Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Feb. 21


Associated Press
Republicans push to ban death penalty in conservative Utah 
9 public and tribal housing authorities win $2.4 million
House Democrats’ budget plan relies on capital gains tax (Sullivan, Lytton)
State seeks settlement over care for mentally ill defendants
Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says
NTSB: Truck hit by GOP train was on tracks after warning

Aberdeen Daily World
North Shore Levee Project entering final design phase
Homeowners have hope for North Willapa Bay property
Health care billing process is costly and inefficient, study concludes
How they voted in Olympia

Bainbridge Island Review
Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings  (Pedersen, Dhingra)
First Amendment rights for student newspapers moves through Legislature 
State forecast projects over a billion in additional tax revenue  (Rolfes)

Battleground Reflector
Bill to expedite I-5 bridge process passes Senate  (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)
Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings  (Pedersen, Van De Wege, Dhingra, Lovick, Hunt, Frockt, Palumbo, Saldana)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Tacoma students have message for adults: We want to feel safe in school 
Democrats using new majority to erode Public Records Act  (Kuderer, Hunt, Darnielle)
House budget replaces property taxes with capital-gains tax, delays teacher salary fix  (Lytton, Sullivan, Ormsby, Robinson)
With $50M in fines piled up over help for mentally ill, the state is seeking a settlement  (Frockt)
State seeks settlement over care for mentally ill defendants 
9 public and tribal housing authorities win $2.4 million 

Supplemental budgets will aid projects in Clark County  (Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Safe saves Everett Office Furniture’s future after fire (Habib)
House Democrats: Use capital gains tax to keep property tax rate lower (Sullivan, Ormsby, Lytton, Rolfes, Robinson)
Singletary:Debunking 4 myths about black wealth
Muhlstein: After tragedy, Everett students support Florida students
Commentary: Let people decide on state’s death penalty
Op-ed by Rep. Lovick: Fight opioid crisis through health, recovery

The Island Guardian
Cooke Aquaculture May Sue State For $76M

Island’s Weekly
State Senate votes to ban net pens (Ranker)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Orcas Islander discusses shareholder revolution

News Tribune (subscription required)
House budget replaces property taxes with capital-gains tax, delays teacher salary fix (Sullivan, Lytton, Ormsby)
Editorial: Improving I-5 south of JBLM needs focus

New York Times
Florida Republicans Face Mounting Pressure to Act on Gun Control
With Grief and Hope, Florida Students Take Gun Control Fight On the Road
Dreamers’ Fate Is Now Tied to Border Wall and Other G.O.P. Immigration Demands

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Wilcox has good idea to counter farm suicides (Orwall)

Peninsula Daily News
Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid discussion on mass shootings
(Palumbo, Saldana, Hunt, Van De Wege, Dhingra, Pedersen, Lovick)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Influential state senator calls proposed fix for state Condominium Act an ‘absolutely terrible bill’
(Pedersen, Ryu)
Seattle commutes are getting longer and more expensive

Bill to expedite I-5 bridge process passes Senate (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie)

Renton Reporter
Editorial Cartoon: Hitting the bullseye
More flu expected in Washington

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle plan for free transit for students among most generous in nation, mayor says
King County’s former homeless ‘czar’ on homelessness: ‘The causes … are far more complex than I even knew’
$1 million for hygiene services for Seattle homeless people restored
Some wealthy Washington schools get more money than needier ones in new budget. Here’s why. (Rolfes)
Washington House Democrats propose taxing capital gains, ignoring Supreme Court on K-12 school funding (Sullivan, Lytton)
Editorial: End detention for truants and runaways (Darneille)
Opinion: Prioritize Native leaders’ role in Seattle’s governance
Opinion: Don’t let Facebook off the hook

Seattle Weekly
Hash Gets Hacked

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Lawmakers clash over gun legislation amid another discussion on mass shootings (Frockt, Pedersen, Van De Wege, Dhingra, Lovick, Hunt, Palumbo, Saldaña)

Spokesman Review
Spokane-area schools prepare for student walkouts demanding stricter gun control
Inslee appoints Judge Shelley Szambelan to Spokane County Superior Court
Help sought for homeless youth, foster children
Property tax break, capital gains in Democrats’ budget (Ormsby, Lytton, Sullivan)
Spokane could be site of special program to reduce vehicle crimes (Goodman)
Op-ed: Statewide data center incentives needed to preserve Washington’s edge
Letter: Oil trains and Gov Inslee

USA Today
Trump takes executive action to ban bump stocks that increase weapons’ firepower

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
In wake of criticism, VCA hosts town hall
Property tax increase hits hard, legislators consider 2019 relief
School levy passes by wide margin

Washington Post
Trump, citing ‘evil massacre’ in Florida, starts talking about gun control

Whidbey News-Times
To nobody’s surprise, city’s sewer rates on the high end
State lawmaker aims to improve recycling process

Yakima Herald Republic
Rep. Tom Dent’s foster-parent ‘Bill of Rights’ passes in House


Parent aims to change wrongful death law
Dozens pack public hearing for ‘De-escalate Washington’

Tacoma students’ message to adults: We want to feel safe in school
Heartfelt testimony as House committee considers death penalty ban
Latest House Democratic budget adds more property tax relief (Lytton, Sullivan)

Seattle man says he must move because of high property taxes
Bellingham students plan walkout to protest gun violence, honor Florida shooting victims
Stickers, new free program to help Centralia police fight auto theft

Should Washington Prohibit Juvenile Detention For Truants?   (Darnielle)
Washington House Democrats Propose $1B Property Tax Relief, New Capital Gains Tax  (Lytton, Sullivan, Rolfes)
County Assessors Preparing For Concerns About High Property Tax Bills
Renton’s Quendall Terminals On EPA’s Superfund Redevelopment Focus List
Democratic Lawmaker Says He’d Like To Lower Threshold For School Bond Measures To Pass  (Mullet)

Seattle building boom helps ex-prisoners find work and shelter
13 kids sue Washington state for life, liberty and a livable climate

Q13 TV (FOX)
Seahawks Doug Baldwin, families show support for police reform initiative
Lakewood gun dealer backs Bellevue shop owner in refusing to sell long guns to people under 21


Is the sixth time the charm for Inslee’s carbon tax?

Sister of murdered Monroe officer fights bill to abolish death penalty

North County Outlook
Al-Rikabi, Desenberg named Students of the Month (Ortiz-Self)

Senate budget proposal makes key necessary investments, but paying for tax cuts with rainy day funds would undercut state’s long-term fiscal health
House budget smartly proposes capital gains tax, but ignores Supreme Court’s order to fund schools this year

Cooke Aquaculture threatns to seek damages from Washington state