Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, February 2


Associated Press
Washington Senate approves education funding plan (Ranker)
Seattle mayor submits police accountability legislation 
Backers of right to die fear Trump Supreme Court nominee 
Republican senator juggling jobs in Olympia and DC 
Trump to Mexico: Take care of ‘bad hombres’ or US will
Spokane mayor will sign religious registry ban ordinance
Seattle U. student leader lacking legal status resigns

Aberdeen Daily World 
Hoquiam hopes to start construction on Ramer Street pump station this summer
Court of Appeals sides with Quinault Nation over jurisdiction of Lake Quinault
Oped: Quinault President Sharp Has a Message for U.S. President Trump

Bothell Reporter 
Bipartisan alliance of lawmakers wants remove cap on property tax increase (Lytton)
Rep. Pollet, Sen. Frockt propose free community college tuition program (Frockt, Pollet)

The Daily News 
House bill could allow counties to factor inflation, population into property taxes

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Everett mayor changes mind, won’t run for re-election
Governor impressed by Snohomish County Jail reforms
Legislature considers property tax increase to fund schools (Lytton)
Compromise preserves 25 acres at Wallace Falls from logging
GOP rebrands Obamacare strategy from ‘repeal’ to ‘repair’

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
State Senate approves education funding plan (Ranker)
Letter: Caldier and Young backing a bad bill on school prayer
Letter: Politics over people in Rep. Young’s discipline

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Sumner road project problems spur $3 million dispute
Tacoma Council forms immigrant and refugee task force, stops shy of sanctuary city

Olympian (subscription required) 
Proposed wages and staffing levels spark picket at St. Peter hospital
Attorney accuses Olympia of making unfair deals for downtown parking
Lawmaker’s job in Trump administration blamed for holding up Legislature’s work (Liias, Carlyle)
Some in Legislature want more leeway on Medicaid in Obamacare replacement, but not fewer dollars (Jinkins, Cody)
Worries mount for gay rights backers as Trump team sends mixed signals
Bill calling to end daylight savings time makes its way to Senate Committee
After Trump call, Australians bemoan rocky relationship with America’s ‘mad king’
A besieged Trump draws comparisons to Richard Nixon
Trump is on the brink as US warns Iran over missile tests
DeVos nomination on thin ice with 2 GOP senators opposed
Never mind the lungs. Air pollution can scramble your brain

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
‘Divestment is our goal’: Seattle City Council to vote on pulling $3 billion from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline
FYI Guy: Seattle police resorting to force less often, but racial disparities persist, report shows
State senator tries to explain how he’ll juggle Trump job — but gets stuck in D.C. (Nelson)
New proposal aims to change Washington’s law on police use of deadly force (Frockt, Goodman)
School stats: A patchwork of exceptions nets some districts extra cash
Lawmakers push to exempt shipyards from Trump’s hiring freeze
Editorial: Move the state primary so votes matter
Opinion: Three steps to help end youth homelessness

Seattle Weekly  
As Wells Fargo Divestment Approaches, Where Should Seattle Put Its $3 Billion?
Jury Fails to Convict ‘Valve Turner’ Ken Ward, Who Faced 30 Years for Climate Disobedience
Reform Plan Would Let Civilians, Not Cops, Oversee Police Conduct
How Your Elected Officials, and Some Really Smart Lawyers, Are Fighting Trump

Skagit Valley Herald  
Debate Corner: What is the state doing with our tax dollars?
Debate Corner: Students, taxpayers should get more for the money

Spokesman Review  
Washington Senate passes major overhaul of school taxes and spending
Shelly Short’s legislative assistant appointed to Short’s former 7th District state House seat
U.S. 395 could be renamed for the late House Speaker Tom Foley
Spokane Mayor David Condon will sign law barring local participation in hypothetical Muslim registry
Shawn Vestal: Great again, one act of citizenship at a time
Editorial: Democrats shouldn’t block Gorsuch hearing

Tri-City Herald  
Our Voice: State needs to join rest of nation with statewide tourism promotion effort 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Legislature now has no excuse to delay fully funding education (Billig)
Effort in Olympia to allow local elections by district has merit (Hunt)

Yakima Herald Republic  
Bear necessity? Plan would reintroduce grizzlies to Cascades
Legislature considering back-to-school sales tax holiday, but not everyone likes idea


Two proposals to tighten Washington gun laws
Tacoma will remain a ‘Welcoming City’

Legislators to consider bill for assault weapons licenses

Can Whatcom Co. senator serve in Olympia and D.C.? (Liias, Carlyle)
Lawmaker wants to eliminate Daylight Saving Time in Wash. state
Lawmaker wants chemicals stripped from fast-food wrappers (McBride)

Seattle To Vote Monday On Wells Fargo Divestment And Fair Business Practices
Northwest Farmworkers Wary Of Trump Administration’s Mexican Crackdown
Native Americans Struggle To Find Housing While Facing Discrimination
South Dakotans Voted For Tougher Ethics Laws, But Lawmakers Object
Donations To Burned Texas Mosque Top $1 Million In Outpouring Of Support

Wait, now Norwegian students are afraid to study in the U.S.? 
CDC Seeks Controversial New Quarantine Powers To Stop Outbreaks
Mom looks for transgender role model for daughter
Oregon Way Behind On Its Goals For Reducing Carbon Emissions: Report
Crop-Eating Mold Can Take Hold Of Northwest Wheat After 100 Days Of Snow 
Lawmakers Discuss How to Keep Officers Accountable When Using Deadly Force
Army Says It Is Expediting Review Of Dakota Access Pipeline Route

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Seattle business owner calls 900% tax bump a ‘money-grab’

NW Public Radio 
Crop-Eating Mold Can Take Hold Of Northwest Wheat After 100 Days Of Snow
Northwest Farmworkers Wary Of Trump Administration’s Mexican Crackdown
On Anniversary Of School Shooting, Victim’s Sister Has Plea For Lawmakers

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Why anti-transgender bathroom bills could cost states millions
Local refugees separated from family fear they’ll never reunite due to Trump order


Murray pushes ‘most important legislation’ yet
State Senate and EPA: Can Doug Ericksen balance it all? (Nelson, Ranker)
Opinion: I’m Republican, and I’m joining the protests

Washington Reps Join Bipartisan Effort to Protect Deportation of “Dreamers”
Washington Senators Slam Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

Seattle Medium 
House Labor Committee Approves Equal Pay, Salary History, And Fair Chance Measures (Senn, Dolan, Ortiz-Self)

Seattle P.I.  
Where in the world is state Sen. Doug Ericksen?