Washington State House Democrats


Monday, February 27


Associated Press
Hearing for recall effort of state senator this week
Shooting of cougar in research cage prompts complaint 
George W. Bush on Trump and Russia: ‘We all need answers’
Report: Washington’s most common crime shouldn’t be one

Aberdeen Daily World
Westport by the Sea condos erosion — the fix is in — again
Marijuana dispensaries take wait-and-see approach after crackdown talk
Marijuana crackdown? State attorney general vows to ‘defend the will of Washington voters’
City Council accepts public’s Gateway Center choice
Letter: Oil: Gobs of risk, very little reward
Letter: Protect the environment we have

Bainbridge Island Review
Congressman Kilmer town hall attracts nearly a thousand
Elsewhere in Washington: Affordable Care Act, immigration headline concerns of 1,000 anti-Reichert protesters
Murray rips Trump Administration for targeting transgender students in ‘shameful’ rollback of protections
2017 Legislative Session | Educators, parents, students and Supreme Court await Legislature’s basic-education funding solution (Takko, Rolfes)
2017 Legislative Session | Basic Education Budgets promise extra funds for special programs
2017 Legislative Session | Basic Education: the funding language

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Hearing for Sen. Ericksen recall goes before Whatcom judge Thursday
Rally urges voters to ‘Decline to Sign’ ballot measure to roll back transgender rights
Everett library faces challenge of homelessness
Medical director recounts harrowing journey to US

Bothell Reporter
Northshore Superintendent promises to follow state law, protect rights of transgender students

Supporters rally in defense of Affordable Care Act
Would pipeline threaten terminal at Port of Vancouver?

The Daily News
Barlow Point to be zoned for heavy industry in Longview comp plan
Port moves to develop rail corridor, other properties

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Few dozen march in Everett to support immigrants, refugees
Data help educators determine who is at risk of dropping out
White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B
GOP changes to Obamacare could cost states, reduce coverage
Editorial: Mixed message to end Black History Month

Kirkland Reporter
Governor limits state agencies’ assistance in enforcing President’s immigration ban

Kitsap Daily News
The cleanup of Port Gamble Bay is now complete

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Letter: Fragile ecosystem is to fear, not new tax

News Tribune (subscription required)
New report shines a light on Pierce County’s gender wage gap
Opinion: No more executive orders fueled by intolerance

New York Times
Opinion: As Trump Said, Leave Pot to the States
Opinion: What It’s Like to Have Your Parents Deported
He’s a Local Pillar in a Trump Town. Now He Could Be Deported.

Olympian (subscription required)
How do you stop underage drinking? County will consider fines for property owners
Opinion: A loss, but maybe also a gain, for transgender movement

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: School funding, levy cliff remain top issues for legislators (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Redmond Reporter
MAPS-AMEN’s Afzali to attend State of the Union address Tuesday

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Deportation threat inspires new ‘sanctuary’ response in Seattle area
Chronic-pain patients feel sting of Washington state’s opioid crackdown
Federal Way educator earns national honors for bridging gap between schools and families
Sound Transit uses inflated car values to collect higher tab fees
Mayor’s bid to business on homeless is a stretch
Westneat: Nine tax hikes in one mayoral term? Welcome to Seattle
Bill on police use of deadly force stalls in Olympia (Frockt, Goodman)
Editorial: President Trump, pot prohibition is a loser
Opinion: Rep. John Lewis exemplifies the life of a moral leader
Opinion: Truth-seeking press not the enemy
Opinion: A 5-year-old with PTSD: the reality of deportation policies
Opinion: Fund the State Need Grant — we are worth the investment

Seattle Weekly
Inside the Fight to Bring Parole Back to Washington State (Goodman)
Washington Prosecutors Still Won’t Be Able to Take Down Killer Cops (Frockt)
Death Penalty Abolition, Tighter Gun Controls, Die in Dem-Controlled Committee (Jinkins, Chopp)
A Pot Crackdown Could Be a Huge Gift to Trump’s ‘Bad Hombres’
Mexican Universities Say They’ll Take in Any UW Students Who Get Deported
Inslee Says No State Law Enforcement Can Join In on Trump’s Immigrant Roundup

Spokesman Review
Washington Legislature in the week ahead: school funding, and oil pipeline rules
Washington prepared for any federal action on legal pot, Ferguson says
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Putin is trying to undermine the U.S.
Teachers are younger and overwhelmingly white across Spokane and Washington
Getting There: Avista opens electric car charging station in Rosalia
Former WSU defensive lineman Robert Barber charged with assault
Skaters mourn the end of Spokane’s Ice Palace
Fairchild’s mission, name have changed through the decades
Forest Service, Fairchild uncover story behind jet wreckage in Colville National Forest
Basing decision for next-generation tankers to shift Fairchild’s role
Spin Control: Washington Senate votes again to crack down on drunk drivers

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Yes, Bigfoot should be state’s official cryptid
State lawmakers must stay focused on education
Charter schools should be given chance to succeed
Searching emails should require warrants
Effort to boost transparency in police shootings is welcome

Washington Post
A divided White House still offers little guidance on replacing Obamacare
Opinion: The new immigration order: A disaster in the making

Wenatchee World (subscription required)
Wenatchee library friends work on $1.5 million capital campaign
Mumps hits Okanogan County

Yakima Herald Republic
Substitute teachers in demand in several Yakima Valley districts
‘Notario fraud’: Political climate gives rise to those who prey on Yakima Valley’s immigrants
For undocumented ‘dreamer’ studying at CWU, just getting to college took a lot of learning
Other Views: Mass deportations aren’t answer; congressional overhaul is


Highline Schools teach staff how to help refugee students
Crowd protests deportations at Tacoma detention center
West Seattle woman to attend president’s address wearing hijab

‘It’s terrifying’ – Anti-Semitic graffiti found on two Ballard buildings
Report: Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday

Tribes Planning Next Steps Now That Dental Therapy Bill Is Law (McCoy)
Unpacking Government: How Does The Public Records Act Work?
Headstones Vandalized At Jewish Cemetery In Philadelphia
Plane That Flies Washington Governor Doubles As ‘Con Air’
Oregon Lawmakers May Clarify State Law On Using A Smartphone Behind The Wheel
North Carolina Law Makes Facebook A Felony For Former Sex Offenders
Dentists Work To Ease Patients’ Pain With Fewer Opioids

The kids are not all right. Trump scares them
Pomp And Protests In Vancouver Tuesday For Grand Opening Of Trump Tower
Do we have enough land for all the people moving to Washington state?

NW Public Radio
Plane That Flies Washington Governor Doubles As ‘Con Air’
Police Deadly Force Bill Falters, Sponsor Not Giving Up

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Sheriff Urquhart expects White House to attack pot before safe injection sites
Beverage association says Seattle soda tax would hurt businesses

Q13 TV (FOX)
Trump to sign new travel order on Wednesday
Racially charged graffiti spray-painted on Ballard homes
60% of all overdoses are from opioids


Deadly force bill blows key deadline (Frockt, Ryu)
A future star in Olympia? (Saldana)

A draft of the Obamacare repeal bill was leaked, and it’s pretty ugly