Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Feb. 2


Associated Press
Washington carbon tax measure clears Senate committee (Carlyle)
Tacoma Fire giving out free Narcan kits, recovery info 
State agency: Sumas farm not at fault in farmworker’s death 
Comey: Defends FBI, takes aim at ‘weasels and liars’
Oregon’s top prosecutor convenes marijuana summit
Report: Rattlesnake Ridge landslide could last years

Bainbridge Island Review
Shaking future for fish pens 

Bothell Reporter
Washington health insurance market in flux (Cleveland)
A bill before lawmakers would outlaw concealed carry on private property (Hunt, Palumbo)

Centralia Chronicle
Bill That Would Require Health Plans to Cover Abortion, Contraception Advances (Cleveland)

Capital Press
Washington legislator: At least study moving wolves (Blake)

Columbia Basin Herald
Warnick honored for police, sheriffs advocacy  (Van De Wege, Orwall)

The Daily News
Mobile Mexican Consulate comes to Longview
Sixteen Northwest Congress members oppose offshore drilling

Everett Herald (subscription required)
GOP renews push to reform ‘out of control’ Sound Transit (Hobbs)
County population expected to surpass 800,000 this year
Boeing’s fading 747 program gets lifeline as UPS buys 14 more
Editorial: No need to conceal state employees’ birthdates

Federal Way Mirror
Washington health insurance market in flux (Cleveland)

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Washington health insurance market in flux (Cleveland)
A bill before lawmakers would outlaw concealed carry on private property (Hunt, Palumbo)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Cooke Aquaculture fined $332,000 for Cypress Island farmed salmon escape (Ranker)
Department of social and health services truck returns

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Letter: How do we know the state’s tax breaks are working?

New York Times
U.S. Added 200,000 Jobs in January; Unemployment at 4.1%
Why Pay Has Been Lagging as Job Growth Continues

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Oil dock rejection sends message to ‘big oil’

Peninsula Daily News
State Senate approves abortion insurance bill (Van De Wege, Hobbs)

Portland Mercury
Washington State Took A Big Step Toward Comprehensive Reproductive Health Coverage This Week (Cleveland, Hobbs)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Washington device repair bill opens up cybersecurity vulnerabilities
Observations: Money won’t fix our state’s education system. Reform is the only way
After record-breaking traffic in 2017, Sea-Tac Airport set to begin $17M Central Terminal renovation

San Juan Islander
State agencies release report on cause and cover-up of Cooke net-pen collapse (Ranker, Chase, Van De Wege, Rolfes)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Trump will clear way for release of classified memo about FBI
Washington state $10-a-ton carbon-tax proposal takes key step in Legislature (Carlyle)
‘They’ve been invisible’: Seattle professor studies role of black grandmothers in society
Hope Hicks shoves President Trump’s State of the Union address off center stage
Podcast: state Sen. Reuven Carlyle on ‘punitive’ property tax boost about to hit Seattle (Carlyle)
Washington state lawmakers consider universal screening to find gifted students
King County Assessor’s Office corrects expected tax increase for Federal Way
Republicans in Olympia continue their push to cut Sound Transit car-tab taxes (Hobbs)
Editorial: Seattle City Council should butt out of Tacoma’s proposed natural-gas depot
Opinion: It’s up to Congress, not the president, to fix DACA
Editorial: Legislators shouldn’t try so hard to keep public information secret
Opinion: FBI is right to fight Trump’s efforts to politicize it

Seattle Weekly
Washington Lawmakers Seek to Increase Nuclear Attack Preparations

Spokesman Review
Proposed bill would raise age for tobacco, vaping sales to 21 in Washington
Washington House committee passes bill to change Appleway Trail to Sen. Bob McCaslin Trail (Kagi)
Washington State University newspaper’s future is in the students’ hands

Tacoma Weekly
Op-ed by Rep. Jinkins: Long-Term Care Trust Act puts families first

Tri-City Herald
It got personal. Benton official calls out Richland lawmaker over nepotism bill

USA Today
Trump says GOP may have to compromise on immigration — unless it wins seats in November
House Republicans are retiring in droves. What’s pushing them out?

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
New ferry report: Economists analyze data, suggest change

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Changes to Open Records Act misguided

Washington Post
Cities, states work to clear marijuana convictions, calling it a states’ rights issue
Analysis: Trump says community colleges should be called ‘vocational’ schools. Um, they aren’t the same thing.
Trump administration tears down regulations to speed drilling on public land

Vancouver Business Journal
Economy could see benefits if school bonds pass
Governor decides to reject Vancouver Energy application
New bipartisan bill would limit noncompete terms

The Vidette
Hospital financial troubles grow more serious (Blake)

Yakima Herald Republic
All clear? Officials say it’s OK to go back to homes at the base of Rattlesnake Ridge
Yakima County launches legal fight to shut down pot businesses
Washington state lawmakers consider universal screening to find gifted students
Bump stock ban is a sensible step in wake of mass shootings


Parents hope tragedies can change state law
Rattlesnake Ridge evacuation lifted after new analysis
Seattle school bus strike now into day two
Zombie campaign coffers live on after campaigns end

Fear and determination as immigrants win small victory in Olympia
GOP senators promise 55 percent cut in car tabs if Democrats help (Hobbs)

State lawmakers clash on competing bills to lower car tabs (Hobbs)

Where’s The Wheat? Farmers, Foodies Want To Bring Grains Back To The West Side

Getting carbon out of the cloud: No small task for Amazon, Microsoft
ICYMI: Listen in on this panel from Women’s March Seattle

NW Public Radio
UPDATE: Residents Near Rattlesnake Ridge Can Return Home; Threat Level Downgraded
Washington Bill Aims To Clarify Sex Offender Restrictions At Community Colleges

Q13 TV (FOX)
School bus drivers’ strike in Seattle enters second day on Friday


A Bill to Abolish the Death Penalty Garners Support in Washington (Pedersen)

State fines Sarbanand Farms $150,000 for failing to give workers breaks