Washington State House Democrats


Monday, February 22


Associated Press
Report: E-cigarette explosions have sent 4 to Harborview since October
Pacific Northwest could become hub for methanol production
Shooting victim had filed for a restraining order
Health company eyes Kitsap County for methadone clinic
State asks judge to fine grocery group in 2013 ballot fight over food labeling initiative
Gun-safety group wants protection order measure put on ballot
Quality preschool for more kids is one goal of new leader at state Department of Early Learning
EPA: Radioactive waste blows over highway near Hanford
Bellingham Bay buoy project examines threats to marine life

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tenants on public aid find some doors closed (Chopp, Ormsby)
Op-ed: Whatcom View: State needs surcharge to fund efforts to prevent pollution

Polarization in Washington (Cleveland)
Letter: Encourage renewal of bridge talks (Wylie)

The Daily News
Opposition prompts NW Innovation to pause Tacoma methanol project
Kelso School District could slash next year’s budget by up to $1.6 million

Edmonds News
21st District lawmakers pack house at Saturday morning town hall (Liias, Ortiz-Self, Peterson)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Layoffs loom as Snohomish Co. Sheriff’s Office faces deep cuts
Transit use grows twice as fast as population
Donald Trump doesn’t understand Boeing
Students educate a senator on the college-loan bureaucracy
Guest commentary: Renew tool that fights fraud
Editorial: Ground rules for clean water

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. McBride’s public records bill still alive in legislature (McBride)

News Tribune (subscription required)
State says it’s still trying to keep Freighthouse rail station on track
Judge sanctions county’s hired attorneys for ‘intentionally misleading conduct’
What’s behind a decline in the number of Tacoma’s substitute teaching jobs?
Editorial: Medical examiner’s office goes under the microscope

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Use of force legislation deserves vote in Senate
Editorial: Group Health, Kaiser merger is good overall

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: Backed by Peninsula legislators, bill addressing McCleary decision headed to Gov. Inslee for signature (Tharinger, Van De Wege, Hargrove)

Renton Reporter
Lawmakers agree to agree | JERRY CORNFIELD (Lytton)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
E-cigs are exploding in vapers’ mouths, leaving gruesome injuries
New York Times: Vaccine reduces HPV in teen girls by nearly two-thirds, study says
Seattle part of new White House effort to lower school absenteeism
South Seattle College accused of ignoring discrimination, bullying
Methanol plant in Tacoma on hold amid opposition
Can Inslee, lawmakers improve Western State and broader mental-health system? (Dunshee, Cody)
Trump’s warning about Boeing jobs dismissed by experts
Bachelor‘s degree in 3 years? Bill seeks to make college more affordable
Rainier Valley site picked for Seattle’s third authorized homeless camp
Editorial: Legislators should help keep low-income renters in their homes
Editorial: A belated honor: Rename Highway 99 for black Civil War veteran (Dunshee)
Opinion: Don’t just talk about volunteering, help vulnerable seniors
Opinion: End the cycle of debt for indigent defendants (Goodman)

Seattle Weekly
Nickelsville Could Be Evicted at Midnight

Spokesman Review
Heroin epidemic in Washington: Father wants state to help parents confront addiction
Spin Control: Kids get restless, Senate suspenseful
Sunday Spin 2: No deadline drama

Tri-City Herald
Guest Opinion: Keeping transparency while preventing request abuses

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
High snowpack is great, but no guarantee to stop wildfires
Tinkering with Social Security benefit calculations too risky right now

Yakima Herald Republic
Sensitive medical care not easy 
for transgender community to find in Yakima Valley
Balance billing: Patients caught in the middle when providers, insurers can’t agree
Editorial: 2017 will bring urgency to state’s K-12 school funding


State lawmakers take another look at expulsion rules
Homeless campers still occupy Dearborn site
‘Poverty simulation’ raises awareness in Kirkland

Early Release Of Inmates Subject Of Marathon Hearing Monday

Tacoma Methanol Plant On Hold; Backers Surprised By Opposition
5 Years After Chapel Murder, New Questions About Prison Safety

NW Public Radio
Early Release Of Inmates Subject Of Marathon Hearing Monday
5 Years After Chapel Murder, New Questions About Prison Safety
Initiative Aims To Keep Guns Away From Mentally Ill

Q13 TV (FOX)
Domestic violence advocates speak out about death of Spanaway woman


Aging homeless youth face the world of adult services
State superintendent considering lawsuit over McCleary

GOP Bill Sets Election Year Theme (Rolfes)
Democrats Demand Accountability from Boeing (Robinson, Farrell, Riccelli)

Corporate Tax Break Accountability Proposals are Good for Washington’s Economy

Seattle P.I.
Homeless in RVs start move to Ballard ‘safe’ parking lot
Washington stroke survivor blames Monster Energy drinks