Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 11


Associated Press
What REAL ID means for Washington state
Washington to boost mental hospitals’ security after escapes
Spokane County sees big money spent on pot
State tests environmentally friendly lawn at state Capitol

Aberdeen Daily World
State tests environmentally friendly lawn on Capitol Campus

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)

Distracted-driving crackdown could cost you $124 – or more
She survived her first driving-while-texting accident – but not her second
Oregon pot competition having effect in Washington state

In Our View: Fraud Law Effective Tool

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Monroe hospital prenatal service to include baby delivery unit
Everett and Edmonds mayors ask Inslee to prune the budget
Career fair to connect employers, jobseekers
$20,000 grant will create jobs, benefit environment
Viewpoints: Do religious freedom laws protect liberty or bigotry?
Guest commentary: Just like plaque, debt leads to decay
Guest commentary: Allow review of coal terminal to address concerns of all
Guest commentary: Building, improving Marysville schools benefits kids and community
Editorial: House panel on Planned Parenthood videos exceeds its scope

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
WSF sharing latest designs for Colman Dock terminal
New 520 bridge opens to westbound traffic

News Tribune (subscription required)
School districts plan for cuts due to Legislature’s inaction on ‘levy cliff’ (Rolfes)
New state rules to govern vape shops and electronic cigarettes (Pollet)
Men who escaped Lakewood psychiatric hospital were on ward with record of violence
Op-Ed by Rep. Hurst: Ultra-security at Rainiers game says the terrorists have won
Op-Ed: Don’t push pot problem into unincorporated county
Op-Ed by Sen. O’Ban: Getting out the truth on the DOC debacle
Washington Post guest commentary: My common ground with the NRA on suicide prevention (Orwall)
Editorial: Say no to show trial and end prison investigations (Nelson)

Olympian (subscription required)
Op-Ed: Equal Pay Day shows gender pay gap persists
Editorial: Western State escapes show deeper troubles

Puget Sound Business Journal
H-1B visas gone within days again; how to make the process fairer
Sea-Tac to consider replacing TSA with private security contractors

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Spokane lawmaker seeks clarity from AG on secret city sessions (Riccelli)
Seattle sees biggest jump in bus riders of any U.S. city
A ferry’s journey toward completion
Seattle’s gun tax still faces unfriendly fire
Two ombuds offices planned for DOC — one through governor’s office, one within department
$1M fence for The Jungle? State officials not so sure (Carlyle)
Risky change in teaching pays off at Bellevue’s Sammamish High
UW, WWU students give universities demands on equity issues
What it’s like to be black on campus: isolated, exhausted, calling for change
Westneat: Mayor’s secret talks on education freeze out key players
New York Times: Prison rate was rising years before Clinton signed crime bill
Editorial: Pass Voting Rights Act to help cities make elections fair
Editorial: Radical culture change needed at Western State Hospital
Editorial: Liquor and Cannabis Board needs to work to maintain reputation

Spokesman Review
Legal marijuana’s arrival in downtown Spokane prompts desire to re-evaluate laws
Salish School of Spokane hopes to bind families, save a language
Sunday Spin 2: What’s in a name?
Spin Control: Charter school celebrations are premature
Editorial: Lawmakers should put traffic safety in fast lane

Tri-City Herald
Advocates of developmentally disabled laud parent program expansion
Our Voice: Three new education laws a legislative achievement

Washington Post
My husband died by suicide. Here’s what happened during my awkward call with the NRA. (Orwall)

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Legislative session free of drama, but wait ’til next year


New 520 bridge opens to westbound traffic

Latest escapes from Western State called ‘unacceptable’  (Jinkins)

‘Enjoy … and drive defensively’: New 520 bridge opens for first commute
Western State Hospital steps up security measures in wake of 2 patient escapes
‘The dogs were barking:’ Spokane family saw deputies arrest Western State escapee

‘Fat Lady About To Sing’ On Gateway Pacific Export Terminal Near Bellingham
Paid Family Leave Advocates Celebrate A Big Week, But The Battle’s Not Over

520 Builders In A Pinch Over Where To Destroy Old Bridge
UW Considers Welcoming Homeless Camp
Parent Support May Help Transgender Children’s Mental Health

Q13 TV (FOX)
‘We’ve opened the world’s longest floating bridge:’ Westbound traffic using new SR 520 bridge
Western State Hospital reviewing security procedures after 2 dangerous patients escape (Jinkins)


Are you part of the affordable housing problem?
At Mariners games, it’s baseballs and bomb trains
The mission to save Snoqualmie River
Op-Ed: It’s time for Seattle to mandate paid parental leave

It’s Time for Republicans to Get Voting Rights Right. (Jayapal)

The Stand
Opinion: Mass employment, not mass incarceration