Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, May 11


Associated Press
Amazon to create homeless shelter at Seattle headquarters 
Energy chief says hole has been filled at nuclear waste site 
Deaths from fentanyl and related drugs on rise in Washington
Comey turned up Trump-Russia probe days before firing
Inslee signs gun background-check notification bill (Hansen)

Aberdeen Daily World  
Governor Inslee signs Tharinger bill to help rural hospitals

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)  
These posters by politicians show why they haven’t fixed school funding yet (Nelson)
State demands answers about Hanford radioactive tunnel breach 
Biggest earthquake yet in Kitsap Peninsula swarm 
Tacoma might sue opioid makers as part of battle against homelessness 
Leonard Pitts Jr.:  If you’re not appalled by Comey’s firing, you’re not paying attention 

Inslee signs bridge bill (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie)

The Daily News 
Fund mental health care
Grain terminal, ILWU have smooth labor talks
Health care talk dominates Herrera Beutler town hall
Houston firm proposes $500 million biofuel refinery in Longview

Everett Herald (subscription required)  
Inslee signs bill to ease I-5 congestion over Columbia River
Everett was the 9th fastest-growing city in the state last year
Largely retroactive contract agreement boosts jail workers’ pay
Adults in county living longer, but life expectancy gap grows
Don’t forget what lawmakers accomplished during regular session
Editorial: Editorial: Speak up for Hanford Reach, other monuments

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way, cities reorganize task force to address rising South King County gang violence

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
Comprehensive plan confronts climate change

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)  
Thousands of pounds of pills burned in take-back
Inslee signs bill to combat vulnerable adult abuse
Inslee signs gun background check notification bill (Hansen)
Amazon to create homeless shelter at Seattle headquarters
Tunnel collapse renews safety concerns about nuclear site
Op-Ed: Politics needs new blood – and youth is no barrier

News Tribune (subscription required)  
Capitol Happy Hour 3: Paid family leave – plus the state Senate’s weird traditions
Private jails no longer banned in Tacoma
Pierce County money for behavioral health services keeps shrinking
Tacoma might sue opioid makers as part of battle against homelessness
Editorial: Election fund leftovers are ripe for abuse

Olympian (subscription required) 
Lawmakers need to fix schools. So why aren’t they at the Capitol? (Sullivan)
Editorial: Bank should help clean up Tumwater parcel

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Politics: Senators press for special prosecutor
GOP reps face crowds angry over health care

Seattle Times (subscription required)  
World’s first light rail on a floating bridge: For I-90, Sound Transit had to invent ‘a brilliant solution’
Hotline set up to share rumors and reports of immigration raids
Coast Guard says Washington State Ferries must add more life rafts
Did you feel that? Swarm of small quakes near Bremerton felt in Seattle, Bellevue
From the archives: A look back at the I-90 floating bridges before light-rail work begins
Time for lunch? Bellevue parents fight for longer mealtime at school
KeyArena proposals going ‘full steam ahead’ despite Mayor Ed Murray’s exit, Seattle official says

Seattle Weekly  
Murray Will Leave Office With a Stack of Accomplishments, and More Than a Few Enemies
Cop Pepper-Spraying Homeless Water Bottles ‘Probably Rose to a Criminal Level,’ Says Police Oversight Head
What Lawmakers Have Been Working On While Not Solving McCleary
Sorry Seattle, But Twin Peaks Is Located In Eastern Washington
Seattle Seems to Be Dodging the Fentanyl Epidemic, But Researchers Are Still Worried

Spokesman Review  
People who fail background checks for guns to be reported to police
Washington joins another suit against Trump administration, challenges coal leasing order 
Anonymous mailer in Grant County race could cost two men $450,000 
Washington looking for ways to control wolves without killing them, keep information private 

Tri-City Herald  
State demands answers about Hanford radioactive tunnel breach 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)  
Editorial: Small fee for electronic public documents is worth trying
Editorial: Bringing fairness to online sales tax worth considering
Editorial: Emergency alert at Hanford a call for cleanup

Washington Post 
Acting FBI director: No White House effort ‘to impede’ Russia probe
McCabe vows to tell Congress if there is interference
Inside Trump’s anger — and his sudden decision to fire Comey


‘Kill pill’ intensifying opioid epidemic
Hepatitis C infections spiking from opioid epidemic
Contest spotlights local, women-owned businesses (Kuderer)

Oregon could be first state to add ‘non-binary’ gender option to driver’s licenses

New Hampshire State Lawmaker Accused Of Online Misogyny Faces Expulsion
School Bullying Is Down. Why Don’t Students Believe It? 
‘Lie And Try’ To Buy A Gun, Police And Victims Will Now Get Notification  (Hansen)
Transgender Identify Document Bill On Way To Oregon Governor’s Desk
What Is Actually In That Caved-In Tunnel At Hanford?
West Virginia Reporter Arrested For Yelling Question At HHS Secretary

How Kent became a hub for immigrants and refugees
Seattle’s new Upstream festival modeled after SXSW

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Olympia could nix Seattle income tax before it get started
Alaska Airlines faces impending shortage of pilots
Fentanyl deaths on the rise throughout Washington

NW Public Radio  
Investigation Into Washington Birth Defects Finds No Causes
‘Lie And Try’ To Buy A Gun, Police And Victims Will Now Get Notification
Still No Budget Deal Halfway Through Washington’s Special Session
What Is Actually In That Caved-In Tunnel At Hanford?

Q13 TV (FOX)
Gun violence on rise in Snohomish County: ‘We’re really concerned more people are going to get hurt’
State takes legal action against U.S. government after Hanford nuclear site tunnel collapses
Under new state law, domestic violence victims to be notified if abusers try to buy a gun


Why Doesn’t the City Already Have a Public Bank?
Operation Nightwatch Moves Into Temporary Location in University District

Seattle P.I. 
Connelly: Rep. Heck says FBI won’t let Trump pull plug on Russia probe