Washington State House Democrats


Friday, February 12


Associated Press
$8 million awarded to foster girls placed with sex offender
Senate passes authorization for industrial hemp
Washington keeps moving toward new college savings plan
Key player in prisoners early release resigns state post
House passes birth control access bill
ACLU chapter sues Tacoma police for surveillance records

Bothell Reporter
Forterra finances interim acquisition of Wayne Golf Course in Bothell

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Feds reportedly investigating Boeing’s 787, 747 accounting
Applause (Sells, Hobbs)
Like it or not, restrooms will stay trans-friendly
McCusker: Zero-growth economy wouldn’t be dystopia
Editorial: An Opportunity of a lifetime (STEM & Health Care degrees)

News Tribune (subscription required)
ACLU sues Tacoma police over hidden Stingray records
Construction on I-5 through Tacoma hits midway point
Op-Ed by Reps. Van De Wege and Kirby: Predatory practices strike a sour note
Op-Ed: The Nose: Roman follies in Olympia, and a mythic campaign for Mayor Obama
Editorial: Tacoma’s Project P.E.A.C.E. is a work in progress

Olympian (subscription required)
Armory in downtown Olympia closed after lead found in basement
North Thurston schools invest $1.6M in reading program

Puget Sound Business Journal
Internet access taxes banned by Congress
Surprises, growth in marijuana law
Editorial: Seattle must fund its own growth

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Holmes tells City Council to ‘get this right’ and wait on Seattle police-reform plan
State preschool program posts above-average rates of kindergarten readiness
Eastern Washington activist’s live streams took listeners inside tense talks with Oregon occupiers
Another Seattle tunnel drill (not Bertha) damaged, needs repair
Assistant attorney general who advised state on prisoner-release error resigns
Bill to make it easier to charge police over deadly force fails
State told to pay $8M for placing 2 girls in foster home with child molester
King County to quadruple number of ballot drop boxes
Conservation group reaches deal to buy Bothell golf course
Editorial: Use available tools to fight America’s opioid drug crisis
Opinion: State still obstinate on tribal rights; fix culverts to save salmon, now

Seattle Weekly
What Goes Around: Republican’s ‘She’s Racist’ Remark May Spur New Civil Rights Law (Moscoso)

Spokesman Review
High school speech imploring acceptance strikes a nerve
WSU contributed to groundbreaking detection of gravitational waves
Elderly man’s family asked court to protect him from Carole DeLeon
House OKs 12-month supplies of birth control pills
Editorial: Rule of law prevails in Oregon

Tri-City Herald
Washington keeps moving toward new college savings plan

Yakima Herald Republic
Small-business liquor stores are dying out
$15.8 million for Yakima Basin water plan in jeopardy as energy bill stalls in D.C.


House Legislators Crack Down on Unscrupulous Music Licensing Agents

Federal Way votes to oppose Tacoma methanol plant
Professor slams traffic company for I-405 report
ACLU Washington sues Tacoma Police Department
WSDOT addresses tents, trash along freeways

Special report: The homeless crisis

Inslee: ‘Aim And Then Shoot’ On Accountability For Prisoner Early Release
Oregon Senate Approves Minimum Wage Increase
Idaho Lawmakers Mull Whether To Authorize ‘Right To Try’ Unapproved Medicines
Idaho Governor Weighs In Mid-Session On Tax Cuts, Medicaid Expansion
Boeing Shares Drop On Report That The SEC Has Opened An Accounting Investigation
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Bad News At Boeing: Layoffs And An SEC Investigation

Transgender bill fails in the Washington State Senate (Habib)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Inslee: ‘Aim And Then Shoot’ On Accountability For Prisoner Early Release
One reason why Washington’s transgender bill failed in Olympia
Gov. Inslee: Bertha staying put, ‘contractor has not performed’
Flower wars: How online companies dupe customers into thinking they’re buying local (McAuliffe)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Kitsap County drafts temporary homeless camp ordinance


Capital Record
Birth control bill passes out of House (Robinson)
Senate committee updated on DOC investigation on early release of prisoners (Pedersen)

Inslee’s story checks out, says Senate Corrections investigator (Pedersen)
Skyping with the doctor: expanding electronic access to medical care in Washington
Video: Key GOP senator defends transportation head’s firing
Op-Ed: 5 real fixes for homeless encampments

HDC Advance
House passes two more bills increasing access to the ballot (Bergquist, Fitzgibbon)
Mental Health and Education Bills from Rep. Noel Frame Pass House (Frame)

Washington State Law Makes It Virtually Impossible to Charge Police Officers Who Kill (Moscoso)
State Legislators Who Want to Protect Young Girls Are Looking at the Wrong Demographic
Washington State Fines Two Marijuana Growers For Using Prohibited Pesticides
Washington’s Hanford Observatory Proves Einstein Right: Gravitational Waves Exist!

The Stand
Strong voter support, Boeing job cuts stir renewed interest in bill
Opinion: Celebrate brave leaders, agitators this Black History Month