Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, March 8


Associated Press
Inslee threatens bill vetoes if no budget by Thursday (Sullivan)
Inslee appoints acting head of Department of Corrections
Audit: State paying unemployment to people in jail
Washington may get new college savings plan and keep old  (Frockt, Mullet)
Senate passes House bill on closing achievement gap (Santos)
Tacoma teacher accused of drinking in class fired
Supreme Court lets King County reject transit ads targeting ‘jihadis’

Aberdeen Daily World
Hargrove opposes effort to merge public safety, teacher pensions (Hargrove, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Bainbridge Island Review
Governor signs basic education funding plan; study to meet 2017 Supreme Court mandate (Rolfes, Lytton, Sullivan)

The Daily News
Port of Kalama releases draft environmental report on proposed methanol plant

Everett Herald (subscription required)
New law would revise wholesale car dealer rules
Charter reviewers consider changes to county government
Inslee: No budget, no bills

News Tribune (subscription required)
Gov. Jay Inslee to lawmakers: Finish budget or kiss bills goodbye (Chopp)
Editorial: Don’t be quiet about JBLM rocket tests

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Police taking appropriate steps in custody death

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tourism spending rises — again — in Southwest King County
Should the city of Seattle annex White Center?
Washington STEM doles out $4M in grants

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Marijuana lab fires science director, suspends operations in dispute over results
Scarce listings drive King County home prices to new highs
3 bills before Legislature seek to toughen drunken-driving laws (Goodman)
More DOC fallout from prison-release probe: 1 resignation, 2 demotions
Editorial: It’s time to face the region’s opioid epidemic head-on
Editorial: Final push needed to save charter schools
Opinion: Why Seattle needs safe-injection sites for heroin addicts

Seattle Weekly
González Really Doesn’t Like Fences (Carlyle)

Spokesman Review
Legislators push for tougher DUI laws (Frockt, Goodman)
Snow pack at 84 percent of normal for Spokane watershed
Washington corrections officials disciplined for inmates’ early releases
Leader of Spokane police advisory group resigns, says Knezovich should lead department
Inslee threatens to veto bills if budget deal delayed

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Public records reform must include open discussion

Vancouver Business Journal
State to close marijuana retail license application window

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Lawmakers have no excuse for not approving budget

Yakima Herald Republic
State grant money for YV Tech will support computer science education


Late push for tougher DUI laws
Records: Tacoma clinic subject of bribery, falsification allegations
Budget battle jeopardizing rape kit tracking law (Orwall)
Seattle’s third homeless encampment opens Tuesday
Kenmore Jr High improves bathroom access for transgender students

Plea for harsher DUI penalties (Goodman, Frockt)
Victims of drunk drivers plead with state lawmakers to toughen laws (Goodman)
Washington DOC acting secretary appointed
Families press for tougher DUI laws

Another Resignation, Demotions, Reprimands Follow Early Release Of Inmates
Inslee Says He Will Start Vetoing Bills If Lawmakers Don’t Send Him A Budget

NW Public Radio
Another Resignation, Demotions, Reprimands Follow Early Release Of Inmates
Inslee Says He Will Start Vetoing Bills If Lawmakers Don’t Send Him A Budget


Capital Record
Drunk driving victims, lawmakers urge passage of stronger DUI laws (Frockt, Goodman)
Gov. Jay Inslee discusses budget negotiations, DOC investigation

Debt collectors and county clerks oppose break for ex-cons

Inslee Threatens Mass Veto Unless Legislature Resolves Budget Standoff and Avoids Another Special Session (Santos)

Seattle P.I.
Lawsuit: State could’ve saved children raped by foster dad

Lorena González: Building a Fence Around the “Jungle” Is Just as Counter-Productive as a Border Wall with Mexico (Carlyle)