Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 4


Associated Press
Data suggests Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy 
Coast Guard fines man $9,500 for laser strike on state ferry 
Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal 
Man who spent 20 years on death row dies in hospital 
Radioactive contamination spreads in shuttered Hanford plant 
Lawmakers seek to ban use of handheld devices by drivers   (Farrell)
House Republicans drop plan to gut ethics office after avalanche of criticism
Auto industry’s relationship with Trump takes dramatic turn
Obama, Pence to Capitol as health care overhaul fight begins

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal
Editorial: How to do away with the state’s gas tax

Federal Way Mirror
Mumps cases in Federal Way increases to 4
Weyerhaeuser property, murders dominate Federal Way headlines in 2016

Journal of the San Juan Islands
New area code and dialing procedure for Western Washington

Kirkland Reporter
Bruce Wynn steps down as director of the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Lawmakers propose driver’s licenses that will fly (Clibborn)
Gas prices: It’ll cost $52B more for us to fill ‘er up
Supporters say wage bump will help workers, economy

News Tribune (subscription required)
Three die in Pierce County and hospitals swell as state enters flu epidemic
NC lawmaker who advised Trump team on gun rights wants national concealed carry reciprocity
State ordered to pay $121,000 for failed campaign-finance lawsuit involving local initiatives
Washington state’s Jayapal sworn in as first Indian-American woman in U.S. House
Phil Fortunato is top choice to replace Pam Roach in state Senate

Puget Sound Business Journal
Aviation companies merge U.S. operations, including at Boeing Field, to create new flight giant
What’s next for the 401(k)? Early boosters criticize what it’s become

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Ex-Kingdome rental car taxes head to youth, amateur sports

Redmond Reporter
Council member Kimberly Allen to step down Jan. 31

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Judge asked to intervene in union’s complaint seeking bargaining in Seattle police reforms
Civilian agency says its hands are tied on King County police-misconduct complaints
Departing DNR boss jolts Longview coal-terminal plan
State’s new unemployment- benefits website can’t handle traffic at launch
Editorial: Trump should resist those who would gut net-neutrality rules
Opinion: Abolish the death penalty

Seattle Weekly
What’s Next for the No Youth Jail Movement?
So Long, Pam Roach. Don’t Forget Your Roses.
Going Old School to Solve McCleary
Old Fire Station and Former Homeless Camp to Become Preschool and Affordable Housing

Skagit Valley Herald
New leadership for Northwest Clean Air Agency

Spokesman Review
Spokane’s new psychiatric hospital will help meet soaring demand for care
Providence opens express clinic in Lincoln Heights shopping center
Vestal: McMorris Rodgers supported weakening ethics office that found she likely violated law
Editorial: Distracted-driving law needs major update

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Normal ferry service returns to island after disastrous holiday
EDITORIAL: Federal moves to protect sound come at crucial time

Wenatchee World (subscription required)
New PUD commissioner McKenna swears in
Contract awarded for $41.8 million in dam repairs

Yakima Herald Republic
State’s new unemployment benefits website crashes right after launch 
Valley health care providers say the ER often isn’t the best option 


Washington state denies sublease for coal export terminal
Seattle Democracy Vouchers in the mail
Marysville grandmother hopes D.C. march will help unify America

Flu reaching epidemic levels in Wash. state; 4 new deaths reported
Data suggests Puget Sound aquatic habitat remains healthy
$15 minimum wage starts in Seattle
Homeless man dies of hypothermia; volunteers, police work to ensure others don’t

Northwest Ranchers And Dairies Struggle Against Freezing Temps, Wind Chill 
Tribes Praise Approval Of Aquatic Reserve Expansion At Cherry Point
Republicans Take The First Step To Repeal Obamacare

Washington Leader Deals A Blow To Coal Exports On The Columbia River, Puget Sound
Seattle loses civil rights leader Alan Sugiyama
Gun Violence Should Be Treated As A Public Health Crisis, Study Says 
When Washington freezes, so do invasive bugs

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Washington’s unemployment-benefits website crashes after launch

NW Public Radio
Northwest Ranchers And Dairies Struggle Against Freezing Temps, Wind Chill 
Washington Leader Deals A Blow To Coal Exports On The Columbia River, Puget Sound

Q13 TV (FOX)
Number of flu cases spiking in Washington, health experts say


Opinion: Will Washington Republicans sell out to Trump?
Tiny houses: A big help for the homeless
Divided, police reform advocates push dueling initiatives

State Supreme Court Issues Year-End Win for Tenants, SDOT Notes Year-End Loss for Driving Alone

Seattle P.I.
State denies lease needed to build big Longview coal export terminal

One simple way Washington state can address its housing crisis (Frockt)
Public scorn works! House Republicans reverse shady ethics vote