Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 10


Associated Press
Holding cellphones while driving will be banned July 23
New ferry carries passengers between Bremerton and Seattle
Seattle to decide new income tax for high-income residents
Biology test no longer required for high school diploma
Inslee vetoes Boeing-like tax break for manufacturers (Sullivan)
After 2 declare plan ‘dead,’ Trump presses Congress on health care: Get it done

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here’s what WSU has learned about it’s big data breach, and it’s not cheap
Northwest salmon are the stuff of legends. Despite millions, the species struggles to survive. Can we save them — and at what price?
Amtrak says trains are safe but states have more demands
Sunset for solar? Installers worry about industry’s outlook as incentives expire
Many in LBGT community say Yakima is becoming more accepting
Column:  Republican Party has ‘flat out lost its mind’

In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (family leave)

The Daily News
Herrera Beutler defends health care vote

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: With schools funded, let’s fix tax system next

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Join Washington State Ferries for Orcas Island terminal grand opening

News Tribune (subscription required)
Republican base howls at prospect of congressional failure on Obamacare
Washington’s new distracted driving law goes into effect July 23. Here’s what not to do.

Peninsula Daily News
Water ruling debate holds up state capital budget (Tharinger, Van De Wege, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Gov. Jay Inslee vetoes tax break for Washington state manufacturers

Renton Reporter
Tougher laws: Distracted drivers getting more attention

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Health-care worries loom large as Sen. Maria Cantwell holds town hall
A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday
UW is a great value, magazine analysis shows
WSU gets costly lesson in theft of hard drive with more than 1 million people’s personal data
More charter schools to open in Washington state, encouraging new network
In sprawling McCleary fix, lawmakers may resurrect inequities in Washington schools (Billig)
Gov. Inslee vetoes tax cut for manufacturers passed ‘in the dead of night’
Transgender bathroom rule won’t be on fall ballot; group seeking rollback fails to get enough signatures
Editorial: School-supply drive: Public service kids can relate to

Seattle Weekly
Inspired by Standing Rock, Native Communities Resist Tacoma Natural Gas Plant
Anti-Trans Initiative Fails, Again, to Get Necessary Signatures

Spokesman Review
Millions of dollars of state projects for Spokane stalled in legislative logjam
Inslee vetoes manufacturers’ tax break connected to budget
This initiative could change police culture and their use of deadly force, group says
Put down your cellphone. Holding devices while driving will be illegal beginning July 23 in Washington
Inslee signs improvements for schools, ends five-year struggle over funding
Spokane County Library District chief Nancy Ledeboer to retire; worked to ‘turn libraries outward’
Empty mailboxes: Residents left waiting after Postal Service, citing threat to carrier, stops deliveries
Spin Control: Maybe Washington should change the rules for writing its budget
Editorial: Shut down destructive voter fraud hunt
Editorial: Good riddance to harmful bathroom initiative

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Bilingual program lost in budget details

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New state agency should benefit families
Editorial: Congressional effort to blunt dam breaching effort is sound

Yakima Herald Republic
Police immigration policy, car tab fee on Yakima City Council agenda
Commentary: Valley’s agriculture depends on labor peace in seaports
Editorial: Legislature OKs budget; now let’s see what’s in it


Bremerton fast ferry officially begins service Monday

‘A game-changer for Kitsap’: New Bremerton-Seattle fast ferry takes off

Seattle City Council Expected To Approve Local Income Tax

Put down the phones and the food. Distracted driving laws are changing
Is independent media ‘the greatest force of peace on earth?’ Amy Goodman says, emphatically, ‘Yes!’

NW Public Radio
Election Rarity: No Initiatives Qualify For November Statewide Ballot In Washington
Inslee Vetoes Plan To Give All Manufacturers The Boeing Tax Rate
Jaime Herrera Beutler Backs Beer Tax Reform

Q13 TV (FOX)
Kitsap’s new fast ferry hits the waters
Seattle City Council to vote today on proposed income tax for rich residents