Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 15


Associated Press
Washington halts Seattle tunnel project over safety concerns
Washington lawmakers seek rules for police body camera video  (Hansen)
Senate panel to seek subpoena in early release of inmates
Gov’t watchdog: many gaps in FDA’s oversight of drug safety
Oregon governor proposes minimum wage hike (higher in Portland)
Report finds potential of little nuclear reactors for Washington
‘Ride the Ducks’ to resume in Seattle after fatal crash
Washington state bill would create animal abuse registry
Computer problem leaves Washington tax refunds owed to businesses backlogged

Aberdeen Daily World
Voters across county will decide on M&O school levies next month
Aberdeen extends crude-oil ban, working toward permanent solution

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Report: Small nuclear reactors could work in Washington state

Bothell Reporter
We need to act urgently for all our kids (McAuliffe)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Drivers tell lawmakers of their frustrations, satisfaction with I-405
Editorial: Levy full fine for CenturyLink’s 911 failure

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Superintendent Tammy Campbell delivers 100-day report

News Tribune (subscription required)
‘RadioLab’ event in Tacoma to focus on Puget Sound water issues
VIDEO: Brian Funk on his early release for good behavior
Pro-vaping group sues Pierce County over new restrictions
Editorial: Medical device oversight fails to protect patients

Peninsula Daily News
State’s oldest ferry set to be put up for auction

Puget Sound Business Journal
‘Mediocre’ growth expected in 2016, and Seattle business leaders are OK with that
Challenged, anxious, frustrated: Washington state health care leaders feel angst over industry change
Editorial: Seattle could cure cancer

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Inslee’s office accuses lawmakers of ‘publicity seeking’ for wanting subpoena power
Ride the Ducks and SDOT agree on route, operations
Ride the Ducks to resume tours Friday; first two trips sold out
More pre-K providers sign up to be rated, but few have reached level soon to be required
Inslee, GOP lawmakers trade barbs over mistaken release of prisoners
Aurora Avenue traffic will be slow going for next month with lane closures
Farewell to the state’s oldest ferry
UW to begin building new Burke Museum without $24M needed to finish project
Blunt comments by Seattle City Light nominee trouble council members
Inslee orders tunnel dig halted as soil sinks above Bertha
Wrongfully convicted Seattle man who got $500K from state now charged with dealing meth, selling stolen guns (Orwall)
Opinion: Will easing the rules for backyard cottages help or hurt Seattle livability?
Editorial: In State of the Union address, Obama’s wisdom sets a path forward for Americans

Seattle Weekly
The Eddie Murphy Scenario: How Jim McDermott Could Run for Jim McDermott’s Seat

Spokesman Review
Proposed oil terminal brings only risk for Spokane, critics say (Billig)
Senate GOP plans to issue subpoenas over prison controversy
Costco eyes move north out of Spokane city limits
Few Idaho lawmakers attend anti-Islam Statehouse talk
Shawn Vestal: Just who runs the Spokane Police Department, anyway?
Editorial: Sick and safe leave policy not ready

Tri-City Herald
Irrigators: Interest strong in Columbia water rights plan

Wenatchee World (Subscription Required)
Chelan County could ban marijuana businesses
Home market sales peak in 2015

Yakima Herald Republic
CWU playing a significant role in developing an earthquake early-warning system


I-405 tolling bill gets a hearing in state Senate (Clibborn)
Inside the Boeing, SPEEA surprise 6-year contract deal
Inslee suspends Bertha tunneling after sinkhole
Lawmakers question why deputies won’t remove Tacoma squatters

State senator wants investigation into use of ticket bots for Adele concert (Liias)
Governor, GOP leaders trade barbs over DOC investigation
Hearing held on law to force I-405 changes
Gov. orders halt of Bertha after sinkhole developed

Sinkhole Prompts Inslee To Halts Bertha Tunneling Project
Inslee Defends Early Release Investigation As Senators Vow To Subpoena Records
Carbon Tax Initiative Campaigner Forging Ahead, With Humor Intact

Gov. Inslee Halts Bertha: ‘I Have Great Concerns Regarding Public Safety’
Changing Climate Could Slash Natives’ Fish Catches

Takko and Blake inducted into Hunters Heritage Council Hall of Fame (Blake, Takko)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
How they did it: Boeing and union strike unexpected deal

NW Public Radio
Inslee Defends Early Release Investigation As Senators Vow To Subpoena Records
Sinkhole Prompts Inslee To Halts Bertha Tunneling Project

Q13 TV (FOX)
City leaders and residents react to latest tunneling mishap


Capitol Record
Breakfast after bell measure passes out of committee (Ortiz-Self, Tomiko Santos)
Selling counterfeit airbags would become a crime under House bill (Goodman, Appleton)

Climate scientists take their message to the slopes
Prison early release scandal gets more political
Inslee halts tunnel machine after sinkhole opens up downtown
Report: Seattle police not doing enough for diversity
Geek Wire
Bill would create Washington state space exploration center to boost fledgling industry (Morris)

HDC Advance
Takko and Blake inducted into Hunters Heritage Council Hall of Fame (Takko, Blake)
Bill will cap out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs (Walkinshaw)

Republican Anecdotes Versus Actual Stats

Proposed Two-Generation Legislation is Important Step in Improving Family Economic Security

Governor Jay Inslee Has Ordered a Halt to Bertha Work Until the Cause of the Sinkhole Is Found
State Lawmakers Propose Legislation to Make Weed Cheaper and More Available, and Seattle Changes Zoning Rules (Hurst, Hasegawa, Wylie)
The Big Lid: The Time Is Right to Fix the I-5 Disaster