Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 18


Associated Press
Patrol investigation finds no threat against state lawmaker
Washington House passes Citizens United rebuke
Teacher shortage, levy bills pass chambers in Washington  (Jayapal)
State Senate passes bill involving Colstrip plants
Revenue projections for Washington lower than expected  (Dunshee)
Psychiatric hospital staff say they face retaliation
Court-ordered school fund plan clears state Senate  (Sullivan, Habib)
Snohomish schedules advisory vote for marijuana ban
Sea-Tac Airport workers sue over $15 wage back payments

Aberdeen Daily World
Corps completes Point Chehalis revetment emergency repair
Old pier blocks ‘pop up’ at surf line near Westport by the Sea
County amends access-fee ordinance, cites court costs
Washington lawmaker’s gaffe may spur new civil rights law (Moscoso)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State, school districts ask why students are chronically absent

Bothell Reporter
Rep. Luis Moscoso earns Legislator of the Week award (Moscoso)
Lawmakers agree to bill for school funding but will it be enough (Lytton)
Education bill ignites challenging Senate debate; survives on 26-23 vote (Billig, Rolfes, Lytton, Sullivan)

House bill on bistate bridge dies in Legislature (Moeller, Wylie, Cleveland)

Edmonds Beacon
Local legislators to hold town hall meetings (Chase, Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Olympia campaign finance reforms languish in election year  (Billig)
Boeing engineers, tech workers approve 6-year contracts
State House, Senate agree on education bill (Lytton)
Cities, counties and tribes seek limits on oil and coal shipping
Editorial: Senate’s confirmation phobia

Islands’ Sounder
Ranker: Education bill ‘barely better than no bill’ (Ranker)

Kent Reporter
State House passes suicide awareness and prevention measure (Orwall)
State Senate passes Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (Keiser)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Martial arts academies fight back against sales tax on sport (Ryu, Carlyle)
Citizen group urges state to cancel Good to Go toll increase for Narrows bridge drivers
Bill to expand Thurston County Commission causes a stir (Hunt)
Legislators look east for Western State solutions (Chopp, Jinkins)
Editorial: Candidates can shed light on their qualifications

Olympian (subscription required)
Port of Olympia, state agency reach proposed agreement on real estate
Editorial: Bill to expand Thurston commission jumps gun

Puget Sound Business Journal
State expert: This is what toll lanes have done to I-405
Opinion: Group Health acquisition deal? Not so great.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘There’s no freedom’: Not all homeless living in vehicles welcome city’s ‘safe lots’
Unsettled commuters arm themselves after death of Mountlake Terrace woman
Less money coming in for current budget cycle, state forecasts (Dunshee)
SeaTac workers say they aren’t getting $15 an hour, sue 14 employers
Editorial: Bright ideas: Simple changes to save energy and prosper economically
Editorial: Give Pronto bike-sharing system to the Eastside

Seattle Weekly
We Saved ‘The Jungle’ Once. And We Can Do it Again.

Spokesman Review
What did profanity-laced call to Shea say? We’ll tell you if you really want to know.
WSP finds no death threat to Rep. Matt Shea, closes investigation
Editorial: Health benefits in raising smoking age to 21 would outweigh revenue loss

Vancouver Business Journal
Port of Ridgefield awarded funds to complete rail project

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Banning Internet use tax bolsters access by public

Yakima Herald Republic
Tobacco sales sting: Nearly 25 percent of stores tested in Yakima County sold to minors
Coroner says county leaders trying to bully him to stop probe of police shooting
‘Travis Alert’ bill passes house, moves to Senate
Absentee rates differ greatly in Lower Valley districts
Editorial: Driver-voter registration would enhance electoral involvement


WA squatter legislation passes Senate along party lines (Pedersen)
Multi-agency team assesses ‘The Jungle’
Washington students missing too many school days
Boeing engineers approve new 6-year contract
Man in women’s locker room cites gender rule
Heroin’s relentless grip: The struggle to get help
More than needles handed out at Olympia exchange
King County looks to charge septic system owners

Teachers, parents, students rally in Seattle for school funding

Big changes could be coming to I-405 toll lanes
Man found in women’s locker room cites new transgender bathroom rule

Washington’s School Funding Conundrum Might Have Just Gotten Harder (Dunshee)
Boeing Engineers And Technical Workers Vote To Approve 6-Year Contract
Gov. Inslee Announces I-405 Express Lane Changes

Why So Many Kids Are Chronically Absent In Washington State

NW Public Radio
Washington’s School Funding Conundrum Might Have Just Gotten Harder (Dunshee)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Top 5 worst commutes in Western Washington
At least 400 live amid filth, crime, danger in Seattle’s ‘Jungle’, assessment team says
Sea-Tac Airport workers sue over $15 wage back payments
Group against proposed methanol plant in Tacoma hopes to put issue before voters


Capital Record
House calls for U.S. constitutional convention to address money in politics (Reykdal)

Following Flint, unanswered questions about Washington’s lead poisoning
Clear sailing for new education funding commitment in Olympia (Lytton, Chase)

HDC Advance
Rep. Goodman bills protecting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence pass House (Goodman)
Bill to address police shootings passes House (Ryu)
House passes Rep. Lytton bill to simplify B&O tax filing for businesses (Lytton)
Statement by Rep. Hans Dunshee on the state revenue forecast (Dunshee)
House passes suicide awareness and prevention measure (Orwall)

Good News and Bad News for Mayor Murray (Frockt, Keiser, Frame)

Real Change News
Redrawing the map (Jayapal)

Declining Revenue Projections Show It’s Time for Policymakers to Get Serious about Meeting Washington’s Needs

Seattle P.I.
State: Food industry lobby engaged in ‘egregious’ money laundering in 2013 vote

Two Days Before a State Senate Vote on an Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill, Pool Employees Say a Man Showed Up in a Women’s Locker Room
Conservative Trolls Have Been Suggesting Men Go into Women’s Restrooms to Help Legislators Discriminate Against Trans People

The Stand
SPEEA units at Boeing OK 6-year extension
Space Needle settles, pays illegally fired union supporter
New state complaint cites Freedom Foundation politicking