Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, January 12


Associated Press
Obama reaches for upbeat outlook in final State of the Union
Washington lawmakers return to Capitol for 60-day session
Seattle City Council approves rules to allow more pot shops
Washington Governor orders accountability over tech systems
New statewide initiative introduced to raise minimum wage  (Farrell)
Airbus tops Boeing in jet orders, but both face China risk
State lawmakers return to Capitol for 60-day session; hearing held on early release of prisoners
Lawmakers try to hike legal smoking age to 21 (Orwall)
Courtroom shows tribal rift after Washington school shooting
Washington state plans gypsy moth extermination campaign

Dave DiCesare dies; played key role in public projects (Wylie)
In Our View: Risks Trump Any Rewards (Vancouver oil terminal)

The Daily News
Local housing market steadily improved in 2015
Legislators expect school funding to dominate upcoming session (Blake, Rossetti, Takko)
Editorial via Seattle Times: The 4 things the Legislature must tackle now — and 1 thing to sideline

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State lawmakers grill Corrections chief over mistaken inmate releases
New initiative seeks $13.50 minimum wage in Washington
Editorial: Lawmakers face a long list for a short session

Government Technology
Washington Lawmakers Take Aim at Cybercrime with Washington Cyber Crime Act (Orwall)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Childless military couples deserve fertility benefits

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: State is right to shed light on Boeing’s tax breaks (Carlyle)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Father of Marysville shooter sentenced to 2 years for illegal gun possession
Thornton Creek gets a makeover from the ground up
Occupied Oregon wildlife refuge known for listening to ranchers
Seattle City Council OKs rules to allow pot shops in more neighborhoods, closer to parks
DOC secretary offers few answers on mistaken early release of prisoners
Editorial: Legislature shouldn’t put charter schools on the back burner
Editorial: Expand coverage with dental therapists and Medicaid reimbursements
Opinion: Teachers should have the right to opt out of union fees

Seattle Weekly
A Beer Called ‘Rainier’ Will Be Brewed in Washington Again
The Press Is On for a $13.50 Minimum Wage in Washington
The City’s About to Make It Easier to Buy Legal Pot
In Court Today, Oil Train Protesters Will Use Climate Change As a Defense

Spokesman Review
Washington lawmakers urged to work together as session opens (Chopp)
WaLeg Day 1: Senators grill prisons chief
Employers required to give workers up to 5 paid sick days by Spokane City Council
State Rep. Matt Shea made ‘fact-finding’ trip to Oregon standoff
Editorial: Learning about Islam a wise way to fight fears

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Legislators face huge decisions, but have little time

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Haze still surrounds impacts of e-cigarettes


Education tops agenda in short legislative session (Rolfes)
Lawmaker proposing $300 million for the homeless (Nelson)
New light rail stops ‘on the cusp’ of opening
Washington state prepares to kill destructive gypsy moths
New initiative filed to raise state minimum wage to $13.50

State AG wants CenturyLink to pay millions more for 911 outage
Oil train activists’ trial gets underway, may have national implications
Minimum wage initiative also requires paid sick leave
Tough questions at early-release scandal hearing (Frockt)

State lawmakers return to Olympia for 60-day session
DOC secretary on the hot seat over prisoner releases as legislative session begins

Washington Unions, Advocates File Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Initiative
Washington Prison Chief Calls Early Release ‘Largest Single Error’ In Agency History

Exhausted And Afraid, Young Homeless Woman Tells Herself ‘Everything’s OK’
Could Lottery Money Save Charter Schools In Washington? (Billig)

NW Public Radio
Washington Prison Chief Calls Early Release ‘Largest Single Error’ In Agency History
Washington Unions, Advocates File Minimum Wage, Sick Leave Initiative


Capitol Record
Legislators lay out plan for education funding

Video: Inslee aims to get on top of Corrections issue
5 things lawmakers shouldn’t ignore
In State of the Union, Seattle held up as model for police reform

A Radical Republican Bill in Olympia and Some Guerilla Urbanism in Seattle

Ballot Measure Filed Today Could Raise Statewide Minimum Wage to $13.50
Guest Editorial: As Lawyers and Advocates for Incarcerated Youth, We Support Eventually Eliminating Youth Detention

The Stand
Spokane City Council OKs paid sick and safe leave ordinance