Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Mar. 19


Associated Press
Washington city to revisit ban on pit bull terriers 
Washington state initiative aims to ban local soda taxes 
Inslee questions whether Canadian pipeline should expand
US demands proof steel is safe in Richland nuke plant

Aberdeen Daily World
Hospital layoffs hit a quarter of those in leadership ranks
Narcotics task force seizes more than $2 million in Thurston County, Oakville marijuana raids
Public invited to give input into hazard mitigation plan

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Running Start is working. Now, how can it work for those who need it most? 
Superstore chain Fred Meyer to stop selling guns, ammunition 

In Our View: Process Rape Kits
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (confiscated weapons)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Mukilteo fire stations are the newest ‘Safe Places’ for youth
Edmonds School Board adopts resolution about guns
In Sultan, a walkout is a missed class, leading to detention
County’s new voting system more ‘intuitive,’ election head says
Milbank: Why burdens of bank regulation can be a good thing
Burke: What’s changed: Guns, boys or society?
Commentary: We need to teach our students how to dissent
Commentary: Opioid abuse is serious, but so is chronic pain
Editorial: Help Everett Transit shape transportation future
Letter: Trump’s actions on immigration, trade not in our interests
Letter: Minimum wage is an unfair price control
Letter: State bank would keep public funds working for us

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bill would prevent rising Tacoma Narrows tolls, extend collections (Kilduff)
Medication drop off boxes now open in Kitsap
Beyond lockdowns: Schools drill for active shooter response
Gordon Walgren, lawyer and former lawmaker, dies at 85

Mother Jones
All of a Sudden, Voting Rights Are Expanding Across the Country

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Fear makes case for arming Tacoma’s school patrol

New York Times
Trump Takes Aim at Mueller, Prompting Some G.O.P. Rebukes
Another Explosion in Austin, Hours After Plea to Bomber
Europe’s Planned Digital Tax Heightens Tensions With U.S.
Trump Accidentally Helps Free Trade in Latin America
“Testilying” by Police: A Stubborn Problem

Nisqually Valley News
Clouds Blotting Transparency Might Be Lifting in Olympia (Palumbo, Rolfes)

Olympian (subscription required)
Opinion: Diversity in education should be a requirement

Puget Sound Business Journal
Washington’s five-point plan to land the Boeing 797
Data leak puts Facebook under intensifying scrutiny on two continents
Washington jobs report shows promising start to 2018

Renton Reporter
Editorial: Lawmakers find common ground found on prosecuting police officers (Goodman)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Property-tax Q&A: Why is your King County bill going up so much — and where is the money going?
Why is Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan eyeing budget cuts in a boom?
Internet access is quietly changing Seattle’s tent cities
Large: The late Harold Booker lifted himself above expectations … and helped make King County a better place
Editorial: Seattle Mayor Durkan’s cautious approach to budget is wise
Opinion: Do our youth really understand their country’s military?
Editorial: Deadly-force law needs to change, but not like this (Pollet)

Spokesman Review
The 2018 Legislature, by the numbers (Riccelli, Keiser)
Host families give a boost to WSU med students
Simplified statewide fishing rules go into effect in July
Washington’s gray wolf population increases for ninth consecutive year

Tri-City Herald
Badger Club: Getting a fair chance after prison

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Proposed state initiative aims to ban soda taxes
Editorial: Legislature left public out of decisions
Editorial: Transparency on drug pricing could help reduce costs

Washington Post
‘Serial bomber’ suspected after fourth blast in Austin, police say
Everything you need to know about the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle
Consumer lawyers want to end Education Department’s partial student debt relief plan

Yakima Herald Republic
National journalism organization names Washington lawmakers as runners-up for ‘Black Hole’ award
Dent, Manweller allow reporters to look through their email, calendars
Washington state initiative aims to ban local soda taxes
Editorial: Murder exposes criminal-justice cracks that county must repair


King County program helped 4,000 people from becoming homeless
Former FBI double agent living in Seattle talks about Russia’s meddling with the US
Beyond lockdowns: Schools drill for active shooter response
Proposed state initiative aims to ban soda taxes
Washington State Parks are free Monday for 105th birthday
Kayak activists in Seattle protest oil pipeline, tanker project

Pierce County considers ban on safe injection sites

‘It’s absolutely terrifying,’ says volunteer after gun found at Everett park
New app helps drivers find passengers to use HOV lanes

Scholarship Program Aims To Develop Leaders In Puget Sound Region 
Community Truancy Boards Look To Get Troubled Kids Back On Track, Not Behind Bars  (Orwall)

California Lawmakers Weigh Pros And Cons Of Mandatory Screening For Postpartum Depression
Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes
Washington policing groups joined with critics to pass new state law
Northwest Lawsuits Could Alter How ICE Handles Immigration Arrests
Major Changes Coming To Voting Rights, Access In Washington

Q13 TV (FOX)
Property crimes take a back seat to major crimes in Pierce County while sheriff’s office faces deputy shortage
Moms cleaning up Everett park find gun; ‘This is where I take my son’
Infectious diseases on the rise as homeless population grows


Boing Boing
Washington State lawmaker thinks the courts will uphold state Net Neutrality law because the FCC abdicated its duty (Hansen)

Dear Washington state: Don’t follow California’s tax model
The environmental wins and losses in Olympia this year (McBride, Van De Wege, Ranker, Lytton, Fitzgibbon)

Digital Music News
Verizon, AT&T & Comcast Ask Congress to Make the Net Neutrality Repeal Stronger (Hansen)

Investigate West
Enviros struggled for success in Olympia in 2018 (McBride, Fitzgibbon, Lytton, Morris, Fey, Goodman, Van De Wege, Ranker, Carlyle)

Sound Transit CEO pleads with Congress not to eliminate critical funding
Proposed state initiative aims to ban soda taxes

Seattle P.I.
Washington, B.C. leaders eye high-speed rail line
Trump Treasury secretary cost taxpayers $1M on military flights

British Columbia Will Kick in $300,000 to Study High-Speed Rail