Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Jan. 4


Associated Press
Justice Department to end policy that let legal pot flourish
Washington sues Motel 6 for giving guest information to US 
City votes to transfer land for homeless, mental ill housing 
Lands chief urges carbon policy to focus on climate change 
Harrington becomes interim US Attorney for E.Washington 
20 die from flu in Washington state 
Families sue school, state, Monsanto over chemical pollution 
Family of pregnant woman killed by deputies files lawsuit
Conductor, passenger injured in deadly Amtrak crash sue
Jury rules against families in isolation booth lawsuit

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge council kills controversial bridge project
New park commissioner to take oath

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Blisters, rashes, illness: Suit blames chemicals at school
Sedro-Woolley mayor chosen to fill vacant state Senate seat
Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year
Trump disbands voter fraud panel, still calls system ‘rigged’
Editorial: Amtrak derailment a train wreck of factors

Federal Way Mirror
Councilwoman Susan Honda appointed as Federal Way’s deputy mayor

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Loring sworn in as San Juan County Superior Court Judge

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
S’Klallam Tribe moves closer to marijuana sales
Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with roll back of Obama policy 
Op-ed by Rep. Hansen: Safer gun ownership is possible – we did it here (Hansen)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma wants ‘baffling opponent’ out of picture, seeks authority to annex Point Ruston (Fey)
A rape suspect couldn’t bring up the victim’s visa application at trial. Now he can.
Trump disbands Kobach-led voter fraud commission after resistance from states
Trump will negotiate with senators about Dreamer fix

New York Times
Justice Dept. Takes Step That Threatens Legal Pot in States
Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No
Trump Dissolves His Panel Investigating 2016 Election Fraud
North Korean Move Raises Hopes, but Obstacles Loom
2 Major Flaws Are Discovered in the World’s Computers

Peninsula Daily News
DNR chief: Cooke to dismantle fish pens at Ediz Hook (Lytton, Chapman)
DNR chief differs from Gov. Inslee on climate change policy

Puget Sound Business Journal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ends federal policy that has allowed legal marijuana industry to flourish
Companies are handing out bonuses thanks to the tax law. Is it a publicity stunt?

Redmond Reporter
New park rules, homeless ordinances passed
Wastewater pump replacement project finishes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Injured conductor sues Amtrak over fatal train derailment onto I-5
Poll: Schools and taxes top Washington voter concerns for 2018 Legislature
Washington carbon policy should invest in landscapes, rural communities, state lands chief says
Alaska Airlines, others cancel flights because of East Coast megastorm
Washington state AG sues Motel 6 over giving ICE info on 9,000 guests
Editorial: Pass Washington Voting Rights Act now
Large: In 2018, I hope conservatives return to the planet of real facts

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley mayor appointed to state Senate

Spokesman Review
Avista filing request to lower natural gas prices
With no permanent picks from Trump, Sessions appoints U.S. attorneys in Eastern Washington, 16 other districts

USA Today
Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with rollback of Obama policy

Washington Post
Monster winter storm is one of the strongest to hit East Coast in modern history
Legalized marijuana use threatened as Sessions is set to rescind Obama-era directive that eased federal enforcement

Wenatchee World
School board can’t put school name vote on ballot
Investor lawsuit claims securities malfeasance by bitcoin host Giga Watt
Housing solutions group narrowing its focus

West Seattle Herald
Seattle Parks and Recreation begins construction of Gemenskap Park

West Seattle Blog
VIDEO: Parking-policy changes’ backstory @ City Council committee

Whidbey News-Times
South Whidbey Skagit Valley campus moves to new location
County looking for public input on Freeland code
Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant


State legislative leaders lay out priorities for 2018
S’Klallam Tribe moves closer to marijuana sales
First passenger lawsuit filed in Amtrak derailment
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end policy that let legal pot flourish 
Jesse Jones Free Credit Freezes For All Campaign Leads To New Legislation (Hudgins, Mullet)
Everett votes to transfer land for homeless, mentally ill housing

Jury rules against families in isolation booth lawsuit

Conductor, Passenger From Derailed Amtrak Train Allege Inadequate Training In Lawsuits
Landslide Threat Leads To Evacuations Near Rattlesnake Ridge
Tacoma Considers Limits On Immigrant Detention Center
Salmon Net Pens Ban, Net Neutrality, Bump Stocks Among Pre-Filed Bills In Olympia
Washington Revises School Accountability Plan With Feedback From Education Department
State AG Ferguson Sues Motel 6 For Giving Guest Information To Immigration Authorities

Q13 TV (FOX)
Family of pregnant woman killed by deputies files lawsuit
Dozens of rounds fired into Marysville school in ‘horrible’ vandalism during holiday break
Conductor, passenger injured in deadly Amtrak crash sue


Civic Skunkworks
Is Housing a Better Investment than Stocks?

AG Ferguson sues Motel 6 for outing guests to ICE agents

What to Watch in Local Politics This Year

AP: Feds to end rules protecting states with legal weed
Attorney General sues Motel 6 for sharing thousands of guests’ personal information with ICE
Is Mt St Helens about to blow?
Judge vacates convictions in Eastern Washington medical cannabis case

The Stand
‘Important progress can be made’ in 2018