Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, May 3


Associated Press
Bill Gates dedicates $158 million to American poverty issues 
Washington school district teachers get bats for security 
Forest Service has more cash to fight catastrophic wildfires 
More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers 
Amazon halts Seattle construction project ahead of tax vote
Secretary of State pushes for pre-paid postage for ballots (Mullet)

In Our View: Smart Start in Opioid Fight

The Daily News
Wages still waiting for bed at Western State

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Council votes to end merit raises for some county managers
Initiative would bar governments from enacting soda taxes
Everett’s Sea-Lect embraces apprenticeships to grow workforce
Mukilteo plans aerospace program for girls ages 12-16
Editorial: Makers of vaping liquid aiming sales at teens 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Join Friday Harbor Labs Open House | Letter
Surprise! Friday Harbor teacher awarded $5,000 CenturyLink grant | Update

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap STD rate on a rise: Are public health funding cuts to blame?

News Tribune (subscription required)
‘It’s solid brick’: Driver crashes truck through side of Tacoma school
Excessive-force case involving teenage girl costs Tacoma another six-figure payout

New York Times
President Repaid Hush Money, Giuliani Says
Trump Assails Justice Dept., Siding With Conservatives
Redskins Invited Sponsors to Topless Cheerleaders Shoot
China Hustles to Maintain Influence in North Korea
Green Berets Quietly Help Saudis Combat Yemen Rebels
Palestinian Leader’s Speech Is Condemned as Anti- Semitic
In 3 Rapid Strokes, Netanyahu Advances Agenda Against Iran

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tech exec on Seattle’s rising taxes: ‘At some point there’s going to be a gag reflex’
Councilmembers double down on head tax after Amazon halts Seattle expansion
Seattle’s tax bill is already much higher than nearby cities
Cambridge Analytica files for bankruptcy after misuse of Facebook data

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Amazon issues threat over Seattle head-tax plan, halts tower construction
San Diego did what Seattle didn’t: give people a safe place to sleep in cars
Gates Foundation pledges $158 million to fight poverty in U.S.
Seattle still using bike shares, but we’re not big fans in bad weather, new data shows
Washington earns a ‘C’ for state budget data disclosed on its fiscal website
Seattle, King County explore consolidating homeless services
FYI Guy: Fed up with Seattle? Data show where people are moving
Opinion: Instead of a jobs tax, credit business for helping the homeless
Editorial: Washington’s third U.S. teacher of year in 12 years is a winner in a crowd of greatness

Seattle Weekly
AG Ferguson Sues EPA Over Vehicle Emission Standards

Spokesman Review
Before Trump handed her a trophy, she handed him a message

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Secretary of state makes right call on prepaid ballots

Washington Post
Trump confirms he repaid lawyer for hush money to Stormy Daniels
The Supreme Court has a blockbuster season — and the justices are pretty divided
Fatal police shootings of unarmed people have significantly declined, experts say
‘Who wants to work there now?’: Veterans Affairs faced exodus even before the Ronny Jackson fiasco
Editorial: Enough. Send this swamp monster packing.
Editorial: Netanyahu’s revelations aren’t enough to justify ripping up the Iran nuclear agreement

Yakima Herald Republic
Students walk out of class to show support for Second Amendment rights
Social media and teen suicide: Is there a link?
Editorial: Job openings require next generation of workers


Amazon halts Seattle construction amid head tax proposal

Forest Service Says Disaster Funding Bill Will Help Fight Wildfires This Year


Amazon Halts Downtown Construction Pending City Council Vote on Head Tax
A Timeline Of All The Times Attorney General Bob Ferguson Has Sued Trump