Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Jan. 5


Associated Press
Republican state House leader says he was sexually harassed 
Washington state leaders slam federal decision on legal pot 
Ferguson: Sessions won’t meet on pot issues 
Washington allows third ‘X’ option on birth certificates 
Q&A: Plan to expand offshore drilling draws cheers, jeers
20 die from flu in Washington state
Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

Bainbridge Island Review
U.S. Senator Murray blasts Sessions, Trump for change on federal stance to legalized marijuana
Opinion: Congressman Kilmer: Change on legal marijuana is federal meddling

Bothell Reporter
45th district Dems give priority preview (Goodman)

Washington leaders slam federal decision on legal pot (Sawyer)
In Our View: Raise Vaping, Tobacco Age

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State leaders say they’ll resist any federal crackdown on pot
Snohomish GOP rep says he was sexually harassed at Capitol (Chopp, Nelson)
Editorial: Time’s up on distracted driving law’s grace period
Letter by AG Ferguson: Attorney general’s lawsuits are not funded by taxpayers

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington DOH adds a third option to birth certificates

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
No charges of voter fraud for three questionable cases in 2016 election
Op-ed: We’re mobilized against flu, cancer and heart attacks. Where’s the urgency on opioids?

News Tribune (subscription required)
Fed estimates infrastructure damage at more than $40 million in Amtrak 501 crash
The fight continues on school-funding in face of $1 billion court order (Rolfes, Chopp)
State officials vow to defend Washington’s marijuana laws in face of threat from Trump administration

Olympian (subscription required)
New state rule allows gender X on birth certificates

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula pot shop owners take wait-and-see stance after federal policy change
Lands chief urges carbon policy to focus on climate change

Puget Sound Business Journal
Male nurses explain why nursing is a job of the future for men
U.S. added 148,000 jobs in December; unemployment at 4.1%
Observations: Republican tax act is a mixed bag for Puget Sound region
Opinion: Local news is worth protecting

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Interior secretary’s plan would open up Washington and Oregon coastlines to drilling
Opposition and legal challenges don’t deter Washington’s new charter-school leader
Washington state birth certificates will soon have nonbinary option
NTSB hasn’t interviewed engineer in fatal Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma
Podcast: Senate Majority leader Sharon Nelson talks taxes, voting rights & public records (Nelson)
Some residents below slow-moving landslide near Yakima won’t evacuate as crack widens, officials say
Editorial: Keep accountability in education reform

Skagit Valley Herald
Trumpeter swans a conservation success story

Spokesman Review
Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot (Sawyer)
New rules allow individuals to change sex designation on birth certificates
Ferris’ Mandy Manning makes final four for National Teacher of the Year

Yakima Herald Republic
State officials won’t back down on legal pot
Threat of slide on Rattlesnake Ridge draws big-time emergency response
Carbon policy key to new plan to fight climate change
Editorial: Watching, waiting for Rattlesnake Ridge slide


Seismic activity detected near Rattlesnake Ridge crack
How Washington may be impacted by DOJ pot decision
WA teacher finalist for national teacher of the year honor
Public Lands Commissioner urges state legislators to adopt carbon policy to deal with climate change

Everett pot shop reacts to Sessions’ decision
Washington’s counting on $741M in pot revenue amid Trump administration threat

Trump Administration announces offshore drilling plan; WA leaders worry about impact
Kitsap Transit fast ferry continues to maneuver through rough waters

Democratic State Senator Says Boosting Special Education Funding Is A Priority This Session
NTSB Report Says Inactive Safety Tech Could Have Prevented Deadly Train Wreck
Washington House GOP Leader: ‘I Have Personally Been A Victim Of Sexual Harassment’
Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines
Lawsuit Claims PCBs in Classrooms Made Kids Sick At Monroe Alternative School

While The Eastern U.S. Freezes, It’s Too Warm In Alaska
Washington officials vow to uphold marijuana market, call federal decision ‘backwards’
Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest Under Trump Proposal

Q13 TV (FOX)
Poachers beware: Robot deer are roaming our woods, hunting for you
Two suspects arrested for allegedly firing over 60 rounds into Pinewood Elementary in Marysville
Geologist: Landslide may happen by February after crack forms in ridge near Yakima; WSDOT taking action


Jeff Sessions’ marijuana move puts Seattle, state on the defensive
Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill? (Hobbs)
How the 2020 census could alter state politics

Coal exporters file federal lawsuit against Governor Inslee
Dave Reichert is wrong again, this time about pot legalization
State Legislature could consider banning the box statewide

The Stand
Pro-worker bills will be heard in new Senate (Dhingra, Keiser, Cleveland, Senn)

West Seattle Blog
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NEW FERRY: M/V Suquamish christened at Vigor on Harbor Island