Washington State House Democrats


Friday, July 7


Associated Press
Microsoft laying off thousands of workers in sales shakeup
Court: Prosecutors to explain dismissals of minority jurors
Washington wants to join states suing over pesticide
Federal Reserve tells Congress further rate hikes on the way
Inslee signs bill creating new agency for children, families
Washington state construction budget held up in dispute over water rights (Tharinger)
Gov. Inslee signs education funding plan aimed at satisfying the long-running McCleary case
Legislature continue overtime in fight over water rights (Tharinger)

Aberdeen Daily World
Grays Harbor County may contract with Lewis County for inmate beds

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Phillips 66 appeals $37,800 state fine for acid leak at its refinery near Ferndale

The Daily News
Longview, Beacon Hill won’t move forward with silica solution
Tanker aground in Columbia off Skamokawa
OPINION: Time to read the fine print on state budget deal

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Drugmakers knew painkillers could be abused, lawsuit claims
Recovering addicts tell Murray about Medicaid’s crucial role
GOP’s McConnell hints at shoring up Obamacare funding
Editorial: Cut capital budget’s tie to water rights dispute
Letter: Legislature’s last-minute budget deal was by design
Letter: Let senators know you want affordable health care
Letter: Some other things Republicans could repeal
Letter: Fully fund national park programs, maintenance

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lt. Governor Habib, Sen. Ranker, to host community forum (Ranker)
Mail scams target seniors

Kitsap Daiy News
New state budget means increased funding for South Kitsap school districts
State budget finally passed, avoiding government shutdown

News Tribune (subscription required)
Kobach says White House will keep personal voter data requested by Trump commission
Seattle welcomes new bike share program
Editorial: Trump’s voter fraud snipe hunt falls flat

Olympian (subscription required)
Crews fight brush fire in Capitol Forest
Editorial: Feds’ voter data request goes too far

Puget Sound Business Journal
US jobs growth rebounds but wages disappoint
Editor’s Notebook: Seattle can learn from the Legislature how to protect workers
Seattle’s cost of living rises as Kitsap becomes most affordable Washington county

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Proposed deadly force initiative seeks more training, new standard for prosecuting Washington police
Podcast: who won and lost in the Legislature’s tax-raising midnight budget?
FAQ: Where will Washington state’s $7.3 billion education dollars go?
Washington state joins lawsuit to stop delaying rules protecting student-loan borrowers
Washington’s new family-leave law is among the most generous in the nation
At Leschi Elementary, equity conversations are common — among teachers, parents and, increasingly, students
GET college plan now back in line with yearly tuition costs
Editorial: Share private voter data? No way is the right call

Seattle Weekly
New Initiative Seeks to Tighten Laws Around Police Killings
Fear of Ballot Initiative Got GOP On Board With Paid Family Leave

Tri-City Herald
Richland nuclear plant cited for safety violation over waste shipment

Vancouver Business Journal
Business groups celebrate passage of family leave bill
Southwest Washington’s energy advantage

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Washington state should reopen its GET plan


Gov. Inslee signs education funding plan
Democrats encouraging Inslee to veto business tax break bill (Fitzgibbon)
‘Sobriety for Sale’ series prompts internal DSHS investigation
Concerns over liquid natural gas plant in Tacoma
Initiative seeks de-escalation training for police

NW Public Radio
Amtrak Reveals Engineer To Blame For Train Derailment
Northwest Wheat Harvest Starts Up, Likely A ‘Bin Buster’
State Supreme Court Raises Bar For Removing Jurors of Color


Initiative would allow prosecution of police in shootings
Opinion: Don’t be fooled: Health care repeal will hurt here

New Ballot Initiative Pushes For More Mental Health and De-Escalation Training for Cops

Waterland Blog
Orwall and Pellicciotti get funding for Sea-Tac air quality study (Orwall, Pellicciotti)