Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Sept. 20


Associated Press
Judge OKs lawsuit seeking better protection of Puget Sound
Department of Natural Resources eases campfire restrictions
Appeals court upholds Seattle police policy on using force
Inslee on East Coast this week to discuss climate change
Who wins, who loses in bill aimed at upending Obamacare
FBI investigates off-duty work by Seattle police officers
New Seattle mayor will stick to police body camera plan
Benton County bans new pot shops from entering market
Washington state school shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Bellingham Herald (subscription required) 
State superintendent says plan will help more struggling students 

The Daily News 
Commissioners hire private assessor for Headquarters Landfill
Herrera Beutler touts move to block Oregon tolling scheme

Everett Herald (subscription required) 
Voters are on the sidelines as the port fills a vacant seat
Edmonds-Woodway High School briefly locked down

Kirkland Reporter 
One big problem down, two to go: Area legislators discuss last year’s successes and challenges for next session (Springer, Mullet)

News Tribune (subscription required) 
Puyallup Eagles members vote to reject Sound Transit’s offer to purchase building
Smart billboards are checking you out – and making judgments

New York Times 
Mexico quake kills over 200, trapping others under rubble
Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico
Senate Republicans embrace plan for $1.5 trillion tax cut
GOP leaders defy bipartisan calls to reject health bill

Olympian (subscription required) 
Commission approves 25% pay raise for Olympia’s elected officials
Collision, fuel leak blocked Interstate 5 for hours on Wednesday morning
Opinion: Physicians oppose methanol refinery

Redmond Reporter 
Eastside mayors talk challenges at the local, regional level

Seattle Times (subscription required) 
Mexicans dig through collapsed buildings as quake kills 225
FBI investigating off-duty work by Seattle police at construction sites, parking garages
Westneat: Punching the Nazi was actually the least dramatic free-speech showdown this week (Pollet)
All aboard for a sneak peek of the future Northgate light-rail station
‘Not for the fainthearted’: Highline schools held up as model for training bilingual teachers
Editorial: Park-and-ride promise must be met, even at $100,000 a stall
Opinion: The coal-terminal debate: A view from Japan

Seattle Weekly 
No Rest for the Wicked—or the Seattle City Attorney’s Office
Making Sense of the Rape Allegation Against King County’s Top Cop
Tim Burgess Appointed 55th Mayor of Seattle

Skagit Valley Herald
County commissioners interview finalists for 39th District seat
Local group hears about campaign for carbon tax

Spokesman Review 
Lawmakers to WSU: Take action against College Republicans (Pollet, Riccelli, Ormsby)

USA Today
‘Extremely violent’ Hurricane Maria rips into Puerto Rico at Category 4
There is meddling in Germany’s election – not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing
Mexico reels following devastating earthquake
Why AGs are targeting drug companies over opioids

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber 
Ferry officials seek islanders’ input, will host public meeting Wednesday night
Opinion: EDITORIAL: Lawmakers should not be exempt from records requests

Washington Post 
Red states would benefit disproportionately in latest GOP health-care plan
Hurricane Maria lashes Puerto Rico with a force not seen in ‘modern history’
Digging with bare hands, rescuers try to reach survivors after Mexico quake kills more than 200
Before massive data breach, Equifax sought to limit exposure to lawsuits
Democrats ask base for one more ACA rescue mission
Trump endorses Graham-Cassidy health-care bill, swipes at bill opponent Rand Paul
The Energy 202: Hurricanes are dominating the news. But forest fires are raging out West.

Yakima Herald Republic 
Good news: Norse Peak Fire now 80 percent contained
Yakima County continues streak of record-low unemployment


Oregon Governor: Here’s What I Would Have Said To Jeff Sessions
Calmer Wildfires Let Washington National Guard Demobilize, Oregon’s Guard Still On
Should Washington Allow Home Grows Of Recreational Pot?

Washington residents could get non-binary option on birth certificates

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio) 
With nothing but ‘horror stories’ available, Seattle parent creates needle website

NW Public Radio 
Accused Freeman High School Shooter Pleads Not Guilty
Calmer Wildfires Let Washington National Guard Demobilize, Oregon’s Guard Still On
Complaint Claims Washington Lawmaker Pressured WSU To Punish Wolf Researcher
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions Attacks Sanctuary Cities In Portland
Washington Health Department Considers Non-Binary Birth Certificate Gender Designation
Washington Submits Plan To Move Past No Child Left Behind Act


Opinion: The good and very bad of Cantwell-backed energy bill

Appeals Court Upholds Seattle’s Use-of-Force Policy in Cops’ Lawsuit
Is Consensus Gone After Time Burgess?

New census numbers: To build thriving communities, invest in removing barriers to economic security

State Lawmakers Ask WSU to Stop Recognizing College Republicans Because Club President Rallied in Charlottesville (Pollet, Riccelli, Ormsby)
Washington attorney general to sue Tacoma immigrant jail
Why connecting climate change with powerful hurricanes is doing more damage than good
Appeals court rules SPD’s use of force policy doesn’t violate the second amendment