Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, March 2


Associated Press
Toxic chemical levels causes school closure in Monroe 
Senate passes bill to address rural water rights controversy (Chase, McCoy)
Group must pay legal fees in campaign finance case 
Seattle’s tunneling machine Bertha veers off course 
Hispanic man wins $1.85M judgment over racial abuse on boat 
Bull trout lawsuit targeting Columbia Basin dams dismissed 
Pot is producing jobs and revenue in states where it’s legal 
Washington produces record harvest of wine grapes in 2016 
House OKs bill to maintain preventative health coverage 
Washington state’s oldest ferry sold 
Hotline set up to report harassment in Seattle 
Efforts expand to stop uranium from entering Columbia River

Bothell Reporter
Legislators to host town hall in Bothell (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba)

‘Northwest Passage’ tollway proposal stirs debate (Cleveland)

The Daily News
Chinook Sales developing future new California Way location
County staff wants to consolidate advisory boards for health and human services
OPINION: House Bill 1086
OPINION: Public weigh-in on schools is necessary

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Washington’s faithless electors are about to face the music
Editorial: Drug companies should pay for take-back programs

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Letter: No male input on women’s health
Recount requested on school bond

Kirkland Reporter
Legislators to host town hall in Bothell (Palumbo, Kloba, Stanford)
Many illegal marijuana growers from last two years not charged with crime

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Pot producing jobs and revenue in states where it’s legal
Cost of housing affects school enrollment on Bainbridge
State sells oldest ferry

News Tribune (subscription required)
A ferry district for Pierce County? State lawmakers look to make it possible (Kilduff, Conway, Appleton)
Jewish leaders worry about rising anti-Semitism
Bill to fix rural water rights passed by state Senate (Chase, McCoy)

New York Times
Trump Pushes Unity, but G.O.P. Is Split Over Health Care
Corporations Show Support for Transgender Boy in Supreme Court Case

Olympian (subscription required)
Senate votes to revamp Sound Transit board amid angst over taxes. It’s ‘only a start,’ leader says (Liias)

Redmond Reporter
Senate votes to rename cancer research fund after Sen. Andy Hill

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Next razor clam digs could be approved soon, Long Beach may get green light
As sewage still spills, no timeline for fix to treatment plant’s Katrina-scale damage
Seattle says lack of manual didn’t affect how it handled Monday’s traffic mess
U.S. House members ask feds to investigate threats against Jewish community centers
FYI Guy: No soda tax for diet drinkers? Seattle’s plan excludes drinks favored by rich and white
Jerry Large: Poll pinpoints our divide over race
Opinion: The arts enrich and inspire — fight for federal funding
Editorial: GPA cutoff has no place in the successful State Need Grant program

Seattle Weekly
Seattle Rents Continue to Rise
A Badly Needed Conversation About Homeless Spending

Spokesman Review
Bill to fix rural water rights passed by state Senate
House would ease limits for ATV riders on Washington roads
Washington Senate approves slashing cost of enhanced driver’s licenses in plan to meet federal ID rules
Washington lawmakers back protections for guide dogs, new penalties for inhumanely tethering dogs
Feds accuse leader of Spokane’s Associated Industries of bilking $3 million from trust fund
Washington in Top 5 in new survey by national magazine
Airports, legal volunteers prepare for new Trump travel ban
Pullman council hears pitch for police drones
Hanford project to keep uranium out of Columbia River
Pink salmon returns to Puget Sound not so hot this year
Editorial: Mother Nature heightens chronic street problems

Tri-City Herald
Group must pay legal fees in campaign finance case 
Washington gives anglers first 2017 salmon return forecast 
Senate bill may end Pasco’s Uber deadlock 
Washington tallying flood damage for possible emergency declaration 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Curbing distracted driving requires usurping basic human nature 
Dual-language program recommendation well thought out 

Washington Post
Conservatives demanding ‘full repeal’ could derail Obamacare rollback
White House eyes plan to cut EPA staff by one-fifth, eliminating key programs

Yakima Herald Republic
Travis Alert bill passes House of Representatives with near-unanimous support 
Research showcase to offer educational opportunity on farm worker health issues 



A Seattle Income Tax? Anti-Trump groups want to take on legal challenges… 

Bakery Owner In Oregon Same-Sex Cake Case Gets Day In Court
Oregon’s Governor Pushes Back Against Possible Change To Federal Marijuana Policy

Tacoma rally supports Washington’s transgender community   (Jinkins)
Muslim teen found hanged in woods near Seattle; family seeks answers
What a white terror spree in ’80s Seattle says about threats of anti-Semitism today 
Mixed feelings in Seattle as DOJ backs away from police monitoring
Northwest Bats’ Deadly Syndrome Has Scientists Scrambling For Answers
See racial harassment? Say something, on this Seattle hotline
Tacoma rally supports Washington’s transgender community
Oil spills every day in Washington. This time in Duwamish River

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Buyer’s remorse: Fee increase on car tabs is ‘our fault’
Why Bellevue didn’t pick a Bertha to dig its light rail tunnels
WSP: Not enough troopers to enforce litter laws as trash piles up

NW Public Radio
Environmentalists Say Trump’s Clean Water Rollback Will Harm Northwest Streams
World’s Largest Methanol Plant Lands Key Permit Approval From A Washington County



Opinion: Seattle, where millionaires push taxes on everyone else
Trump gets to replace judge who blocked his travel ban

My Edmonds News
Mark your calendar: 21st District Town Hall set for March 18 (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias)

Bertha stopped because the machine “may be several inches off” tunnel alignment, state says