Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, December 15


Associated Press
Inslee budget proposal seeks more money for mental health 
Washington state unemployment rate down to 5.3 percent 
Psychiatric hospital patient has Legionnaires’ disease 
City of Spokane Valley wants to vote on splitting state 
Judge rejects Washington electors’ attempt to avoid fine 

Aberdeen Daily World
Montana company buys former Mary’s River Lumber mill
State reports lowest unemployment rate since 2008

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Inquest jury finds Pasco officers were justified in Zambrano-Montes fatal shooting 

Inslee budget proposal seeks more money for mental health (Cleveland)
In Our View: Reopen the Bridge Talks

The Daily News
Stakeholders applaud delay in submitting state’s ESSA plan to feds

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way City Council shoots down Corporate Park zoning moratorium

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State considers pay-by-mile fee as gas tax declines

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma councilwoman resigning to run for mayor (Fey)
Judge: Port, EDB and chamber’s lawsuit did not violate campaign finance laws
Unexpected rejection of Pierce mental health tax leaves supporters reeling

Olympian (subscription required)
Thurston County’s Treasurer tapped for state appointment

Public News Service
Report: Washingtonians Could be Vulnerable if ACA Repealed

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Different Seattle agency to take over monitoring of homeless-camp sweeps
Gov. Inslee wants $300 million to fix mental-health system in state budget plan
Mercer Island fighting to keep special I-90 HOV access ahead of light-rail construction
Earthquake-insurance prices soar in Washington, and companies hold all the power
Bellevue picked for federal program that helps low-income residents get high-tech jobs
Highway 99 tunnel’s upper deck one-third complete as Bertha digs on
Navigation Center for homeless won’t open as planned by end of year
Race matters in our elected representatives … but not always the most
Sen. Cantwell: ‘Potential ramifications are chilling’ from Trump transition team request
Under proposal, standard driver’s license won’t be good at airport security in 2018
Editorial: Teacher pay is state, not local, responsibility

Seattle Weekly
Meet the Washington Electors Planning to Go Rogue
Activists Who Closed the Emergency Shutoff Valves on Tar Sands Pipelines: “This Is an Emergency”
Searching for a New Central District in Suburban King County
The Evergreen State

Skagit Valley Herald
Hamilton, Lyman pass 2017 budgets
La Conner approves tight budget for 2017

Spokesman Review
Spokane Valley City Council to vote on Matt Shea’s plan to split Washington
Spokane’s greatest election that never was: Baumgartner vs. Knezovich vs. Shea vs. Stuckart vs. Parker vs. Brown
Spokane County Commission to hear feedback on pot farm ordinance
Multiple crashes reported on I-90; rural school districts report cancellations, delays

Tri-City Herald
Inquest jury finds Pasco officers were justified in Zambrano-Montes fatal shooting 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Bones of Ancient One finally being returned to tribes 
Will Inslee get a $4.4 billion tax hike for education? 


Ethical hacking in the age of cyber warfare
Alaska Airlines completes merger with Virgin America
Leiweke talks KeyArena redevelopment plans, working with Chris Hansen
Seattle to open four new sanctioned homeless camps

Legal weed profits to help create homeless housing 

Passengers asked to help solve ferry delays

Will A Carbon Tax Fly In Washington State, Even After Rejection Of I-732?
The ACLU Wants To Put The Bill Of Rights In Your Pocket
Pasco Police Cleared In Shooting Inquest
Backers Of Oregon’s Measure 97 Push New Version Of Corporate Tax Hike

Olympia: Washington’s newest sanctuary for immigrants
Inslee Proposes Overhaul Of State Mental Health System

NW Public Radio
Pasco Police Cleared In Shooting Inquest
Birth Defect Investigation In Eastern Washington Proves Inconclusive
Inslee Proposes Overhaul Of State Mental Health System

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
‘No surprise’ Boeing will reduce 777 production in Everett
Washington Republicans propose allowing guns at CenturyLink, Safeco

Q13 TV (FOX)
Interview: Governor defends proposed taxes in new budget plan
Inquest jury rules fatal police shooting of rock-throwing man in Pasco justified


What an Obamacare repeal would mean for Washington

Seattle P.I.
Washington comes up short for severely mentally ill

Blabbermouth podcast: An elector’s plan to save America from Trump, and a Congresswoman’s response (Jayapal)

USA Today
The last thing we need is guns at sporting events (Jinkins)