Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 26


Associated Press
Former Washington state first lady Lois Spellman dies days after husband
Engineer says he misjudged train location in fatal wreck

Arlington Times
M’ville comes out with big wins in legislature

Auburn Reporter
State AG pays local visit to address issues

Bellingham Herald
Noah’s story shows why the region’s desperate fight against opioids is worth waging
Fire retardants linked to pollution could be restricted under proposed legislation
Effort to abolish death penalty in Washington gains steam after it clears Senate committee  (Chopp, Pedersen)
Engineer from Amtrak derailment was confused about where he was on track, investigators say
Foreign workers hired to pick blueberries sue farm
Op-ed: No power. No water. Maybe no cell service. How would you cope with that?

Bothell Reporter
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment (Chopp)
Senate votes to extend college financial aid to state Dreamers (Frockt, Ranker)
Orca Protection Act aims to protect Pacific Northwest’s iconic whales (Ranker)
American Indian activists rally in Olympia (Darneille, Hunt, McCoy)

Columbia Basin Herald
Bill would strengthen school response for mental health crises (Orwall)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Property tax bills to rise by up to 27%, assessor says
Property owners might get relief from tax they didn’t vote on
Hanford radioactive monitoring not protecting workers
Editorial: Everett’s new mayor maps out her goals

Federal Way Mirror
Washington attorney general talks opioid crisis, Trump at Federal Way chamber gathering
Capital budget funds local projects including STEM classrooms, Safe City cameras, conservation (Reeves)

The Inlander
Spokane considers Riverfront-area development heights; plus, Olympia mulls capital punishment
Two bills aim to phase out chemicals like those that contaminated water near Fairchild (Peterson)
Vetoed tax cut for manufacturers again pushed in bipartisan effort (Mullet, Billig, Frockt)

The Island Guardian
$5.5 Million for Cattle Point Road Project on San Juan Island

Island’s Weekly
Woman dies driving off Anacortes Ferry Landing dock; ferry service to mainland resumes (Ranker)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
More changes for San Juan Island Public Hospital District 1 | Update
Jeep recovered from water at Anacortes; sailings to mainland resume (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Ninth Circuit Court declines to reconsider Kennedy’s school prayer case

Lynnwood Today
City officials continue, finish meetings in Olympia (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Ryu, Chase)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Fire retardants linked to pollution could be restricted under proposed legislation
Editorial: We agree: Keep state tests linked to graduation

Peninsula Daily News
Orca Protection Act aims to protect orcas (Ranker)
Lawmakers want to rein in Washington’s many tax breaks (Frockt, Rolfes)

Puget Sound Business Journal
‘As good as it gets’ or the ‘Danger Zone?’ Economist looks at the Seattle area’s future
Mayor Jenny Durkan: I want to be the mayor who’s a partner to the business community
Opinion: Setting price limits on prescription drugs will result in scarcity
Seattle developer: ‘Extreme populism’ by Trump, Seattle leftists is the greatest threat to prosperity
The Puget Sound region’s hot new jobs center is Des Moines

Redmond Reporter
‘We’re hoping for change’: Overlake hosts assemblies to discuss racial injustice, Take A Knee

Renton Reporter
Perpetrators of domestic violence harassment could lose firearm rights (Dhingra)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Trump ordered Mueller’s firing in June, but was refused
State investigators focus on nets plugged with mussels in Atlantic salmon net-pen failure
Students living here illegally would be eligible for Washington state aid under new bill (Frockt, Hansen)
Court rejects appeal of ex-Bremerton football coach who prayed after games
Washington state monitors found radioactive contamination from troubled Hanford demolition project
Editorial: Pass bill to restrict abusive practice of conversion therapy (Liias)
Opinion: Fix Washington’s wrongful-death law to make it fair to all families

Spokesman Review
Spokane Valley Fire captain terminated for religious messages can sue, state Supreme Court finds
Net neutrality bills heads to full House (Hansen)
State could put limits on development near bases
Ban on most executions passes Washington Senate panel (Pedersen)

Tri-City Herald
State Senate passes bill to help ill Hanford workers (Keiser)

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Letter to the editor: Money spent on WSU coaches is outrageous

Wenatchee World
Low housing rates appear to equal high homeless rates
Local community health centers fret as Congress fails to act

Whidbey News-Times
WSDOT holding meetings about roundabouts at Sharpes Corner

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima’s property crime rate often triple the national average


Last major WA earthquake, tsunami was 318 years ago today
Volunteers count King County’s homeless population
Hanford workers’ comp bill heads to governor’s desk

Lawsuit filed for farmworkers fired after protesting unsafe conditions

Grays Harbor County apologizes for failure in tsunami alert system
Volunteers hit streets of King County for annual homeless count

A Father, A Husband, An Immigrant: Detained And Facing Deportation
Seattle Company Launches Clean Energy Marketplace To Boost Renewables
Foreign Workers Sue Washington Farm Claiming Poor Conditions, Retaliation
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee Touts Clean Energy Sector At Davos Economic Forum
Victims Urge Lawmakers To Address Sexual Harassment In Workplace

Ban On Bump Stocks Passes Washington state Senate (Van De Wege)
Sea-Tac wants to curb carbon emissions without limiting air travel. That’s a steep climb
What It Takes To Get Guns Out Of The Wrong Hands
Witnessing the last person to be put to death by the state
Amtrak Engineer’s Testimony Points To Human Error As Cause Of Deadly Train Wreck
Q&A: What Are The Chances Of Offshore Oil And Gas Drilling In The Northwest?
From ‘people feel you don’t belong here’ to City Council

NW Public Radio
Low Levels Of Airborne Contamination Escaping Demolition Area At Hanford

Q13 TV (FOX)
Amtrak engineer says he miscalculated train’s location in the deadly crash
This earthquake early warning system headed for Seattle could save your life


Who cleaned up the Atlantic salmon spill? Northwest tribes

Mayor Durkan Will Review City’s Harassment and Discrimination Policies

Dumb Democrats in Olympia are working to cut transit spending as Indiana considers ending ban on transit to attract Amazon
Working conditions at Washington blueberry farm amounted to forced labor, lawsuit claims