Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Aug 8


Associated Press
Democrats seek info on federal payments to Trump business
US nixes sleep apnea test plan for truckers, train engineers
Oregon warns that Willamette Steelhead face extinction
Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan
Report reveals underground US haven for heroin, drug users

Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
Smoky air conditions improve in parts of Whatcom County
Yes, we have the worst air in the nation — and we’re setting a regional rainless record
Going to Oregon for the eclipse? Here’s an early weather forecast
Think it’s hot now? Here’s what climate models say about the future of the Pacific Northwest
UW loan will help Burke Museum ‘turn the entire museum inside out’

Lawmakers see progress, more work yet to be done

The Daily News 
Leftover opioids are a common dilemma for surgery patients

Everett Herald (subscription required) 
Capital construction projects in Edmonds left in limbo
Why lawmakers failed to fix Sound Transit’s taxing boundary
Police body cameras bring transparency — and challenges
Report finds strong link between climate change, human activity
Registered nurses see nearly 50 percent pay increase since 2002
Gerson: The sad state of foreign affairs under Tillerson
Harrop: Why even liberals might prefer Pence as president
Editorial: ‘Tweaker’ cam not helping homeless; just shames them

Journal of the San Juan Islands 
WSF returns to four-boat schedule due to Samish engine failure
Re: July 26 editorial | Letters
What does the new state budget mean for Orcas Island public schools?

News Tribune (subscription required) 
Threat of state employee layoffs still real as capital budget impasse persists
Democrats demand U.S. agencies reveal how much they spend at Trump businesses
Climate report finds drastic change across US. Scientists fear Trump could suppress it
Don’t read this while driving: Distracted driving ticket numbers are in
Judge orders CIA interrogation lawsuit to trial

Peninsula Daily News 
Sequim Bay closure leaves no shellfish harvesting in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal 
How immigrants, regardless of socioeconomic status, are driving American business
Jeff Sessions slams Washington’s marijuana industry in letter to Inslee, Ferguson
Washington’s top H-1B employers: Companies hire thousands as Trump considers scaling back program

Seattle Times (subscription required) 
Booming Seattle is adding cars just as fast as people
Seattle’s ‘amazing transition’ from wet to dry probably just a coincidence, scientists say
Easier now for public to challenge Seattle building projects
Despite what state lawmakers say, Seattle school officials say the new budget falls short
Editorial: Hanford’s full story is worthy of national-park status
Opinion: Split government in Olympia has stymied state’s potential (Carlyle, Pedersen, Fitzgibbon, Jinkins)

USA Today 
Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan

Washington Post 
North Korea making missile-ready nuclear weapons, U.S. analysts say
Justice Dept. reverses stance, supports Ohio’s effort to purge inactive voters from rolls
Federal climate change report now in hands of Trump administration. Here are the main points.
Deaths from drug overdoses soared in the first nine months of 2016
Trump administration won’t answer how it will handle upcoming Obamacare enrollment
Death rates from colon cancer are increasing for white Americans

Yakima Herald Republic 
Editorial: Another opportunity to serve community
LA Times column: Verdict before evidence won’t work on Iran


‘Not for us’: Bellevue bans safe injection sites

Seattle will break record for longest streak of dry days, set in 1951

Part of Highway 99 tunnel project halted after worker fell from scaffold
Motorists still phoning, texting despite state’s new distracted driving law

Want To More Than Just Watch The Eclipse? Become A Citizen Scientist
Eclipse Mania Means Oregon Needs Wildfire Help From Washington
Got Opinions On How To Measure School Progress? Weigh In On Washington’s Draft Plan
Tacoma Is Hiring An Artist To Fight Homelessness
UW Developing Curriculum To Help Grow Jobs That Use Big Data To Harness Clean Energy

Seattle women with grad degrees earn $60K, on average. Seattle men: $90K
Trump Administration Revises Conservation Plan For Western Sage Grouse
Race for second place in Seattle mayor’s primary tightens
How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy
Burien votes on sanctuary city status under shadow of lawsuit

NW Public Radio 
After Alleged Rape, Investigation Reveals Sexualized Culture At Washington State Agency
Eclipse Mania Means Oregon Needs Wildfire Help From Washington
Travis Cox Sentenced For Role In Malheur Occupation


Years of work to save a fish species might be… dammed

Northern Washington farmworker’s complaints of headache went ignored before his death, colleague claims