Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, October 2


Associated Press
Amazon Raises Minimum Wage to $15 for All U.S. Employees, Including Full-Time, Part-Time, Temporary, and Seasonal
Investigations against Tim Eyman, others strain PDC’s budget
New rulings on medical marijuana use go against employers
Social Security, Medicare oversight posts vacant for 3 years
Another nurse assaulted at Washington psychiatric hospital
King County officials approve set of gun safety measures

Aberdeen Daily World
Cosi mayor cuts ribbon on new Mill Creek Dam Saturday (Blake)
Library board member eases fears of fans of Montesano facility

Bainbridge Island Review
WSF announces changes at Colman Dock

Federal Way Mirror
Secure gun storage ordinance approved by King County Council

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Landowners sue San Juan County over access to Mount Grant

News Tribune (subscription required)
How can someone watch porn in sight of kids at the library? Because it’s legal
Half of your phone calls will be robocalls by next year. What can you do about it?
Driscoll: Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day — and giving Columbus the boot — is the right call for Tacoma

New York Times
Amazon to Raise Minimum Hourly Wage to $15 for All U.S. Workers

Peninsula Daily News
Plans for state’s first Rural Health Dental Clinic to be presented in Port Townsend (Tharinger, Chapman, Van De Wege)

Puget Sound Business Journal
The top 100 elementary schools in the Puget Sound region ranked by academics and diversity
Amazon announces $15 minimum wage for all U.S. employees
Study calls for more support of Washington state’s commercial space industry
Trump just ripped up NAFTA. Here’s what’s in the new deal.

Redmond Reporter
Salmon can be seen all across the Eastside

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sea-Tac Airport service workers to rally for health-care coverage Tuesday
Washington students struggle without stable housing: ‘The problem is bigger than we thought’
Seattle will require businesses to let workers pay for transit with pretax wages
Push for gun-storage laws continues as King County approves ordinance and voters weigh in on I-1639
Seattle City Council confirms Debra Smith as new City Light boss in wake of billing problems
Kitsap Sun: Bremerton program gives homeless hospital patients a place to recover
UW labor union ratifies contract after tense negotiations
Amazon raises starting wage for its workers to $15 an hour
City of Seattle fighting federal government’s new 5G rules
With arena in hand, Seattle should expect a big, fat green light from the NHL on Tuesday

Seattle Weekly
Secure Gun Storage Ordinance Approved by King County Council

Spokesman Review
Steelhead forecast downgraded again
20 years after crippling labor dispute, Kaiser and Steelworkers working together
Frontier Behavioral Health will start expanded crisis hotline

USA Today
Trump administration halts visas for same-sex partners of diplomats, UN employees

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Inslee’s effort to eliminate hepatitis c virus is sound

Washington Post
Analysts say Trump may be overly optimistic on new North American trade deal
Amazon boosts minimum wage to $15 for all workers following criticism
Trump’s family separation policy was flawed from the start, watchdog review says
In rollback of mercury rule, Trump could revamp how government values human health
Opinion: We’re teaching kids how to fight off an active shooter. Surely we can do better.

Whidbey News-Times
Navy releases final EIS on Growlers


Milestone meeting in New York sets up fate of NHL in Seattle

Experts say more controlled burns will reduce haze long-term
What NAFTA replacement means for Washington State

UW Study Shows Kids’ Behavior Improves When Parents Learn Mindfulness Techniques
State Is Keeping More Foster Kids In Hotels
Report Shows Washington Students Experiencing Homelessness Struggle Academically

New rules give affordable housing developers first crack at surplus city properties.
What’s it like to be homeless? Ask a person who’s been there
Homelessness is having huge effect on students’ performance, report says
Washington dairies to get a boost with new trade deal

NW Public Radio
New U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Deal Helps Northwest Agriculture, With Much Uncertainty Remaining
The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods

Q13 TV (Fox)
Patient bites off nurse’s ear at Western State Hospital in latest attack
Tacoma considering help for tenants as rents continue to rise
Lower Snake River dams at center of debate to save endangered orcas 300 miles away
Seattle’s minimum wage goes up to $16 an hour in January


Canada is protecting orcas from oil spills. Why aren’t we?

What California’s net neutrality battle with DOJ means for Washington and other states with open internet laws (Hansen)

Ride the Ducks civil case heads to court Tuesday
King County approves Gun Safety plan
Relief for constant JBLM traffic is coming in more than one way
Amazon will now pay $15 minimum wage across the US
Temporary 520 fix might save bus riders 5-6 minutes into Seattle

Seattle P.I.
Your ride will cost more: State ferries get their annual fare hike
Amazon ups hourly wage to $15, will advocate for higher pay

King County Council Members Pass Gun Safety Legislation, Some Worry Gun Safes Aren’t Safe