Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, January 18


Associated Press
Washington State Ferries has new director 
Man charged after fire at Washington state mosque 
Colstrip power plant closure could come earlier than 2022 
State lawmakers target distracted driving with bill 
Small nuclear reactor design submitted for federal approval 
Uber files lawsuit seeking to quash driver union rules 
Legislative panel recommends changes to mental health care   (Jinkins)
Lawmakers to consider allowing medical marijuana at schools
Poll: Young Americans fear they will be worse off post-Trump

Aberdeen Daily World  
Kilmer hoping Trump will work with Democrats
Repealing Obamacare without replacement would leave 18 million uninsured, report says

Bainbridge Island Review 
Rally gets legislators’ attention on education funding mandate
Governor Inslee reaffirms commitment for fully-funded basic education
Scarton to take helm at WSF

In Our View: Stormwater Ruling Smart

The Daily News 
Removing dams could affect Cowlitz industry, electric rates

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Everett might sue OxyContin maker over opioid deaths, crime
Editorial: State’s death penalty too costly, not applied fairly

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way remains competitive with business license fee increase

Island Guardian 
WSDOT New Head of Ferries

Issaquah Press 
Mullet spearheads request to accelerate I-90 interchange project at State Route 18 (Mullet)

Kirkland Reporter 
EvergreenHealth named among top 5 percent of hospitals in nation for quality care

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Washington State Ferries gets new director
State lawmakers target distracted driving with bill (Farrell)

NY Times
Earth Sets a Temperature Record for the Third Straight Year
How 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record
On Climate Change, Even States in Forefront Are Falling Short
Betsy DeVos’s Education Hearing Erupts Into Partisan Debate
The Rise of Body Cameras (Video)
Price: ‘Nobody’s Interested in Pulling the Rug Out’ on Health Coverage
Health Law Repeal Could Cost 18 Million Their Insurance, Study Finds
How Republicans Can Repeal Obamacare Piece by Piece

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Tacomans reflect on what Obama’s tenure meant to them
Insufficient EMT staffing at state sex offender facility breaks rules, audit finds
Tacoma school bus drivers say they want better health care coverage
Opinion: Mumps surge a wake-up call to anti-vaxxers
Woman with experience in both Washingtons named new ferries chief

Olympian (subscription required)   
Is compromise possible on changing police use of deadly force law? Some lawmakers are trying (Frockt, Doglio, Goodman)
Women’s March on Olympia expected to draw thousands to Capitol
Democrats open attack on Nikki Haley’s inexperience for UN job
Democrats hope to dent Trump’s health pick, raise questions about stock trades
Most students don’t learn about sexual assault until college. By then, it’s too late.
Nikki Haley promises to bring ‘a fresh set of eyes’ as Trump’s ambassador to UN

Peninsula Daily News
Democrats debate future after Obamacare at Port Angeles health care forum (Chapman)
Sequim School District sets public forums on levy questions
Replacement levy important for Port Angeles schools, official says

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Why are home prices so high? Seattle has 2nd-lowest rate of homes for sale in U.S.
King County has spent close to $1M fighting bias lawsuit at sheriff’s office
Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Adam Smith won’t attend Trump’s inauguration
State senator wants to ban safe-injection sites for drug users (Cody, Cleveland)
Feds to trim funding for Columbia hatchery chinook
WSU launches effort to become one of the nation’s top 25 research universities
Bertha resumes digging with only a half-mile to go
No handheld devices, no video allowed in distracted-driving bill (Farrell)
Westneat: Ignore the carnival barker’s words on Inauguration Day
Editorial: Backpage.com backtracks, but the fight continues against online sex trafficking

Seattle Weekly  
The Republicans Have Promised Everyone Health Care. Let’s Hold Them to It.
NAACP Launches Movement to Make Ethnic Studies Mandatory in Seattle Schools
King County Unveils Emoji-Based Food Safety System
Miloscia Sponsors Bill to Block Safe Drug Sites

Snoqualmie Valley Record 
Mullet calls on transportation committee leaders to get S.R. 18/I-90 interchange improvements started this year (Mullet)

Spokesman Review  
WaLeg Day 10: Voting rights and fantasy sports
Ice storm hits Inland Northwest; Spokane Public School will hold classes Wednesday
Obama praised for poise, resolve by members of Spokane’s black community
Old Cheney High being converted to student housing
Field Reports: Profanity Peak Pack removal cost state $135K
An uncertain, and sometimes grim, future awaits Washington’s aging Hispanic farmworkers
Editorial: Defunding Planned Parenthood does more harm than good

USA Today
DeVos will deliver on school reform: Jeb Bush

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
Report: Puget Sound salmon struggling

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Allowing wine to be sold in growlers is good option 

Washington Post
Betsy DeVos, Trump’s education pick, lauded as bold reformer, called unfit for job
HHS nominee Price sees ‘access’ to coverage as health reform goal
Six astonishing things Betsy DeVos said — and refused to say — at her confirmation hearing
Paul Ryan’s claim that for every Planned Parenthood clinic, 20 health centers provide care
Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing, in three minutes

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
Women’s March planned for Saturday
Storm packed with warnings and advisories

West Seattle Herald
The Rise of the Woman; Madison Thomas is leading organizing efforts for Women’s March on Washington


State clarifies policy on handling claims for unemployment benefits
Bellevue gets new tunneling machine for Sound Transit project

Lawmaker introduces bill banning ‘safe injection sites’ in Washington
Legislation would raise legal smoking age in Washington to 21
Only 60-70 kokanee in local creeks compared to nearly 6,000 year ago

New effort to make 21 the smoking age in Washington state
Seattle vanpool permit fees skyrocket 4,000 percent

Faced With Legislative Uncertainty, Seattle Schools Plan For The Worst
U.S. Abortion Rate Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade
Bill To Restrict Highly Skilled Foreign Workers Could Affect Washington Tech Companies
Washington Hunters And Anglers Find More Secure, But Glitchy New Licensing System

NAACP proposes mandatory ethnic studies in Seattle schools

“Ground zero” of gridlock at I-90 and Hwy 18 needs faster fix, says Issaquah lawmaker (Mullet)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Washington senator pushes to end safe injection sites statewide

NW Public Radio 
Hay, What’s Their Beef? Two Northwest Ag Industries Plan For Exports Under Trump
NOAA Finalizes New Columbia River Hatchery Plan

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Local families lobbying for a bill that would allow medical marijuana in Washington schools (Blake)
A renewed push is underway in Olympia to raise smoking age in Washington to 21 (VIDEO)


Seattle: a test case in Uber’s fight against unions
Lawmaker wants to head of Seattle’s safe consumption sites (Nelson, Sullivan)

Spokane Audience Boos Republican U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers

Seattle P.I.  
Puget Sound Energy may pull plug early on aging, polluting Montana coal plants
Betsy DeVos vs. Patty Murray: Does nominee aim to privatize public education?

State senator wants to ban safe consumption sites