Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Feb. 19


Associated Press
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race
Trump backs efforts to bolster FBI gun checks
Agency managing vast US lands experiences year of upheaval 
Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat 
Tribes call on Washington to respect Native sovereignty 
Animal overpass project now visible to westbound motorists 
Records: Washington officials gave activist’s info to ICE
A look at what’s still alive, likely dead in the Legislature

Aberdeen Daily World
Locals return to discuss homelessness at Aberdeen City Council meeting
Weed continues to get a chilly reception in Ocean Shores
Aberdeen School Board to discuss new state class size limits
Oped: School shooting: I refuse to accept that we are helpless
Oped: Constitution does not bar sensible gun rules

Bainbridge Island Review
First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature 
State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue  (Rolfes)
State Democratic lawmakers push labor union-friendly bills while Republicans cry foul play (Cleveland)

Centralia Chronicle
Washington Democrats Push Labor Union-Friendly Bills While Republicans Cry Foul Play  (Cleveland)

State reinsurance program gets reboot (Cleveland)
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Remembering Teddy, Taft, FDR, Truman, Obama, Trump visits
Gang activity on upswing in Everett
Trump wants Bonneville Power Administration sell-off
Election results for Snohomish County school districts
Editorial: Capital gains tax could offer property tax relief (Lytton)

Federal Way Mirror
State legislators work to address homelessness, school funding (Pellicciotti, Reeves)

Island’s Weekly
Inslee pushes back against offshore drilling
San Juan County initiatives for clean water

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the Senate (Pedersen, Carlyle)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan Islanders support bills in state Legislature (Ranker)
Larsen makes statement on infrastructure plan
Bravo to state Senate for net pen ban | Editorial (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Central Kitsap School District building frenzy hits peak
Orca bill sinks in state Senate (Lytton, Morris, Ranker)
Once home to square dances, ferry Hyak headed towards retirement
Letter: Hold legislators accountable for gun votes

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tough gun restrictions stall at state Capitol despite Democrats being in charge (Takko, Nelson, Senn)
Matt Driscoll: Inaction on gun safety is sadly predictable from lawmakers in Olympia (Billig, Nelson, Stonier)
Opinion: We can do more to avert Puget Sound oil spills

New York Times
How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online
In Florida, Extraordinary Obstacles for Changes to Gun Laws

Olympian (subscription required)
Opinion: Gun curbs can reduce mass-shooting carnage
Editorial: Tax windfalls create rare chance to fix tax code

Peninsula Daily News
Revenue forecast puts legislative focus on taxes, McCleary (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)
Nonprofit, state offer conflicting ideas about escaped salmon, virus
House passes version of net pen phase-out legislation

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race
After 911 calls and a lockdown at Highline College, police find ‘zero evidence’ of a shooting
How will property-tax increase in Western Washington impact you? Share your story
With work permits in limbo, spouses of H-1B visa holders worry they’ll lose jobs
Guns, taxes on voters’ minds as Washington state lawmakers hold Eastside town hall (Senn, Clibborn, Wellman)
Editorial: Trump’s budget doesn’t reflect nation’s values
Opinion: Infrastructure plan paves way only for Wall Street profit
Opinion: Listen to ideas for change from the post-Columbine generation
Opinion: Support vital home-visit programs that teach parents to inspire a love of learning in kids
Editorial: Time to end detention for truants and runaways (Darneille)

Seattle Weekly
Budget Proposal Would Jeopardize Washington’s Food Assistance Program

Skagit Valley Herald
Education Focus: Bill would extend reach of scholarship program
Letter: Protect our native salmon

Spokesman Review
Senate plan would block the public from some voter data
Getting there: Look to the sky, because the North Spokane Corridor is happening
State property tax hike may have hurt some district’s levy chances
Spokane County property taxes to rise significantly in 2018 (Billig, Rolfes)

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Attempt to stop aggressive signature gatherers needs refining 
Letter: HB 2311 a danger to school funding

USA Today
Trump open to changing gun background check system, aide says
What’s next for ‘Dreamers’ after Senate immigration bills fail?

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Letter to the Editor: Blocking NRA event wrongheaded
Letter to the Editor: No more to assault weapons

Washington Post
Why Parkland students have emerged as a powerful political voice
Trump administration assault on bipartisan immigration plan ensured its demise

Wenatchee World
Putting the death penalty to rest

West Seattle Herald
Sound Transit kicks off West Seattle/Ballard light rail extension with a bang; But critics say alternatives to the plan are needed
Highline College in lockdown after shots are reported; Now confirmed no shooter on campus
Proposal to eliminate the death penalty passes the state Senate (Pedersen)

Whidbey News-Times
Deputy justified in fatal shooting, prosecutor finds
Volunteer firefighter saves neighbor’s home


Food truck law could lower prices, improve meal quality, owners say
Edmonds moms planning gun violence protest Monday

Lawmakers hear pros and cons of new tax to ease rising property taxes (Lytton)
Study finds Atlantic salmon that escaped from Cypress Island pen were diseased

Westbound I-90 floating bridge reopens; thousands without power
False reports of gunfire raise fears at Southcenter Mall

The Overcast: Labor Leader David Rolf Discusses Threats To Public Sector Unions

Couple finds comfort in helping pass WA law to keep guns from people in crisis
Immigrant advocates call on Washington governor to hire deportation defense attorneys
Race gap on marijuana arrests widens after legalization
Authorities clear Highline College; no evidence of shooting

Q13 TV (FOX)
‘Will My School Be Next?’ Tacoma undergrad launches campaign for safer schools
Animal overpass project now visible to westbound motorists
Few states let courts take guns from people deemed a threat


The moms demanding responsible gun culture
NRA contributions to Washington lawmakers
How Washington lawmakers voted: Bump stock ban

Laws To Restrict AR-15 Rifles In Wash. Languish In Senate (Frockt, Ranker, Kuderer, Wellman, Saldana, Liias, Darneille, Chase, Cleveland)

Seattle P.I.
Tax relief promised, after spike in state revenue forecast (Rolfes, Sullivan)
Connelly: Politicians’ hearts go out but gun safety legislation is left to die

Yep, the Washington State Department of Licensing gave immigration activist’s info to ICE
Inslee’s carbon tax not a priority for Speaker Frank Chopp, sources say (Chopp, Sullivan, Fitzgibbon, Carlyle, Nelson, Rolfes)