Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 31


Associated Press
County’s needle exchange program faces challenges 
10-digit dialing starts in western Washington state 
14 have life without parole for crimes as minors
Crews respond to central Washington brush fire
Spokane leaders seek tighter controls over ride services

Aberdeen Daily World 
Public comment taken at flood relief open house Thursday

Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
Driving seems to be the last thing on these motorists’ minds 
1,600 deer, elk gathered in roadkill law’s first year 

Jayne: For Dems, it’s not just about message, it’s about actions (Wylie, Stonier)

The Daily News 
EWU to discontinue LCC baccalaureate program
Health Department releases syringe exchange plans, commissioner disapproves
Millennium gets key win in aquatic land lease case

Everett Herald (subscription required) 
Big growth in Snohomish County is even greater outside of cities (Palumbo)
Bill to protect salmon approved by congressional committee
Newhouse praises decision to reject sell off of BPA assets
US appeals court rebukes ‘Incredible Shrinking Airline Seat’
Economic growth rebounded to 2.6 percent in second quarter
Commentary: Why did Democrats block bilingual education bill? (Ortiz-Self, Rolfes)
Milbank: What to do when your president appears mentally ill
Robinson: Battles rage within the Court of Mad King Donald
Viewpoints: What’s behind GOP’s low opinion of higher ed

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
Tribal Canoe Journey makes landmark stop at national park
Local author weighs in on American health care crisis
Marine Resources Committee holds Oil spill presentation on Aug. 2
State legislature fails to adopt capital budget, affordable housing at risk

Kitsap Sun (subscription required) 
State’s new plan for schools has little impact on districts’ budgets…yet

News Tribune (subscription required) 
Eat, drink, groom while driving, but do so carefully or risk a ticket under new law
Editorial: Trump transgender ban dishonors JBLM troops

Olympian (subscription required) 
Is a bullet train along the I-5 corridor feasible? State aims to find out
Editorial: New health benefits among major K-12 reforms of 2017

Peninsula Daily News 
Clallam health board backs drug return program

Puget Sound Business Journal 
Health care: Insurance subsidies status uncertain
Longshoremens’ union says early votes show labor contract extension for Seattle, Tacoma ports will pass
Ranked: Medicare and Medicaid paid $20 billion to Washington hospitals last year

Seattle Times (subscription required) 
Can Seattle quadruple sidewalk curb-ramp construction without any new money? It says yes.
Washington has more homeless students than most states, and their numbers keep growing
With newer, cleaner cars on the road, is Washington’s vehicle emission test still necessary?
WSP troopers report symptoms of possible CO inhalation; Patrol SUVs get detectors
More answers about the new distracted-driving law, including whether it applies to bicyclists
Tacoma area fares worst on preventable hospital stays; Eastside comes out best
Editorial: Fix flawed forfeiture laws
Opinion: While Boeing touts profits, workforce shrinks
Opinion: We can’t allow special-ed students to drop out of school

Seattle Weekly 
Could the State Create a Public-Option Health Care Plan?
Kent Officers, Witnesses Describe Fatal Shooting of Joseph-McDade
Lawmakers to Court: We’ve Complied With School-Funding Order (Frockt)

Skagit Valley Herald 
Governor stops in Skagit County to talk capital budget

Tri-City Herald 
Guest column: Some progress for state bilingual education program  (Rolfes)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required) 
Editorial: Capital budget failure will cost local ratepayers

Yakima Herald Republic 
National Weather Service issues red flag warning
Reporter’s Notebook: Wondering about the Hirst decision, the state Supreme Court water use case that became a key political tactic in Olympia? Read this primer.
Editorial: Yakima Valley economy sees strength amid struggle
Bloomberg View: Trump is winning his war against immigration


Inside Seattle’s ‘low barrier’ tiny house village
Many Chinatown International District residents fear displacement

Multiple agencies battle new wildfire in Central Washington

Crowded Primary Ballots Becoming More Common In Washington
Coming Soon To Eastern Washington: Tree-Free Paper Pulp
No Sea-Tac Record For Rain-Free July, But Still Up For Dry Day Streak
Outdoor Recreation A ‘Growing Economic Force’ For State Economies
New Area Code Coming To Western Washington

Farm-To-Table May Feel Virtuous, But It’s Food Labor That’s Ripe For Change
I’m 72, transgender, a veteran. Trump’s tweet gave me reason to fight

NW Public Radio 
Coming Soon To Eastern Washington: Tree-Free Paper Pulp


So many people are movng to western WA that we need a new area code