Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, November 29


Associated Press
Washington state lawmakers call for ban on plastic bags
Spokane VA hospital delays 24-hour urgent care
Federal agency approves Samish Tribe land application
Businesses, nonprofits express concern over proposed overtime rule
Feds threaten to sue Washington to block Hanford worker comp
Washington state fines Idaho-based company over oil spill
Washington tribes warn Canadian officials Trans Mountain pipeline will harm orcas, way of life
Suicide, at 50-year peak, pushes down US life expectancy

Aberdeen Daily World
Hoquiam Library tentatively scheduled for Dec. 11 reopening
Greater Grays Harbor Inc. axed from 2019-20 Hoquiam budget
Lake Quinault community invited to hear about Park Service plans

State schools superintendent: More can be done to aid students, teachers

The Daily News
Bill to allow tribal distilleries headed for Trump’s approval

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Budget cuts $5.6 million from Everett’s long-term deficit
Legislators to focus on housing policy, funding in 2019 (Palumbo, Mullet, Senn)
Editorial: State can help refinance student loan debt (Liias)

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Public Schools district deemed most diverse in Washington state

The Inlander
After years of controversy, Rep. Matt Shea no longer part of House Republican leadership

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County generates more state tax revenue than receives in state funds
Shortened enrollment for Affordable Care Act insurance runs through Dec. 15 

Kirkland Reporter
County set to test long-range electric buses

News Tribune (subscription required)
Prosecutor Lindquist admits wrongdoing, staving off disciplinary hearing
Driscoll: Tacoma’s gender-neutral bathroom ordinance is a small step, and a big deal
Medical examiner determines cause of immigration detainee’s death in Tacoma

New York Times
Are Civics Lessons a Constitutional Right? These Students Are Suing for Them
Trump Talks of Pardon for Manafort and Escalates Attacks on Russia Inquiry
Michael Cohen Admits Talks for Trump Over Moscow Tower Occurred Well Into Campaign

The Olympian
Outdoor trail, dog park could be coming to Capital Mall next year
Climate-change impacts ‘cut Washington state to its heart,’ Inslee says
Russian man who had been detained by immigration authorities has died in Tacoma

Puget Sound Business Journal
New Treasury rules could blunt impact of tax cuts for some companies
Markets rise on 2 words from Fed chairman
Airport upgrades at Sea-Tac and across the U.S. will push airfares higher, report says

Redmond Reporter
National report outlines climate change’s course for the Northwest

Seattle Times (subscription required)
WaPo: Michael Cohen, Trump’s ex-lawyer, pleads guilty to lying to Congress; president calls him ‘weak person’
Washington state’s voter turnout barely misses midterm record set in 1970
Despite plans to step down as House speaker, Rep. Frank Chopp says he’ll run again in 2020 (Chopp)
Family of missing native woman demands answers in Wapato
Seattle high-school graduates will get 2 free years of community college. Here’s how it will work.
DeVos’ Title IX changes are open for public comment. Here’s how to weigh in.
Washington state lawmakers propose ban on single-use plastic bags (Ranker, Peterson)
Eric Michael Emond becomes second Washington soldier killed in Afghanistan in less than a week, Defense Department says
Opinion: To stop trade wars hurting farmers like me, ratify the NAFTA update
Editorial: Let Washingtonians, wherever they are, speak up in Olympia via videochats

Seattle Weekly
Even $50 Billion Can’t Pay Washington’s Bills

Spokesman Review
Spokane School Board approves new sex ed curriculum
County commissioners vote to sue state over commission expansion (Riccelli)
Citing medical records project, Mann-Grandstaff VA delays 24-hour urgent care to 2020
Washington state lawmakers call for limits on plastic bags (Ranker)

USA Today
President Trump abruptly cancels Vladimir Putin meeting at G-20 summit
Suicide rate up 33% in less than 20 years, yet funding lags behind other top killers

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Orca task force proposals leave work to do

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: State’s presidential primary must be relevant or canceled

Washington Post
Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, pleads guilty to lying to Congress about Moscow project
Trump’s night-owl calls to Roger Stone in 2016 draw scrutiny in Mueller probe
Trump attacks Mueller probe for fourth straight morning, asks if it will ‘go on forever’
Kremlin touts Trump-Putin meeting — before Trump cancels it
ICE detainee hanged himself after being taken off suicide watch

Wenatchee World
State bill for biodiesel spill cleanup could top $1 million

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County officials give pot businesses in unincorporated areas an ultimatum
Proposal would ban plastic bags statewide (Ranker, Peterson)
Editorial: Dire climate report forecasts hard times for Yakima Valley


Transit agencies warn Seattle drivers about upcoming viaduct closure
DOJ threatens to dismantle landmark law that helps sick Hanford workers

Bail Bond industry against abolishing bail in Washington state
‘Reusable Bag Bill’ proposes statewide ban on single-use plastic carryout bags (Ranker, Peterson)

New bill would ban plastic bags in Washington

Two weeks of testimony scheduled in oyster growers’ appeal for pesticide permit
A liberal education in Evergreen’s College bubble
New report sounds alarm over state of Washington’s foster care system
Washington charter schools are supposed to serve at-risk students. So, are they?

A contraceptive gel for men is getting tested in Seattle
‘Talent Wants Transit’: Companies Near Transportation Gaining The Upper Hand
Number Of U.S. Kids Who Don’t Have Health Insurance Is On The Rise

Q13 TV (Fox)
Viaduct closure: The countdown is on to the ‘Seattle Squeeze’
Washington lawmakers call for statewide ban on plastic grocery bags (Ranker)


Frank Chopp gives up gavel, makes room for new House Speaker (Chopp, Lovick, Sullivan, Orwall, Stonier, Ormsby, Frame, Fitzgibbon, Santos, Cody, Ortiz-Self, Tarleton, Pederson)

Seattle P.I.
2nd Wash. soldier killed in Afghanistan in past 5 days

Homophobia in Sedro-Woolley Is a Sign of Progress, Says Local LGBTQ Leader
Mitch McConnell’s Farm Bill Could Blow Up the CBD Market