Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Associated Press
Some teachers striking in Washington have reached deals
US House committee to discuss dams at field hearing in Pasco
These lawsuits could change health care nationwide if they make it to the Supreme Court
Big fires still burning in Washington, Idaho
Oregon lawmakers battle labor commission’s #MeToo inquiry

Aberdeen Daily World
New DFW director has deep Harbor roots
Oped: Why unions still matter, on Labor Day and always

Bainbridge Island Review
Increased funding from state adds $8 million to Bainbridge budget for new school year
Strike delays Bainbridge road projects

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
In Blaine schools, they’re not standing for bullying anymore     
AP Explains: Driven by climate change, fire reshapes US West     
What’s driving Whatcom County’s child care shortage? Here are some of the causes. 

The Daily News
Amidst strikes, union members gather for Labor Day picnic
No progress to end strike; union issues letter of no confidence
Legislature created ‘perfect storm’ that led to teacher strikes (Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
With no deal, schools not open Tuesday in Stanwood-Camano
After 82 years in office, Sievers family could get new honor
Commentary: Who needs a union? More than you might think
Harrop: On Labor Day, let’s honor those with ‘sweat on the brow’
Editorial: Clearing the path to careers in skilled trades

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Universal mental health screenings to be introduced in local middle schools

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ferry writer in residence
Task force to save orcas meets in Anacortes (Ranker)
Five facts about OPALCO’s solar power project

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Learn from history, and don’t let teacher strike repeat 

New York Times
The Supreme Court Confirmation Charade
My Children Were Denied Passports Because They Were Delivered by a Midwife
Trump Blasts Sessions for Charging G.O.P. Congressmen Before Midterms
Confirmation Hearing Begins for Kavanaugh, and Chaos Erupts

Olympian (subscription required)
First day of school in Tumwater, Rainier delayed due to teacher strikes
Opinion: Despite attacks, unions remain strong and hopeful
Opinion: Looking for solutions, not just slogans 

Peninsula Daily News
State lifts prohibition on some areas of commercial shellfish beds

Puget Sound Business Journal
Opinion: Washington employers need to be proactive about pay equity or risk costly lawsuits
Durkan wants more analysis of streetcar expansion; moving forward would take new federal review

Seattle Times (subscription required)
In a changing climate, will fire make a bigger run in Washington’s west-side forests?
After wildfires, Washington’s outdoors industry braces for smoky summers ahead
Concerns grow for young orca’s life as it struggles to swim with family in Salish Sea
The region’s toughest red-light camera busted drivers 24,000 times last year
Why are the police not enforcing the laws against camping in Seattle’s parks and streets?
In labor-friendly Seattle, unions push for new territory
Demonstrators supporting hotel workers gather outside Westin Seattle; 21 arrested
Washington lawmakers knew school-contract chaos was coming — and not just in Seattle (Rolfes, Palumbo)
News Tribune: State closes sinking Pierce County bridge that’s too costly to repair
First Avenue streetcar construction costs soar to $252M, long-awaited report finds
Westneat: Why aren’t we asking if Seattle has gotten better, not worse?
Opinion: ‘Hothouse Earth’: A climate tipping point
Opinion: We all share one planet — help save the Endangered Species Act
Editorial: In homelessness crisis, focus on prevention and permanent housing
Editorial: ‘For the kids!’: An outpouring of back-to-school support

Spokesman Review
WSU Spokane scientists developing drug to ease tobacco withdrawal
Spin Control: Rep. Shea should keep his seat on the Public Records task force

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Lawmakers blew it when it comes to deadly force initiative 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Is Gov. Jay Inslee’s heavy travel schedule too much?
Editorial: Legislative error eliminates voters’ options

Washington Post
Kavanaugh hearing: Democrats cry foul over lack of access to documents, seek to delay proceedings
The Health 202: Debate over future of Affordable Care Act begins anew this week

West Seattle Herald
School ribbon cuttings at E.C. Hughes and Loyal Heights will mark new beginnings

Whidbey News-Times
Town makes changes to 2 percent funds process

Yakima Herald Republic
Wapato School District, teachers’ union reach tentative agreement
When your body is a crime scene: New initiative to track rape kits (Orwall)
How safe is Yakima County election system? Very safe, according to officials
Editorial: Labor, in all its forms, is to be celebrated on this day


Washington driver’s license numbers change Tuesday
Amazon’s stock value tops $1 trillion, joins Apple in trillionaire club
Fighting for ‘fair compensation,’ Tacoma teachers may vote to strike Tuesday
Classified school staff also negotiating for new contracts
Another $300,000 needed to move historic mural at Washington capitol

Local legislators show support for striking teachers (Stonier, Wylie)
Teacher strikes continue in SW Washington (Wylie)
3 districts ratify teacher deals; 1 other agrees

Amazon is 2nd U.S. company to reach $1 trillion market value
Leaky roof, unsafe water, worn carpets greet students at Skagit Co. school
Arlington teachers reach deal, avert strike

Migrant Children In Centralia Get Hands-On Science Instruction In Summer School
Competing Interests Complicate Forest Management In Washington State
Expert Says Washington Teacher Negotiations May Help Unions Prove Their Value After Janus
The Undercover Operation to Capture Washington State’s Biggest Wildlife Poachers

King County keeps quiet on the future of safe injection sites
Streetcar project’s fate uncertain after report reveals more costs

NW Public Radio
The Wait To Become A U.S. Citizen Lengthens 
Judge Says Washington Wildlife Agency Can Kill Togo Pack Wolf For Cattle Hunting 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Teachers in Tumwater, Stanwood-Camano, Rainier districts go on strike; Arlington gets tentative pact
To Washington state schools chief, security upgrades important, but something else more vital


Seattle streetcar’s costs rise, but Durkan remains undecided about its future
As Puget Sound orcas dwindle, dam removal pressure grows

Your I-90 lanes into Seattle are never coming back, and other changes
Teachers, districts still negotiating as first day of school nears

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
Final EIS published for $700M KeyArena renovation

Seattle P.I.
21 hotel workers arrested for blocking street in protest over contract dispute