Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 12


Associated Press
Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’
Spokane County sees spike in mumps cases 
Wine without hassle: Washington state eyes store refills 
Gov. Inslee says education is the focus this session 
Proposal seeks expansion of wine refill law (Wylie)
Amazon plans to hire 100,000 over the next 18 months

Aberdeen Daily World 
Fish & Wildlife proposes significant hikes to fishing, hunting license costs
Construction at cannabis growing facility proceeding quickly
New state schools chief withdraws support for predecessor’s lawsuit against state
New office could offer free legal help to military, vets in Washington

Bainbridge Island Review 
Deadly force, abortion limits, marijuana in schools draw legislators’ attention in pre-session bill filings (Blake, Doglio, McCoy)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
New state superintendent wants out of school levy lawsuit. His predecessor hopes to stay in the game 
Pierce County flu epidemic death toll hits 12 

Bothell Reporter 
Deadly force, abortion limits, marijuana in schools draw legislators’ attention in pre-session bill filings (McCoy, Blake, Doglio)

Elected officials react to governor’s inaugural address (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Epidemic level of flu cases sending ERs past capacity
New schools chief wants his office dismissed from lawsuit
School funding looms over lawmakers prepping for ‘marathon’
Editorial: If lawmakers won’t adopt gun safety bills, put them to voters (Kagi)

Island Guardian
Illegal Immigrants okay here as long as they follow all other laws

Journal of San Juan Island
Land Bank Shares Highlights from 2016 (Gov. Inslee)

Kirkland Reporter 
Deadly force, abortion limits, marijuana in schools draw legislators’ attention in pre-session bill filings
Kirkland family suing Department of Corrections for daughter’s death
Kirkland City Council approves salary increase for city manager
Kirkland knitters join Pussyhat Project, national movement

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Inslee sworn in again, says education is the focus
Wine without hassle: State eyes store refills

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Lawsuit says city interferes with cellphone service when it uses surveillance tech
More mumps. Students at four schools in Fife School District stricken
New state superintendent wants out of school levy lawsuit. His predecessor hopes to stay in the game
Driscoll: Help wanted: T-Town City Council needs someone to buck the status quo

Olympian (subscription required) 
Forced to watch child porn for their job, Microsoft employees developed PTSD, they say
Nearly 2,500 people attend Governor’s Inaugural Ball
Opinion: Trump’s Twitter tantrums are a message of weakness
Editorial: Schools like SPSCC need help from lawmakers

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Amazon adding 100,000 jobs in U.S. over next 18 months

Queen Anne & Magnolia News 
Let the session begin (Carlyle, Tarleton, Frame)

Redmond Reporter 
City accepting letters of interest for vacant spot on Redmond City Council

San Juan Islander
WA Lawmakers introduce bill to curb “policing for profit”

Seattle Times (subscription required) 
WSU’s online bachelor’s degree program earns high ranking
Seattle climate scientists spread word on warming, skip politics
Dismantling of state’s health reforms in 1993 may offer lessons for Obamacare repeal
What Donald Trump means for legal weed in Washington state: We ask a pot pioneer
New Washington lands commissioner sworn in
Gov. Inslee implores lawmakers in inaugural speech to focus on education funding
Watch: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s inauguration address
New state schools chief withdraws his office from levy lawsuit
‘Tragic outcomes’: Deaths of 2 WSU students renew road-safety concerns
In class and on task: New state plan would track student attendance and test scores
Editorial: ‘An act of war’: Investigate Russian disruption of U.S. election
Opinion: Caring for aging parents requires government support

Seattle Weekly
The Troubling Trial of Emanuel Fair 
Calling it Now: Special Session
Washington Residents Are Flocking to the State Health Care Exchange
Seattle Should Break Ties With Wells Fargo, and Embrace Socially Responsible Investing

Skagit Valley Herald
Foxes, others react to Supreme Court’s decision
Study shows past decline in Fidalgo Bay eelgrass

Spokesman Review
Bill would let Spokane officials order railroads to go slower through downtown area (Billig)
Gov. Jay Inslee and GOP lawmakers agree on the destination, but not the road to get there
Washington state mumps outbreak the worst in the nation in late December
Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

Vancouver Business Journal 
2017 Forecast: Southwest Washington is hotbed of development

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Recommendations solid to reduce homelessness 

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
PUD studies big building upgrades
Eastside looking to require telecom policy

Yakima Herald Republic  
Editorial: Getting out the word about when to use ER 
Editorial: This sort of bipartisanship does little for Congress’ image 


Gov. Inslee says education is the focus this session
Seattle, San Francisco mayors discuss homeless crisis
Businesses push for more money to students in ‘failing schools’
WSDOT proposes temporary fix to SR 9 congestion

Gov. Inslee says education is focus of 2017 legislative session
Plan aims to restore 200 grizzly bears to North Cascades
Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home (Appleton)
Father’s push to give daughter medical marijuana at school may prompt change in state law (Blake)

Inslee Prioritizes Education Funding In Inauguration Address
Canadian Pipeline Clears Another Hurdle
Oregon Lawmakers Will Try Again On Oil Train Safety Bill

Colorblind doesn’t cut it. Be brave and talk to your kids about race
My kid is trans. So I’m scrambling before Trump is president
After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms
We Asked People What They Know About Obamacare. See If You Know The Answers
What’s the ‘Trump Effect’ in schools? Here’s how 2,000 teachers explain it.
Supreme Court Considers How Schools Support Students With Disabilities

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
SB 5073: ‘Malice’ and controversial police shootings (Frockt, Ryu)
SPD: Arresting people is not helping solve the heroin crisis
WSDOT remedies for troublesome Highway 9 chokepoint
Amazon to add more than 100,000 full-time jobs in 18 months
UW pantry proves food insecurity isn’t an isolated problem

NW Public Radio 
Inslee Prioritizes Education Funding In Inauguration Address
Washington Republicans React To Inslee’s Inauguration Speech

Q13 TV (FOX)  
In his second inaugural address, Gov. Inslee calls on lawmakers to fully fund public education
Local family at a loss to hear IRS delaying tax refunds for some low-income Americans


Inslee defends his budget, promises to resist Trump
We speak for the tree: A neighborhood conservation story

Affordable Housing Plan Threatened by Fake Math

Seattle P.I.  
Bill introduced to allow marijuana grown at home (Appleton)
Inslee inaugural: Pay for education, boost teachers, stand up to Trump