Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 14


Associated Press
Flood waters threaten old dam near Leavenworth
Seattle to decide on business tax to fight homelessness
State’s largest farmworker rental complex opening in Yakima
Tulalip Tribes sales tax lawsuit heads to trial
Father: State failed to supervise daughter’s alleged killer
Flooding in Eastern Washington reaches emergency levels
Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide
Washington faces legal battle over coal-export terminal
Inslee announces new push to improve mental health system
Washington state rejected a coal-export terminal on the Columbia River. Now 6 states are lining up for battle.

Aberdeen Daily World
Hospital asks for community support at Aberdeen City Council meeting

Will the court break public-sector unions? (Stonier)
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers (former Rep. Moeller)

The Daily News
Interests widen in legal fight over Longview coal-export terminal

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Millions at stake in Tulalip lawsuit over sales tax revenue
Op-ed by Rep. John Lovick: Commentary: Work isn’t done to provide schools our kids need
Editorial: Health district should adopt needle exchange

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Behavioral Health Court provides alternative to jail
Three Kitsap projects get boosts through state grant funding

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma LNG plant has ‘potentially significant’ permitting issues. Opening could be delayed

New York Times
Editorial: Ben Carson vs. the Fair Housing Act
Supreme Court Ruling Favors Sports Betting

Olympian (subscription required)
Washington’s public unions fight to retain influence in face of adverse court ruling

Peninsula Daily News
Regulations curb growth, Peninsula officials say (Chapman, Tharinger, Chopp)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle’s massive convention center addition gets green light
Supreme Court ruling favors sports betting
Sneak peek: New Vietnam War exhibit set to open at Museum of Flight (Images)
Seattle City Council backs $75M head tax; mayor’s veto expected
Inslee wants to shift mental health care out of state hospitals in five years

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers
People rush to boats in Ballard to dodge Seattle’s crazy housing market — but there’s no more room
Amazon has been looking outside Seattle to add jobs for years — and now trend is accelerating
He earned $400,000 in scholarships and won admission to Harvard: A Highline district student shares his advice for college applications
A warm, safe place — with cookies: Tradeswomen build tiny homes for homeless women in Seattle
Supreme Court makes sports betting a possibility nationwide
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan visits jobs fair, defends workers as she pushes a smaller head tax
Westneat: Seattle politicians have run themselves into a corner on homelessness, but there’s a surprising way out
Opinion: Columbia River treaty negotiations must include tribes, First Nations
Opinion: A regional, comprehensive approach is needed to tackle the homeless crisis
Editorial: Accusing Amazon of a felony shows skewed logic
Editorial: Mayor Durkan should reject Seattle City Council’s job-killing head tax (Tarleton)
Opinion: On Mother’s Day, I worry about the world we’re leaving our kids

Spokesman Review
Seattle City Council set to vote on controversial head tax for large employers
Inslee: Washington should base mental health facilities in communities around state (Jinkins)

Tri-City Herald
Our Voice: Benton commissioners ruining credibility with voters
Guest Opinion: Energy mandate backers said prices would go down. They went up

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Considering costs of fossil fuels in power generation makes sense

Vancouver Business Journal
Could trade schools be making a comeback?

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima City Council to deliberate on changes to homeless camp
Op-ed: Farmworker housing won’t displace renters


Seattle employee head tax vote expected today
Drones an emerging threat for airliners
DNR sending firefighters to flooded eastern Wash. counties

Legislature could forcibly halt head tax (Mullet)
Exclusive KIRO 7 / Strategies 360 Poll on Seattle ‘Head Tax’

‘This is the first time I’ve ever seen it like this,’ Okanogan Co. hit hard by flooding

Broad Coalition Of Groups In Wash. State Behind New Carbon Initiative 1631
Sound Transit Getting $75 Million For Link Light Rail Expansion In Heart Of Tacoma
Ballot Initiative Would Prevent New Taxes On Groceries
Embattled Colleges Focus On An Obvious Fix: Helping Students Graduate On Time
Being `More Nudgy’: How UW Is Helping Its Students Graduate In Four Years

How Tukwila stole 2.5 miles of Highway 99 from state control
Flooding Threatens Century-old Dam On Lake Above Leavenworth
Mental Health Looms As Next Vexing Challenge For Washington Lawmakers
Tukwila has a dream for this old highway: Don’t get run over
How the head tax proposal puts Mayor Durkan in a tricky spot

NW Public Radio
Flooding Threatens Century-Old Dam On Eightmile Lake Above Leavenworth
Okanogan And Ferry County Flooding: Emergency Information And Updates
Threatened By Rising Housing Prices, Some SeaTac Homeowners Fight Back
Top Washington Prosecutors Call For New Strategy To Address Drug Addiction

Q13 TV (FOX)
Holding veto power, Durkan says she can’t support $500 head tax OK’d by City Council committee
After nearly $200 million spent on problem, why is homelessness getting worse?
The Divide: What do you stand for?


Legislature could forcibly halt head tax

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Durkan should veto $500 head tax, encourage putting heads together (Mullet)

Council Committee Picks $75 Million Head Tax Over Mayor Durkan’s Smaller Proposal