Letter: Education funding can’t be ignored (Wylie)

The Daily News  
Local marijuana retailers contend with falling prices
Editorial via The Columbian: The high cost of inaction
Editorial via The Olympian: School funding riddle welcomes lawmakers in 2016

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
County’s fiscal well-being soars or slumps with Boeing (Robinson)
$600K to fund projects at three national parks 
Recent health care group mergers signify an industry in flux
Harrop: Washington state, others must make switch to Real ID
Bloomberg: Carbon tax should return its revenue to residents
Op-ed: Taxes begin to catch up with the sharing economy 
Op-ed: We’re not helpless to solve homelessness 
Editorial: Ban drug ads from TV again 
Editorial: Putting more in caps and gowns 
Editorial: Cities realistic about legislative session 
Editorial: What the Legislature got done in 2015
Editorial: What Congress got done in 2015
Editorial: Reversing the loss of State Patrol troopers 

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Prisoners released in error back in custody
Op-Ed: ‘Baffling’ pot vote wasn’t unanimous
Op-Ed: Make the most of McCleary funding
Op-Ed: State needs greater justice system transparency
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: Unlocking carbon gridlock in Washington a matter of inclusion, not exclusion (Carlyle)
Editorial: FDA right to restrict harmful teen tanning

Olympian (subscription required) 
Editorial: Carbon tax may well be in our future
Editorial: School funding riddle welcomes lawmakers in 2016
Editorial: State Senate inches toward remote access in testimony

Puget Sound Business Journal  
Editorial: Six things this region could use in 2016

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
State dentists lobby is blocking low-cost care
UW says its doctors in training want too much money
Second homicide tied to Washington inmates released by mistake
Work to begin on controversial cycle track along Lake Union
Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control
Editorial: Early inmate releases: bureaucratic officiousness in the state DOC, AG’s office

Seattle Weekly
A Steep Road to Victory for Carbon Tax Initiative (Carlyle, Fitzgibbon)
Higher Ground: Coming Out of the Cannabis Closet

Spokesman Review  
211 service got a workout during November windstorm
Getting There: STA board debating new ballot measure for 2016
Spokane region adds nearly 9,000 jobs in the last two years
Jon Snyder: Departing city councilman hopes to return to Spokane someday
Prisoner mistakenly released early a suspect in fatal shooting in Spokane
No more warnings for school zone speeders
Shortage of logs shuts down Usk mill
Smart Bombs: Ringing in the new fears
Neely: Make 2016 the Year of the Woman
A quiz on the highlights of 2015’s political year
Editorial: Vaping should be regulated, taxed
Editorial: Political influence is a public concern
Editorial: Fish v. students: fish always lose
Editorial: Our hopes for Spokane newsmakers in 2016

Tri-City Herald  
Our Voice: School funding threatened by test boycott

Yakima Herald Republic  
Washington dentists lobby is blocking low-cost care (Van De Wege)
Washington compensation program paid out $9.8 million in 2014 to victims of violent crime, but many don’t know it exists 
Yakima-based farmworker advocates ask for investigation over wage-rate survey 
Washington, 11 other states may face school testing sanctions 
Washington Post Editorial: A grim year of gun violence with hopes for real change in 2016 


Photos: One Night On Seattle’s Prostitution Strip 
Oregon To Start Taxing Recreational Marijuana January 4
Two People Now Known To Have Died Because Of Wash. Prison’s Software Glitch

NW Public Radio  
What’s Driving Health Insurance Premium Increases In The New Year?


Capitol Record 
New TVW documentary on Yakima Basin Integrated Plan premieres Thursday
Alleged Driver in Fatal Crash Mistakenly Released From Prison Early
Washington Prisoners Mistakenly Released Early
Oregon standoff: White and exempt in the wide open West.
Despite perceptions, housing production down in 2015, single family home construction up
In 2015, region’s orcas pulled back from the brink – but will it last?

The Stand  
Wages flat, except where citizens took action (Farrell)