Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Nov. 15


Associated Press
‘Obamacare’ sign-ups about 45 pct ahead of last year’s pace
Washington justices: Immigration status usually inadmissible
County settles ACLU lawsuit over teen solitary confinement
State to pay $4M to settle suit over girl living in squalor
Obama health mandate now target of GOP in big tax bill
More permits denied for Washington state coal terminal
Northern California gunman kills 4, wounds 10 in rampage

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam and Aberdeen mayors in spat over combining efforts
Hoquiam Council to review shorelines permit fee structure
ACLU and county settle suit over juvenile detention isolation

The Daily News
Herrera Beutler leaning toward voting for GOP tax bill
Key shoreline permits for coal dock denied
Port cuts property taxes again

Everett Herald (subscription required)
In this ‘voter intent’ state, even problematic ballots matter
Boeing plans to hold job fair in Everett
After years of cuts, Snohomish Health District plans to hire
Bloomberg: Lobbyists push to get rid of warning labels on products
WaPo: 6.3 million in US are 90 days late on auto loan payments
Singletary: Don’t get paralyzed by open enrollment — just do it

Journal of the San Juan Islands
School celebrates bond and levy success
High winds sweep through San Juan County
Letter: Property taxes and us voters
Letter: Orcas School union in negotiations

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State gives final approval for Harrison hospital relocation

News Tribune (subscription required)
Why did state psychiatric officials nearly release accused murderer near school, senator asks

New York Times
Senate to use tax plan to repeal health care mandate
Sessions denies lying about Russia contacts
Every tax cut and tax increase in the House G.O.P. bill and what it would cost
Pentagon approves gender-reassignment surgery for service member

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: ‘Tax reform’ is more than a tax cut

Puget Sound Business Journal
NYT: What you need to know about the new ID law and travel

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Should a jury know a person’s immigration status? Washington’s high court says no with groundbreaking rule
Seattle City Council rejects business tax for homeless
Latest scorecard shows Seattle schools’ equity problems persist
Washington Senate committee OKs more anti-harassment training for state legislators (Nelson)
Editorial: Do not doubt the victims of sexual abuse

Skagit Valley Herald
Letter: Wrong approach to saving salmon

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
State Patrol IDs North Bend area as preferred site for new weigh station; city, residents object at Nov. 7 town hall meeting (Mullet)

Spokesman Review
Spokane’s 2018 budget delayed by City Council over concerns in Public Works division
Spokane police chief, ombudsman say they want to rewrite use-of-force policy
Strengths, weaknesses identified in Spokane special education programs
Spokane city planners to detail ideas for keeping housing affordable
Avista agrees to buy power from Spokane’s trash incinerator for 5 more years
Phosphorus pollution flowing into Lake Coeur d’Alene has doubled since 1990s

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Triangle task force will discuss schedule changes next month
Election Day victories bring change to state, county efforts (Nelson, Dhingra)

Washington Post
‘It’s grotesque’: Justice Dept. veterans recoil at idea of another special counsel
Senate GOP changes tax bill to add Obamacare mandate repeal
Zimbabwe’s military takes control of country and detains President Mugabe
House passes nearly $700 billion defense authorization bill

Whidbey News-Times
WhidbeyHealth rolls out new medical equipment
More homeless seek to get out of wet and windy weather
City awards $250K in lodging taxes
County seeking public input on draft plan for Freeland transition
Housing stakeholders discuss community needs

Yakima Herald Republic
Thousands of drivers get warnings for using electronics; state’s DUI-E law starts in January
Dwindling immigration stresses tree-fruit industry
Who is graduating from community college? More students than you might think
Editorial: An experiment could affect how motorists pay for roads


Washington’s child sex trafficking victims sometimes punished as criminals
Some PTAs pitching in for teachers’ salaries
Seattle Center arena amended deal vote Thursday
Key shoreline permits for Washington coal terminal denied

State Patrol: Suspect detained after brandishing gun aboard Mukilteo ferry

After Sexual Harassment Accusations, Congress Moves Toward Mandatory Training
Why King County no longer prosecutes kids who beat their parents

NW Public Radio
Economic Woes Linger In Oregon Communities Scarred By Wildfire
Federal Climate Change Report Cites Urgency In Emissions Reductions
Partially Collapsed Hanford Tunnel Filled, But Concerns And Cleanup Work Remain


Opinion: If we can’t stop gun violence, we can plan for it

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Australians back same-sex marriage in landslide vote
Connelly: Election 2017 signals shift to ‘greener’ Democratic state Senate (Billig, Carlyle, Dhingra, Frockt, Hasegawa, Hobbs, Keiser, Nelson, Palumbo, Pedersen, Rolfes)

Benton County doesn’t that stinky, nasty weed anywhere nearby
Today in mass shootings: Five dead in northern California

Washington State Wire
Democrats appoint committee chairmanships following switch of Senate control (Nelson)