Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 9


Associated Press
Washington Legislature set to convene 105-day session
Washington set to swear in 1st blind lieutenant governor (Habib)
South Puget Sound Community College to offer brewing degree
Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year (Clibborn, Doglio)

Aberdeen Daily World
Area legislators talk 2017 session at Greater Grays Harbor legislative sendoff (Takko, Blake, Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
Court rules in favor of retaining historic structures in Olympic National Park
State selling new special license plate to support wild steelhead conservation
Merging Washington’s sparsely populated counties worth a look, some officials say
Oped: Trump’s corporate Cabinet looks like plutocracy
Letter: Don’t repeal Affordable Care Act

Wylie, Harris working to make resource center a reality (Wylie)
2017 Legislative Preview: Lawmakers set out priorities (Wylie, Stonier, Cleveland)
In Our View: Do Better, Legislature
In Our View: Legislators Must Unite

The Daily News
Area legislators talk 2017 session at Greater Grays Harbor legislative sendoff (Blake, Takko, Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
Comment period extended for methanol air permit
Editorial: Don’t give up (Republicans continue property tax goodwill tour)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State lawmakers predict session will be exciting — and long (Lovick, Kloba, Palumbo, McCoy)
Despite 11th-hour orders, Boeing’s 2016 tally down again
Milbank: Ehtics, schmethics, just blame the media
Editorial: Mourning magnificent orcas; taking their lessons to heart

Federal Way Mirror
Moore announces re-election bid for Federal Way City Council
Federal Way outlines legislative priorities for 2017

The Island Guardian
State Report: Salmon still declining
$9.5k fine for laser shot at ferry

Journal of the San Juan Islands
PHD discusses how to prevent possible ferry relocation

Kirkland Reporter
Eastside legislators talk taxes, tolls in chamber breakfast
Hundreds attend St. Edward Seminary public hearing

Kitsap Daily News
Suquamish joins global alliance to combat ocean acidification

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
What to watch in Olympia this session (Clibborn, Doglio)
State high court backs stricter stormwater rules
Governor’s budget keeps $10.7 million for Highway 305
Salary inequality at the heart of state’s education crisis (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Phil Fortunato tapped to replace Pam Roach in state Senate after testy appointment process
Things Washington politicians (and journalists) should stop saying in 2017
Can lawmakers solve school-funding crisis in 105 days? ‘It doesn’t bode well’ (Sullivan, Rolfes)
Kilduff: Ugly election year does not define us as leaders
Editorial: Our civic agenda for 2017

Olympian (subscription required) 
Despite wintry conditions, preparations go forward for Governor’s Inaugural Ball
Opinion: Obama should designate a monument to Reconstruction
Gov. Inslee downplayed talk of taxes on the campaign trail. Then he proposed raising them by $5.5 billion.
Opinion: Did we expect too much from Obama on race?
Editorial: The mother of all legislative battles
Editorial: Jawboning is back in style

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump set to restrict program for foreign tech workers used by Microsoft

Redmond Reporter
MAPS’s American Muslim Empowerment Network to hold ‘Make Your Voice Heard’ workshop

San Juan Islander
State’s New report shows salmon still declining; “Salmon are ours to save,” says Governor

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Pair of bills could strengthen state’s human-trafficking laws (Orwall, Pellicciotti, Darneille)
‘Stealth inequities’: How Washington’s education system hurts poor schools (Pettigrew)
Washington schools rank near the bottom in narrowing rich-poor achievement gap
State lawmakers face tough fight over education funding as legislative session opens
County councils OK Pam Roach’s choice for state Senate replacement
6 key players trying to solve Washington’s education funding crisis (Sullivan, Rolfes)
Editorial: Legislature’s to-do list goes beyond education funding (Clibborn, McBride)
Editorial: Legislature has a chance to fix Washington state’s broken education-funding system
Opinion: Affordable child care shouldn’t be just for the wealthy

Seattle Weekly
So You Want to Divest from DAPL. Will the Financial Industry Let You?
Republicans Don’t Like Inslee’s Tax Plan. But That Doesn’t Mean They Have an Alternative.

Spokesman Review
Kim Thorburn has scientist’s open mind to making policy for hunting, fishing (Blake)
The Washington Legislature: School funding, mental health care top lawmakers’ agenda
Uncertainty over the fate of health care reform has legislators playing a waiting game
Merging Washington’s sparsely populated counties worth a look, some officials say
‘Pussyhats’ project has crafters across the country knitting hats for Women’s March on Washington
Spin Control: Tips on keeping tabs on the Legislature from this side of the Cascades
Wife, son of Fairchild airman killed when train collides with pickup
Homes prices creep up in Spokane County, but lots of choices under $200,000 remain
Road project causing friction as county considers condemnation proceedings on properties
Spokane Public Schools, many other districts cancel classes due to driving conditions
Spokane prepares for expanded count of homeless population
Sen. Mark Schoesler: Income tax is the real issue, not schools
Editorial: Don’t backslide on mental health

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Partisan rancor not needed in education funding debate

Wenatchee World (subscription required)
Supreme Court lets Okanogan ORV ruling stand
PUD focused on preventing cyber attacks
Grant County tech jobs put more people to work in November

Yakima Herald Republic
State lawmakers face tough fight over education funding as legislative session opens
Bloomberg: If Congress dismantles Obamacare, then what? 


Legislative session starts today (Rolfes)
South Puget Sound Community College to offer brewing degree

Phil Fortunato sworn in to replace Pam Roach in state Senate

Lawmakers Hesitant On Changes To Washington’s Police Deadly Force Law (Nelson)
New State Schools Chief Preparing To Take Office
Stricter Power Of Attorney Rules Take Effect In Washington

Low Pay In State Legislatures Means Some Can’t Afford The Job

NW Public Radio
Trump Digs, Partisan Sniping and Education Funding As Washington Lawmakers Convene (Chopp, Sullivan, Rolfes)
Lawmakers Hesitant On Changes to Washington’s Police Deadly Force Law (Nelson)


A new, safer way to monitor the warming oceans
5 things to watch in Olympia this year (besides education funding) (Rolfes)
Immigrants rush to win citizenship before Trump takes power

Seattle’s minimum wage reaches $15 per hour for large employers

A Belated 2016 Year in Review