Washington State House Democrats


Monday, June 18


Associated Press
Family separation policy starts dividing Republicans
Builder optimism fades with potential trade war looming
Lawmaker resigns chairmanship following investigation (Sawyer, Sullivan, Stonier)
Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust US economy
‘A nation of second chances’: Former convict is now a lawyer
Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble
Sound Transit expects contracts by fall for rail extension north of Seattle

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Even $15 an hour won’t be enough when it comes to paying rent in Whatcom County
After sex harassment reports, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new director

The Daily News
More businesses are mellowing out over hiring pot smokers
Lawsuit over jail deaths will get another chance in federal court

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Island County prepares to join opioid lawsuit
Light rail loses some bells and whistles as it inches north
Everett police: Get to high-risk kids before the gangs do
Agencies join for 3 days of active shooter training
Researchers hope to reduce eagle deaths caused by turbines
McCusker: On presidential legacies and the economy
Saunders: Two words you didn’t hear: verifiable, irreversible
Commentary: Charter schools debate about impact, not funding
Commentary: How poverty is being fought in Snohomish County
Parker: There has to be a better way at the border
Robinson: Taking children from parents is what dictators do
WaPo: US and China announce new tariffs in escalation of trade war
Editorial: High school diploma just not enough for a good job

Federal Way Mirror
Guest column: Significant changes to education funding model impacts Federal Way Public Schools

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Seattle and King County officials want a safe injection van

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Skagit Valley College graduation on San Juan | Photos
Government officials try voluntary vessel-free zone before federal mandate
San Juan Island Community Foundation awards college scholarships

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
More school resource officers coming to Central, North Kitsap
What Melania Trump, past first ladies have to say on ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy
Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public
Op-ed: Ask, listen and act to prevent suicide among your family or friends

Maple Valley Reporter
Washington Department of Licensing takes steps to comply with Real ID Act

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Washington school funding plan finally wins favor, but not in Tacoma (Nelson)

New York Times
Leading Republicans Join Democrats in Pushing Trump to Halt Family Separations
Safety Concerns Grow as Inmates Are Guarded by Teachers and Secretaries
Supreme Court Avoids an Answer on Partisan Gerrymandering

Olympian (subscription required)
Chehalis Tribe, Herrera Beutler working to repeal native distilling ban
There has been a statewide increase in bicyclist and pedestrian deaths. Why?
After sex harassment reports, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has a new director
Editorial: Where is leadership on salmon, culverts?

Puget Sound Business Journal
Millennials are the key to success for Washington’s largest employers
Pregnancy discrimination is rampant inside America’s biggest companies
Leadership wanted as Seattle recovers from head tax debacle
Opinion: Lawmakers should realign tax code in light of federal changes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
WaPo: ‘Unfair and unconstitutional’: Outrage over detained migrant children intensifies
FYI Guy: Washington warmed slowest of all states over past 30 years — but what does it mean for climate change?
After shootings, South Park teens plant seeds for a safer future
Evergreen State College is updating after protests, decline in enrollment
Task force on homelessness looks to restart after Seattle head-tax debate
No lawsuit yet, but apartment building owners’ challenge could delay KeyArena renovation
Lawsuit alleges blacklisting of Mexican farmworkers who joined 2017 orchard strike
Editorial: Teacher pay and school outcomes don’t have to compete for state dollars
Opinion: Health-care system needs reboot to solve pain and opioid crises
Opinion: A reality check for politicians
Editorial: 10 take-aways from the head-tax debacle
Opinion: Israel has no choice but to defend itself against Hamas attacks
Opinion: Separating families is a humanitarian and health crisis

Spokesman Review
Washington driver’s licenses, ID cards to change on July 1
Safety top issue at Spokane School Board meeting
New Planned Parenthood health center dedicated in Spokane

USA Today
Supreme Court punts on two cases regarding partisan election districts
Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen denies policy separates families at border
Trump’s insults, tariffs inspire Canadians to organize boycott of U.S. goods

Washington Post
Supreme Court sidesteps decision on partisan gerrymandering in rulings on Wisconsin, Maryland cases
White House insists Democrats to blame for family separations, even as some in GOP urge Trump to reverse course
Opinion: Laura Bush: Separating children from their parents at the border ‘breaks my heart’

Whidbey News-Times
County poised to join opioid lawsuit
Oak Harbor grad earns state Principal of the Year honor
Planning halts for Freeland sewer
Letter: Speak up, speak out against administration
Editorial: Planning commissioners’ remarks reflect lack of empathy

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: McCleary of culverts: Once again, court forces action by Legislature


Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan on education levy, homelessness crisis
King County deputies to carry opioid overdose reversal drug

After head tax repealed, source of funding unclear for homeless housing

Explaining Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act
Walking The Red Line: A Tour Of Seattle’s Discriminatory Housing Practices

What Teens Really Say About Sex, Drugs And Sadness

Q13 TV (Fox)
Worries mount for immigrants as Trump administration plans cuts temporary protection status


On grizzlies, Washington can learn from Montana

Separated from children, SeaTac asylum seekers face legal limbo
I-1639: Washington state’s latest gun control initiative
After head tax repealed, source of funding unclear for homeless housing

Seattle P.I.
‘Hero’ customer kills gunman during wild rampage at Tumwater Walmart
Connelly: Bishop Curry on taking children from parents: ‘This is not America’

Washington Warming Slower Than Rest Of U.S., Tumwater Shooting, Family Separation Causes “Toxic Stress”