Washington State House Democrats


Monday, April 3


Associated Press
Authorities target distracted drivers in statewide campaign 
Public hospital district in Washington lays off 25 workers 
Seattle teachers union rejects call for 1-day strike 
Giant drill boring Seattle tunnel nears finish line 
House passes two-year $44.9 billion state budget (Ormsby)
Bill to toughen rules around oil transport clears key hurdle (Pollet)
Lawmakers push to allow medical marijuana in schools
Lawsuit over sidewalks could cost Seattle millions
Crews locate plane after crash in Olympic National Park

Aberdeen Daily World  
State Route 8 squeezed to one lane during repaving starting April 11
Start of Westport outer harbor maintenance dredging project delayed
Smoking and vaping age would be 21 under bill that passes Washington House committee (Pollet)

Bainbridge Island Review 
Bainbridge school district to get update on scope of teacher, staff layoffs

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Washington man uses experience to prepare incoming inmates 
Washington mushroom farm to close, 65 workers to lose jobs 

Bellevue Reporter 
City hosts online open house on affordable housing
Schools Foundation raises more than $700,000

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (Wylie)

The Daily News  
OPINION: Genderless?
OPINION: Krauthammer: The road to single-payer health care
OPINION: Rampell: Trump’s latest impossible promise
OPINION: Zakaria: Trump could fix health care
Near-record rains sloshed region last two months
Rep. Orcutt wants Seattle to foot overflow budget for viaduct
Several tents pitched in County Administration court yard, residents told to move on
Work begins to end SR 503 rock threat

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
A tax change lawmakers can love? It’s now up to GOP
Bypass could help alleviate congestion on U.S. 2 trestle
State sues Tim Eyman, alleging campaign-finance violations
Reverse sticker shock: Lawmaker’s car tabs going down
Trump budget would cut funding for Pacific salmon recovery
Commentary: Trump isn’t only one cutting Puget Sound cleanup
Commentry: Lawmakers should leave minimum wage law alone
Editorial: With plans on table, time to start budget talks

Federal Way Mirror 
Smith dropping out of council race

Kirkland Reporter 
King County Housing Authority to accept applications for Section 8 lottery

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Shellfish beds opened, stream advisories lifted as water quality improves
Sales tax increase for fast ferries begins Saturday
Attorney General: Tim Eyman misused inititative donations
Op-ed: Solving McCleary with sustainable funding

News Tribune (subscription required)  
GOP plan would result in less new money to schools than leaders said — and maybe higher taxes (Sullivan)
Having raised graduation rates, Franklin Pierce School District looks to next challenge
As devices flood schools, some want to do more to teach children – and teachers – media literacy (Liias)
Editorial: Delay welfare rule to save child-care funds? Sure

New York Times 
In Ohio County That Backed Trump, Fear Over Housing Cuts

Olympian (subscription required)   
How is the Legislature going about fixing school funding? They’re not telling, and they don’t have to. (Nelson, Chopp)
More than half of voters think Trump has weakened the U.S. on the world stage
The end is near for Bertha: After nearly 2 miles in 4 years, tunnel machine about to break through
A shadow Legislature exists at state Capitol — and it’s run by teens
‘The Earth deserves a whole month’: Olympia rally calls for local environmental action
Should Washington take a billion dollars for health care from the feds? Senate GOP leaders say no (Cody)
Editorial: K-12 budget needs help for struggling students

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON OLYMPIA: House, Senate move toward budget package (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Redmond Reporter 
Lake Washington Schools Foundation focuses on preparing students for the future

Renton Reporter 
McLendon Hardware announces acquisition by Central Network Retail Group

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Legislative leaders deny records related to education funding fix (Nelson, Chopp)
Gonzaga loses in the NCAA tournament of college debt
Union cites misconduct claims against sheriff, calls for outside review
Seattle teachers reject proposal to walk out over funding
Seattle may have to spend millions making sidewalks more accessible to people with disabilities
Families sue Pierce County over jail medical care — and county sues company that ran the jail clinic
Editorial: Funding K-12: solutions to help every child
Editorial: Seattle Police Department crisis intervention training saves lives

Seattle Weekly  
The GOP Wants to Relitigate ST3, Voters Be Damned
Is the City of Seattle Backing Down From Oil Divestment?
Trump to Repeal Federal Climate Regs, Washington State Undaunted
Washington State Attorney General Files Suit Against Tim Eyman

Shoreline Area News 
Frockt says State Senate budget makes historic investments in education (Frockt)

Skagit Valley Herald  
Local police: Immigration enforcement issue of law, not politics

Spokesman Review  
Senate Republicans push through massive property tax shift as part of school reform plan (Rolfes)
Lawmaker Profile: Washington state Rep. Andy Billig
Spin Control: Scoring political points without winning votes on the budget debate
How Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Raul Labrador voted last week in Congress
Voters asked to renew taxes for Spokane Public Libraries and county emergency services
Spokane Valley approves non-discrimination resolution; councilman declines to serve on human rights task force, citing abortion
Fairchild gets nine refueling tankers and 50 crew as squadron relocates to Spokane
Health leaders in Washington state seek improvements in existing health care law
Gillnetting ramps up to curb northern pike in Columbia River
Editorial: Gonzaga boosts entire community with sustained excellence
Editorial: Divided Legislature looking at long session

Suburban Times 
Capital budget makes smart investments in the 29th (Conway)

Tri-City Herald  
State looking to future of popular parks — Palouse Falls, Lyons Ferry and Lewis and Clark Trail 
Our Voice: School equity key to state budget talks 
Letter: Lawmakers should expand access to quality pre-kindergarten 

USA Today 
Trump claims he will rally on health care

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Lawsuit that forced fixing of faulty curb ramps welcome 

Washington Post 
Trump’s budget would hit rural towns especially hard — but they’re willing to trust him
Why is Trump flailing? Because Americans hate his agenda, and it’s based on lies.

Yakima Herald Republic  
Farm workers march in Sunnyside against Trump policies 


Seattle’s tunnel machine Bertha nears finish line
Fighting Heroin: Dealers charged with homicide when customers die
North Seattle homeless tiny house village to open Wednesday

Lawsuit over sidewalks could cost Seattle millions 

“U Text, U Drive, U Pay”: Distracted driving crackdown begins Monday

Unpacking Government: Why It’s So Difficult To Recall Politicians In Washington
Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance
Gonzaga Earns First Shot At Championship With Win Over South Carolina

Looks like boring Bertha will have the last laugh
3 ways Trump’s energy plan isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
The Senate Could Go ‘Nuclear’ This Week. What Does That Mean?
AG Seeks More Than $2M In Campaign Finance Lawsuit Against Tim Eyman, Others
Washington Legislative Leaders Won’t Release Records Related To Education Funding Fix  (Chopp, Nelson)
What King County students and teachers would like to see in schools
Echoes Of Past Ring Loudly At WWII Internment Anniversary Ceremony

NW Public Radio  
AG Seeks More Than $2M In Campaign Finance Lawsuit Against Tim Eyman, Others
On Cesar Chavez’s 90th Birthday, A Call To Recognize Immigrants And Farm Laborers
Washington Legislative Leaders Won’t Release Records Related To Education Funding Fix

Q13 TV (FOX)  
Seattle’s tunnel machine ‘Bertha’ has less than 100 feet to go


Trump promised better trade deals. WA farmers are waiting
After VW’s pollution scam, goodbye to diesels?

75 Years Ago, Only One Paper Opposed Japanese American Internment Camps


Bob Ferguson took down Trump’s travel ban. Now he’s taking on Tim Eyman. The story behind our swoon-worthy AG

West Seattle Herald  
West Seattle Helpline recognized by State Senate (Nelson)