Washington State House Democrats


Friday, Feb. 23


Associated Press
Officials close schools in Blaine, Washington after threat
State planning to reopen fishing on a river owned by a tribe
Hanford contractor, employee appeal $8.1M jury award
Washington carbon tax bill clears key fiscal committee (Ranker, Carlyle, Hasegawa)
Interior boss alters overhaul after pushback
Seattle restores $1M for hygiene services for homeless
Lawmakers move forward on legislative exemption bill (Nelson, Pellicciotti)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Friday’s snowfall might be heavier than forecast, even as we warm up

Bothell Reporter
Domestic violence survivors could get new protections from workplace discrimination (Doglio)

In Our View: Conundrum in Kalama

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Opioid users and victims to Sen. Patty Murray: ‘Help’
Foes of public records bypass bill say it incites mistrust (Nelson)
Milbank: Shouldn’t ‘pro-life’ extend to issues of gun violence?
Editorial: Lawmakers again exempt themselves from records act

Federal Way Mirror
City faces $850,000 budget shortfall for 2018
Paid family leave is the blueprint for affordable childcare (Reeves)

The Island Guardian
Take Back Your Meds Program

Kirkland Reporter
Domestic violence survivors could get new protections from workplace discrimination (Doglio)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
State plans to re-open fishing on Skokomish River
Nonprofits struggled alongside clients during recession

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: This public records bill is a snow job (Nelson)

New York Times
Trump Suggests Teachers Get a ‘Bit of a Bonus’ to Carry Guns
Black Jobless Rate Drops, but It’s Still Twice That of Whites

Peninsula Daily News
Lawmakers move forward on legislative exemption bill (Hunt, Nelson, Van De Wege, Pellicciotti)
Lawmakers seek funding for Port Angeles suicide barriers (Chapman, Van De Wege, Tharinger)
Legislator: Delay paying property taxes (Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump promotes arming teachers, but rejects active shooter drills
Washington state stakes its claim as a bastion for invention

Redmond Reporter
SpaceX push for satellite-based internet continues
Redmond City Council approves affordable housing funds

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Cold-weather shelters in King County may close by the weekend: Here’s where to go
Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students (Ranker, Hansen)
Podcast: Why should Washington state impose carbon tax after rejecting one in 2016?
State lawmakers advance legislation to encourage schools to make better use of student data (Mullet)
In Olympia, legislators plan to quickly pass bill hiding their old records (Hunt, Pellicciotti)
Editorial: Insistence on public-records secrecy for lawmakers is slap in the face to public they serve (Nelson)
Mullet: DreamAhead 529 is a better college-savings plan than GET

Seattle Weekly
State Legislators Want to Restrict Public Access to Their Records (Nelson)
Podcast: Inslee and Outrage
Fair Chance Housing Law Offers Renewed Hope to the Formerly Incarcerated

Spokesman Review
Critics question lawmakers’ proposal to block access to some records (Appleton, Pelliciotti, Hunt, Billig)
Details of the Legislature’s proposal to exempt itself from the Public Records Act
Washington bill would crack down on “service animals”
State Senate bill would end time limit on prosecuting child rape (Pedersen)
Marchers brave icy conditions, rally by candlelight for ‘Dreamers’
Lawsuit against WSU claims negligence led to burglary that exposed senstitive data

USA Today
Americans are increasingly becoming more self-destructive in ‘nightmarish’ trend
Vaping? You could be inhaling lead and arsenic, a new study says

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students (Ranker, Hansen)
Letter to the Editor: As American as school shootings
Letter to the Editor: Democratic Party equals hate, failure
Letter to the Editor: Pass new death penalty law for school shootings
Letter to the Editor: High tax bill arrives shortly after levy vote

Washington Post
The FCC’s vote repealing its net neutrality rules is finally official. Here’s what happens now.
The Trump administration takes its first big step toward stricter work requirements for food stamps

Wenatchee World
Bathroom graffiti threat prompts WHS security boost

West Seattle Herald
Mayor Durkan holding Town Hall meeting in West Seattle on Saturday

Yakima Herald Republic
Proposals in Olympia would erase gap in aid for state’s low-income college students (Hansen, Ranker)


Fight for funding to clear backlog of untested rape kits (Orwall)
Schools in Blaine, Bremerton cancel classes after threats made
King County unit to remove guns from people in crisis
Police use new law to target prohibited gun buyers
Troopers issue more than 870 tickets for E-DUI in Jan.

Fed up with skyrocketing property taxes? Don’t pay bill in full, say some state lawmakers (Mullet, Takko, Dhingra)
Bremerton, Blaine high schools closed as precaution after online threat

Land Conservation Group Moves Forward On Urban Community Development Efforts
Youth Mental Health First Aid Can Help Young People Who Are Struggling
Protesters Rally Against LNG Plant, Coal Power At Puget Sound Energy Hearing In Renton

Workers Contaminated With Radioactive Waste At Hanford Climbs To 10
POLL: The ‘Inappropriate’ Office Behaviors Most Pervasive In Workplaces
Possible car bomb sends Bremerton naval base into lockdown
Lawmakers Fast-Track Bill To Exempt Themselves From Public Records Act (Pellicciotti)

Oregon Public Broadcasting
Study: Rising sea threatens coast wetlands

Q13 TV (FOX)
Driving the Future: Self-driving cars are coming sooner than you may think


Immigration officials subpoena City Light for customer info

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Carbon tax clears hurdle, headed for state Senate vote?

Slog AM: ICE snooping on Seattle utility bills, Enterprise cuts NRA discounts
Trump suggests bonuses for teachers williing to carry guns in schools
Arming teachers is a dumb idea