Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, May 16


Associated Press
Yakima County, pot retail shop reach settlement for closure
20 AGs back lawsuits by family planning groups against Trump
Bill Gates gives $44M to influence state education plans
State appeals ruling that invalidated carbon cap rule
Please don’t repo Fido: Lawmakers look to ban pet leasing
Washington state to pay for ballot postage to boost turnout
Judge blocks US from revoking man’s deportation protection

Aberdeen Daily World
Judge denies motion to proceed with Aberdeen riverfront evictions
Grays Harbor County tied at 12th worst in state when it comes to serious auto accidents involving teen drivers

Bothell Reporter
Governor and Secretary of State to fund statewide prepaid ballot postage

Tolling at Washington-Oregon state line put on hold

The Daily News
No stamp, no problem: Cowlitz voters to get prepaid ballot postage
Editorial: ‘Heavy lift’ worth a look (Gov’s mental health reform, via The Columbian)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Mukilteo teachers pack meeting, demand renegotiated contract
2 gallons of radioactive nuclear waste turned to glass
Summit looks for ideas to draw tourists and their dollars
Milbank: Nothing says ‘peace’ like 61 slain Palestinians

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan Island kids disconnect for a week of screen-free fun
Drivers learn to use new Friday Harbor roundabout | Update
Washington State Ferries Yakima delays as repairs loom
County recording fees increase to fund homelessness, affordable housing

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Inslee OKs prepaid ballot postage for 2018 elections
Editorial: Inslee should back Wyman’s pre-paid ballot request

News Tribune (subscription required)
Department of Commerce warns Gig Harbor of affordable housing crisis

New York Times
Trump’s Plan for Cheaper Health Insurance Could Have Hidden Costs
Businesses Race to Washington to Sway Trump on China Tariffs

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: Amazon, homelessness test limits of politics

Peninsula Daily News
Jamestown oyster farm in wildlife refuge now on hold
PAT NEAL: The funding crisis

Puget Sound Business Journal
Businesses race to Washington to sway Trump on China tariffs
Amazon’s Seattle tax fight sends a clear message to HQ2 finalists
Starbucks takes aim at City Hall on tax for housing and homeless services

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle’s head-tax fight goes to the next round: How best to solve homelessness?
Coalition abandons initiative requiring Legislature to ‘balance’ Washington’s tax code
State funds prepaid ballot postage for the 2018 elections; King County miffed over reimbursement (Mullet)
UW grad students hold one-day strike over pay and health coverage
FYI Guy: Most common job in Seattle isn’t in retail anymore, and 4 out of 5 of these workers are men
Westneat: Meet the Seattle nun who infiltrated a gun company
Editorial: Kill harmful head tax by citizen initiative
Opinion: The ‘girl’ in Girl Scouts will remain, and for good reason
Opinion: A grotesque spectacle in Jerusalem

Seattle Weekly
Governor, secretary of state to fund statewide prepaid ballot postage

Spokesman Review
Ethics complaint dismissed against Rep. Joel Kretz for opposing WSU wolf research
Court ruling on sports betting doesn’t cancel Washington law
Billions at stake for Washington growers and manufacturers under Trump trade policy, speakers say
Area law enforcement remembers their fallen in Spokane ceremony
City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department
Vestal: ACA “navigator” took personal data to Spokane insurance company to target sales pitches

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Any changes to state gambling laws should be slow, thoughtful

Whidbey News-Times
Bill would increase funding for Impact Aid, Growler research
WhidbeyHealth slapped with state, federal lawsuits


Feds pay sick shipyard worker thousands after KING 5 investigation
5 months after deadly Amtrak DuPont crash, Congress gets Positive Train Control update
Seattle head tax creates 5.5 percent more affordable housing units
Needle handout forces assistance group from park and ride

‘Come talk to us:’ Seattle City Council president fires back at Amazon, Starbucks
Tacoma City Council votes to require more affordable housing in mall-area neighborhood
BNSF whistleblower who exposed safety violations worries others won’t come forward
Seattle business tax plan doesn’t include funding for Navigation team that helps homeless

Chehalis River Basin Residents Drop Flood Insurance As Premiums Soar
Washington Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Challenge To Charter Schools
Seattle Now Has A ‘Head Tax,’ But Few Are Celebrating

How sex workers helped with the biggest motel bust in state history
Homeless people also want to know where Seattle’s money is going
Despite Legalization, Marijuana Black Market Hides In Plain Sight
Photo Essay: Preparing For Floods In Northeast Washington
How a massive motel raid in Tukwila changed one business owner’s life

NW Public Radio
Community Works To Keep Friends Dry As Flood Threat Looms In Okanogan Valley
As Dam Strains Above Leavenworth, Feds And Local Irrigation District Disagree
Senators Look To Expand Thinning Work In National Forests

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattleites demand accountability on the millions already spent on homeless crisis
Local businesses react to Seattle’s new head tax


Sick of living in poverty, UW student employees walk out

Seattle P.I.
Report: Washington’s most dangerous teen drivers in rural counties
Connelly: You won’t need a stamp to mail in your election ballot

Hundreds of UW Student Employees Walk Off the Job to Demand Pay Increases, Better Healthcare