Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, January 17


Associated Press
Legislative panel recommends changes to mental health care 
Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Washington state  (Carlyle, Jinkins, Orwall, Pedersen)
Rule easing public lands transfer concerns hunters, others 
Family says wounded Washington state officer may be blind 
Thousands of teachers rally, asking Legislature to ‘step up’ (Stanford, Kloba, Palumbo)

Aberdeen Daily World  
Two design concepts to consider for Gateway Center
State officials propose to end Washington’s death penalty
Oped: Which news media should we rally around?

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Spurred by Oso landslide, Washington puts topo maps online 
Lawmakers debate whether to spare school districts from ‘levy cliff’ — and possible budget cuts  (Sullivan)
New drone rules? Lawmakers thinking about it after one hit the Space Needle  (Morris)
State’s newest plan for schools: Track attendance as well as test scores 

In Our View: Homeless Need Our Help

The Daily News 
Letters to the Editor: Held accountable (re: ACA and Ed funding)

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Legislature (Orwall, Pedersen, Carlyle)
As marijuana prices plunge, growers scramble to cut costs
Editorial: State corrections agency right to retire the word ‘offender’

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way’s Pelliciotti files sex abuse, trafficking bill (Pellicciotti)
Federal Way school district facilities a concern moving forward

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
NOAA invites input on proposed killer whale protection zone

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Death penalty repeal bill introduced in Legislature (Orwall, Pedersen, Carlyle)
New court offers diversion for those suffering from mental illness

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Remember the past, but fight for the future, Martin Luther King Day speakers urge
Pierce Council purchase could create county’s second largest park
Opinion: Trump’s scorn of civil rights icon devalues history
Look out for fast trains as Point Defiance Bypass tests begin

New York Times 
Health Law’s Repeal Could Raise Costs and Number of Uninsured, New Report Says
The G.O.P.’s Health Care Death Spiral

Olympian (subscription required)   
Nearly 7,000 descend on Capitol Campus to call on state to fully fund education
State committee adds to growing consensus about diverting patients from Western State

Puget Sound Business Journal 
How to fix the mismatch between jobs and education

Seattle Times (subscription required)
How Mayor Murray’s plan to help homeless living in RVs unraveled
Education Lab IQ: How we got this far behind in school funding
Thousands of students, teachers rally in Olympia to demand action on school funding
Republicans join Inslee, Ferguson in call to abolish Washington’s death penalty (Pedersen, Carlyle, Orwall)
Thousands march, rally in Seattle to remember civil rights leader MLK Jr.
Editorial: Catch up to technology and update laws on cellphone use while driving (Farrell)

Seattle Weekly  
This 29-Year-Old Is On a Mission to Get More Millennials in to Washington Politics
Attorney General Bob Ferguson Says His Office Will Be Instrumental In Fighting Trump Agenda

Spokesman Review  
Thousands tell Washington lawmakers to spend more on schools
Legislature asked to abolish the death penalty in Washington
Dialogue key to keeping Martin Luther King Jr’s “Dream” alive
Shawn Vestal: Can Patty Murray get answers from Trump nominee Betsy DeVos?
Opinion: With schools in crisis, GOP leaders need to step up

USA Today 
My sister died without Obamacare: Column
Stocks fall, Dow shrinks further from 20,000

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Plan to monitor statewide school attendance has real potential 

Washington Post 
Why the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare is so extraordinary
Video: Ryan: Republicans will replace Obamacare ‘together’
GOP, Democrats offer dueling talking points about people losing their ‘health care’

Yakima Herald Republic  
Thousands of students, teachers rally in Olympia to demand action on school funding 


Medical marijuana in schools? It may soon be legal in WA
Meet Seattle Police’s first openly transgender cop
Bill to abolish death penalty in Washington introduced
Tacoma sees success with inclusive classrooms, co-teaching

King County rolls out first phase of food safety ratings program

Thousands rally on state capitol steps calling for lawmakers to fully fund education
‘It’s about coming together:’ thousands join Seattle MLK Day march
How big is Saturday’s women’s march? Try buying pink yarn
State House considers bill that would allow home grown marijuana

Redmond Students Launch ‘Schools Under 2C°’ Challenge To Fight Climate Change, Meet Paris Agreement 
Bill To Restrict Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Could Affect Washington Tech Companies
Washington Hunters And Anglers Find More Secure, But Glitchy New Licensing System
Washington Lags Other West Coast States On Earthquake Readiness
Death Penalty Repeal Introduced At Washington Legislature (Orwall)

Reps. Walsh and Blake speak with 2nd Amendment activists (Blake)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Attorney General proposes bipartisan bill to end Washington’s death penalty (Carlyle, Orwall)
King County rolls out first phase of food safety ratings program

NW Public Radio 
Death Penalty Repeal Introduced At Washington Legislature
Washington Lags Other West Coast States On Earthquake Readiness

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Governor, attorney general propose abolishing death penalty in Washington
‘Womxn’s March on Seattle’ Saturday expected to draw thousands


Despite some GOP support, death penalty ban faces tough road
Opinion: 4 ways the Legislature can make Washington greener
Wanted: a few (hundred) good computer science teachers
At UW, students get lessons on homelessness

Jayapal Won’t Attend Trump Inauguration

Seattle P.I.  
Spokane MLK Day rally to McMorris Rodgers: ‘Save Our Health Care!’
Governor, AG, bipartisan backers say end death penalty in Washington

Washington Governor, Attorney General propose abolishing death penalty (Orwall, Carlyle, Pedersen)