Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, April 20


Associated Press
New bill signed into law protecting tethered dogs (Palumbo)
Workers rally in support of state worker contracts 
1995 tweak to law exempts state lawmakers from disclosure 
Washington unemployment rate drops to 4.7 percent 
A timeline of the public records law in Washington state 
Attorneys general from 16 states, DC fight travel ban appeal 
Here’s why state lawmakers need not abide public-records law

Bainbridge Island Review 
Opinion: Get ready for overtime in Olympia | The Petri Dish

Bothell Reporter 
A special session is coming in Olympia

In Our View: Clear Air on Pot Policy

The Daily News  
Herrera Beutler optimistic about money for I-5 Bridge
New bill signed into law protecting tethered dogs
Seattle mayor denies knowing accuser, who has gone public

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
There’s plenty of blame to go around for special session
Cantwell promotes her housing tax credit bill in Everett
Trump must decide whether to support or undermine Obamacare

Federal Way Mirror
Five FWPS schools receive state achievement awards
Save Weyerhaueser Campus hosting walk Saturday in conjunction with Earth Day

Kirkland Reporter 
Three strangers honored by the Kirkland City Council for saving man’s life
Unemployment rate drops in Washington to near-record low in March
Design options for Totem Lake Connector Bridge down to four

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
1995 tweak to law exempts state lawmakers from disclosure

News Tribune (subscription required)  
State voids methanol plant permit for group that once targeted Tacoma 

Olympian (subscription required)   
Happy 4/20: Unofficial pot holiday comes on heels of state sales spike in March
Thousands of state workers rally to urge lawmakers to support new labor contracts

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Washington state Senate budget calls for ‘unprecedented’ economic development cuts

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Why tens of thousands could turn out Saturday for Seattle’s March for Science
Lack of diversity in gifted education: Some readers see segregation
State agency nullifies permit for Kalama methanol plant
Massive mural to celebrate local and state labor history
It’s 2015 all over again: Little state budget progress as legislative session winds down (Sullivan, Lytton)
Distracted-driving bill approved by Washington state lawmakers (Farrell)
Opinion: A student’s ZIP code shouldn’t dictate her academic success
Editorial: Rick Steves’ charitable investment with unexpected dividends
Jerry Large: With government-transparency site, Steve Ballmer wants to fight truthiness with hard data

Seattle Weekly  
There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around for This Year’s Special Session
Carbon Tax Now, or Carbon Tax Later? Some Say It’s Just a Matter of Time
Bigger Than Bertha: Tunnel Foe Cary Moon On Why She Should Be the Next Mayor of Seattle

Skagit Valley Herald  
Behavioral health organization looking to future with more, smaller facilities

Spokesman Review  
House moves to protect internet service customers’ privacy
Dogs get protection from inhumane tethering
WSU Spokane researchers share Trump budget concerns with Sen. Patty Murray
‘420’ becomes part of the dictionary as Spokane embraces counterculture, pot holiday
Marijuana has truly gone mainstream, survey finds
Cost overruns for Sullivan Road Bridge work may cost Spokane Valley an extra $424,000
Whitworth cuts ties with Planned Parenthood
Spokane’s community court expands to Browne’s Addition, Cliff-Cannon
Shawn Vestal: Legalizing marijuana a no-brainer

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Here we go! The usual ‘special legislative session’ on the horizon 

Wenatchee World 
Salmon Recovery in North Central Washington: Part 2
PUD Truscotts leave mark on fish, conservation

Wahkiakum County Eagle 
Legislature passes bill to help forest landowners improve fish habitat (Blake)

Yakima Herald Republic  
Newhouse cancels town hall session due to wife’s illness 
Tying up your dog? New penalties ahead for tethering Fido in an inhumane way 
Distracted-driving bill approved by Washington state lawmakers (Farrell)


Seattle’s tiny house villages a concern of consultant city hired
Clean energy to power Sound Transit trains beginning 2019
The personal pain of gun violence in Federal Way

King County prosecutor charging man with 11th DUI pushes for tougher repeat offender laws
Distracted-driving bill awaits Inslee’s signature

Republicans Sling Dirt Over Lawn Care At Washington Capitol (Rolfes)

Lay people: You’ll never be more skeptical than scientists
Attorney General Bob Ferguson on chess moves and the Muslim ban
Young Women Make Economic Strides As Young Men Fall Behind In U.S.
The new NW activists: She’s doing something unique with data
Science doesn’t care about your ideology. That includes you, Seattle liberals

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Senator vexed by Washington state’s lax felony DUI law (Orwall, Ormsby)

NW Public Radio 
Conservation Groups Ask To Stop Barging Sockeye Around Dams
Washington Unemployment Rate Lowest In Ten Years

Q13 TV (FOX)  
The Squeeze: Who watches Sound Transit?


Lawmakers like the environment. Will they pay up?

Meet the families fighting to legalize medical marijuana in their kids’ schools (Blake)

Murray’s Accuser Reveals His Identity
Cary Moon Is Running for Mayor
City Will Receive $440,000 in Settlement Over Unauthorized Cutting of Public Trees
Fremont Brewing Owner Sara Nelson Joins Race for City Council

Lack of a state capital gains tax means wealthiest 1 percent get a huge tax break in Washington state

Op-ed by Rep. Macri: Don’t let statewide funding for homelessness expire