Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 15


Associated Press
Bill would make Sasquatch “official cryptid” of Washington 
Judge rules cleanups of Seattle homeless camps can continue
Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance   (Jinkins, Orwall)
States pursuing plans to help workers save for retirement 
Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate
Mexican immigrant ‘dreamer’ in Seattle sues US over arrest
State’s death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance
Lawmakers spar over Dodd-Frank impact
State bills seek to buffer potential repeal of health care law (Robinson)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Leonard Pitt Jr:  Mr. President: ‘Just who the hell do you think you are?’ 
Kelli Linville: Washington state can spend $1.9 million now, or $100 million later on these invaders 
Dozens rally at Tacoma’s Northwest Detention Center after Seattle arrest 

In Our View: Big First Step on I-5 Bridge (Wylie, Stonier, Cleveland)

The Daily News 
Toledo school bond falls short
Opinion: Real economic development that meets real needs

Edmonds News 
Edmonds City Council unanimously takes stand supporting state gun safe storage bill (Ortiz-Self, Peterson)

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Muhlstein: Whidbey Island woman continues battle for Equal Rights Amendment
Harrop: Here’s a carbon tax that even some in GOP like
Editorial: Use payroll tax to set up long-term care benefit (Jinkins)

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way community remembers murdered teen in peace walk
Reeves introduces “Wounded Warriors” bill to expand access to shared leave for service members (Reeves)

Kirkland Reporter 
Three meetings next week on Houghton/Everest Neighborhood Center, Sixth Street corridor study

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
A classroom as big as all outdoors (Ranker, Rolfes)
Oil spill fund shrinks as tanker traffic grows (Rolfes, Appleton, Carlyle)
Death penalty repeal bill not expected to advance

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Dozens protest Tacoma detention of Seattle immigrant
Whose numbers are right? Lawmakers disagree about effects of GOP school-funding plan
Editorial: Marijuana merits warning label

Olympian (subscription required) 
Bill would make Sasquatch “official cryptid” of Washington
Advocates target affordable housing shortage in Thurston County
Lawmakers debate: Should the state pay for lead testing in all of its K-12 schools?
Proposition 1 passing easily in Lacey
Obamacare is more popular than ever, so now Democrats get around to hitting GOP on it
DHS says ‘Dreamer’ arrested in Trump immigration raid was gang member
Should drivers be liable for accidentally hitting protesters blocking roads?
Editorial: Dentistry pilot worth small state investment

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Boeing sees opening with Trump over controversial Ex-Im Bank
King County reaches World Health Organization’s HIV goal 3 years ahead of schedule
Surprised? Washington’s economy greatly affected by immigrants

Redmond Reporter 
King County Council adopts the Eastside Rail Corridor Trail Master Plan

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
State GOP education plan could cost more than projected, budget writer says (Rolfes, Ranker)
Seattle’s teeny response to tiny houses for the homeless
Are King County’s dams safe? Officials plan to launch review
Help on the way for Washington students who lost financial aid for college-level exams
Sound Transit threatens legal action if Mercer Island sues over HOV-lane access
Seattle ‘Dreamer’ sues over his detention under Trump’s immigration actions
Judge rules Seattle homeless-camp sweeps to continue
Moderate Democrats in Olympia draw up cheaper, middle-ground plan to fund schools (Mullet)
Opinion: Farmers need seasonal workers — and an immigration solution

Seattle Weekly
The Maddening Allure of KIRO Radio
Meet the People, Mr. Reichert
Upthegrove Calls for Free Drunk Buses On Boozy Holidays
Are Uber and Lyft Plotting an End Run On Seattle Regs?

Spokesman Review  
Spokane seeks help from the Washington Legislature to fight foreclosed ‘zombie properties’ (Orwall)
Torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen could face more delays
Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers and GOP ‘snowflakes’ shouldn’t confuse dissent with violence
Editorial: Put sexual assault orders on equal footing

Tri-City Herald  
Our Voice: Education funding must be equitable 

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
Opinion: COMMENTARY: Japanese internment anniversary more important now than ever before

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Editorial: [U.S.]Senate Democrats gave away power to block nominations

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
NCW Health | Lobbying for Obamacare

Yakima Herald Republic  
Opinion: Senate McCleary funding bill includes major reforms; House McCleary bill falls short 


Nurture in Nature Preschool takes kids outside the classroom (Ranker)

False Report Of ICE Raid Rattles Spokane
Millennium Coal Terminal Backers Appeal State’s Denial Of Aquatic Lands Lease
Death Penalty Repeal Will Get Hearing, No Vote In Washington Legislature  (Jinkins)

‘It’s like City Council meets Jerry Springer’ in a divided Black Diamond
These Top Schools Are Offering Big Savings On Master’s Degrees, But There’s A Catch
When Dating In The Era Of Divisive Politics, Both Sides Stick To Themselves

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Judge denies ACLU request, homeless lawsuit continues
Immigrant authorized under Obama detained in Tacoma
Seattle’s new ‘Navigation Team’ tackles homeless camps under I-5

NW Public Radio 
As Northwest Snow Recedes, Snow Removal Costs Tally Up
Death Penalty Repeal Will Get Hearing, No Vote In Washington Legislature (Jinkins)
Seattle Immigrant “Dreamer” Detained in Immigration Lock-up


Judge denies ACLU’s request to stop encampment sweeps
GOP’s school funding numbers may not add up
Can Washington afford to fix its broken foster care system?

Will Paid Family Leave Become a Reality in Seattle?

Legislators host forum to discuss road fixes (Cleveland)

Policymakers have opportunities to advance family well-being this session

Seattle P.I.  
Seattle ‘Dreamer’ protected by Obama jailed, faces deportation
Mercer Island to sue Sound Transit, WSDOT over light rail plans

What we know about the arrest of a Seattle “Dreamer”
Proposal to repeal death penalty unlikely to get vote in state legislature (Jinkins)
Judge declines ACLU request to halt city and state seizures of homeless people’s belongings
Anti-trans activists will soon start gathering signatures for their new ballot initiative