Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Jan. 31


Associated Press
Another Washington county sues drugmakers over opioid crisis 
Health care’s Three Amigos? The big names behind a new push 
Company: Rejection of oil-by-rail project ‘anti-development’ 
Cooke  Aquaculture fined $332K for farmed fish escape (Ranker)
In response to Trump, Democrats argue for middle class
Trump warns of immigration dangers in State of the Union
Fact-checking President Trump’s State of the Union speech
Federal judge wants opioid lawsuits to end in settlement

Aberdeen Daily World
Revival of Grays Harbor opens daytime refuge in Aberdeen
Ocean Shores gets a ballot drop box

Arlington Times
Haller Park splash park project on tap again with state capital budget passage

Auburn Reporter
Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape (Ranker)
Bill that would reduce car tab rates passes the state House (Pellicciotti, Kilduff, Clibborn, Fey)
Affirmative action could make a comeback in Washington State (Chase, Hasegawa)
Vetoed tax cut for manufacturers again pushed in bipartisan effort (Mullet, Billig, Frockt)
State House speaker talks taxes, death penalty, and harassment (Chopp)
Orca Protection Act aims to protect Pacific Northwest’s iconic whales (Ranker)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
This agency spends the most to help Northwest salmon. But cuts are coming. 
A heroin addict’s tale: ‘Noah… I told you were going to die’

Cascadia Weekly
New report condemns farmed fish escape (Van De Wege, Ranker, Chase, Rolfes)

Ferguson visits Vancouver, blasts Trump over Dreamers

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing is booming: Profit soars with help from US tax cut
Bill would boost protections for state’s orca population
Singletary: Medicare costs take big bite out of Social Security income

The Island Guardian
$332K Fine For Cooke Pen Collapse

Island’s Weekly
To protect orca and salmon, you need to protect beaches and forage fish | Guest column

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County addiction recovery house may be funded
San Juan Islands gain USDA Grant support for new farmers
Take WDFW survey on supporting sustainable fish populations
Cooke’s negligence was primary cause of Atlantic Salmon net pen collapse

Kirkland Reporter
Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Letter: WSF still costs us too much

News Tribune (subscription required)
Rob a pot shop, serve more time. A bill in the state Legislature could make it happen (Ormsby)
Editorial: WSU’s strong voice against college suicide

New York Times
As Deficit Soars Toward $1 Trillion, Congress Shrugs and Keeps Spending
Federal Reserve Expected to Leave Rates Unchanged

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Protect workers, but don’t lose accountability (Kuderer, Hunt)

Oregon Public Broadcasting
250000 Farmed Salmon Escaped Because Of Company’s Neglect: Investigators (Van De Wege)

Peninsula Daily News
NEW BRIEFS: State lawmakers to hold telephone town hall Thursday … and other items (Chapman, Tharinger, Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Prep for disruption: What Amazon’s Berkshire, JP Morgan deal means for health care

Redmond Reporter
Be prepared to pay even more for a house in Redmond
Students lobby for state funded tuition grants

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Trump’s plans for immigration, infrastructure meet swift resistance in Congress
Soaring address rife with disproved, deceptive figures
#MeToo in the Legislature: Harassment complaint process ‘is not reflecting women’s experiences’ in Olympia (Jinkins, Sullivan)
NTSB says undetected metal flaw led to dangerous Boeing 767 engine failure and fire
African-American man fighting for his life after unprovoked racist ‘rage’ attack in Auburn
Rattlesnake Ridge likely to creep, not collapse, independent expert says
Seattle City Light opens 2 electric-car-charging stations on Beacon Hill
Cure for parking overload? Shuttle experiment begins from Des Moines to Angle Lake light-rail station
Editorial: Hirst deal is only the beginning of state’s work on water-rights issues
Opinion: Phase out Atlantic fish farming in Washington waters

Seattle Weekly
Ferry Inefficiency, Pool Renovation, and a Centenarian Buzzfeed Sensation

Skagit Valley Herald
Another Washington county sues drugmakers over opioid crisis
Salmon farm fined $332,000, blamed for negligence in pen collapse (Ranker)

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape (Ranker)

Spokesman Review
Lawmakers asked to back Dreamers (Ortiz-Self)
Spokane lawmakers propose expanding county commission, electing by district (Riccelli)
Washington bill would require concealed weapon carriers to seek permission to bring guns into others’ homes (Hunt)
Four topics President Trump tackled in the State of the Union and how they affect Spokane

USA Today
Unity, fear and the anthem: Top takeaways from Trump’s State of the Union address 

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Annual homeless count complete, island’s final numbers to be determined
Climate change: Islanders engage, recommend action
New ferry report: Economists analyze data, suggest change

Washington Post
Trump’s plans for immigration, infrastructure meet swift resistance in Congress  
Trump’s call for unity slams into reality of Washington’s political divisions
Analysis: The Health 202: Trump seems to see opioid crisis as primarily a law enforcement problem

West Seattle Herald
Business owners on city’s border say they’re suffering the most from the Sugar Tax

Whidbey News-Times
Officials consider islandwide high-speed internet

Yakima Herald Republic
Legislature considering restricting public access to police body camera footage
Yakima’s East-West Corridor project getting $700,000 jumpstart
Fish farm caused Atlantic salmon spill, state says, then tried to hide how bad it was
Editorial: Legislature should resist more limits on public records (Kuderer)


Pretending your dog’s a service animal? WA bill would make that a $250 fine
Rattlesnake Ridge landslide could take decades to completely fail, new analysis finds
Sasquatch may become specialty Washington license plate
Diverse KING 5 focus group weighs in on State of the Union
Seattle school bus drivers to strike Thursday

Department of Ecology fines salmon producer $332K for farmed fish escape

Dori vs. Rep. Pollet:  Why Washington property taxes are higher (Pollet)

Boeing profit soars amid strong demand, increased production
Seattle crime report shows more homicides, fewer property crimes in 2017
Health care is just the latest industry Amazon seeks to upend
Health advocates, leaders urging state lawmakers to raise legal smoking age to 21 (Kuderer)
Groups want changes to UW expansion plan
Seattle offers new incentives to urge residents to buy electric cars

Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris Explains How Childhood Trauma Leaves Lasting Health Impacts
Inslee Calls On Lawmakers To ‘Step-Up’ And Pass Carbon Tax  (Nelson)

#MeToo has us asking: What’s next?
City of Seattle workers speak out about harassment in the workplace

Q13 TV (FOX)
What’s killing the salmon? Long Live the Kings investigates decline in iconic fish
School bus drivers in Seattle to strike on Thursday, say it will ‘last until deal is reached’
Seattle police report overall crime decrease in 2017
Nearly 1/3 of Washington students struggle with depression; resource group meets at UW
Clallam County sues drugmakers over opioid crisis


State: Escape of 250,000 salmon was ‘entirely preventable’ (Van De Wege)
Opinion: Olympia’s indifference to earthquake prep could kill us all

State legislators express themselves with … socks (Jinkins)

Jayapal on the State of the Union: We’re the Reason It’s Strong
Sawant’s Resolution to Oppose Tacoma LNG Plant Heads to Juarez’s Committee

Lawmakers must reinvest in WorkFirst to restore the promise of basic support to families facing poverty 

Seattle P.I.
State: Negligence caused huge Atlantic salmon breakout

Slog AM: Seattleites flock to White Center for tax-free soda, Olympia working on sexual harassment policies
Is stressing about the rent making us sick?