Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Feb. 14


Associated Press
Trump’s budget would slash money for Sound Transit, Tacoma Link 
Sen. Maureen Walsh returning to work after heart attack 
John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change 
ICE lawyer in Seattle charged with stealing immigrants’ IDs
Spokane lawmaker cited for driving under the influence (Ormsby, Sullivan)
Trump: Gut funding for climate science, boost fossil fuels
Sewage spill near Bremerton shipyard prompts contact advisory

Auburn Reporter
Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate (Hasegawa)
State legislators look to “ban the box” (Ortiz-Self)
John Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax (Palumbo, Fitzgibbon, Nelson, Carlyle)

Bothell Reporter
1st District legislators to host town hall meeting Saturday in Bothell (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba)

Centralia Chronicle
John Kerry in Olympia to Advocate for Governor’s Carbon Tax  (Nelson, Carlyle, Palumbo, Fitzbibbon)

County assessor says most will see higher property tax bill

The Daily News
County considers tweaks to environmental review policy
Kalama approves $2.3 million in water system upgrades

Denver Post
Colorado pot sales hit record $1.5 billion, border towns get ‘green rush’

Everett Herald (subscription required)
292 pedestrians in county were struck last year, and 8 died
Kerry lends Inslee a hand selling the idea of a carbon tax (Nelson, Carlyle, Palumbo, Fitzgibbon)
Sound Transit tax bill advances (Hobbs)
Letter: Bill would help contract workers take benefits to new jobs
Letter: Support bills banning salmon net pens in state waters

Island’s Weekly
Lawmaker pitches vocational scholarships at rural community colleges (Chapman)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County Public Hospital District 1 says Open Public Meetings Act not violated

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump’s budget would slash money for Sound Transit, Tacoma Link
Pierce County sends its annual gift of love: your new, higher property tax bill
John Kerry: Individual states can lead on climate change (Carlyle)
Editorial: Point Ruston agreement is a tale of mediation, intimidation in two cities (Fey, Jinkins, Kirby Darneille, Conway)
Opinion: What one daughter of a Green River Killer victim says about death penalty

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: An answer for long-term care just bit the dust (Jinkins)

New York Times
Judges Say Throw Out the Map. Lawmakers Say Throw Out the Judges.
How a Police Chief, a Governor and a Sociologist Would Spend $100 Billion to Solve the Opioid Crisis
Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Isn’t Viable in SNAP Overhaul, Officials Say

Peninsula Daily News
Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate (Hasegawa)
Proposed bill would provide free college tuition to some students (Ranker)

Renton Reporter
Op-ed: Attitudes change on farming non-native salmon

Seattle Times (subscription required)
A ‘landslide observatory’: Scientists study Washington’s Rattlesnake Ridge
1st Amendment group gives Evergreen State College low marks for free speech
Want to beat traffic in King County? The push is on: Work without going to work (Van De Wege)
Transit ridership continues to grow in central Seattle, while solo car commutes decline
Former Sec. of State John Kerry visits Olympia to promote Inslee’s carbon-tax plan (Carlyle, Hobbs, Sullivan)
Editorial: Raise smoking, vaping age to 21 and save lives
Opinion: Saving free speech at the UW: Advice from a onetime College Republican
Opinion: I was married to Rob Porter, and here is my story of abuse
Opinion: Lawmakers love the state’s Public Records Act — except when it applies to them (Nelson, Chopp)
Westneat: Sorry, Hanford: Your radiation leaks aren’t as important as tax cuts

Spokesman Review
All Spokane County school levies pass, most by overwhelming margins
Rep. Timm Ormsby rolls Jeep, charged with DUI (Ormsby, Sullivan)
John Kerry visits Olympia to tout Governor Jay Inslee’s carbon tax plan
Central Valley voters OK region’s first new high school since 1997

Tri-City Herald
A heart attack kept this state senator out for 2 weeks. She’s coming back

USA Today
EPA budget would be slashed by a fourth in President Trump’s budget and Democrats are upset
Even in best-case scenario for climate change, extreme weather events likely to continue increasing, experts say

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
With Puget Sound booming, panel will discuss island’s fate

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Sen. Walsh to return to work after heart attack

Washington Post
Trump backs GOP immigration plan, rejects limited approach on dreamers

Whidbey News-Times
Interactive ‘wax museum’ brings history to life for local students
Forest practices code changes head to board
Langley cop saves man from opiate overdose

Yakima Herald Republic
Washington House of Representatives unanimously honors Sheriff Brian Winter


How WA state is preparing for 2018 election interference

Backlash from opioid epidemic puts health of chronic pain sufferers at risk
Spokane lawmaker cited for driving under the influence (Ormsby)
Ex-Secretary of State John Kerry in Olympia to talk climate change

State ferry system’s top new mechanic apprentices are women

Federal Land And Water Conservation Fund Under Threat 
Northwest Farmers Worry As Fruit Buds ‘Push’ Early
Trump Budget Would Zero Out Funding For Puget Sound Recovery, Again 

Lots of places want a fast ferry. First they need a dock
Polluted Stormwater Damages Fish’s Ability to Survive
Kitsap’s fast ferry is headed for drydock. Will there be a replacement?
Seattle’s publicly funded preschool program not hitting education goals

NW Public Radio
Congress Fails To Close Deal On Wildfire Prevention Legislation (Once Again)
Northwest Farmers Worry As Fruit Buds ‘Push’ Early
Researchers In Seattle Show Polluted Stormwater Hurts Fish Survival


A Bill Would Decriminalize Sexting for Minors (Dhingra)

West Seattle Blog
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