Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, November 28


Associated Press
Feds threaten to sue Washington to block Hanford worker comp
Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags
House Speaker Frank Chopp to step down as leader next spring (Chopp)
Judge: GEO must turn over financial info on immigration jail
Money for Columbia River tribal fishing village restored
Washington state is hiring firefighters for next season

Aberdeen Daily World
Tom Quigg appointed to Port of Grays Harbor Commission
County looking for prospective youth shelter operator
Oped: America is poorer than it thinks

Tribal distillery bill heads to Trump

The Daily News
Public invited to Millennium coal terminal health study open house

Everett Herald (subscription required)
County’s largest fire agency starts political reshuffling
Commentary: Clock ticking on decisions, sign-up for Medicare

News Tribune (subscription required)
Texas inspired Washington’s prison reform plan. Ted Cruz isn’t convinced

New York Times
Manafort’s Lawyer Said to Brief Trump Attorneys on What He Told Mueller
The American Casualties of Trump’s Trade War
Independent Autopsy of Transgender Asylum Seeker Who Died in ICE Custody Shows Signs of Abuse
For the American Economy, Storm Clouds on the Horizon
Ivanka Trump Says Her Private Email Use Has ‘No Equivalency’ With Hillary Clinton’s

Puget Sound Business Journal
Southwest Airlines suddenly grounds 34 Boeing 737 jets in its fleet
Trump threatens to cut ‘all subsidies’ for GM
Facebook faces threat of tough international regulation

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Long-serving Frank Chopp to step down as Washington’s state House speaker after 2019 session (Chopp, Frame, Stonier, Jinkins, Robinson, Tarleton, Pedersen, Sullivan)
With shortage of foster parents, Washington has almost tenfold increase in hotel stays for foster kids
Seattle moves to quash old misdemeanor warrants involving low-level, nonviolent crimes
Justice Department threatens to sue Washington state over compensation law that aids Hanford workers
Washington students could be much better at applying for college financial aid. Seattle is leading the way
Pierce County pays $7.8 million to children of woman killed after begging sheriff’s office for help
Editorial: A unified front against hate crimes
Opinion: Japanese Americans know well the dangers of misused census data

Seattle Weekly
University of Washington Laundry Workers Feel Left Out to Dry

Spokesman Review
Chopp to step down as speaker after 2019 (Chopp, Sullivan, Pettigrew, Riccelli)
Local disability boards could approve payments for medical marijuana
Ignoring years of collaboration, Colville National Forest reduces eligible wilderness areas in draft plan
Column: On climate, we ignore Chapter 24 at our peril

USA Today
President Trump says he would ‘totally be willing’ to shut down government over border wall
President Trump accuses special counsel Robert Mueller of McCarthyism, trying to coerce witnesses

Washington Post
Trump slams Fed chair, questions climate change and threatens to cancel Putin meeting in wide-ranging interview with The Post
Trump on climate change: ‘People like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.’
DeVos decries student-loan program as a ‘looming crisis’
One of the biggest challenges of kicking addiction is getting and keeping a job
The Finance 202: Trump blames Fed Chair Powell for GM closures, too

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County ranks last in state for voter turnout
Editorial: When Gov. Inslee hits the road, taxpayers feel a pinch


FOX 41 TV (Yakima)
Spokane Rep. Riccelli re-elected House Majority Whip (Riccelli)

Spokane Rep. Riccelli re-elected House Majority Whip (Riccelli)

Seattle mayor wants to dismiss some misdemeanors
Pilots in ‘deadly game of tag’ before Boeing 737 Max 8 crash, expert says
West Seattle neighbors rally to erase hateful vandalism
Gatherings focus on mental wellness of Puget Sound first responders
New plan begins for homeless in Olympia

Bill proposes statewide tax on single-use plastic bags (Ranker, Peterson)
New system highlights progress, more needed to clear rape kit backlog (Orwall)

Seattle home price increases continue to decline, latest figures show
Durkan, City Attorney want to vacate 208 misdemeanor arrest warrants
Business owners fear Viaduct tear-down could keep customers away
Washington state is hiring firefighters for next season

NW Public Radio
New Report Sounds Alarm Over State Of Washington’s Foster Care System
Super Bacteria In Puget Sound Wildlife Could Endanger Humans

Q13 TV (Fox)
More than a hundred Kirkland residents discuss racial incident in community
Bethel School Board discusses overcrowding now that bond fails again


Can a $2.5B budget help King County reimagine transit?

Bill proposes statewide tax on single-use plastic bags (Ranker, Peterson)
New system highlights progress, more needed to clear rape kit backlog (Orwall)

Seattle P.I.
#SeaHomeless answers: How much does lack of affordable housing contribute to homelessness?
Seattle city attorney aims to quash more than 200 non-violent warrants
Amazon sets new holiday shopping records over a long Thanksgiving weekend and Cyber Monday

Slog PM: Frank Chopp Will Step Down as House Speaker, Boeing in a Bind, It’s Juicy Out
How Are Charter Schools Performing? Report Says, Pretty Meh
Climate Change Experts Predict Dire Future for Northwest