Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Jan. 16


Associated Press
Senate committee hears testimony on gun control bills (Van de Wege)
State won’t release driver’s license info without order

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

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
DOL’s deputy director resigns, and ICE agents will now need a court order for records 
See the latest drone footage of Rattlesnake Ridge crack 

Bothell Reporter
Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea (Ranker)

Columbia Basin Herald
Possible Hirst fix passes first legislative hurdle  (Van De Wege)

Stonier now deputy whip for House Democrats (Stonier, Ricceli)
In Our View: Prepare for Nuke Attack

The Daily News
Takko and Blake could scuttle raft of gun control bills (Blake, Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
More help is coming for homeless addicts
Gun control debate flares anew in Olympia (Pedersen)
Vegas, LA, Phoenix, and more destinations from Paine Field
Letter: Housing projects depend on capital budget passage by Jan. 17

Kirkland Reporter
Lawmaker unveils ambitious plan to protect Salish Sea (Ranker)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Elected leaders can help food trucks keep rolling

New York Times
As Shutdown Talk Rises, Trump’s Immigration Words Pose Risks for Both Parties
Democrats Add Momentum to G.O.P. Push to Loosen Banking Rules

Olympian (subscription required)
DOL’s deputy director resigns, and ICE agents will now need a court order for records
State Senate to consider public subsidies for PawSox stadium

Peninsula Daily News
Governor rolls out carbon tax proposal; Republicans balk

Puget Sound Business Journal
As shutdown talk rises, Trump’s immigration words pose risks for both parties

Renton Reporter
Editorial Cartoon: Future of the legislature
Commentary: Better luck this year, Eyman

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Former Washington governor, King County executive John Spellman dies
Is Seattle’s homeless crisis the worst in the country?
Washington state will require court order to release driver’s license info to immigration authorities
Rep. Pramila Jayapal to boycott State of the Union address due to ‘racism’ from White House
Alaska Airlines to begin flights to 8 West Coast cities from Everett’s Paine Field this fall
Most people got an ‘F’ on our year-end education quiz
Oregon considers cap-and-trade system for carbon emissions
Now in the majority, Washington state Democrats press for tighter gun laws (Takko, Pedersen, Blake)
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, thousands gather and march through Seattle
Editorial: City shouldn’t create carveouts just to dodge lawsuits
Hurst: Banning guns in state Senate, House galleries is common sense

Seattle Weekly
Washington Renters’ Protections May Be On the Way (Macri)

Spokesman Review
Washington Senate panel could vote Tuesday on ‘bump stock’ ban (Pedersen)
Both sides gearing up for fight over gun control bills in Washington Legislature (Pedersen)
Greater campaign information required by bills (Billig, Hunt)
Spin Control: First week of the session featured
Home-grown recreational pot limits considered by Washington House

USA Today
On DREAMers and border security, Congress should just do it: Gov. Rick Scott

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Plan to keep insurance rates down in state is solid

Washington Post
Shutdown looms as Republicans seek short-term spending deal for government
The Senate’s push to overrule the FCC on net neutrality now has 50 votes, Democrats say

Yakima Herald Republic
MLK Day marches, events, reflect tumultuous political climate
State lawmakers hoping to decriminalize common cases of driving with suspended license
Legislators fight to keep records secret — and soak taxpayers


New bill could save net neutrality in Washington (Hansen)
Deputy prosecutor fights for enhanced background checks on weapon purchases
Citing White House racism, Jayapal skipping State Of The Union
Amtrak hires airline expert to improve safety

State lawmakers to vote on bump stock ban
Democrats worry planned cuts to car-tab fees could endanger Tacoma light rail

Hundreds sign banner in Maple Valley to honor fallen deputy’s sacrifice
Department of Licensing has shake-up after immigration controversy
New gun measures in Olympia gather support, opposition
Slow-moving landslide near Yakima has residents on high alert

State Farm, A Major Tacoma Employer, Is Leaving
Seattle Gears Up For Women’s March 2.0
Bill Would Exclude For-Profit Schools From Washington State Financial Aid Programs  (Hansen)

Food Stamp Program Makes Fresh Produce More Affordable
Victims Of Las Vegas Shooting Testify On Gun Legislation In Olympia

NW Public Radio
Electric Car Tax Incentive Expires Soon In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon
Las Vegas Shooting Victims Testify In Olympia On Proposed Washington Gun Legislation
Proposed Health Care Bill Would Help Pacific Islanders In Washington

Q13 TV (FOX)
Bill in Legislature would allow state to prepare for nuclear attack
Inslee wants to spend millions to fight opioid epidemic


As Seattle housing prices soar, Section 8 vouchers don’t help as much as they used to

Gov. Inslee ‘angered’ over DOL providing private information to feds

Seattle Activists Had a Lot to Protest on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Morning News: An unusually warm Seattle winter, and a gun debate that’s still hot
Seattle-area rents drop to a level that’s still far from affordable for most