Washington State House Democrats


February 26, 2016


Associated Press
House passes Democratic budget proposal  (Lytton)
House passes transportation budget, money for state troopers  (Fey)
House panel won’t consider school charter bill _ for now  (Santos, Sullivan)
Study: Transgender children allowed to live openly fare well
Washington’s new apple joining a changing industry
Dozens of judges ask Washington high court to ban execution
State wildlife officials begin wildlife status reviews
Senate budget seeks money for mental health, charter schools  (Sullivan)
Gonzaga to host 60 UW medical students this fall
Errors blamed for no quick fix of early prison releases
Chief justice explains part of Washington school ruling
King County may install cameras on all buses for safety
Bill would authorize pilot project for more controlled burns
U.S. is running short of new ideas, economist argues
House passes bill on police body cameras (Hansen)
Judge approves nearly $1 billion settlement between U.S. and tribes

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
State Senate honors longtime umpire, official Murdzia with resolution  (Rolfes, Billig, Mullet, Ranker, McAuliffe, Fraser)

Centralia Chronicle
TransAlta Tax Break Bill More About Community Than Company, Braun Says (Blake)

Senate budget plan includes $1M to replace Academy roof (Cleveland, Moeller)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Heads will roll over prison scandal — if there are any left
Falling gas prices undercut toxic-waste cleanups; will state act?
State hooked on cigarette taxes; voters want them to kick the habit (Dunshee)
McCusker: STEM education may not be worth subsidizing
Editorial: Body cam video a public record
Editorial: Trading gray cities for green

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State’s newest ferry has a hole in it

News Tribune (subscription required)
Errors blamed for no quick fix of early prison releases
Methanol plants could qualify for hundreds of millions in tax breaks (Sullivan, Jinkins)
Inquiry into early release of Washington prisoners finds incompetence, not malice

The Olympian
Editorial: Lawmakers should leave state audit money alone (Dunshee, Hunt)

Puget Sound Business Journal
High-skilled foreigners key to innovation in U.S., Seattle
State to closely monitor progress as Bertha begins drilling again
UW, Gonzaga finalize partnership to run Spokane medical school
Washington lost in Port, Union battle An era of peace for unions, Boeing

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Back-in-action Bertha may be digging under viaduct by spring
Carbon-tax initiative’s backers say it’s flawed, needs legislative fix (Fitzgibbon)
Despite challenges, innovative parent program expands to second Seattle school
Seattle’s approval of 12-story Pioneer Square building overturned
$1 million razor- and barbed-wire fence proposed for The Jungle (Carlyle)
Transgender kids’ mental health boosted by family support, UW study finds
Stop opening tent cities, homelessness expert tells Seattle leaders
‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters demand firing of police chief after fatal shooting
Seattle police officer suspended after racial slur was caught on dash-cam video
‘Calamity of errors’ and ‘incompetence’ led to early prison releases
How to help struggling readers get the most from advanced coursework
Editorial: Time for drama to end: House should vote on charter schools (Chopp, Tomiko Santos, Springer, Sullivan, Reykdal, Kilduff)
Editorial: Lease moratorium: Coal industry was due some lumps
Editorial: Drug-induced bipartisanship on need for fixes to opioid crisis
Moscoso: Empower minority voters by passing Voting Rights Act
Opinion: Hands tied when a teen refuses drug, mental-health treatment
Opinion: Seattle newcomers need to join the conversation on growth

Seattle Weekly
Ex-Users Are Moving the Needle on Safe-Drug Sites in Seattle
We Need to Save Pronto. Then We Need to Fix It.
With Predator Priests Named, Survivors Still Want to Know Who Let it Happen

Spokesman Review
House passes budget plan
Early release of inmates traced to management failures
GU-UW marriage is good news

Tri-City Herald
Bill allowing schools outside urban growth areas moves on to House
Our Voice: Middle of the pack isn’t good enough

Vancouver Business Journal
WSU Vancouver to explore gender equity in the workplace

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Ironing out wrinkles with police body cameras

Yakima Herald Republic
Granger borrows from water, sewer fund until property taxes arrive


State’s newest ferry out of commission due to corrosion
Critics sound off on Sound Transit Kirkland corridor idea
Inslee’s report cites ‘incompetence’ in DOC early release error
Shawn’s story: From life in an institution to a home of his own
Seattle trauma doctors see more injuries from exploding e-cigarettes
Mukilteo mulls ferry ‘road diet’
Purple card could help people with dementia, caregivers
Seattle leaders work to solve homelessness crisis

Razor wire fence could encircle the ‘Jungle’

Lawmakers to commuters: Keep paying those weekday I-405 tolls
State to deploy controversial attack on destructive gypsy moths

‘Incompetence’ And ‘Inexplicable Failure’ Led To Early Release Of Inmates
Chief Justice Offers Once-Bitten Explanation For Court’s Role On School Funding
Washington Republicans Say ‘No’ To Dipping Into Rainy Day Funds
Retired Judges Say Death Penalty Should Be Struck Down In Washington State
For Pot Tourists, The Trip Is More Likely To End In The ER
UW Study Shows Positive Mental Health For Transgender Children Supported By Their Families
Western GOP Congressmen Promote Transfer Of Federal Forests To States
Oregon Senate Resumes Work After Republican Walkout
Study Finds Most Young Men Aren’t Aware Of Emergency Contraception

Want Affordable Housing In Seattle? Get In Line (Literally)

Mead Schools turn to Olympia to help temporarily solve overcrowding (Riccelli)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO FM)
Local leaders think pay-by-mile tax will work in Washington state
Opinion: Dept. of Corrections needs to be ‘torn down to the studs’

Piecing Together America’s Patchwork Quilt Of Body Cam Laws

NW Public Radio
Washington Republicans Say ‘No’ To Dipping Into Rainy Day Funds
Chief Justice Offers Once-Bitten Explanation For Court’s Role On School Funding
Western GOP Congressmen Promote Transfer Of Federal Forests To States
‘Incompetence’ And ‘Inexplicable Failure’ Led To Early Release Of Inmates

Q13 TV (FOX)
Governor’s report: Systemic agency failures led to mistaken release of 3,200 inmates
Mother of boy allegedly killed by mistakenly released prisoner sues for $5 million
Mayor says police shooting of Che Taylor appears justified, but will await probe before making judgment


Capital Record
Senate releases proposed supplemental budget (Nelson)
House supplemental capital budget focuses on new classrooms, mental health (Tharinger, Stanford)
Gov. Jay Inslee releases investigation report into DOC sentencing error

Are charter schools the fix for Washington’s broken education system?
The high cost of cheap gasoline
Seattle’s latest police shooting: 3 dynamics shaping the fallout

Chopp May Block Affordable Housing Bill (Chopp, Frockt, Carlyle, Hasegawa, Jayapal, Nelson, Pedersen)

Senate Budget Misses Opportunity to Invest in Washington’s Economy

Seattle PI
‘Bureaucratic incompetence’ led to early release of nearly 3,000 convicts

State Senators Want to Spend $1 Million to “Clean Up” and Build a Fence Around the Jungle (Chopp, Carlyle)

The Stand
Union-supporting Uber driver reinstated following outcry

Washington State Wire
An Alternative to I-732 Joins the Debate