Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, April 26


Associated Press
Supporters of Hanford Reach worried about Trump action 
Governor signs measure expanding prison education programs 
Inslee names new corrections secretary 
Gov. Inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions (Saldana)
Feds: Puget Sound clean-water campaign didn’t violate rules

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
Status of Hanford Reach National Monument could be challenged 

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Inslee names new Department of Corrections secretary
EvCC’s pre-college math program gets boost from grant
Editorial: Trump should leave national monuments as they are

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way community honors Earth Day with walk

Kirkland Reporter 
Tom Neir announces run for Kirkland City Council

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Narrows Bridge tolls remaining frozen until July 2019 (Kilduff)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Public hearing draws opposition to Northwest Detention Center 
Immigrants again on hunger strike at Northwest Detention Center, advocates say

Olympian (subscription required)  
100 years later, Washington still feels impact from World War I
Residents ask commissioners to keep marijuana operations out of rural areas
Editorial: Lawmakers need to find their spines

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Tech: GOP lawmaker behind anti-woman Reddit group

Redmond Reporter 
City accepting proposals to amend Comprehensive Plan

Renton Reporter 
Legislation aims to get drivers’ attention off their phones and back on the road (Kirby, Farrell)
Constantine unveils stronger community-centered response for youth, families in crisis
Bill proposing to increase KCLS board of trustees members awaits Governor signature. (Fitzgibbon)

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
Teacher-shortage crisis? UW researcher says it’s not that simple, and offers some fixes
Westneat: Coming out of retirement to fight Trump on monuments
Seattle officials welcome judge’s block of Trump’s sanctuary city crackdown
Inslee appoints new leader for troubled Department of Corrections
Opinion: A carbon tax is right for environment and economy
Editorial: The Affordable Care Act has been good for Washington state

Seattle Weekly
A Guide to Seattle’s New Left
It’s Time to Talk About Restorative Justice
Report: Cops in Washington Public Schools Are Untrained and Unaccountable
Federal Judge Blocks Trump Order to Defund Sanctuary Cities
Budget Deal Secures Pay Hike for State Troopers
Meet Your New Drug Czar

Skagit Valley Herald  
Stretch of Old Highway 99 to close May 1 for construction
Anacortes to begin lengthy process of cleaning up old water treatment plant

Spokesman Review
Inslee taps longtime employee to head Washington Corrections Department
To fight sex trafficking, Gov. Inslee lowers bar to clear prostitution convictions
State hopes job training will cut inmate returns to prison
Attempted murder charges can be filed up to 10 years later
Spokane County voters overwhelmingly approve sales tax for 911 services
Voters voice strong support for Spokane Public Library property tax renewal
Voters approve tax boost to fund fire services in southwestern Spokane County
Deer Park marijuana facility won’t be built, but investigation into state employee’s business ties moves forward
Chemicals found in Fairchild wells not used for drinking water
Editorial: Timing propels passage of tougher DUI law

Tri-City Herald  
Editorial: New Washington distracted driving law a necessary decision 

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
More than a decade in the making, new affordable housing development opens

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Editorial: Legislature wisely cracks down on distracted driving 
Editorial: Work to head off wildfires worth the cost 

Washington Post 
Opinion: White House just ratcheted up threat to destroy Obamacare, Democratic aide says
House Freedom Caucus leaders back new health-care plan

Wenatchee World (subscription required) 
Voters say yes to school, hospital levies…but not in Omak

Yakima Herald Republic   
Editorial: Promising steps toward limiting wildfires 


Separate Seattle from King County? Proposed bill could make it happen.

After Early Release Scandal, Inslee Appoints Agency Veteran To Lead Corrections
Oregon Bill Would Shield Sexual Assault Victims From Underage Drinking Charges
Welcome To Richland: Where White Leaders Say There Is No Racism

Reactions Mixed On New U.S. Tariffs On Canadian Lumber

NW Public Radio  
After Early Release Scandal, Inslee Appoints Agency Veteran To Lead Corrections
Reactions Mixed On New U.S. Tariffs On Canadian Lumber
Richland’s White Leaders See No Racism, Despite Reports By Minorities


Will the Legislature do what’s needed for foster care? (Ormsby, Kagi)

My Edmonds News 
Edmonds transportation projects get funding help from Olympia (Ortiz-Self, Liias)

Federal Judge’s Block on Trump Could Help Seattle’s Case
Four Legal Challenges to Keep in Mind About the Income Tax

Seattle P.I. 
Connelly: Judge blocks Trump order defunding sanctuary cities
Connelly: West’s leaders burned by Trump’s forest fire budget
Washington’s marijuana sales bumped 79 percent on 4/20

The Morning News: Seattle home prices continue climbing, WA Republican senator wants Seattle to become its own county