Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Jan. 2


Associated Press
Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds 
Rape trial for former state employee set to begin 
Seattle settles lawsuit over abuse claims against ex-mayor
Embattled lawmaker ordered to stay away from students
Energy Department to permanently close damaged Hanford tank

Aberdeen Daily World
Local governments thinking about legislative wish lists (Van De Wege, Tharinger)
Still no timeline for Blue Slough Road repair
Accidental shooting deaths have plummeted

Arlington Times
Helping homeless top M’ville story in ‘17
Proposed regional fire authority on life support after tense talks

Auburn Reporter
Sound Transit looking at expanding paid parking permits to solo drivers
Steady rain brings minor flooding to White River

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge officials offer new look at controversial 305 bridge
Southern stretch of 305 is a relative safe space
Bainbridge gives OK to plans, permit for new elementary school
Security scare at Colman Dock delays ferry sailings

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Everett’s opioid lawsuit joined to other cases out of state 

In Our View: Shine Light on ‘Dark Money’ (Billig)
Washington Lawmakers Try To Entice Oregon Back To I-5 Bridge Talks (Cleveland)
In Our View: Good Start to New Year (Cleveland)
In Our View: Inslee Budget Needs Work

The Daily News
Cowlitz Democratic Women elect new officers
Opinion: Dionne: The word for 2018 is: Enough
Yakima woman helps others find a way to beat addiction

The Daily World
Local governments thinking about legislative wish lists (Van De Wege)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Eyman gets too few signatures for another $30 car-tab vote
EvCC has issues with new 140-unit housing proposal
City Council in Mukilteo cuts policy analyst position (Liias)
The 2017 news that changed business in Snohomish County
WaPo: For a wealthy nation, US has a stingy minimum wage policy
Robinson: The worrying rhetoric of Trump and his generals
Other Voices: Opioid crisis driving down life expectancy
Other Voices: Businesses need to share windfall with workers
Commentary: Court may cure gerrymandering and avoid bias
Harrop: Social Security and Medicare aren’t the problem
Editorial: State must spend more on anti-smoking programs
Editorial: Investment needed now for U.S. 2 trestle, I-405

Federal Way Mirror
School bond, PAEC opening among Federal Way’s top 5 stories of 2017
Federal Way elects new council members, positive strides made in areas in 2017
Sound Transit looking at expanding paid parking permits to solo drivers

The Island Guardian
State Gives Fawns Euthanization Reprieve-For Now

Island’s Weekly
County awarded $10,000 in public records lawsuit

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lopez becomes a hub for Pacific salmon research
Eastsound talk on tanker traffic, noise and marine wildlife

Kirkland Reporter
A look back at Kirkland in 2017
Attorney general sends allegations against King County to PDC for review

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Law granting sick time goes into effect

News Tribune (subscription required)
Psychiatric hospital’s proposed release of accused murderer sidestepped law intended to prevent it (Kilduff)
Bathrooms lose their genders at Vashon Island high school after students push for change
Initiative reforming legal standard for police who kill likely headed to Legislature
Opinion: Military can’t be ready if children aren’t ready

New York Times
North Korea’s overture could divide South Korea and U.S.
Courts must better police themselves on harassment, Chief Justice says
Businesses look to invest as Trump relaxes regulations

Olympian (subscription required)
Tim Eyman initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab tax fails to garner enough signatures
Editorial: State law on police use-of-force is dead wrong
Opinion: State Supreme Court ignores K-12 equity issues
Opinion: Washington state must keep up with technology’s pace
Editorial: Business must share tax-cut windfalls with workers

Puget Sound Business Journal
Workplace technology fuels new harassment wave

Redmond Reporter
Looking back: A Redmond year in review

Renton Reporter
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167 corridor highway, transit and trail projects
County takes first steps to make county code gender-neutral

Seattle Times (subscription required)
King County has a new sheriff in town: What you need to know about Mitzi Johanknecht
Straightening of curve at derailment site in Dupont had not been state priority
Trump accuses Justice Department of being part of ‘deep state’
New research from Oklahoma suggests preschool doesn’t just help students in the short term
Everett’s opioid lawsuit against drugmaker to join other federal cases around country
Congrats? Seattle completes wettest four-year stretch in recorded history
Prices going up for sugary drinks as Seattle tax kicks in
Tim Eyman initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab tax fails to collect enough signatures
Editorial: Fund alternatives to keep truants and runaways out of jail (Orwall)
Editorial: New mayor should take a careful look at city spending
Editorial: Citizens need clarity on school funding before levy votes 

Seattle Weekly
Ruling in Seattle Is Likely to Reunite Many Refugee Families
Counties Fed Up With Unfunded Mandates May Sue the State
Delivery Drivers File Lawsuit Against Amazon for Labor Violations
Opinion: What White Marchers Mean for Black Lives Matter

Shoreline Area News
Politics: Frockt says that State Senate majority Democrats must start by passing capital budget (Frockt)

Skagit Valley Herald
Local employers prepare for paid sick leave law  
Proposed plan would relocate mountain goats to North Cascades  
Status of North Cascades grizzly bear EIS uncertain  

Spokesman Review
Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions

Tri-City Herald
It’s 2018. From pot shop rules to council districts, do you know what Tri-City lawmakers are up to? 

USA Today
“Dangerously cold’: Killer weather wave closes schools, breaks records
Trump backs Iran protesters, hits Obama for nuke deal
Chief Justice vows review of sexual misconduct policies

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon housing prices continue to climb, reflect regional trend

Washington Post
Congress will return to a full slate of thorny issues – with deadlines looming
How drug companies, under attack for high prices, started an industry war
Chief Justice Roberts says courts will examine protections against sexual harassment

Wenatchee World
Chelan hospital CEO resigns
Foundation approves funding for Wenatchee Valley College

Yakima Herald Republic
Other Views: U.S. becoming the world’s new tax haven — and that’s not good
Other Views: Find and fund alternatives to jailing truants and runaways
U.S. Supreme Court can lower the boom on gerrymandering


Grace period ends for WA distracted driving law
Law granting sick time goes into effect
Kitsap fast-ferry sailings overbooked for January

Rail investigator says train derailment may have been caused by more than just speed
Activists staging largest protest against PSE gas storage facility
Washington state terminates Atlantic salmon farm lease after violations

Police Shooting Accountability Campaign Turns In Initiative Qualifying Signatures 
Microsoft Grant Shows How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Salmon Recovery
Embattled Washington Lawmaker Ordered To Stay Away From Students During Sexual Harassment Probe
County Governments In Washington Demand More Money From State

After a year battling gun violence, ‘the work is still urgent’
Embattled Washington Lawmaker Ordered To Stay Away From Students During Sexual Harassment Probe

NW Public Radio
Census Data Highlights Pacific Northwest Population Growth
Study Estimates Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths
Washington Voters Will Likely Get To Weigh In On Police Deadly Force

Q13 TV (FOX)
Vashon Island High School opens all gender restrooms
Who gets the dog in a divorce and other state laws going into effect in 2018
Washington state cancels Atlantic salmon farm lease after fish escape


Olympia’s two influential leaders will battle it out (Chopp, Ormsby, Nelson)
Tax reform’s impact on affordable housing, local nonprofits

Senator: Work from home to reduce Washington gridlock (Van De Wege)

A Review of Seattle’s Craziest Year in Politics

Washington State Wire
Rep. Cody and Sen. Van De Wege pre-file bills placing restrictions on opioid prescriptions (Cody, Van De Wege)

West Seattle Blog
‘Neighborhood parking reform’ goes to City Council committee Wednesday

West Seattle Herald
Lisa Herbold offers a look back at 2017
City of Seattle settles lawsuit with Murray accuser 
Mitzi Johanknecht to be sworn in as new King County Sheriff Jan. 2
Meeting set for four-story 58 unit apartment bldg.; Parking for 26 cars