Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Jan. 8


Associated Press
Inslee, others support package of voter access bills
Guns sold by police end up with drug dealers, in gang houses 
Gun used in veteran’s suicide among those confiscated, sold 
Law agencies split over selling seized guns 
Washington lawmakers set to kick off 60-day session 
Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year (Keiser, Pollet)
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)
State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute (Chopp, Van De Wege)
Salmon farm sues after state cancels its lease
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

Aberdeen Daily World
Harbor legislators believe Democratic control will steer session (Tharinger, Chapman, Blake, Takko)

Auburn Reporter
Dangerous dog ordinance begging for an update, City officials say

Bainbridge Island Review
State lawmakers to again consider eliminating capital punishment | 2018 Legislative Session

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy killed by fleeing burglar is identified; manhunt for gunman underway 
Op-Ed:  King’s birthday is a call to action. Unlike other holidays, it is ‘a day on, not a day off’ 

2018 Legislative Preview: A short session with a long list of challenges (Wylie, Cleveland, Chopp, Rolfes, Stonier, Nelson)
Mayor McEnerny-Ogle ready to push for transit, I-5 Bridge
In Our View: Hirst Things First, Etc.

The Daily News
Legislators prepare for 60-day sprint (Blake, Takko)
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy
West Coast states push back on drilling proposal (Takko)
Your paycheck may be going up soon because of tax cuts

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State lawmakers begin new session with old problems to solve (McCoy, Liias, Hobbs, Rolfes, Chopp, Nelson)
How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts
State lawsuit: Drug maker knew Oxy was too plentiful here
Commentary: Time is now to make sure growth meets our wishes
Editorial: State lawmakers have lot to prove and get done

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking hopes to expand reach
FW native, activist, musician opening doors to new opportunities

The Inlander
How Spokane is radically reinventing its yearly homeless count

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Despite new majority, state Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax (Nelson, Carlyle)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ranker makes protecting orcas and the Salish Sea a priority in the 2018 (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bainbridge’s Christine Rolfes: In the middle of Olympia’s biggest issues (Rolfes)
Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session (Hansen, Appleton, Rolfes)
Federal pivot on marijuana sows uncertainty

News Tribune (subscription required)
Four storylines to watch in Olympia during the 2018 legislative session (Chopp, Carlyle)
A Tacoma veteran died waiting for heart surgery from the VA. His family has sued
Editorial: The Five Spot: 5 bills state legislators may see this year … or not
Opinion: A dazed-and-confused trip back to prohibition
Editorial: Modest car-tab relief should be priority in Olympia

New York Times
200,000 From El Salvador Must Leave, U.S. Says
World Sees Disorder in Trump’s Foreign Policy Tweets
Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of It

Olympian (subscription required)
State officials vow to defend Washington’s marijuana laws in face of threat from Trump administration
The fight continues on school-funding in face of $1 billion court order
Editorial: OLYMPIAN AGENDA: Priorities for 2018

Peninsula Daily News
State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute  (Van De Wege, Chopp)
McCleary funding, capital budget still the focus for state Legislature (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman, Dhingra, Nelson, Lytton)
State lawmakers to again consider eliminating capital punishment
Senate Democrats take early aim at gun legislation (Frockt, Dhingra, Darnielle, Pedersen)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs
Big tech to join legal fight against net neutrality repeal
Viewpoint: Computers are making generalists of us all

Redmond Reporter
Eastside Muslim Safety Forum brings awareness to cultural understanding, crime prevention

Renton Reporter
Inslee reacts to federal changes in marijuana guidelines
State AG sues Motel 6 for violating privacy of, discriminating against thousands
Editorial Comic: Happy 2018 from the (Dem-controlled) legislature
Opinion: Inslee dealt a clean-air defeat
New sick leave rules went into effect Jan. 1
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167 corridor highway, transit and trail projects

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy fatally shot after responding to home invasion; manhunt underway
Dozens evacuate before potential Yakima landslide; ‘Oso. We don’t want to feel what they feel.’
Q&A: Gov. Jay Inslee talks carbon pricing, Trump and open state government
As Alaska Air cuts costs, employee discontent grows and passenger loyalty is at risk
Washington state needs to do better at career education, audit report says
UW receives $6 million to create academic center for augmented, virtual reality
2 Seattle-area Democrats in new leadership roles as Legislature readies to convene (Nelson, Rolfes, Chopp, Frockt)
Liquor industry puts booze-label experiment on ice
FYI Guy: A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads
Large: Climate-change expert shows how to slay carbon bigfoot
Westneat: Republicans’ yellow brick road always leads back to bashing Seattle
Editorial: Here’s what lawmakers should focus on in 2018 (Billig)
Opinion: Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples
Editorial: Fight Sessions’ pot policy, but don’t ignore other issues

Seattle Weekly
As the DOJ Shifts on Marijuana, Washington Leaders Consider a Counter-Measure
Local Politicians and Advocates Push for Immigrant Protections
What’s Ahead for Washington’s New-Look Legislature

Skagit Valley Herald
Organization encourages community to envision sea level rise

Spokesman Review
2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law
Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University veterinary school

Tri-City Herald
Your text or call while driving could cost you $136 
Our Voice: It’s not raining hard enough to dip into state reserves

Washington Post
200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave U.S. as protected status ends
Natural disasters caused $306 billion in U.S. damage in 2017
Supreme Court cites juror’s racist comments in allowing Ga. death row inmate to appeal

West Seattle Herald
Highline Public Schools: Time to talk boundaries
Opinion: Herbold: New parking regulations coming

Whidbey News-Times
Judge looking for new court commissioner

Yakima Herald Republic
Q&A: What lies ahead as fissures continue to widen on Union Gap ridge?
Yakima deputy mayor offers support for better voter rights
Preschool has a number of long-term benefits, new study suggests
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)
Editorial: A wish list for 2018 — much work lies ahead
Commentary: County’s pot actions reflect voters’ will


Lawmakers to tackle education funding, budget for 2018 legislative session
Landslide could happen by next Sunday on Rattlesnake Ridge
Lawmaker wants to study Olympia-Seattle ferry option
Deputy shot and killed identified; manhunt underway in Pierce County
Seattle makes up 75% of country’s hottest neighborhoods

Major makeover coming to state’s flagship ferry terminal 

Pierce County deputy fatally shot chasing burglary suspect in Frederickson
Gov. Inslee gets first-hand look at landslide near Yakima
Gun used in veteran’s suicide among those confiscated by State Patrol, sold
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)

Cooke Aquaculture Sues Wash. DNR Over Canceled Net Pen Lease In Port Angeles
Residents Weigh Options, Government Scrambles To Prep For Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide

As Cracks Widen In Washington State, Government Prepares For A Landslide
Pierce County cop dead after confrontation with burglary suspects
Washington Gun Dealers Report 1,200 Denied Purchases In First 5 Months Of New Law
What’s On Tap At The Washington Capitol This Session?

NW Public Radio
2018 Washington Legislative Session: What’s On Tap?
As Democrats Prepare To Take Control Of Olympia, Partisanship Flares
Fighting For Compensation: How Well Is L&I Hearing Latino Farmworkers?
Washington Gun Dealers Report 1,200 Denied Purchases In First Months Of New Law

Q13 TV (FOX)
LIVE UPDATES: Manhunt for gunman after Pierce County deputy shot, killed
Governor Inslee visits Rattlesnake Ridge, warns it could be ‘catastrophic’


Opinion: Dear King County: if you want injection sites, you need to educate
Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill?

Gov. Jay Inslee takes first tour of landslide area

Top Stories: Washington’s Pot, ICE at Motel 6 and a “Ban the Box” Bill

State legislators should focus on advancing shared prosperity during 2018 legislative session

Seattle P.I.
Pierce County deputy killed, manhunt underway for suspect
Connelly: State Sen. Ericksen, Trump backer, goes to EPA (Carlyle)

Wow, I’m so glad Democrats took back the state Senate so they could waste more time f—ing over Sound Transit  (Pellicciotti, Chopp, Dhingra, Nelson)
Obama appointee who predicted Russian interference says Seattle election law should be national model

West Seattle Blog
WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Why you need to heed 2018 ‘sense of urgency’ for 2030 service