Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Feb. 15


Associated Press
Nurses forced to work without pay awarded $2.8 million 
Group of senators reach immigration deal on Dreamers, wall
Washington Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty (Jinkins, Carlyle)
UN experts concerned about deportation of US activists
Student suspected in Washington state school shooting plot
Sessions wants to study mental health in school shootings
Trump to address nation on deadly mass shooting

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam mayor threatens veto if council moves to lower fees for condo developer

Bainbridge Island Review
(Former U.S. Secretary of State Kerry in Olympia to advocate for governor’s carbon tax | 2018 Legislative Session (Palumbo, Nelson, Carlyle, Fitzgibbon)
Bill expanding wrongful death actions passes the Senate | 2018 Legislative Session (Hasegawa)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Abolition of death penalty gets closer to reality as bill clears Washington state Senate   (Pedersen, Carlyle)

Centralia Chronicle
Bills Seek to Make the Wheel Go Round at County Fairs in Washington (Blake)

In Our View: Mixed Signals on Hanford

The Daily News
Port of Longview negotiating with prospective tenant for Berth 4

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State Senate passes bill to eliminate death penalty
WaPo: Budget director admits tax bill doesn’t pay for itself
WaPo: Trump runs high-risk economic experiment (it could go badly)
More workers tested positive for Hanford radiation
Milbank: Trump, GOP working to suppress nonwhite vote
Editorial: County’s emergency radio system due for replacement

Journal of the San Juan Islands
The cost of running a health clinic 
Bravo to state Senate for net pen ban | Editorial (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
‘I’m sick to my stomach’: 17 dead in Florida high school shooting; former student in custody
Letter: Carbon pricing compatible with economic growth
Letter: Food assistance shouldn’t restrict access
Letter: Clean energy bill would be helpful, effective (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Abolition of death penalty gets closer to reality as bill clears Washington state Senate (Carlyle, Pedersen)
Editorial: Birthdates must stay in public records

New York Times
Senators Strike Bipartisan Deal on Immigration Despite Veto Threat
Elizabeth Warren, Addressing Claims of Native Ancestry, Vows to Press for Tribes

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle transit use goes up as drive-alone commuting goes down 
Boom town: Downtown Seattle has added 60,000 new jobs, thousands of apartments 

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Is Washington weed crossing borders? Conditions are right, some say
Seattle panel closing in on plan to fund homeless aid with a business ‘head tax’
‘This is an urgent issue’: Seattle makes little progress on buildings that can kill in earthquakes 
Planned Parenthood, King County file lawsuits fighting cuts to teen-pregnancy prevention effort
Feeling the child-care crunch? We want to hear from you
Bill would give parents incentive — more money — to switch to new investment (Mullet, Hansen)
Opinion: All of Seattle’s neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval
Editorial: Lawmakers, leave state’s prepaid-tuition program alone (Mullet)

Seattle Weekly
Washington May Soon Teach Sexual Abuse Prevention in Schools

Spokesman Review 
Senate votes to end death penalty in Washington
Both sides in Senate look for property tax relief in last 3 weeks (Rolfes)
Senate approves extra $500,000 for fairs (Billig)
Washington House votes to end net pens (Chapman)
Wheat growers weary of Trump budget’s changes to crop insurance programs

Sequim Gazette
Senate passes bills to boost jobs in Olympic Peninsula and across state (Van De Wege, Liias)

The Stranger
Senator Says Transparency Bill Opposed by Tech Lobby Is Now Dead  (Palumbo)

USA Today
Here are the lawmakers calling for gun control in the wake of Florida shooting
Trump says he’s ‘totally opposed’ to domestic violence as House launches Porter investigation
Elizabeth Warren: Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab reduced Native Americans to ‘butt of a joke’

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

Washington Post
Bipartisan group reaches deal on immigration, fulfilling some Trump demands
Analysis: Mentally disturbed’: Trump is already pointing away from gun control

West Seattle Herald
Sound Transit kicks off West Seattle/Ballard light rail extension with a bang
White Center Chamber of Commerce will look at community issues in Open House Feb. 21

Yakima Herald Republic
Hanford radioactive contamination grows: 6 workers, 2 offices, 36 vehicles
Is Washington weed crossing borders? Conditions are right, some say
Letter: Check immigration facts
Editorial: Legislature proceeds on bills that aid Yakima Valley


Washington state Senate votes to repeal death penalty (Pedersen, Carlyle)
Student accused of plotting Everett school shooting could be charged today
Seattle gym owner gets threats after banning white nationalist leader
Worst commutes: Sedro-Woolley to UW
Doug Baldwin has message for President Trump after Florida school shooting

Proposed new ‘sexting’ law could give teens a break
School safety bill passes in Washington Senate amid day of shootings
State to file first criminal charges under new animal trafficking law

Police: Everett teen plotted high school shooting, wrote ‘I can’t wait’

At Sea-Tac Airport, A Flyover View Of Growth And Change
Washington Senate Votes To Repeal Death Penalty (Carlyle)
John Kerry Visits Olympia To Support Inslee’s Carbon Tax Proposal (Fitzgibbon, Palumbo)

Who still pays the price for marijuana crimes now that pot’s legal? 
Washington state House votes to ban Atlantic salmon farms
‘Big cultural change’ needed to prevent campus suicides
Love is in the air. And big property tax increases are in the mail

NW Public Radio
Ex-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Violated Ethics Laws 11 Times, Report Finds

Q13 TV (FOX)
State Senate passes bill to abolish death penalty
Police: Everett student details graphic plot in journal to shoot up his high school
School district, community praises grandmother for thwarting alleged attack at school


Opinion: A gym banned a white supremacist, but Seattle law is on his side

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Trump budget has zero money for Puget Sound recovery
Connelly: Trump wants to ax all federal money for NPR, PBS

Is this the year Washington state repeals the death penalty? It’s up to the House.
Senator says transparency bill opposed by tech lobby is now dead (Palumbo)
Evergreen ranks as one of the worst colleges in the US for free speech
UN human rights experts say ICE appears to be retaliating against Seattle immigration activist