Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 13


Associated Press
Washington lawmakers discuss bills to revive charter schools
Tacoma City Council approves moratorium for new pot stores
Green Hill employee accused of sexual misconduct with teen
Lawyers urge judge to require timely competency services
Inslee pushes for education funding framework in speech
Inslee spans issues in State of the State address
State of the Union: Obama warns against giving in to election-year cynicism
The Latest: Schools chief boycotts Inslee speech

Aberdeen Daily World
Local longshore union adds 50 workers to stand-by list
E-Verify poses cost challenges for Hoquiam’s timber management
County restores one-lane traffic to South Bank Road sinkhole site
Tsunami-safe parking garage part of $25 million QBRC expansion

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State schools chief Randy Dorn walks out on Gov. Inslee’s annual State of the State speech
‘Levy cliff’ looms over Legislature’s education funding debate    (Sullivan)

Local lawmakers react to Gov. Inslee’s address (Cleveland)
In Our View: Marijuana Tug-of-War

The Daily News
Rainier dispensary owner raises concerns about possible city tax on marijuana
WDFW considering end to hatchery steelhead on rivers west of Longview

Kirkland Reporter
Our state is making progress, much to do in coming session | Sen. Habib (Habib)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma council approves moratorium for new marijuana stores
VIDEO: Home health-care worker supports minimum wage initiative
Op-Ed: Matt Driscoll: Legislature lining up in punt formation on McCleary, yet again

Olympian (subscription required)
State schools chief Randy Dorn walks out on Gov. Inslee’s annual State of the State speech
Editorial: State is right to shed light on Boeing’s tax breaks
Editorial: Transgender bathroom access rule has merit (Jinkins)

Redmond Reporter
Public comment welcome on Lake Washington School District’s $400 M bond to fund new schools, repair older ones

Seattle Times (subscription required)
New 520 bridge to open in April; walkers, bicyclists get to try it first
Lawmakers call for federal investigation of Warren Buffett’s mobile-home business
More infections from dirty scopes at hospitals, Sen. Murray investigation finds
State of the State: Inslee wants money for schools, mental health, wildfires
Bertha stops digging again, but this time it’s because of a barge
Tacoma high-school teacher is finalist for national award
Obama talks SPD reform with Police Chief O’Toole after State of the Union
US Navy sailors held by Iran are released with their boats
Editorial: Congress should follow Obama’s lead on gun control
Op-Ed: Strengthen laws to help sexual-assault victims
Westneat: Hey, Washington state: Try to tune out that endless gloom

Seattle Weekly
Behind Bars With the Prisoners Training to Become Yoga Instructors

Spokesman Review
Inslee in address urges lawmakers to boost pay for teachers
Northwest Democrats applaud, Republicans pan State of Union speech
Schism on Spokane Valley City Council prompts worry of politicized local government
Spokane County sheriff questions Matt Shea’s trip to Oregon armed protest
Shawn Vestal: Shea plays his part – backing the doofuses – in Oregon standoff
Editorial: Draft EIS for oil port suspect

Wenatchee World (subscription required)
Nearly five times more heroin seized in 2015 as crisis is declared in Washington


Schools chief boycotts Inslee’s State of the State speech
In final State of the Union, Obama lays out ‘4 big questions’ for future
Obama delegates reflect on President’s last SOTU
Part of Highway 16 to be named after murdered trooper
April grand opening for new SR 520 floating bridge
King County Sheriff puts emphasis on home gun safety

Tacoma City Council approves moratorium for new pot stores
Washington lawmakers push new workplace protections for pregnant women (Farrell)

Students come to Olympia to save state’s charter schools (Mullet)
King County executive orders inquest into shooting by police

Washington House Democrats Tee Up Light Pollution For Attention  (Farrell)

NW Public Radio
Inslee Pledges Accountability In State Of The State
Wash. Gov Endorses Minimum Wage Initiative In State Of State Speech
Report: Washington Jail Competency Delays Getting Worse, Not Better

Q13 TV (FOX)
Charter schools seek a lifeline from Legislature after state Supreme Court decision
State of the Union: Obama urges Americans to reject politics of fear, rancor and gridlock
Inslee’s State of the State Address: Raise minimum wage to $13.50 and pay teachers more


Capitol Record
Senate committee seeks answers on mistaken early release of prisoners (Pedersen)
Legislators lay out plan for education funding (Rolfes, Sullivan)

With coal on the wane, Longview turns to oil exports

HDC Advance
Rossetti hits the ground running (Rossetti)

What You Need to Know About Today’s State of the State Address from Governor Jay Inslee (Farrell)
As Bertha Gets Foiled (Again), Elliott Bay Gets Soiled

The Stand
State, nation face the future with confidence
Opinion: Improving early learning starts with raising teacher pay

Washington State Wire
The Last Stitch Effort to Save Washington’s Charter Schools (Billig, Rolfes)