Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Jan. 12


Associated Press
State agency gives drivers’ info to immigration authorities
Cybersecurity firm: US Senate in Russian hackers’ crosshairs
Trump: Why allow immigrants from ‘shithole countries’?
Gov. Inslee wants Washington removed from drilling plan 
Sexual misconduct allegations topple many state lawmakers 
Trump work requirement rewrites health care rules for poor
Wal-Mart raises hourly wage to $11 then closes 63 Sam’s Clubs
Trump (sort of) denies vulgar comments about immigrants

Aberdeen Daily World
Hundreds attend candlelight vigil for former Hoquiam Police officer

Auburn Reporter 
Legislators consider expanding voting rights
Fortunato introduces legislation to protect privacy of concealed pistol license holders
For opponents of a carbon tax, an initiative threat looms
Inslee: ‘It’s our state’s destiny … to fight climate change’
Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal and Republicans balk (Nelson, Carlyle)
Senators propose ‘more appropriate’ reform of DWLS law (Frockt)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Capitol Campus gun rights rally expected to draw open-carry advocates 
Washington state will lower flags on Jan. 17 
Tax on sale of mobile devices would raise cash to boost investigation of online crimes against kids   (Sawyer, Ormsby)
Does Washington need a state fungi? These college kids think so 

In Our View: Right to Fight Opioid Crisis

The Daily News
Committee meets Friday to decipher coal dock study

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Traffic’s going to worsen, but don’t worry, there’s a $40B plan (Hobbs)
County’s annual survey of homelessness planned Jan. 23
WaPo: Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to ‘dreamers’ scholarship fund
Editorial: Act would help solve looming elder care crisis (Robinson)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Salish Sea activists occupy the front steps of the state capitol (Ranker)
The economics of wildlife watching | Guest Column
Federal vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters

News Tribune (subscription required)
State giving license information to ICE, investigation finds
State Farm leaving Tacoma in 2018. Hundreds face layoffs and uncertain futures
Black and Native American babies die twice as often as white infants in Washington
The doctor prescribed marijuana for the girl’s seizures. The school says it’s illegal
Tax on sale of mobile devices would raise cash to boost investigation of online crimes against kids (Sawyer, Ormsby)

New York Times
House Rejects Limits on Warrantless N.S.A. Spying
John Kasich and Jeb Bush Jr.: A Bad Idea on Immigration

Olympian (subscription required)
Capitol Campus gun rights rally expected to draw open-carry advocates
Editorial: Sessions re-declares war on 21st century

Peninsula Daily News
State bill takes aim at salmon farms (Ranker, Van De Wege, McCoy)
Meeting set in Sequim on net pen bills (Van De Wege, Chapman, Tharinger)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Warren Buffett’s influence over banks adds to succession risks
States push back after net neutrality repeal
Immigration agency’s sweep targets 7-Eleven stores in Washington and 16 other states

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Insulting’: Judge blisters defense for race allegations, upholds $15M verdict against Lakewood in killing of unarmed black man
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
Washington state regularly gives drivers’ info to immigration authorities; Inslee orders temporary halt
Seattle-area rents drop significantly for first time this decade as new apartments sit empty
Racial equity in Seattle schools has a long, frustrating history — and it’s getting worse
Podcast: As Seattle faces an even worse traffic nightmare, do officials have a plan or are they just managing through the mess?
Inslee seeks meeting with interior secretary to try to shield Washington waters from drilling
States push back after net neutrality repeal
Expansion of AP computer science draws more girls and minorities
Editorial: Follow UW, WSU: Fully fund State Need Grant
Opinion: Fight to keep lawmakers’ records secret is a dud case — and it’s costing taxpayers
Opinion: Solar energy and agriculture can coexist, but not on prime land

Spokesman Review
With homelessness on the rise, Spokane organizations welcome federal dollars, fear state funds may be in peril
State agency gives drivers’ info to immigration authorities
Health insurance sign-ups clpose Monday in Washington
Washington could end net pens for fish by 2024 (McCoy)
WA Senate bill would ban conversion therapy (Liias)
Water law changes trickle forward (Van De Wege)
Attorney General says lawmaker records subject to disclosure
Panel urged to approve workplace protections (Cleveland, Saldana, Wellman)
2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law
Seeking ways to get more voters registered and casting ballots (Saldaña)

Tri-City Herald
Regulators to DOE: No more Hanford demolition until we say it’s safe 

USA Today
Trump administration offshore drilling move reeks of illegal political favoritism
Medicaid work requirements are a throwback to rejected racial stereotypes

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Imposing state carbon-emissions tax would hurt Washington

Washington Post
Jeff Bezos donates $33 million to scholarship fund for ‘dreamers’
Sen. Durbin, rebutting Trump, says president did utter ‘racist’ remarks

Whidbey News-Times
Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea (Ranker)

Vancouver Business Journal
County council to discuss lifting cannabis ban
New paid sick leave law: How to avoid common mistakes
Women-owned businesses are on the rise


‘Torture’ conversion therapy would be banned for LGBTQ teens under state law (Liias)
Gov. Inslee urges lawmakers to pass ‘bump stock ban’ law
400 sickened as Norovirus confirmed at Tacoma El Toro, suspected in U. Place
WA Dept. of Licensing regularly gave drivers’ info to immigration authorities: Report

Parents plead for lawsuit rights on adult child wrongful death (Santos)

Seattle Public Schools bracing for another possible bus driver strike
Father, son with DACA detained on Greyhound bus by Border Patrol in Spokane

Amtrak Gives Oregon, Washington Timetable For Activating Safety Enhancements
A Fight Over Sovereign Tribal Rights In Canada Could Be Nearing It’s End
Ban On ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Could Make Progress In Olympia This Year
State Farm, A Major Tacoma Employer, Is Leaving\
Bill would open scholarships to some undocumented students in Washington (Hansen)

‘Water in the streets’: a glimpse of the Northwest’s watery future

NW Public Radio
Ban On ‘Gay Conversion Therapy’ Could Make Progress In Olympia This Year

Q13 TV (FOX)
Report: State Department of Licensing gives residents’ personal information to ICE agents
WSP: All drivers must carry chains during winter weather or risk steep fines


State bill would ban practicing gay conversion therapy (Liias)

Seattle P.I.
Report: State has been handing driver info to ICE
Poll: Many feel Trump is not fit to be president

Legislative deal could free up $4.3 million for construction projects (Van De Wege)