Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Oct. 26


Associated Press
Officials say Trump’s opioid emergency won’t mean more money
Spokane Tribe makes pitch for Amazon headquarters
80,000 gallons of raw sewage spill into Columbia River
State reject lease plans related to coal-export terminal
State issues 20-year plan to improve forest health in EWash
Judge holds mental health agency in contempt, orders fines
House passes $4T budget in step forward for Trump tax plan 

Aberdeen Daily World
Fatal fall investigation results in citation and fine for Aberdeen lumber mill
Zinke, Parks Service calling for big ‘peak season’ entry fee hike at Olympic National Park
Ride the Wave: A fast, free and easy way to travel downtown Aberdeen

The Daily News
Emerald Kalama Chemical reports minor benzene release
Guest Editorial: McCleary progress

Everett Herald (subscription required)
People speak out against county’s proposed tax hike
WaPo: Sen. McConnell allies declare open warfare on Stephen Bannon
WaPo: Under Trump, business is booming for this private prison

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Trump to order public health emergency for opioids, a partial measure to fight drug epidemic

News Tribune (subscription required)
When it comes to crime, we’re No. 1 statewide 
$70 to visit Mount Rainier, Olympic parks? Agency says fee hike would ease work backlog 
White House welcomes Senate vote killing consumer rule

Olympian (subscription required)
Skeptical justices hammer both sides in school funding case
Tax leader may try to force changes to your 401(k) plan – despite Trump’s vow not to
College unveils a mandatory patriotism class for all freshmen
Few in Washington are saying #MeToo. California congresswoman wants to change that.
Here’s why new ballots are on the way for some Thurston County voters 
Bloomberg: Democracy needs digital transparency 
WaPo: Government’s shameful role in opioid crisis 

Peninsula Daily News
Huge fee hike for park proposed; National Park Service seeks rise to $70 for one vehicle, one week

Puget Sound Business Journal
Thousands of US companies face healthcare penalties
Scores of businesses fight to keep ‘Dreamer’ immigrants in US
Behind the deal: Life Science Washington turns to charity to fill state funding gap

Seattle Times (subscription required)
The bottleneck in Seattle’s homeless shelters that leaves thousands on the streets
Here’s one way for vehicle owners to avoid paying Sound Transit’s car tab tax (Pelliciotti)
Tell us your stories about the Washington Health Exchange
Op-ed: Frightening lack of clarity on ghost-shrimp pesticide

Seattle Weekly
Why Kirsten Harris-Talley Makes a Point of Using the Word ‘Houselessness’
Kids in King County Jail Are Punished Harshly for Pranks and Sent to Isolation, Lawsuit Contends
Justices Frustrated With State’s Tardiness on Funding of Schools
In Effort to Tackle Opioid Epidemic, New Facility Will Host Detox and Mental Health Services in One

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit Wildlife Area’s Leque Island reopens to the public

Spokesman Review
Millions of dollars worth of drugs seized in Grant County over the past several months
WSU President Kirk Schulz talks budget cuts in interview with student newspaper 
Angela Davis calls for activism, resistance at much-anticipated Gonzaga speech
Spokane Tribe among those making bid for Amazon’s second headquarters
Projected enrollment off by more 258 this year at Spokane Public Schools 
Stephanie Curran named chief executive of Spokane Public Facilities District 
Editorial: Congress must stabilize health insurance

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Bipartisan PNW wildfire legislation should be approved

Yakima Herald Republic
A reader asks who’s teaching in Washington schools: here’s what we found
Editorial: Once again, poor process on services for homeless


Software delay disrupts state’s cannabis industry
National park-goers react to proposed fee increase
Governor looks to woman in recovery for opioid advice
State launches 20 year plan to reduce wildfires

Raspberry farmer agrees to pay $80K for illegal watering

‘First of it’s kind’ new computer data center powered by natural gas opens in Seattle

Washington Congressman Offers Alternative To National Park Visitor Fee Hikes
ACLU Says King County Data Collection Plan Could Curb Civil Liberties
Northwest Group Sends Relief To Puerto Rico Using Amazon Wish Lists
Amazon’s Newest Service Would Let Couriers Unlock Front Doors, Monitored By Cameras

Is it fair to pay taxes on every mile you drive?
Can Fugitive Atlantic Salmon Survive In The Wild?
Teachers Report Stressed, Anxious Students In The ‘Age Of Trump’
Teens in adult jail violates civil rights, Seattle lawsuit contends
Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children’s Hospital In Puerto Rico
Thousands expected at annual free health clinic at Key Arena
Rainier, Olympic visitors may see a large hike in fees

MyNorthwest.com (KIRO Radio)
Seattle poised to spend $2 million on safe injection site
Frustration over Seattle’s homeless crisis surfaces during forum
What to expect when you’re expecting a McCleary decision

NW Public Radio
Film Documents Tribal Effort to Reclaim Columbia River Tradition
Inslee Discusses Opioid Related Deaths
Inslee’s Town Hall On Climate Change Draws Protesters
La Niña increases risk of flooding in Washington


Homelessness is Seattle’s public health crisis
A legal fight begins over proposed coal export in Longview
Sinclair won’t guarantee jobs for KOMO staff
Got land? Seattle does and assessor says it should house the homeless
Opinion: Homelessness is Seattle’s public health crisis

Public News Service
Report: Modest Gains for WA Children of Color, But More Work Needed

Seattle Globalist
Young immigrants reflect on the end of DACA (Ortiz-Self)

It might become three times more expensive to visit Mr. Rainier, Olympic Naitonal Park