Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, November 13


Associated Press
Nurse who lost part of ear in patient assault sues state
Sen. Billig of Spokane is new state Senate majority leader
Gun shop owners expect sales increase after rifle initiative
Congress returns to new dynamic, GOP shutdown threat
Washington state gun database absent more than 500K records
Pullman officers face second use-of-force suit in 3 months

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen’s finance director and city administrator spots remain empty
Oped: How gerrymandering can reduce the partisan divide
Oped: End gerrymandering: One thing Americans agree on

Bainbridge Island Review
UPDATE | Voters reject Bainbridge bicycle-improvement levy
Sakai Park study on agenda for parks commissioners

In Our View: Pick Up Where Votes Left Off (climate change)
In Our View: Pick Up Where Votes Left Off (daylight savings time)

The Daily News
Weber launching new attempt to link Rainier, St. Helens volcanoes

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Bloomberg Commentary: Steps forward for gun safety across the nation
Harrop: Moderate Republicans may decide to leave the party
Editorial: Clearing the air after I-1631’s rejection (Palumbo, McCoy, Liias)

The Inlander
PDC believes those “fake progressive” mailers were technically legal. But did the deceptive tactics work?

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Column: Providing affordable health care is impossible without affordable housing

News Tribune (subscription required)
Here’s what state gun regulations will look like after passage of I-1639
Driscoll: Tacoma is finally poised to pass meaningful tenant protections. Activists deserve the credit.
How did Pierce County spend $3.3 million without telling the public?
School bond issues are failing all over Washington. Will the Legislature do something?
Washington state likes to elect women, and they just added more to its roster

New York Times
Clean Energy Is Surging, but Not Fast Enough to Solve Global Warming
Whitaker’s Appointment as Acting Attorney General Faces Court Challenge
CNN Sues Trump Administration for Barring Jim Acosta From White House
Trump’s Tax Cut Was Supposed to Change Corporate Behavior. Here’s What Happened.
Amazon Announces New York and Virginia as HQ2 Picks

Peninsula Daily News
State mediator called in for Port Angeles School District, paraeducators negotiations

Puget Sound Business Journal
Sea-Tac Airport’s new $38 million Concourse D Annex opens ahead of holiday crush
Hotels see panic buttons as a #MeToo solution for workers. Guest bans? Not so fast.
US fast-food chains struggle as poorer consumers tighten belts
Give gig economy workers equity? The SEC is considering it
Opinion: Seattle waterfront program remains too much, too soon

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington Senate Democrats choose Andy Billig of Spokane as new majority leader (Billig, Nelson)
Washington State Patrol detective violated woman’s rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules
Uber and Lyft drop data fight with Seattle, and start another over Sea-Tac Airport data
Money for homeless, gang unit, orca study in King County budget set for vote
Will Amazon’s HQ2 sink Seattle’s housing market?
Looming Seattle City Council vote on police labor contract generates political friction right down to the wire
TNS: Experts cite vulnerabilities in Washington state, North Carolina voting security
Bellevue looks for fixes in ‘emergency situation,’ with permanent homeless shelter still years from opening
UW dental school is fixing its financial woes, but university’s overall deficit remains a worry
Everett schools expecting budget cuts; officials blame state lawmakers
U.S. pilots flying 737 MAX weren’t told about new automatic systems change linked to Lion Air crash
Amazon selects New York, Northern Virginia, for HQ2 expansion, reports say
Editorial: Governor, call a special session for special education
Opinion: Veterans deserve community resources to help them succeed in civilian life
Editorial: More power to women in government
Opinion: If we care about orcas, we should talk about growth management
Editorial: Seattle education levy should benefit charter students, too

Spokesman Review
Could a megafire similar to those menacing California erupt in Spokane? Expert says ‘It’s just a matter of time’
Spokane’s Andy Billig to be Senate majority leader in 2019 (Billig, Nelson, McCoy)

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: A word of caution to our new Tri-City legislator who wants to do it all

USA Today
CNN sues Trump administration, demands return of reporter Jim Acosta’s White House press credentials
Amazon’s HQ2 will bring 25,000 jobs each to New York City and Northern Virginia
Supreme Court agrees to hear Virginia case on racial redistricting. Will partisan gerrymandering be next?

Washington Post
Amazon HQ2 decision: Amazon splits prize between Crystal City and New York
Hate crimes rose 17 percent last year, according to new FBI data
Trump is preparing to remove Kirstjen Nielsen as Homeland Security secretary, aides say
CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta
‘They basically saw a black man with a gun’: Police kill armed guard while responding to call
Betsy DeVos should be forced to cancel loans for students at closed campuses, lawsuit says
Report finds new foreign students are dwindling, renewing questions about possible Trump effect on enrollment
Apocalyptic images show the unfathomable devastation caused by California’s deadly Camp Fire
Google and Facebook ended forced arbitration for sexual harassment claims. Why more companies could follow.
Opinion: Prejudice and hatred should not exist in America. My father understood that.
Opinion: The Evergreen State just rejected the Green Wave. Will it ever wash ashore?

Wenatchee World
Abortion clinic arsonist may move to Douglas County
County works to fill budget hole

Yakima Herald Republic
State schools chief Chris Reykdal to take part in forum, Q&A Nov. 29 in Yakima
State audit: Three city officials months behind on paying local utility bills didn’t face shutoff
Editorial: Cops on bikes in Yakima will build trust, curb street crime
Editorial: One vet’s harrowing tale shows the struggle many face


Number of Washington veterans facing homelessness on the rise
Seattle arena may not be done until November 2020, NHL says

‘Dozens’ of underground heroin-injection sites operating now in King County

Domestic abuse allegation may derail public housing for homeless Lake City couple
‘Time to intervene’: Powerful state senator wants homeless camps along highways gone (Hobbs)

Democratic Legislator Says School Bonds Should Only Need Simple Majority To Pass (Stonier)
Orca Task Force Ideas Include Temporary Ban On Whale Watching, Readiness For Dam Removal

Starbucks to lay off 350 employees at Seattle headquarters

NW Public Radio
From I-90 To North-Central Washington, Bridges And Tunnels Save Animals And Prevent Wrecks
Getting To Know Logan Wheeler, A Washington State Veteran And Alum Who Died A Century Ago
Yakima Valley Filipino WWII Vets Honored Decades After Losing Compensation For Service

Q13 TV (Fox)
Report: Boeing withheld potential safety hazards on plane model involved in Lion Air crash
Seattle to vote Tuesday on contract that would make police highest-paid in state


WA prepares for challenges to net neutrality (Hansen)
Flinging fish for science

Seattle group remains confident arena will be ready for 2020
Amazon to split HQ2 between NY, Northern Virginia

It’s time to move Washington state forward

Seattle P.I.
Air quality declines in Washington due to smoke from California fires
Andy Billig of Spokane will be new Senate Majority Leader (Billig, Nelson)

One Year Later, and the State’s Pot Tracking System Is Still F—ed