Washington State House Democrats


Friday, December 16



Associated Press
Seattle tunnel delay costs now expected to be $149 million
‘Push is coming to shove’ on school-funding plan, but task force needs more time   (Sullivan, Rolfes)
Police officer in Washington state shot; suspect in custody
State regulators: Cascade Natural Gas agrees to pay $2.5M
Gov. Inslee proposes new children and families state agency

Aberdeen Daily World
Port dredging, decades in the making, celebrated Wednesday
Montana company buys former Mary’s River Lumber mill

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Western State escapee sentenced to prison for probation violation

Inslee doubts Trump will fund bridge replacement

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Former Kitsap prosecutor Hauge rejoins his old firm
Seattle tunnel delay costs now expected to be $149 million

News Tribune (subscription required)
Airbnb owners have one less hoop to jump through in Tacoma
No strike vote: MultiCare and Tacoma General nurses come to tentative labor agreement

Olympian (subscription required)
Senators say all-cash marijuana shops pose a danger for vendors
Struggling with a longtime vacancy, Lacey City Council tweaks residency requirements for parks board

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bellevue students outperform national, global peers on international test
With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can’t keep up (Orwall)
Taxpayers, rejoice: Bertha’s progress cuts into cost overruns
More than 100 years ago, streetcars ran throughout Seattle. Here’s how they met their demise.
Politics podcast: Hamilton Elector’s anti-Trump plot and Inslee’s $4 billion tax bump, on The Overcast
King County announces grants in fight against homelessness
Seattle’s first-come, first-served policy for renters may be delayed
Mayor Ed Murray on Seattle arena: Chris Hansen ‘not going to bring us a team’ by himself
‘Major, major change’: Gov. Inslee proposes new children and families state agency (Kagi)
Unions want UW to become sanctuary university
Editorial: Ruling calls bluff on Seattle’s misguided housing policy on backyard cottages

Skagit Valley Herald
Advisory group recommends voting against Fully Contained Communities
Commissioners appoint replacement district court judge
Vancouver Business Journal
New estate planning rules and pending changes to employment laws are on the way

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
 Another bipartisan effort needed for water legislation



Lawmakers seek driver’s license fix for Sea-Tac passengers (Clibborn)
Inslee proposes new Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families
Mount Vernon police officer seriously injured in shooting
Homeless campers move to UW campus

Governor Inslee proposes to expand early child education

Mt. Vernon officer in ‘very critical’ condition after shooting; suspect held

Pierce County Votes Down Mental Health Sales Tax; Supporters Regroup
Satanic Temple Leaders To Tacoma Parents: We Teach Critical Thinking, Not Child Sacrifice
Postmates Ordered To Pay Workers’ Comp Premiums In Washington

UW union workers push for immigrant sanctuary
GOP Lawmaker Defends Proposal To Allow Concealed Weapons In Stadiums
Federal court system doesn’t share Seattle’s passion for cameras
Study Of Underwater Volcano Off Oregon Coast Helps Predict Eruptions
Facebook Details Its New Plan To Combat Fake News Stories
People are afraid of speaking Spanish in public, even in liberal Seattle

NW Public Radio
GOP Lawmaker Defends Proposal To Allow Concealed Weapons In Stadiums
Inslee Announces Plans To Restructure Family And Children Services

Q13 TV (FOX)
Mount Vernon police officer shot in head; suspect taken into custody after standoff



Upzone opponents lean on false narrative

Momentum is growing for safe consumption sites in Seattle, but still no answers about when they’ll open
Local unions call on University of Washington to become a “sanctuary campus” and combat hate