Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Feb. 22


Associated Press
Beyond ‘Obamacare’: New liberal plan on health care overhaul
Lawmakers introduce bill to circumvent public records ruling (Pollet, Nelson)
Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for more weapons

Auburn Reporter
Local legislators hope to find property tax relief (Sullivan)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Kennewick students take unexcused absence to demand change in gun regulations 

Bothell Reporter
UW Bothell seminar aims to help students cope with climate change concerns

In Our View: Be Prudent, Legislators (Rolfes)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Point Wells high-end condo project is running out of time
At least they agree that property taxes need lowering
Your elected leaders don’t want you reading their emails (Nelson, Liias, )
House Democrats: Use capital gains tax to keep property tax rate lower (Sullivan, Ormsby, Rolfes)
Editorial: Bill would give state initiative law needed tweak
OpEd: If Congress won’t act, state, local officials should

The Inlander
Will Washington’s Democrats tackle gun safety? Plus, trade worries hit the wheat market (Riccelli)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan Historical Museum relies on locals to preserve island memories
State Senate votes to ban net pens (Ranker, Chase)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
House Democrats propose expanding higher ed in Kitsap County (Hansen)
Kitsap students walk out to protest school shootings
Column: Steps we can all take for safe schools
Letter: Time to choose: your children or your guns

Washington State’s Legislature Provides Relief to Rural Communities  (McCoy, Van De Wege)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump backs arming educators in meeting with school shooting survivors
Allegation about Tacoma lawmaker’s behavior prompts review at state Capitol

New York Times
Parents and Students Plead With Trump: ‘How Many Children Have to Get Shot?’

Peninsula Daily News
Elwha Bridge plans told: State officals provide timeline for new structure
State says Sequim elk herd numbers being thinned due to causing local crop damage

Renton Reporter
Democrats checking off to-do list | COMMENTARY

Seattle Times (subscription required)
As debate heats up in Olympia over guns, a GOP state lawmaker invents a massacre (Frockt, Dhingra)
Seattle federal prosecutor Thomas Wales was possibly killed by hired gunman, FBI official says
Contact with staff restricted for Washington state lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior (Sawyer, Sullivan)
NYT: Mississippi educator who detained gunman in 1997 is against arming school staff
Large: Lives depend on keeping up fight for gun control / Jerry Large column
Editorial: If you invent mass knife attacks, you lose the gun-control debate (Nelson)
Editorial: Lawmakers, repeal death penalty (Jinkins)
Opinion: Olympic National Park is no place for Growler jets
Opinion: Get out of Facebook and into the NRA’s face
Opinion: Before gun control, respectful conversations between Blues and Reds

Seattle Weekly
Legislature Considers Domestic Violence Survivor Workplace Protections (Doglio)

Skagit Valley Herald
Opioid presentations seek to educate community
Skagit County approves secure medication drop boxes

Spokesman Review
Washington legislators pushing to make some of their records secret (Nelson)
Students ignite gun control debate at Cheney High School
WSP troopers write 878 tickets for distracted driving in first month of Washington’s E-DUI law
State colleges could also ‘ban the box’ (Chase)
University athletic budgets could get more scrutiny under Washington House bill (Billig)
Gov. Jay Inslee calls for restrictions on military style semi-automatic rifles (Chopp, Nelson)
Sen. Maria Cantwell calls for heavier penalties on drugmakers who fail to keep opioids off the street
House investigation allegations against lawmaker (Sawyer, Sullivan)

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Capital punishment — necessary or outdated?

USA Today
Trump plan at odds with teacher #ArmMeWith movement

Washington Post
ATTACKS WOULD END!’: Trump doubles down on arming some teachers, defends NRA
A Wrenching Dilemma
Analysis: The Health 202: Gun violence research by the government hasn’t been funded in two decades. But that may soon change.

Whidbey News-Times
Tiny bugs bite into WhidbeyHealth budget

Yakima Herald Republic
Contact with staff restricted for Washington state lawmaker accused of inappropriate behavior (Sawyer, Sullivan)
Wapato shake-up: Officer involved in fatal shooting named public safety director; fire chief out of a job


Home caregiver mom fighting union backed bill (Cleveland)

Governor and veterans search for homelessness solutions

Invoking Florida Shooting, Inslee Urges Lawmakers To Act On Gun Bills
Tacoma Lawmaker Restricted From Contact With Staff Following Allegation
State Lawmakers Hear Testimony For Police Accountability And Training Initiative

Bellevue dealer won’t sell long guns to those under 21 


Family of police shooting victim Che Taylor files lawsuit

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Inslee to Legislature — ‘Do your job!’ and pass gun laws

Families of school shooting victims plead for change, Trump suggests arming teachers