Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Jan. 3


Associated Press
Officials keeping wary way on potential landslide
Police begin enforcing Washington’s distracted driving law
Trump boasts of ‘nuclear button’ but doesn’t really have one
State Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison to step down

Aberdeen Daily World
Local businesses react to raised minimum wage, paid sick leave
North Cove community tours shoreline preservation efforts (Blake)

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge council kills controversial bridge project
Bainbridge to pick a new mayor: Councilman Medina in line for appointment
Opinion: The ‘Merchants of Death’ Survive and Prosper
Opinion: Will a war with North Korea be our political leaders’ greatest regret?

Bellingham Herald
Most power restored in north Whatcom, damages in the hundreds of thousands
Ice storm creates havoc in north Whatcom County
Here’s your chance to review the plans for the new park in the Cordata neighborhood

The Daily News
LCC welding lab to re-open
SR4 open again after debris slide closure

Everett Herald (subscription required)
WaPo: Fusion GPS execs attack ‘fake investigations’ by Republicans
Editorial: Time to pass on Discover Pass for state parks

Journal of the San Juan Islands
NOAA says vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters
Top stories of 2017 | Part II (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Olympic College opens new arts and health sciences building

Maple Valley Reporter
Inslee talks clean-energy economy, climate

News Tribune (subscription required)
Schools roll out new lessons on gender and identity in response to new state rules
With student debt rising, attorney general calls for legislation regulating lenders (Ranker)
Editorial: You’ve been warned enough; put that phone away, driver

New York Times
North Korea reopens border hotline with the South
Trump taunts Kim: ‘I too have a nuclear button’
U.S. universities feel sting of fewer foreign students
Ex-officials urge faster action to shield ‘Dreamers’
Critics say questions about citizenship could wreck chances for an accurate census
The federal government’s strange silence about gun crimes (Hansen)

Olympian (subscription required)
DuPont curve where Amtrak derailed long known as problem for high-speed train alignment
Editorial: Western State Hospital’s woes need firmer hand

Puget Sound Business Journal
As foreign students shy away, colleges cut budgets
Susan Hutchison to step down as head of Washington State Republican Party
New tax code will likely dampen home values, Seattle economist says

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Mitzi Johanknecht, King County’s new sheriff, selects command staff, sets priorities for her new term
Drone video shows massive cracks in hillside above I-82 near Yakima
Swarm of small earthquakes reported near Mount St. Helens
300 more Seattle-area families to join program that helps them teach their toddlers
Westneat: My solution to the coming downtown Seattle tunnel mess: Pay drivers to use it
Editorial: Sex education in schools should cover consent
Editorial: Headlines we would like to see in 2018

Snohomish Times
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167

Spokesman Review
Ample flu cases reason for concern among health officials

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

USA Today
Trump: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger’
Orin Hatch says he’ll retire after this year
US sees surge in women interested in running for office

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
State investigates local health care provider over licensing concerns
High school opens all-gender restrooms

Washington Post
Trump takes hard line on ‘dreamers,’ but remains interested in a deal

West Seattle Herald
Your Voice, Your Choice 2018: Help decide how to spend $3 million on park and street improvements in Seattle
Mitzi Johanknecht sworn in as new King County Sheriff

West Seattle Blog
WEDNESDAY: Genesee Hill, Lafayette boundary-change proposal to School Board
Next step in planning West Seattle light rail: ‘Elected leadership’ group’s 1st meeting
FOLLOWUP: Schmitz Park expansion purchase gets unanimous final approval
She’s now King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht: West Seattleite takes oath of office

Whidbey News-Times
Whale experts relieved with uptick in winter sightings
Navy Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’
Developer files suit to reverse county’s decision

Yakima Herald Republic
School funding still a top priority for new Legislature


I-405 tolls coming between Renton and Bellevue
Dozens of dead ducks dumped on Grays Harbor County roadside

‘The grace period has ended:’ Police, State Patrol now enforcing new distracted driver law
State investigates construction worker’s deadly fall in Seattle

British Columbia High Court Sides With Native American Tribe In Cross-Border Dispute
Few Universities In Northwest Keep Track Of Student Suicides
Change In State Health Care Law Makes Getting Birth Control Pills Easier (Robinson)

Despite Glimmers of Hope, Starfish Are Still Wasting Away
Firm That Contracted Steele Dossier Says It Was ‘Shocked’ By Findings on Trump
U.S. Service Member Killed, 4 Others Injured In Afghanistan ‘Combat Engagement’
Commercial Airliners Had Their Safest Year Ever, Flight Trackers Say

Q13 TV (FOX)
VIDEO: Slow moving landslide threatens homes near Yakima, but some are staying put
Vashon Island High School opens all gender restrooms
Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison stepping down
Washington marijuana businesses making push into California


Washington GOP leader Susan Hutchison keeps mum about decision to step down
2018 will be the year of reckoning for I-405 express toll lanes

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Min. wage goes up in Washington, Seattle, 18 states & 19 cities