Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, June 28


Associated Press
Report finds 21% of state’s rural highways in poor shape
New law inadvertently banned state prisoner fingerprinting
Big national park budget cuts coming, but details elusive
Increased school funding passes Oregon Legislature
Legislative leaders say they are closing in on budget deal (Ormsby)
Seattle council hears from public about fatal shooting

Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor, Pacific counties getting federal timber land funds

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
What we know about Washington earthquake risk might be wrong

In Our View: We Can Do Better for Kids
Letter: Public works fund restored (Stonier)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Legislators still talking as Friday budget deadline nears (Chopp, Robinson)
Burbank: Our successes were built on contributions of others
Rampell: GOP’s health care plan violates their own values
Editorial: 747 passing the torch to new generation of jets

Kirkland Reporter
Heritage Park rally urges state lawmakers to pass budget

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Legislative leaders say they are closing in on budget deal (Ormsby)

News Tribune (subscription required)
It may feel awful, but Washington commute times don’t rank in top 10
Oops — New law accidentally banned fingerprinting of state prisoners
Editorial: Stalled health care bill no surprise
Editorial: County rights ship on mental health

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Good reason to change police use of force law (Frockt)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Education: School vouchers value questioned
With rising rents factored in, Seattle restaurant workers’ pay is declining despite wage hike
Harborview says ‘most vulnerable’ patients would be hurt by GOP’s Trumpcare bill
EXCLUSIVE: Health care bill would cut Providence’s Washington Medicaid revenue by $4 billion over 10 years, CEO says

Seattle Times (subscription required)
#SeaHomeless: What you need to know about Seattle’s continuing crisis
‘You just hit this wall’: The long road taken by many in a ‘rapid’ homeless housing program
Rent hikes slow around the country, but surge again in Seattle. What’s going on?
GOP ‘Obamacare’ repeal teeters after Senate shelves vote
Outraged crowd mourns shooting death of Charleena Lyles, rages against police brutality at community forum
Negotiators remain upbeat, but no budget and education-funding deal yet in Olympia (Lytton)
Westneat: Real liberals wouldn’t be so defensive about UW minimum-wage research
Opinion: Upcoming Senate health-care vote a test of conscience, courage
Editorial: Washington lawmakers, this is no way to run a state

Seattle Weekly
A Newcomer Threatens to Legitimize Seattle’s Independent Wrestling Scene
At Public Hearing, Black Women Voice Rage and Grief Over Latest Police Slaying
Can ‘Rapid Rehousing’ Work If Rents Keep Soaring in Seattle?
Don’t Worry About the Income Tax Driving Rich People Out of Seattle

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: Sun rises on STEM addition in Toppenish


No budget deal may lead to government shutdown (Ormsby)
Trump tweets about Amazon and Internet taxes
Seattle Council hears community concerns about Charleena Lyles shooting
Regence leaving Western WA individual market in 2018
Nonprofit helps house homeless young women in Tacoma
GeekWire: Microsoft to offer 4 weeks paid leave to care for sick family members

Negotiations in overdrive as state budget talks near deadline (Sullivan, Dolan)
Hearing on police shooting of Charleena Lyles turns raucous at times
Hate speech amid graffiti scrawled on Edmonds school
New fire restrictions on State Fish & Wildlife lands start Friday

No Budget Deal Announcement In Olympia, Yet Optimism Remains  (Ormsby)
Washington Courts To Look At Bail Reform For Accused Who Can’t Afford To Pay
Oregon Lawmakers Advance Measure Aimed At Rail Spill Disasters
Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill
This GOP Health Bill Proposes New Limits To Medical Malpractice Awards
Ten Commandments Installed At Arkansas State Capitol; ACLU Plans Lawsuit
Emmett Till Sign Vandalized Again
How To Make Sense Of Competing Seattle Minimum Wage Studies

Century-old Ballard Locks requests funds for repairs
Plans to scrap EPA rule could impact half of Washington streams
Seattle Schools may add ethnic studies to curricula. Critics say it’s not enough
Making U.S. Elections More Secure Wouldn’t Cost Much But No One Wants To Pay
Washington state struggled to bring health insurance to these rural counties

KREM2 TV (Spokane)
Potential impact of government shutdown on state parks  (Ormsby)

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
On the brink of a shutdown, Washington lawmakers may be nearing deal

NW Public Radio
No Budget Deal Announcement In Olympia, Yet Optimism Remains
Wildfire Threatens Scores Of Homes Near Wenatchee

Q13 TV (FOX)
State lawmakers to pull all-nighter to try to reach budget deal, avert government shutdown (Lytton, Robinson)


Landlords: Unlikely heroes for the homeless?
The city that solved homelessness
The tiny-house village that started a movement
Part-time student, full-time homeless
Money for homelessness: It’s a competition now
Black women demand police reform at tearful Lyles hearing

Republicans fail, for now, to get a quick Senate vote on Obamacare repeal