Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 24


Associated Press
State representative resigns to lead small state agency 
Transportation commission to vote on ferry fare increase
Seattle suburb may decide repeal of ‘sanctuary city’ status
Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy, DNR says
No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect
Ahead of key vote, details of GOP health bill still unknown

Bainbridge Island Review 
Opinion: Compromise deal proves elusive | The Petri Dish
Opinion: Hang up and drive – or pay

Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
Evacuations ordered near wildfire in northeast Washington 
State ferry rates to increase under proposal
Seattle suburb may decide repeal of ‘sanctuary city’ status 
Learning to live with wildfires: how communities can become ‘fire-adapted’ 
No more holding cell phones with new driving law in effect 
Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin 

In Our View: 193 Days, No Capital Budget
Legislature overview: Clark County made strides in Olympia (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)

Everett Herald (subscription required) 
DNR: Budget failure leaves Washington forests in jeopardy
Puget Sound area population climbs over 4 million

Federal Way Mirror 
Federal Way’s upper Joe’s Creek study suffers backlash from Twin Lakes community
Valley Cities turns ‘lemons into lemonade’ with sale of Woodmont property

Kirkland Reporter 
Kirkland City Council asks for further analysis and recommendation on Houghton Everest Neighborhood Center rezoning plans

News Tribune (subscription required) 
No relief for Sound Transit 3 car-tab fees coming anytime soon (Clibborn, Pellicciotti)

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Health care: Vote expected, but details remain unclear

Seattle Times (subscription required) 
Distracted-driving law in full effect for Monday morning commute
Troubled West Point Treatment Plant has problems with staff turnover, training
Why do electronic traffic signs sometimes show wrong info? Here’s why, and what might fix it
To build trust among adults, Kent schools chief gathers them to tell their stories
Homeless students drawn to Seattle schools by sports are often cast aside when the season’s over
Editorial: Legislature needs to fix capital budget fiasco — soon
Opinion: Passage of paid-family-leave act shows power of working together

Seattle Weekly 
Faith-Based Pregnancy Centers Must Now Post ‘This is Not a Health Care Facility’ Sign
Housed Neighbors Lobby to Keep Tent City 5 in Interbay
Session Ends With Hirst Unresolved, Capital Budget Not Passed

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required) 
Editorial:Lawmakers need to regroup, take a deep breath, and finish job
Editorial: Decision to keep Hanford Reach monument status is sound

Yakima Herald Republic 
Opinion: Dare to open your mind and talk with your political opposite


Why you need to be prepared: These are the 3 big earthquake threats
Islands among the most vulnerable places when disaster hits

State law prohibits pot shop advertising that could attract kids

What Can And Can’t You Do Under Washington’s New E-DUI Law
Tacoma’s ‘Virtual Hospital’ Bustles With Caregivers, But No Patients
Lack Of Capital Budget Leaves Big Wildfire Risk For Wash. State Forests
‘My Stomach Hurts’: Gridlock In Olympia Forces Superintendent To Delay School Construction

Seattle income tax could face uphill battle, says former justice
Afraid to come to clinic, King County takes steps to reassure immigrant patients
Week in Review: Body cameras, E-DUIs, bike share (again)
Rest Of Northwest Summer Looks As Dry And Warm As First Half

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
Washington state didn’t just toughen its distracted driving laws (Hansen)
What you need to know about Washington’s distracted driving law

Q13 TV (FOX) 
Washington’s new E-DUI law takes effect


Week in Review: Murray Allegations, No Capital Budget, and Obamacare