Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, September 13


Associated Press
Calling teen vaping ‘epidemic,’ officials weigh flavor ban
Estimated cost for new Sea-Tac airport facility rises to $1B
Final spending bill includes increase for Hanford
Experts prepare plan to capture ill orca as last alternative
Clallam County jail sees increase in inmate attacks on staff
Washington OKs killing more wolves that attacked cattle
Kitsap schools vigilantly watching out for lead in water

Aberdeen Daily World
Cranberry Road bridge in Grayland should be reopened by Sept. 17
GHC sends out alert on cougar
Port, Hoquiam trying to clear the way for potash facility

Bellingham Herald
Tacoma teachers stage noisy rally outside school district press conference
Judge orders end to Tumwater teachers strike
NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50

Median household income up 8% in Clark County

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Even with postage paid, voters couldn’t send ballots on time
Governor appoints deputy prosecutor to Superior Court bench
Another study says we’re best state for aerospace commerce
Harrop: The ‘Advantage’ in one ‘Medicare for all’ proposal
Editorial: FDA right to act quickly on teen e-cigarette use

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lectures on sick orca, J50, and orca photogrammetry at The Whale Museum | Update

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Ferries floats new vessels, bigger fleet, system tweaks in 2040 proposal
Kitsap schools keeping a close watch on lead in drinking water
Water is not the most common source of lead poisoning
Capture and treatment being considered for young emaciated orca
FDA declares youth vaping an epidemic, announces investigation, new enforcement

News Tribune (subscription required)
Puyallup moves to restrict homeless services to 18 parcels within the city limits
As teacher strike roils, former accountant says school leaders’ bad budgeting deepened fiscal pit

New York Times
U.S. Recovery Eludes Many Living Below Poverty Level, Census Suggests
Rebuffed by Trump on Tariffs, Businesses Mount Coordinated Pushback
Facebook ‘Better Prepared’ to Fight Election Interference, Mark Zuckerberg Says
Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever

Olympian (subscription required)
Tumwater district says school will start Friday, after teachers vote to keep striking
Olympia City Council OKs most of ‘missing middle’ plan, but asks for changes ahead of final vote

Puget Sound Business Journal
Facebook ‘better prepared’ to fight election interference, Zuckerberg says
Median household income grew again, but slower, last year
Boeing CEO says 600 Everett workers sent to Renton for 737 fix will stay
Facing an evisceration of their funding, Seattle tourism officials scramble
Swedish Health Services is cutting hundreds of jobs
JPMorgan: Defying attempts to end ‘too big to fail’
Tech start-ups bear the brunt of US tariffs on China

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Tacoma school district may sue teachers union after weeklong contract stalemate
The champs are back! Seattle Storm wins the 2018 WNBA championship
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion philanthropic fund targeting homelessness, education in low-income communities
Washington state’s health-care exchange premiums could increase nearly 14 percent
NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings
FYI Guy: These three occupations use public transit far more than most in King County
Editorial: New tool to assess teen suicide, substance abuse is money well spent
Opinion: Heal the business of care with fair Medicaid compensation

Spokesman Review
24 new cottage homes to provide permanent residences for women, children in Spokane
In many Spokane County schools, about 30 percent of students are chronically absent
Washington wildlife officials order killing of wolves in old Profanity Peak Pack territory
Wheat growers celebrate banner year, but uncertainty looms

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: When it comes to public records, lawmakers need to get over themselves (Springer, Van De Wege)

USA Today
Eating dogs and cats banned in U.S. in House-passed bill
Brett Kavanaugh vote: Republicans block Democrats’ demands for subpoenas, set date on Supreme Court nominee

Vancouver Business Journal
Disruptive trade war hits state’s cherry growers hard

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
County restores shorelines to health
Ferry meeting regarding draft long-range plan tonight

Washington Post
Trump questions number of deaths attributed to Hurricane Maria, falsely says Democrats created a higher count to make him look bad
More than 4,300 Arkansas residents lose Medicaid under work requirements
School safety commission poised to oppose new age limits on gun buys

Yakima Herald Republic
Financial solutions for Yakima Valley school districts far from settled
Good news for the bridges of Yakima County
Fighting fire with fire: Crews plan controlled burns that could ease smoke in the future
NPR’s Scott Simon reflects on war, democracy and the need for a free press in Yakima talk
Ceremony to honor Rep. Norm Johnson set for Monday
Editorial: New efforts must be made to hasten rape-kit testing (Orwall)


Voicemail offers extra pay to Tacoma teachers who return to work
Tourism leaders feel burned by Safeco Field funding compromise
Tumwater teachers will continue striking, despite judge’s order
Tacoma students may have to attend Saturday school to make up for teacher strike

Tacoma teachers reject latest contract, prepare to rally for higher pay
New Sea-Tac terminal cost approaching $1 billion

NOAA Fisheries And Partners Readying Plans To Rescue Sick Orca
UW Researchers Partner With High School Students In Chehalis

The poor are getting poorer in Washington state
Trump Administration Transferred $9.8 Million From FEMA To ICE
A desperate plan to treat ‘the thinnest killer whale’
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion homelessness, preschool fund
Trump Rejects Death Toll In Puerto Rico
Seattle Storm wins 3rd championship

NW Public Radio
In Canadian Court, Washington Tribal Member Again Argues For Indigenous Identity And Hunting Rights
If ‘Free College’ Sounds Too Good To Be True, That’s Because It Often Is
After The Wildfires: Artist Captures Plight Of Napa’s Undocumented Workers

Q13 TV (Fox)
Defying judge’s order, Tumwater teachers stay on strike; district threatens to seek ‘relief’ in court
Tacoma teachers say they feel ‘disrespected’ by school district
State OKs killing more wolves that attacked cattle in northeastern Washington


Closing a highway to save Washington salmon

Sound Transit narrowing down light rail options in Seattle
Prosecutor says LEAD expansion will get people off drugs
Tumwater teachers defy court ruling, vote to continue strike

Seattle P.I.
Western, Evergreen State, Gonzaga earn top marks in U.S. News and World Report’s college rankings
Diary of a tech worker shows that the good life in Seattle is affordable — for some

We Still Have Many Climate Change Hammerings to Go Before the Bulk of White America Wakes Up to This New Reality