Monday, Feb. 12


Associated Press
Several arrests after skirmishes at college Republican event
Trump’s $4 trillion budget helps move deficit sharply higher
Trump infrastructure plan relies on state and local funding
Washington House passes bill to protect net-neutrality rules (Hansen)
State seeks ban on consumer credit freeze fees
State Senate OKs measure to phase out salmon net-pen farming (Van De Wege, Ranker)

Bainbridge Island Review
Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students (Ranker)
Lawmakers consider a plan to help homeless college students (Sells, Darnielle)
Bill to tax oil in pipelines, update state oil spill contingency plans advances in state Senate (Hobbs)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Opioid scourge claiming lives of Washington state health care workers, too 

State House passes bill limiting contributions in port campaigns (Wylie, Stonier)
House passes bill to help homeless (Wylie, Stonier)
Bills aim to lift legal age to buy tobacco, vapor products to 21 (Wylie, Kuderer)
In Our View: Face Forward With Energy
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers 

The Daily News
State Senate votes to largely prohibit sale of firefighting foam linked to water pollution in Washington  (Van De Wege)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State House backs Snohomish County opioid help center  (Palumbo)
Statewide drug take back program clears House (Peterson, Orwall)
How local lawmakers voted in Legislature
Editorial: Relief and anxiety following federal budget deal

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way City Council sets vision, goals
Homeless services create concerns for residents, business owners

The Island Guardian
Orca Drone Protection Bill Passes House (Lytton, Morris, Tarleton, Fitzgibbon, Springer, Gregerson, Hudgins)

Maple Valley Reporter
Senate honors Tahoma High’s ‘We the People’ team (Mullet)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Opioid scourge claiming lives of Washington state health care workers, too
Hacker breaks into state’s marijuana-tracking systems, steals route information
Editorial: Drill, baby, drill? Not off Washington’s coastline
Opinion: Better brace yourself for property tax shock
Opinion: State should help seniors get long-term care without going broke

New York Times
Trump’s Infrastructure Plan: Modest Federal Incentives, Facing Long Odds
Opinion: Democrats Can Win on Immigration

Olympian (subscription required)
Tensions flare at Capitol after Democrats try to pass pro-union bills after midnight (Nelson, Cleveland)
Wholesale anti-sexual harassment reforms suffer setback at state Legislature (Jinkins, Nelson)
Editorial: State licensing agency has a new problem

Peninsula Daily News 
Legislation would aid Olympic Medical Center, other rural hospitals (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman)
Chapman pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges (Chapman)

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Rep. Frame to host drop-in town hall Feb. 18 (Frame)

Renton Reporter
State Senate pushes its own car tab tax reduction measure (Kuderer, Hobbs, Saldana, Chase)
Don’t worry, it won’t affect climate change | COMIC

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington Legislature considers banning housing discrimination based on income (Frockt, Kuderer)
Emboldened by new majority, Washington Senate Democrats set fast legislative pace (Nelson, Rolfes, Sullivan, Lytton)
Funeral Mass set Monday in Seattle for former Gov. John Spellman
5 arrested as Trump supporters, counterprotesters rally in Seattle
Washington Senate approves pair of union-backed bills after fierce debate (Cleveland, Nelson)
State Senate votes to largely prohibit sale of firefighting foam linked to water pollution in Washington (Van De Wege)
Large: Build homes — not spiky fences — for Seattle homeless
Editorial: Consider bringing Seattle school buses in-house
Opinion: Adding third-sex option on birth certificates is a start
Opinion: Suddenly deficits don’t matter
Editorial: Fences are necessary in homelessness humanitarian crisis
Opinion: White privilege diminishes our humanity: 10 Commitments for meaningful change
Opinion: Even as a newbie, I know tiny apartments don’t belong in Fremont

Spokesman Review
Othello rancher leaves millions to benefit Eastern Washington causes, including health care, wildlife
Spin Control: Somebody call the IT department (Hunt)
Senate passes plan to set up new way to manage home care workers (Nelson)
House backs net neutrality in Washington (Hansen, Ormsby, Riccelli)
Lawmakers vote to end discrimination against renters who use government assistance (Riccelli)
Domestic violence harassers could lose gun rights (Dhingra, Billig)
Opinion: EWU is helping transform our region

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Inslee’s carbon tax bill unfair to middle class

USA Today
OxyContin maker’s culture change starts today: No more promoting opioid
What’s in Trump’s 2019 budget proposal? Funding for wall, infrastructure and fighting opioid abuse

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
State capital budget allocates funds for Vashon-Maury projects

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Letter to the Editor: Firefighting costs soar, limiting needed work
Letter to the Editor: Log-rolling at work in Legislature’s Hirst ‘fix’

Washington Post
Trump plan will drop GOP’s traditional goal of balancing budget within 10 years
This crafty tactic may let states get around the FCC on net neutrality

Wenatchee World
Colvilles vote to keep reservation’s name

West Seattle Herald
Bus drivers reach agreement with First Student; Back on the job Monday
Herbold:  How Will Sound Transit develop a Preferred Alternative for West Seattle Light Rail?
State Senate pushes its own car tab tax reduction measure

Whidbey News-Times
Projected cost of sewage treatment plant increases to $142 million
Affordable housing development in works for Oak Harbor

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakamas declare public safety crisis, call for harsher punishment for criminals on reservation
Opinion: Black History Month important; here are some reasons why


Seattle bus drivers back to work Monday after approving new contract
Homeless drop-in clinic in Olympia getting mixed reviews

The Opioid Crisis In The Northwest: Sound Effect, Episode 134
Why Tacoma Paramedics Are Handing Out Nasal Sprays To Overdose Survivors
What Makes Opioids So Addictive? The Brain Science Behind the Epidemic
In Battle Against Vancouver’s Overdose Epidemic, Drug Users are Leading the Way


Opinion: Why we need the death penalty
Seattle to clear minor pot convictions. Are felonies next?

Top 10 Stories: Marijuana Misdemeanors, Rent Control, and the Statute of Limitations for Rape

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Trump sings praises of ex-aide accused of abusing ex-wives
Connelly: State Senate bans farming of Atlantic salmon after 2025 (Ranker)

Police made five arrests and deployed pepper spray at the UW Patriot Prayer rally

Waterland Blog
33rd District Town Hall meeting with local legislators will be Saturday, Feb. 17 (Orwall, Gregerson, Keiser)