Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, June 20


Associated Press
EU to tax Harleys, peanut butter and more starting Friday
House GOP gets little direction from Trump on immigration
No clear plan yet on how to reunite parents with children
US poised to announce exit from UN human rights council
Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils begins in July
Forecast shows millions more in state revenues
‘Don’t leave me, Mom’: Detainee tells of separation from son
Trump says he’ll be ‘signing something’ on detained children
Spokane politician contends Greyhound may be violating law
Washington AG seeks information on separated children
APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters
Smoking hits new low; about 14 percent of U.S. adults light up

Bainbridge Island Review
New Virginia Mason medical center is open for business
Change of value notices mailed

Murray, Cantwell speak in support of immigration bill
In Our View: Good News on Marijuana

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett board votes to redraw elementary school boundaries
WaPo: CEOs call the breakup of families at the border ‘inhumane’
Commentary: Taking kids from parents has dire health effects

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Police issue positive tickets for good behavior
Federal Way High School students chat with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson
Legislators and activists seek solutions to farmer suicides

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Orca death leads to lowest Southern resident killer whale population in 30 years
San Juan County joins national opioid lawsuit

Kirkland Reporter
CitySurf pop-up pool could open this summer on Eastside
Lakeview elementary hosts its annual egg drop

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Seattle’s ban on plastic straws, utensils begins in July
Fact check: What’s really going on with immigrant children being detained at the border?

Mountlake Terrace News
Council hears girl’s plea to ban single-use plastics, honors legislators, approves critical areas ordinance (Palumbo, Stanford, Kloba)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pope criticizes family-separation policy on migrants: ‘Populism is not the solution’
Trump planned to erect tent cities to house immigrants since the start of his presidency

New York Times
Pope Francis Criticizes Trump Administration on Family Separations
Canada Vote on Marijuana Paves the Way for Legalization
Trump’s Trade War Spooks Markets as White House Waits for China to Blink
Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration
G.O.P. Moves to End Trump’s Family Separation Policy, but Can’t Agree How

Olympian (subscription required)
Editorial: We are better than this cruelty at the border

Peninsula Daily News
Olympic National Park to start capturing mountain goats this summer

Puget Sound Business Journal
Disability applications plunge as the economy strengthens
Microsoft CEO blasts Trump border policy while downplaying tech giant’s role with ICE
GOP moves to end Trump’s family separation policy, but can’t agree how
US businesses speak out against Trump border policy

Redmond Reporter
Report shows Redmond’s drinking water was safe in 2017
Foundation invests more than $350,000 in schools
Olympic National Park to start capturing mountain goats this summer

Renton Reporter
Fire Training recruit class 5 graduation
Vision House installs new playground for children

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan will travel to Mexican border to join protest against family separations
Local religious community comes together to bring awareness to family separations (Gregerson, Orwall)
Microsoft employees call on company to cancel contract with ICE
Boeing wins big freighter jet order as FedEx bets on continued air cargo recovery
No third trial for former state Auditor Troy Kelley, who faces sentencing on theft charges
FYI Guy: What’s the region’s second-fastest growing neighborhood? Hint: It’s not in Seattle.
Westneat: Breaking up immigrant families is ‘not who we are’? Oh yes it is
Editorial: Congress should leave food-stamps program alone
Opinion: Separating families is a humanitarian and health crisis

Seattle Weekly
The Growing Power of Seattle YIMBYs

Spokesman Review
Davidson urging Congress to let pot businesses use banks
Strong economic forecast signals extra tax money
New Planned Parenthood health center dedicated in Spokane
Letter: Free ballots are secure

Tri-City Herald
Former Idaho governor says don’t bring Washington state nuclear waste over here
Bumblebee blues: Pacific Northwest pollinator in trouble

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Arts center answers a $6 million question

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Local man honored for leadership
Free breakfast, lunch offered to youths
Letter: Stand against separation of children from parents
Letter: Keeping quality ambulance service running must be goal

Washington Post
Trump urges House GOP to fix immigration system, expresses no strong preference on rival bills amid uproar over family separations
‘The good times for illegals are over’: Trump finds allies in Europe’s anti-immigration movement

Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor grads show ‘inspirational ambition’
Expert: Chief followed protocol
Town places moratorium on short-term vacation rentals
Power outage planned for Thursday in Coupeville
Sound Off: Proposed Island Transit fares don’t add up

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley not spared as Central Washington suicide rate rises 23 percent
Editorial: Mosquito advice as inconvenience of summer now buzzes among us
Parker: Children at the border: How do you convince Trump he’s wrong?


Deadly school bus crash renews Washington push for seat belts
Kent reverend leads effort to bring church charges against Jeff Sessions
New website launched to help Washington sex trafficking victims
Seattle mayor going to US-Mexico border to protest family separation policy

Everett considering new rules for gun owners

Homeless man arrested for attacking father, daughter; 3rd attack in Seattle in a month

Your Washington Doctor May Soon Ask If You Own A Gun
Portland Demonstrators Protest Child Separations By ‘Occupying’ ICE
Family Separation Is Trump’s Immigration Policy. Here’s Why He Won’t Own It
Civil Liberties Groups Petition Amazon To Stop Selling Facial Recognition Product To Police

King County Executive Dow Constantine believes we can get by without a head tax

NW Public Radio
Crowded Western Washington Trails Crowding Out Tribal Culture

Q13 TV (Fox)
Durkan to travel to border to join other mayors protesting family separations
About 50 immigrants in SeaTac federal detention center separated from children
Feds to begin relocating hundreds of mountain goats from Olympics this summer, killing others


Fake opioid pills flooding illicit market, laced with fentanyl

Seattle P.I.
Microsoft under fire for bragging about helping ICE
Connelly: 600 fellow Methodists charge AG Sessions over family separation

Mayor Durkan Heads to Texas to Protest Family Separation, Microsoft Employees Are Anti-ICE, The Last (Plastic) Straw for Seattle