Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Jan. 15


Associated Press
Missile-alert mistake feeds doubts about a real emergency
Washington, Idaho officials say saving roadkill makes sense 
Oregon governor office: Zinke to reconsider drilling off Oregon
King’s words still inspire nearly 50 years after his death
Trump says program to protect ‘Dreamers’ is ‘probably dead’
Justices to hear Washington appeal of salmon habitat order
U.S. review shows pesticides harm threatened salmon, whales

Aberdeen Daily World
Hospital lays off 21, jobs outsourced
First United closes Revival shelter

Auburn Reporter
Lawmakers say DISCLOSE Act would bring campaign donations out of the shadows (Billig)
Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills
Legislators consider expanding voting rights

Bainbridge Island Review
State rep reflects on ‘the speech that inspired a nation’ (Hansen)
Back in the Majority, Senate Democrats moving fast to pass backlogged bills | 2018 Legislative Session (Pedersen, Cleveland, Billig)
Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills | 2018 Legislative Session
Water use set to weigh heavily on lawmakers | 2018 Legislative Session (Van De Wege)
Legislators consider expanding voting rights | 2018 Legislative Session

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Gov. Inslee’s climate-change advisers draw scrutiny 
After flip on Florida, Inslee wants Washington waters saved from drilling, too 

Bothell Reporter
High hopes for new leadership in Olympia | Guest editorial

State pitches health insurance bill  (Cleveland, Cody)
Rep. Liz Pike announces retirement from politics

The Daily News
No sense in carbon tax  (Blake, Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Proposed bill ties affordable housing with sales tax funds (Robinson)
Bald eagle no longer listed as ‘sensitive species’ in the state
Commentary: What’s love got to do with MLK Jr.’s dream?
Editorial: A nuclear war planner’s warning to U.S. and world

Federal Way Mirror
Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills (Blake)
Back in the majority, Senate Democrats moving fast to pass backlogged bills (Dhingra, Pedersen, Senn, Cleveland, Billig)
State lawmakers hear a proposal to outlaw sexual orientation conversion therapy (Liias)
Lawmakers seek to bring campaign donations out of the shadows (Billig)
Lawmakers consider expanding voting rights
New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy (Ranker)
Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea (Ranker)

The Inlander
Washington’s school funding bill backfired for some districts

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Back in the majority, Senate Democrats moving fast to pass backlogged bills (Dhingra, Pedersen, Senn, Cleveland, Billig)
Legislators consider expanding voting rights
Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea (Ranker)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
New bill could put Washington salmon farms in jeopardy (Ranker, Van de Wege, McCoy
Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal (Nelson, Carlyle, Fitzgibbon)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Impact of new state school tax gets real
Voters to consider new Mason County high school
Editorial: Fixes for our ferry concerns
Op-ed: EPA funding critical to salmon and clean water

News Tribune (subscription required)
Democrats worry planned cuts to car-tab fees could endanger Tacoma light rail (Liias, Pellicciotti)
Editorial: Civic agenda: What we’ll stand up for in 2018

New York Times
Hopes Dim for DACA Deal as Lawmakers Battle Over Trump’s Immigration Remarks
Individual Mandate Now Gone, G.O.P. Targets the One for Employers

Olympian (subscription required)
Bill would make lying to Legislature illegal for state employees
Editorial: Public safety tax has put Olympia on better path
Opinion: Federal tax cuts make state tax reform urgent

Peninsula Daily News
Gun rights activists call for a halt to five firearm bills at state Capitol (Blake)
Health, environmental threats focus of legislative efforts for state senator (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Help wanted: Washington state seeks new official to recruit and retain aerospace companies
To lift paychecks, Treasury urges companies to act quickly on new tax law

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state will require court order to release driver’s license info to immigration authorities
Even with majorities, Democrats in Olympia still wrestling with car-tab tax cut (Pellicciotti, Liias, Reeves)
Thousands expected to attend Seattle Women’s March, related events
After tough year, MLK rally unites Kent students across cliques, races and backgrounds
Enrollment in Washington state’s Obamacare could top last year’s
Gov. Inslee’s climate-change advisers draw scrutiny as his national profile rises
Westneat: Ideas for revamping old tunnel run through Seattle’s blind spot
Large: Martin Luther King Jr. predicted backlash against economic and racial progress
Editorial: Don’t use King’s legacy to disparage modern protesters
Opinion: Remembering MLK’s words of tolerance and justice for all
Opinion: On MLK Day, acknowledge the past to improve the future
Editorial: A laudable victory toward police reform
Editorial: Trump’s most recent slur confirms he is a racist

Spokesman Review
Spin Control: First week of the session featured tarpees and tourniquets
Greater campaign information required by bills (Billig)
Mead and Central Valley school districts seek bonds to keep up with growth

The Stranger
Legislative Deal Could Free Up $4.3 Billion For Construction Projects (Van De Wege)

Tri-City Herald 
Editorial: Note to Legislature: Fix water rights, approve capital budget (Van De Wege)

USA Today
Meet Trump in the middle. Come to the table and protect ‘dreamers

Washington Post
Trump says ‘I’m not a racist,’ accuses Democrats of impeding DACA deal

Wenatchee World
Welcome back, Washington legislators

West Seattle Herald
State Lawmakers hear a proposal to outlaw sexual orientation conversion therapy (Liias)

Whidbey News-Times
Not your typical house cats
Navy looks to send its sewage city’s way
Broad View Elementary School Literacy Night a fairy tale success

Yakima Herald Republic
State health insurance enrollment could top 2017 figures
Often less visible, Yakima area’s homeless youth and young adult population exploding
Rep. Newhouse receives briefing on Rattlesnake Ridge
‘Why not me?’ More women ask this question as they line up to run for office
Commentary: Farmworker housing falls victim to state water rights dispute
Editorial: Police are right not to sell guns from crimes
Editorial: Still working toward the dream of Martin Luther King Jr.


Tighter gun laws up for debate in Olympia (Pedersen)
New drone video shows growing Rattlesnake Ridge crack
MLK rally, march planned in downtown Seattle Monday
Preparations underway for next weekend’s Women’s March in Seattle

‘An epidemic that’s killing this generation’ – state to declare opioid crisis
Cantwell, industry leaders voice concerns over national offshore drilling expansion plan
Procession route set for fallen Pierce County Sheriff deputy’s memorial service
Puget Sound ‘Dreamers’ respond as Trump tweets “DACA is probably dead”

Opportunity Gap In Seattle Public Schools Getting Wider
Enviro Groups Cite Strong Support For Multiple Climate Action Policies In Wash. 
Gun Rights Advocates Rally In Olympia Against Bump Stock Ban, Enhanced Background Checks

MAP: See where sea levels may rise in Seattle
How Likely Is Someone To Sexually Harass Others? This Scale Determines 
Inslee Wants Washington State To Declare Opioid ‘Public Health Crisis’  (Pollet)

Q13 TV (FOX)
Procession route announced for fallen Pierce County deputy
3 ways Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to our time
Organizers hope 2nd annual Women’s March will encourage widespread activism


Civic Skunkworks
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage experiment is a success

States fight to safeguard open Internet against FCC net neutrality ruling (Hansen)

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Congress tells Trump climate change puts national security in peril

The case that doesn’t make Bob Ferguson look very good is going to the Supreme Court
WA legislators re-introduce bill to prote ct DREAMers from losing financial aid (Hansen, Frockt)

West Seattle Blog
After week one in Olympia, here’s what your state representatives are up to, from water to Sound Transit to bus-lane cameras (Cody, Fitzgibbon, Nelson)