Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, May 10


Associated Press
Health officials find 7 probable cases of hepatitis C
County sues top oil companies for downplaying global warming
State officials explain how false tsunami warning happened
House Democrats vote to suspend lawmaker’s chairmanship  (Chopp, Sullivan, Stonier, Sawyer)
Seattle sugary drinks tax generates $4M in first 3 months

Aberdeen Daily World
GET: It’s an easy way to get ahead of college tuition bills, by starting when your kids are young

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
He’s putting up his own money to bring back $30 car tabs, ‘stick it’ to transit
Family believes bullying at school led to daughter’s suicide
Olympia City Council calls for day center, sanctioned camp sites for homeless

Bothell Reporter
Eyman says he will spend $500K of his own money on initiative

Comcast gives some customers free internet speed boost

The Daily News
Six states back Lighthouse’s federal lawsuit over coal terminal
Editorial: State right to fight EPA (via Columbian)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Eyman to spend $500K of his own money on car-tab initiative
With summer coming, gallon of gas rises 14 cents in a month
State asks people to steer clear whale area in San Juans
WaPo: Trump’s reckless withdrawal from Iran deal
Editorial: Verdict’s in on left-lane camping; move over

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State calls for voluntary ‘no-go’ zone along San Juan Island’s westside
Locals advise Washington State Ferries on long-term plan (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap Transit, Washington State Ferries win federal grants
Ferry system delays installation of cell phone boosters on board Chimacum (Rolfes)
Letter: Cutting assistance programs makes housing even tougher to find

Mukilteo Beacon
Teachers file grievance over salary contract (Ortiz-Self)

News Tribune (subscription required)
House Democrats suspend Tacoma lawmaker from committee post after evidence from ‘credible allegations’  (Sullivan, Sawyer, Kirby, Stonier)
Editorial: Hawaii sends Northwest a red-hot wake-up call

New York Times
Israeli Jets Hit Dozens of Iranian Targets in Syria
Humiliated by Trump, Europe Tries to Defend Its Interests
U.S.-North Korea Summit Set for June 12, Trump Says

Peninsula Daily News
County committee will study impacts of shooting range facilities
Human error blamed for tsunami warning glitches

Puget Sound Business Journal
King County exec on Seattle’s planned head tax: ‘Taxing jobs is counterproductive’
Amazon paid $250 million in state and local taxes in 2017, according to a report
Amazon’s stalled jobs could cost Puget Sound region’s economy $3.5 billion a year, study shows
Seattle pulls in more than $4 million in first months of sugary drink tax
Not just Amazon: How much 20 Seattle employers will pay under proposed head tax

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state House Democrats suspend Rep. David Sawyer’s chairmanship over allegations of inappropriate behavior (Sawyer, Kloba, Sullivan, Jinkins, Darneille)
King County sues big oil companies for downplaying global warming
Mayor Durkan not satisfied with Seattle head-tax plan, still at work on deal
Amazon paid $250 million in Washington state and local taxes in 2017, source says
Labor-backed group asks Washington state AG Bob Ferguson to charge Amazon with felony over head-tax threat
King County needs to spend $400 million a year to solve homeless crisis, new report says
Neighborhood upzones for affordable housing: Q&A on proposal with Seattle mayor’s adviser
Tim Eyman loans $100,000 to initiative effort that would reinstate $30 car tabs
Editorial: FDA’s new calorie-labeling rules empower consumers to make healthier choices
Congresswoman DelBene: GOP plan to tie food stamps to job training is not ‘reform’

Spokesman Review
As coming floods threaten, Washington communities shore up and prepare for the worst
House Democrats vote to suspend lawmaker’s chairmanship (Sawyer, Chopp, Sullivan, Stonier)
Op-ed: Inslee and Ferguson sacrificing safety for political points

Tri-City Herald
Yakima River floods West Richland trail

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State must make public information more accessible

Washington Post
Trump offers a hero’s welcome to 3 Americans freed by North Korea
Israel launches massive military strike against Iranian targets in Syria
Pentagon report on deadly Niger ambush finds multiple failures contributed to attack

Whidbey News-Times
Island Transit taking comments on potential fares

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: State should take on cost of postage for ballots after King County forces issue


Cap on funding leaves kids with learning disabilities in limbo (Pollet)

How Seattle spent $54 million on homelessness in 2017
Heated arguments for, against Seattle head tax

7 probable cases of Hepatitis C found in Puyallup hospital scare
‘Stop the gun violence:’ Community mourns father gunned down in West Seattle
Renewed Iran sanctions may push gas prices higher in Wash. state

For Every Woman Who Dies In Childbirth In The U.S., 70 More Come Close
Accused Of Crossing The Line, Washington Lawmaker Suspended As Committee Chair (Sawyer, Kirby, Kloba)
Drug, Alcohol Deaths Continue To Rise In King County
California Moves Forward With Plan To Require Solar Panels On New Homes
Tobacco Smoke Residue Can Become Airborne Again Indoors

Mount St. Helens volcano rated “normal” but could be recharging
Their daughter died homeless in Seattle. Her parents want you to know her story

NW Public Radio
Washington Lawmaker Suspended As Committee Chair, Accused Of Creating Hostile Work Environment (Sawyer, Jinkins, Kirby, Kloba)
Trans-Mountain Pipeline Protesters Object To British Columbia-Washington Expansion 
Chinook Tribe Has Its Day In Court, But Still Faces Long Road To Recognition


Workers of the world, unite — against Kshama Sawant
The pricetag to solve homelessness: $400M a year, new estimate says
The most divisive man in Seattle

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Workplace conduct complaints — Democrats suspend committee chair (Sawyer)
Report: Seattle considering whether Amazon Flex drivers protected by labor laws

A Strike Is Likely as Negotiations Stall Between UW and Student Employees
Washington Public Disclosure Commission Passes Emergency Rule Clarifying That Facebook and Google Must Turn Over Political Ad Data
The Answer Is Housing, You Idiots