Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Jan. 24


Associated Press
Washington state panel OKs low carbon fuels standard (Fitzgibbon)
State Senate panel eyes slate of sexual harassment bills (Keiser)
State observations indicate lower steelhead mortality 
Officials look into high-speed train from Spokane to Seattle 
Starbucks giving workers raises, stock grants due to tax law
State House considers bill to allow planning for nuke attack

Aberdeen Daily World
Westport sea wall holds up to Jan. 18 waves
Local emergency systems activated by tsunami threat
Police forces could be consolidated with new bill by Larson (Blake)
Grays Harbor unemployment rate rose a full percent in December

Auburn Reporter
Capital budget brings state funding support to local needs

Bainbridge Island Review
LGBTQ bills advance in the Senate | 2018 Legislative Session (Cleveland, Ranker)
Bill to ban the death penalty heard in committee | 2018 Legislative Session
State legislators combat federal ruling on net neutrality | 2018 Legislative Session
(Ranker, Carlyle)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Are video-game loot boxes a form of gambEling that targets children? Washington aims to find out   (Ranker)

Centralia Chronicle
Lawmakers Consider a Bill to Raise the Legal Tobacco Age From 18 to 21 (Kuderer, Keiser, Cleveland)

Chinook Observer
Budget fix yields new school in South Bend (Blake, Takko)
Standoff in Olympia over, for now (Blake, Takko)

The Daily News
Are Washingtonians really terrible drivers? Depends who you ask
City of Rainier fights some sewer plant allegations, admits record deficiencies
Cowlitz jobless rates rose in December
Public hearings on Headquarters Landfill’s future coming in spring

Everett Herald (subscription required)
‘It all went south from there’: They all have a story to tell
Jail among first in state to offer medication-assisted detox
Mayor: ‘Providing housing makes our entire community safer’
WaPo: Tax bill will help fund 5,000 layoffs, Kimberly-Clark says
Editorial: Editorial: Not just saving lives but turning them around

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way downtown development, homelessness among topics in State of the City address

Huffington Post
#MeToo Movement Has Lawmakers Talking About Consent (Orwall)

The Inlander
Sizing up Olympia’s efforts to tackle carbon and climate issues (Carlyle)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Stand Up Men’s message resonates through the islands
Islanders wake to a tsunami alert | Guest column

Kirkland Reporter
Tens of thousands take to the streets for Seattle Women’s March

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Renew levies, vote yes for strong schools

New York Times
Border Wall Is ‘Off the Table’ in DACA Talks, Schumer Says
Trump’s Tariffs Could Threaten Solar Industry’s Future 
Editorial: Mr. Trump’s Tariffs Will Not Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

North Coast News
Council unanimously opposes coastal oil and gas drilling  (Van De Wege, Takko, Tharinger, Blake,)

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislature, listen carefully to the judge

Peninsula Daily News
Once again, lawmakers consider requiring health plans to cover abortions (Hobbs, Cleveland)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Starbucks brews up raises, stock grants and sick leave for baristas

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Shutdown deal bestowed a $31 billion gift on health-care industry
Grace period for Washington’s new distracted-driving law is over; fines start at $136
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor pushes for civics requirement in schools in Seattle visit
Study: Half-empty ferries leave Fauntleroy as cars wait in line
Legislation in Olympia targets sexual harassment in the workplace (Keiser)
Washington state Legislature takes up bills to restrict chemicals used in firefighting foam, packaging
Lack of affordable housing worries many U.S. mayors in new survey
Westneat: Wise up, liberals: Your hand is too weak right now to go all-in
Editorial: Lawmakers should not fight ruling in public-records case (Pollet)
Opinion: Protect #MeToo victims from retaliatory lawsuits

Skagit Valley Herald
Area projects to proceed with passage of state budget

Spokesman Review (Jen Waldref clips the Spokesman)
DNR: State is woefully unprepared for potentially catastrophic earthquake like Alaska narrowly avoided
Letter: Carbon tax will hurt more than help
Letter: More taxes from Inslee

Sequim Gazette
Water Matters: Water politics, again (Van De Wege)

USA Today
Schumer rescinds offer to Trump to fund the wall in an immigration deal

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Ferry officials look ahead; islanders seek support in Olympia

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Op-ed: Don’t scrap competency-based graduation requirements

Washington Post
Trump asked the acting FBI director how he voted during Oval Office meeting
Schumer has rescinded offer to Trump on border wall funding 
Potential citizenship question in 2020 Census could shift power to rural America

Wenatchee World
Eastmont board re-ups superintendent contract
Proposed 1-year levy helps fund Waterville ambulance

West Seattle Herald
Executive Constantine proposes new Department of Local Services to better serve residents of Unincorporated King County

Whidbey News-Times
Housing crisis personal for lifelong Oak Harbor resident
County releases plans to tackle major public health issues

Yakima Herald Republic
Rattlesnake Ridge still moving, but landslide predictions have stopped
Yakima County Commissioners takes steps to improve health care for poor
WaPo: ‘Fake news’ and real threats to journalists


Opioid withdrawal treated in jail pilot program

Lawmakers pressured to eliminate state ban on rent control (Chopp)

Troopers cracking down as new distracted driving law takes effect

State Lawmakers Explore Making It Easier For Community College Students To Get Child Care Subsidies
Washington Lawmakers Propose Banning Controversial Class Of Chemicals  (McBride)
On Washington Coast, Residents Slumber Through Tsunami Watch
Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide Turns Into A Slow Grind
Burien’s First Latino Mayor Is The Son Of Undocumented Farmworkers

How cement could be part of a carbon-friendlier future

NW Public Radio
Washington Coast Residents Slept Through Tsunami Watch
Washington Lawmakers Propose Banning Controversial Type Of Chemicals

Q13 TV (FOX)
It’s time to save our orcas, state lawmaker says (Ranker)
‘I would have been dead’: Many in Grays Harbor slept through tsunami danger
Bias crimes are up 230 percent in Seattle, new audit finds


A division on foster care in Olympia

Government Technology
A flood of net neutrality bills have been launched in state legislatures (Hansen)

Lawmakers consider abolishing rent control ban (Macri)
Gov. Inslee’s proposals to fight the opioid crisis in 2018
Is it the Legislature’s job to decide the fate of the death penalty?

I-940, the Deescalate Washington initiative, headed to the Legislature – and likely the ballot
Bill seeks to make it easier for formerly incarcerated people to vacate their convictions (Hansen)
Governor Jay Inslee wants Facebook and Google to disclose data on political ads in Washington state