Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 3


Associated Press
State officials OK plan to expand Hood Canal nature areas 
Washington state sees healthy snowpack levels 
Shielded Native American sites thrust into debate over dams 
Costs mount for colleges testing troubled software system 
Congress ushers in new era of all-Republican rule
State lawmakers seek to ban use of cellphones by drivers (Farrell)
Radioactive contamination spreading in closed Hanford plant
Ex-state senator files suit against Clark County
Washington minimum wage to increase to $11 on New Year’s Day
State Supreme Court upholds stormwater rules
Dungeness crabbers continue strike from California to Canada
State highest court reinstates DUI convictions of 2 drivers not warned about pot
Republicans primed for push to dismantle Obama’s policies
Trump objects after house GOP votes to gut ethics
Perdue said to be Trump’s lead pick for Ag secretary

Aberdeen Daily World
Court rules in favor of retaining historic structures in Olympic National Park
Oped: Trump’s corporate Cabinet looks like plutocracy

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Op-ed:  Whatcom farmers see Hirst decision as opportunity to update outdated water law 

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (all-day kindergarten)
In Our View: REAL ID a Real Issue
In Our View: Perception vs. Reality (DNR travel costs)
In Our View: Mental Health Care Counts
In Our View: Get in Gear on McCleary
In Our View: Take Aim at Gun Backlog

The Daily News
The decision to use lethal force is complicated and not universal

Everett Herald (subscription required)
McAuliffe steps down from state Senate, eyes council run
Snohomish Health District expands medicine take-back program
Work begins on next phase of new Mukilteo ferry terminal
US House Republicans vote to rein in independent ethics office
Schwab: Was our democracy the final celebrity death of 2016?
Robinson: In 2017, knowledge, experience, truth matter more than ever
Milbank: Hamilton sided with rival to avoid an ‘unruly tyrant’
Commentary: Try something different than hatcheries to save fish
Editorial: Tampons are not a luxury; stop taxing them (Jinkins)
Editorial: Increase fines, penalties for distracted driving (Farrell)
Editorial: 2017 can be the year we listen to what others are saying

Highline Times
Orwall Proposes Air Quality Study (Orwall)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Orcas’ Ranker selected as lead Democrat on state Senate budget (Ranker)
Killer whale Granny, oldest member of Jpod, is presumed dead
From Standing Rock to the San Juans: concerns about oil are hitting home

Kitsap Daily News
Bremerton goes its own way in Olympia
The older you were, the more likely you voted, state report shows
Inslee unveils billion-dollar education funding plan
In Olympia: Jesse Young hopes Narrows Bridge drivers soon can have a cup of joe with their tolls
26th’s Young has a plate full of issues in Olympia

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County preparing for Mount Rainier mudflow disaster
Fraser leaves behind legacy of environmentalism, public works in Thurston County (Fraser, Nelson, Hunt)
Costs for fixing troubled community college software system ballooning
Governor’s quiet reprieve of death-row murderer draws ire from many directions

Olympian (subscription required)
As deaths mount, lawmakers seek to ban all handheld device use in cars (Farrell)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington death-row inmate dies of cardiac arrest
Put down that phone! Washington lawmakers seek crackdown on distracted driving (Farrell)
Mount Rainier to get new digital-warning system for massive mudflows
State’s GOP members of Congress mostly quiet on Russian hacking
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee quietly spares killer with first death-row reprieve
Seattle’s record apartment boom is ready to explode; what it means for rents
62-year lease being considered for proposed hotel in St. Edward State Park
Amazon Echo search warrant could spur new prosecution methods, expert says
Westneat: Word of the year? It should have been ‘demagoguery’
Editorial: Congress shouldn’t dump the Affordable Care Act
Opinion: Trump’s reckless linkage of vaccines and autism

Spokesman Review
Several school districts cancel classes as blowing snow creates poor driving conditions on Palouse and west of Spokane
National motorcycle club Guardians of the Children organizing student-led chapter in Spokane area to fight bullying in schools
Employers say higher state minimum wage hard on child care, food service, nonprofits
Spokane Valley bolsters efforts on federal rail crossing funding
Cyclist killed in collision with driver on U.S. 2
Spokane’s community colleges still wrestling with ‘troubled’ software system
Justin Bradford: Harrington School’s size is also its strength
Spin Control: Looking back at the year in politics
Editorial: Expand rape-kit testing
Editorial: Funding needed for gun sale database
Editorial: 2016, through the rear-view mirror

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Health emergency, illness spelled long waits for holiday ferry travelers
COMMENTARY: Recent attempts to fix ferries are encouraging, but public input needed for long-term solution (Nelson)

Yakima Herald Republic
Washington Post  Editorial: A New Year’s resolution to keep watching new president 


Guns and growlers of wine: Pre-filed bills highlight legislative goals
Washington state’s sees healthy snowpack levels
‘Trump Resistance Roadshow’ launches in Seattle

NY Gov. Cuomo proposes free tuition plan for middle and low income families

NW Public Radio
Can The Cannabis Industry Deliver An Organic, Environmentally Sensitive High?
Washington’s Highest Minimum Wage Yet Is Also Highest In Nation

Q13 TV (FOX)
Pierce County upgrades warning system for ‘one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world’

UW Researchers Find Kids Assign More Importance To Gender Than Race
U.S. Sen. Warren Seeks To Pull Pot Shops Out Of Banking Limbo
Obamacare Plans Don’t Always Include Top Cancer Centers
Northwest Timber Industry Hit Hard By Heavy Fall Rains
New Year Means New Laws In Oregon

A Trump supporter and a Clinton delegate walk into an auto shop 
Child Care Scarcity Has Very Real Consequences For Working Families 
What A Congress’ First Bill Tells Us About The Nation’s Political Priorities 
Washington’s minimum wage to break national record on Jan. 1
Not all Uber, Lyft drivers will have seat at bargaining table

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Washington colleges left behind in education funding boost 2018
Prepare for even more I-5 construction in 2018
Report: Mount Rainier is about to get upgraded


Opinion: Seattle in 2017: Less talk, more walk
Opinion: In Trump’s America, Seattle workers can lead
Washington dawdles as megaquake looms
Busting the myth of two Washingtons

Seattle P.I.
The outlook in Olympia: A Governor’s Ball followed by a government brawl