Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, November 14


Associated Press
Oregon hospital removes gender identification from bracelets
Starbucks cutting 350 jobs at Seattle headquarters
Amazon’s growing pains in Seattle offer lessons to new hosts

Aberdeen Daily World
Seven apply for Port of Grays Harbor commission seat

Chicago Tribune
She’s been waiting 15 months for her rape kit to be processed. A new proposal to track evidence aims to change that (Orwall)

In Our View: Accusation Site Flawed

The Daily News
Study: Kalama methanol project would help fight climate change
Washington State Patrol detective violated woman’s rights with ruse, hidden cameras, court rules

Everett Herald (subscription required)
County budget builds on play-nice approach
UW Bothell debuts new Veterans Resource Center
Boeing jet deliveries sink in October
Boeing considers moving 1,400 jobs to Kent
Editorial: Sound Transit CEO can show he’s earned raise
Rampell: Washington state may yet lead on a carbon tax

Highline Times
Gang Unit and massive investments in housing, homeless services, and transportation headline budget

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Help end poverty on San Juan | Editorial

News Tribune (subscription required)
DSHS to pay $900,000 to settle abuse claims from family of 74-year-old psychiatric patient

New York Times
Trump Expected to Endorse Deal to Change Nation’s Sentencing Laws
Justice Dept. Defends Legality of Trump’s Appointment of Acting Attorney General
Voters Widely Support Public Schools. So Why Is It So Hard to Pay for Them?
Conservative Lawyers Say Trump Has Undermined the Rule of Law

Puget Sound Business Journal
Think Amazon HQ2 will depress Seattle’s housing market? Think again, experts say
When hospitals merge, patients often pay more
Trump’s tax cut, 10 months later: Sugar rush or solid bump?
Five US tech giants spend combined $115bn on buying back stock
Facebook failed to police how its partners handled user data

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Bike-share company Lime launching car-rental service in Seattle
Seattle City Council approves police-union contract; deal faces scrutiny by federal judge overseeing reforms
Starbucks laying off 350 people, mostly at Seattle headquarters
Seattle Public Schools makes progress but doesn’t meet most improvement goals in latest scorecard
At Swedish’s neuroscience unit, some staff see a better culture; CEO vows more improvements
Washington state GOP lawmakers propose bills to address housing affordability and homelessness (Frockt)
State drops charges against Tacos Guaymas owner accused of tax theft
Westneat: We freaked out over Amazon’s HQ2 search. But it turned out to be for all the wrong reasons
Editorial: Lessons for Seattle in Amazon’s HQ2 quest
Opinion: Big Oil and Big Soda save the people from bad ideas

Spokesman Review
Petition asks Trump to block I-1639

Tri-City Herald
Guest Opinion: Tribal rights must be part of shoreline discussion

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Fixing flaws in I-940 must be legislative priority

Washington Post
Armored school doors, bulletproof whiteboards and secret snipers
Amazon’s fast expansion invites growing political scrutiny
Justice Dept. releases legal memo defending Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general

Yakima Herald Republic
Audit points to Mabton mayor, two City Council members on late utility payments
Residents speak against proposed cuts to Yakima fire department


Is Seattle feeling relocation anxiety after Amazon’s HQ2 announcement?
Seattle council approves police contract with 8-1 vote
Tacoma City Council to consider more tenant protections
King County Council votes to reinstate gang task force

Can artisanal weed compete with ‘Big Marijuana’?
Tacoma takes steps to give renters additional rights in wake of Tiki Apartment crisis
State Senate Republicans aim to ease restrictions on tiny house villages to help homeless

Study Finds Kalama Methanol Plant Would Reduce Global Carbon Emissions
Hate Crimes Training Helps Local Officials Understand Affected Communities

Latinos Increasingly Concerned About Their Place In U.S. Society, Survey Finds

NW Public Radio
Seattle Catholic Archdiocese Pays $7 Million In Priest Sex Abuse Cases

Q13 TV (Fox)
Gig Harbor police want access to Narrows Bridge toll cameras
Public weighs in as Tacoma moves closer to vote on rental code: ‘We’re fighting for basic rights’
King County council approves sheriff’s regional gang unit; some training money in question


In Seattle, Amazon HQ2 panic fizzles
Seattle approves new police contract, despite community pushback
Hate crimes double in Seattle; community reacts

Showdown at City Hall as council votes to approve SPD contract
King County Council budget vote restores gang unit
Wildfire smoke moves into Western Washington
Report: Starbucks is laying off 350 employees at Seattle HQ

Seattle P.I.
City Council approves new Seattle police labor contract by 8-1 vote
FBI report: Hate crimes up 42 percent in Washington state

Tacoma Is Passing the State’s First Cultural Access Program
Canadian Cannabis Supplies Are Going Up in Smoke