Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 21


Associated Press
Humpback whale washes ashore at Ocean Shores
US arrest, raids in Seattle pot probe with China ties
Divided Supreme Court rules for businesses over workers
Supreme Court sends land dispute back to Wash. top court

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
A special legislative session to improve school safety? A top Republican says yes (Frockt)
State sees need to reduce elk damage in the Skagit Valley
People living in boats with lack of affordable housing

In Our View: Priorities Straight  (Cleveland, Stonier, Wylie)
In Our View: Head Tax not Saint, Sinner
In Our View: Remain Wary on Tolls

The Daily News
Editorial: Setting priorities straight (Stonier, Wylie, Cleveland via the Columbian)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Each day, school leaders eye students for potential threats
Make money from pot? Then forget about an SBA-backed loan
‘We’re on schedule,’ says developer of Paine Field air terminal
Supreme Court says employers can bar worker class actions
McCusker: High court did us no favors with sports gambling ruling
Editorial: Find better funding source for charter schools

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor Elementary Students learn to grow beans
Improvements to local oil spill response
Enrollment opens at Skagit College
San Juan County Land Bank purchases Lopez Hill from state

Peninsula Daily News
EYE ON BUSINESS: This week’s meetings (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)
Jefferson Healthcare given $1 million to provide low-income dental care (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump works to cut high-skilled visas in NAFTA deal
Transgender veteran sues state, alleging sex discrimination in hiring
A special legislative session to improve school safety? A top Republican says yes (Frockt)
Opinion: Please, let’s never get numb to school carnage
Editorial: Stop bullies, in memory of Lakewood girl
Editorial: To unthaw cold cases like Jennifer Bastian’s, collect more DNA (Orwall)

Olympian (subscription required)
Appeal challenging Olympia’s ‘missing middle’ housing plan dismissed
Aberdeen to vote this week on ordinance to prohibit sitting and lying down in downtown
Editorial: State not done fixing K-12 school funding

Puget Sound Business Journal
Supreme Court upholds workplace arbitration contracts
Banks adopt military-style tactics to fight cybercrime

Seattle Times (subscription required)
$12 million a mile: Here’s how bike-lane costs shot sky high in Seattle
Two attacked by cougar identified; wildlife officials say predator was ‘emaciated’
State to test drinking-water sites for PFAS contamination linked to firefighting foam
Lakewood community college a finalist for $1 million prize for excellence
Spokesman-Review: Spokane leaders don’t want head tax for homeless services
Black students’ four-hour sit-in in 1968 led to big UW changes
Washington state’s new special education chief looks to improve low rates for graduation and attending college
Editorial: New action, not old promises, needed at Western State
Opinion: Dont let Dreamers become collateral in Trump’s war of words with MS-13

Spokesman Review
Niel Ritchie: Net neutrality is vital – but so is rural broadband
Input sought on new driver’s license language

USA Today
Supreme Court backs employers over workers in first of two major labor cases

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Expanding private health care for veterans has merit

Washington Post
Amid ethics scrutiny, EPA’s Pruitt also finds his regulatory rollbacks hitting bumps
‘Just pure frustration’: How months of inaction led 20 Republicans to take a stand on immigration

Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor Council creates taxing district to fund roadwork
Prosecutor declines to charge Langley police chief with crime
Registration open for returning students at SVC

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima officials apply for grants to create ‘safe routes’ for students
Editorial: Next step: permanent shelter for homeless
Bloomberg column: Deportations drop under Trump compared to Obama; here’s why


Rare cougar attack a ‘mystery,’ even for experts

Crowd gathers for open-carry rally in Seattle

Inside The ‘Nightmare’ Of Finding Housing When You’re Disabled
Despite Floods, Officials Say Municipal Drinking Water In Okanogan Valley Still Safe
Hope And Trepidation Mix As Bellevue Mosque Is Rebuilt
Commercial Solar Arrays On Farmland Cropping Up Bountifully—And Stirring Opposition
Gig Harbor Resists Growth, Prompting Warning From State

What the Seattle City Council learned just two weeks before the head tax vote
What Does Trump’s Proposal To Cut Planned Parenthood Funds Mean?

NW Public Radio
Tri-Cities Nuclear Reactor Columbia Generating Station Shuts Down In Unplanned Event
Emergency Managers In ‘Defense Mode’ As Okanogan Flood Outlook Changes To Lower Level

Q13 TV (Fox)
The Cascade foothills is cougar country, but deadly attacks are rare
Child pricked by dirty needle at Everett park
Flooding continues in Eastern Washington a week+ after record snowmelt


Opponents swiftly raise $300K to overturn business tax
Opinion: If it’s a homeless emergency, why don’t we provide shelter?

Business Leaders Launch Drive For a Head Tax Repeal
The Head Tax According to Amazon Employees
Analysis of Driver Pay Argues It’s Time to Stop Talking About Uber as the Future of Work
Guest Editorial: We Need Safe Consumption Sites. Take it From Someone in the Music Industry.