Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Feb. 13


Associated Press
US intelligence boss says security clearances are ‘broken’
Agency-by-agency highlights of Trump’s 2019 budget
Critics worry housing plan will wreck Seattle’s character
Trump administration proposes $230M cut for Hanford
Idaho House approves restoring Medicaid dental benefits
Ex-Secretary of State in Olympia to talk climate change
Ex-Gov. John and Lois Spellman remembered at joint funeral
State attorneys general: No citizenship question on census
Trump’s high-spending budget reverses longtime GOP dogma
Senate GOP, Dem leaders say it’s time for immigration deal
Opioid makers gave $10M to advocacy groups amid epidemic

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: Kitsap assessor, treasurer to address property taxes | Letter to the editor

Capital Press
Column: Doing what is required to comply with broken immigration law

Centralia Chronicle
Proposed Bill Would Prohibit Criminal History Question on Job Applications (Ortiz-Self)

State Senate OKs bill aiding Interstate 5 Bridge (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Trump budget drains fund counted on by Sound Transit
A vision for Everett’s homeless students and their families
WaPo: Top spy: Russia will attempt to undermine the 2018 elections
Robinson: Trump duped those who bought his populist promises

Island’s Weekly
Senate passes ban on invasive species Atlantic salmon net pens (Ranker, Chase)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington State Senate bans net pen operations (Ranker, Chase)

Kirkland Reporter
Rep. DelBene, local students create Valentines for veterans

Kitsap Daily News
‘Ban the Box’ bill employment bill advances in state House (Ortiz-Self)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Editorial: Equal footing for economic growth
Op-ed: Preventing suicide: Teen deaths are on the rise, but we know how to fight back

News Tribune (subscription required)
Fights over voting rights a prelude to November midterm election
Report: Patient advocacy groups pushed opioids after getting industry money

New York Times
White House Proposes $4.4 Trillion Budget That Adds $7 Trillion to Deficits
Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Puts Burden on State and Private Money
Background Checks Are Not the Answer to Gun Violence
Big Republican Advantages Are Eroding in the Race for House Control

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam commissioners add interim ban on non-native fish farms to shoreline plan
Lawmakers consider a plan to help homeless college students (Sells, Ranker, Darneille)
Bigfoot eludes state recognition yet again (Chase)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon cuts corporate jobs amid broader expansion
New Trump spending plan delays balanced budget

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Former Gov. John and Lois Spellman remembered at joint funeral Mass
Bill and Melinda Gates answer ‘tough’ questions — including about Trump and U.S. giving
GOP congressman says he’ll fight Trump’s call to cut funds for Hanford nuclear cleanup
Trump’s budget would slash money for Sound Transit, Seattle bus and streetcar lines
Editorial: State Democrats are on the wrong side of open-records fight (Darneille, Kuderer, Nelson, Chopp)
Opinion: Pre-K education lifts all children
Opinion: We can’t dismiss Russian hacking of U.S. elections

Seattle Weekly
State Legislators Look to “Ban the Box” (Ortiz-Self)

Spokesman Review
Feds injection of uncertainty into state pot industry stunts business growth
Employers’ religious objections shouldn’t block birth control coverage, Senate says (Ranker, Keiser)
House passes automatic voter registration bill

The Stranger
Bill Would Make It Extra Clear That Facebook Has to Disclose Political Ad Data  (Palumbo, Hunt)

USA Today
‘The United States is under attack’: Intelligence chief Dan Coats says Putin targeting 2018 elections
Bill Gates’ dire warning: U.S. could lose its global leadership role under Trump
Nasty flu season takes toll on small businesses

Washington Post
Immigration debate launches in the Senate — and a GOP plan picks up support
Trump wants to overhaul America’s safety net with giant cuts to housing, food stamps and health care
Analysis: The Daily 202: Trump budget highlights disconnect between populist rhetoric and plutocrat reality

Yakima Herald Republic
Washington’s tourism marketing program gets Senate OK; will House approve bill to fund it?
GOP congressman says he’ll fight Trump’s call to cut funds for Hanford nuclear cleanup
Editorial: State rightly concerned about safety at Hanford


Hundreds attend funeral for former Gov. John Spellman and wife Lois

Nonprofit Aims To Raise Awareness About Sexual Assault And Harassment In Schools

Working through the dilemma of free speech on college campuses


Civic Skunkworks
When more people vote, we all win (Hudgins)

Under Trump’s EPA, pesticide workers pin hopes on state
I-405 toll lanes are cutting traffic times — but not by enough
Opinion: I’m a student journalist. The Legislature should protect my rights, too

My Edmonds News
21st District legislators to hold telephone town hall Feb. 15, district event Feb. 17 (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias)

President Trump’s budget won’t strengthen the economy. It will harm Washington state.

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: State’s delegation in Congress splits in votes on budget deal

Tech lobby mobilizes against transparency bill in Olympia (Palumbo)
Trump is a grifter, his infrastructure plan sucks, and his budget threatens Sound Transit
Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education won’t investigate trans discrimination complaints
Bill would make it extra clear that Facebook has to disclose political ad data (Palumbo)
Legislators could delete the statute of limitations for rape, but how would that affect juveniles? (Macri, Frame)