Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 6


Associated Press
Wounded Washington state officer improving in hospital 
Northwest Cable News set to go off air Friday night 
Education money: Battle for billions begins in Legislature  (Rolfes)
Washington nuclear power plant sets generation record 
Obama wants to see a Republican health care plan
NOAA plans to open federal waters in Pacific to fish farming

Aberdeen Daily World
Local 7-11 stores add 25-cent fee to every transaction to offset higher minimum wage requirement
Fish passage replacement to impact McCleary, SR8
Major wave of flu cases seems to be slowing down locally

In Our View: Help Mental Health

Everett Herald (subscription required)
County sees fifth confirmed flu death, two cases of mumps
Everett relying on Olympia for funding to address social issues (Robinson, Sells)
Private-sector job growth slows while jobless claims plunge
Harrop: Public attention, not Trump’s tweets, saved the ethics office
Editorial: Save retirement by reforming 401(k) laws and Social Security

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Education money: Battle for billions renewed in Legislature (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma General nurses approve contract
The Nose: Welcome to Pierceland, Pam Roach – let the berating begin!
Provocative hats and pot: Protesters fight for space and permits in inaugural splash
Matt Driscoll: After tough campaign, Dammeier now has a more important task – to lead

Olympian (subscription required)
LOTT still studying effects of prescription medication, other chemicals in wastewater
Despite support for sports commission, Lacey councilman irked by process
Kerry’s ‘exit’ memo to Obama on Cuba, other countries sounds as if it’s aimed at Trump

Puget Sound Business Journal
Editor’s Notebook: 18 percent of new Seattle-area CEOs in 2016 were women — and that’s a good sign
Opinion: Don’t let McCleary hurt rural economy

Renton Reporter
Renton Police Department responds to drive-by shootings

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘My beliefs are attacked every day’: Local students work to erase Islamophobia
Politics podcast: Seattle’s apartment boom and the Legislature’s big task, on The Overcast
Whidbey Island man fined $9,500 for shining laser at state ferry
DEA’s marijuana-eradication program still targets Washington, where (some) pot is legal
Editorial: Ethics miscalculation reflects poorly on House Republicans
Opinion: The homegrown promise of a Seattle public bank

Seattle Weekly
Republicans Don’t Like Inslee’s Tax Plan. But That Doesn’t Mean They Have an Alternative. (Sullivan, Rolfes)
As Investigation Quietly Concludes, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene Rips GOP’s Planned Parenthood ‘Witch Hunt’
City Slaps Airline Caterer With $335K Fine for Minimum Wage Violation
Department of Natural Resources Deals Blow to Longview Coal Export Terminal
Federal Judge Stays Out of Police Labor Claim, For Now
Editorial: Going Old School to Solve McCleary

Spokesman Review
State incentives for film production, used by Spokane-based ‘Z Nation,’ are set to expire
Shawn Vestal: Jay Inslee might have mentioned ‘bold’ tax plan sooner
Man identified in fatal industrial accident
Editorial: Ethical swamp wider than House

Tri-City Herald
New $14 million building opens at Columbia Basin College

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Radioactive threat at Hanford shows need for short- and long-term action 
State needs tougher laws on distract driving 

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Individuals can help on vexing issues like homelessness 


Lawmakers propose marijuana tax for education (Rolfes)
New ‘Jungle’ homeless camp near Metro base creates safety concern
Flu epidemic: state could soon step in to help

State unemployment computer system still not working 

State lawmakers prepare for heated battle over education funding (Rolfes)
Death toll in Wash. state flu epidemic keeps climbing

Washington State Senate Chambers Get Braille Upgrade For Lt. Governor-Elect
Seattle High School Explores The Merits Of Honors Classes For All; Can One Size Fit Every Student?
Port Of Portland Files Lawsuit Against Monsanto
Alaska Airlines Launches Service To Havana Amid Uncertainty About Cuba Policy

How to use those ‘democracy vouchers’ that just landed in your mailbox
Why one side of Puget Sound became Trump country in 2016
$15 minimum wage kicks in for thousands of Seattle workers
Tribe, Farmers Agree to Keep Cows From Fouling Puget Sound Shellfish Beds
Obama To The American People: ‘Our Best Days Are Still Ahead’

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Driving Miss McCleary: 10% gas hike proposed for K-12 funding
Minimum wage reaches $15 for first time in Seattle
Washington senator amazed at the distracted driving she sees

Q13 TV (FOX)
18 flu-related deaths reported in Puget Sound region, doctors expect more
School bus seat belts could be coming to Washington
Flu deaths rise in Snohomish County; epidemic straining hospitals
Dino Rossi’s return to Olympia more personal than political


7.5 minutes down: Police shot a man, then let him bleed
The fight for a Washington income tax lives on (Hunt)

Seattle P.I.
Inslee: ‘Scam’ of health care law repeal will harm thousands in Washington
Will taxes on marijuana help pay high cost of K-12 education funding? (Chopp, Sullivan)