Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, February 22


Associated Press
Inslee, school superintendents call for local levy fix
U.S. appeals court upholds Maryland’s ban on assault rifles
Pipeline protesters call for Bellingham to drop US Bank
Tacoma Fire revises hiring after firefighter’s drug death
Utility plans prolonged low levels at lake over quake fears
Colstrip owner pushes for tax break to keep plant units open

Aberdeen Daily World  
More than half of area schools K-3 grades qualify for state poverty class size funding
Emergency cold-weather shelter continues in Aberdeen

I-5 Bridge bill is downgraded (Cleveland)
In Our View: Cellphones, Autos Bad Mix

The Daily News  
Congress bill would require military vets convicted of child abuse to pay restitution
No big delays expected for McMenamins
Pensions driving Rainier schools budget deficit
Rally seeks more town halls with Herrera Beutler
Takko, Braun seek constitutional protection for hunting, fishing (Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Trump plan to compete jets ‘doesn’t make sense,’ lawmaker says
Door closes on Obama administration’s open data efforts
Trump administration poised to change transgender student bathroom guidelines
Burbank: Tax breaks for Boeing have helped send jobs out of state
Robinson: Obamacare may not survive, but it changed American minds
Editorial: Scale back credit requirement for high school diploma (Ortiz-Self)

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
Letter: Unstable President

Kirkland Reporter 
King County Council remembers 75th anniversary of Exec. Order 9066
Rep. Goodman takes on issue of prisoners’ early release, mistakes

News Tribune (subscription required)  
New Trump deportation rules allow far more expulsions
Liberal activists warn party’s lawmakers: Primaries are coming
Opinion: Free speech does not include discrimination

New York Times 
Major Elements of Trump’s New Immigration Policies
New Trump Deportation Rules Allow Far More Expulsions 
Opinion: Mr. Trump’s ‘Deportation Force’ Prepares an Assault on American Values

Olympian (subscription required)   
Opinion: The education gap between left and right

Peninsula Daily News
Inslee, school superintendents call for local levy fix

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Washington state’s deadliest occupations ranked
Hundreds of restaurants jump into political fray, join ‘sanctuary’ initiative

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
New report: 80 percent of Washington’s novice teachers still in class after five years
Programming classes for nontechnical workers, now at Seattle Central College
Seattle could sue feds over Trump executive order
Seattle council approves big U District upzone
Mayor Ed Murray proposes $55 million a year property-tax levy to fight homelessness
Opinion: ‘Dreamers’ help make America great — don’t deport them
Editorial: There’s room for improvement in inquest process

Skagit Valley Herald  
State considering buying land in Skagit County
Samish weigh in on Swinomish boundaries

Spokesman Review
Timing a key to avoid layoff notices for some Washington school districts
‘Just Want Privacy’ organizing to try again to overturn Washington’s transgender bathroom rule
A month after being booed at MLK Day rally, McMorris Rodgers tours MLK Family Outreach Center in Spokane
Editorial: Distracted driving law needs an update

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits (Farrell)

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
Local journalists talk shop in eraof ‘alternative facts,’ ‘fake news’

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
Overflow crowd turns out for town hall without Reichert
Rookie rep aims to bring business perspective to state, district issues
Hawkins finds his footing | New 12th District senator balances work and family

Yakima Herald Republic  
Bill to extend hate crime protections to police officers moves forward in state Senate 
Rep. Gina McCabe’s ‘Travis Alert’ bill passes House committee 
Editorial: Charters get well-deserved victory in court ruling 


Low-income students would benefit from ‘Promise’ of tuition-free college (Pollet)
Car-tab confusion: the math behind your big bill
Know Your Rights training in Seattle for immigrants concerned about their future
DAPL protesters call for Bellingham to drop US Bank
Murray proposes homeless tax, may sue Trump administration
Seattle rent is high, but not highest in state

Push for ‘panic button’ app at every Washington school
Eastside leaders fed up with traffic backups

Murray opening Emergency Operations Center to combat homelessness in city

Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill To Change Drunk Driving Law
Bill Would Suspend Drivers License Of Those Soliciting Prostitutes In Oregon
Conservative Justices Skeptical Of Extending Constitution Beyond U.S. Border
Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson Keeps Low Profile Since Taking Office

This Somali man dreams of Seattle. For now, he’s in a refugee camp
GOP Considers Trimming Health Law’s 10 Essential Benefits
To Pressure Elected Officials, ‘Indivisible’ Activists Consult Tea Party Playbook
Trump’s billionaire pick for commerce, oceans chief keeping his fleet of oil tankers
Muslim Brotherhood, Mainstream In Many Countries, May Be Listed As Terror Group
NW immigrant advocates: Legal challenges likely on new deportation policies
Washington Grizzly Bear Public Meetings Kick Off
Honey Bees May Be Harmed By Crop-Protecting Fungicides

NW Public Radio  
Lawmakers Move To Revive Plan To Replace I-5 Bridge Over Columbia River
Students Could Be Barred From Coeur d’Alene School District If Unvaccinated
Washington Lawmakers Consider Bill To Change Drunk Driving Law

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Seattle mayor proposes tax on sugary drinks to help fund education
Seattle mayor may sue Trump over immigration information; city files requests to see documents


Opinion: Ready to run again, Ed Murray seeks more taxes
Opinion: Seattle isn’t the national leader it thought it was
Opinion: The one group that can rein in Trump? His own party

Syria to Seattle in the Age of Trump

Seattle P.I.
Seattle immigrants, lawmakers on alert over new deportation rules