Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, December 5


Associated Press
Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation
WSU GOP students want to build replica of border wall
Bezos’ preschools come as rich get richer, more generous
State spends $500K to clean debris from McNeil Island

Aberdeen Daily World
Another one down: Selmer’s demolished for Gateway Center
WSP K9 narcotics team to be based in Hoquiam

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
New homes priced below $300K coming to Tacoma for households making $75K or less
Hate crime charge added to student suspected of vandalism
Teen boy used stolen gun to fatally shoot Edmonds girl
Senate halts rape investigation of defeated state senator (Nelson, Billig, McCoy)

The Daily News
Nelson, Thurman say I-1639 will bring more work to Sheriff’s Office
Community advocates, law enforcement groups call for Legislature to pass compromise bill on police deadly force (Goodman, Frockt, Via Seattle Times)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Cold weather shelters prepare for a stretch of chilly nights
Washington State Ferries awards $49.7 million for terminal

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
The King County Library System Foundation is awarded a grant from Boeing

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington workers’ comp insurance makes biggest price drop in decade
Letter: Orcas death trap

Kirkland Reporter
Kirkland holds first outreach event in wake of Menchie’s incident

News Tribune (subscription required)
Mueller recommends no prison for Flynn, citing cooperation
New homes priced below $300K coming to Tacoma for households making $75K or less
Senate halts rape investigation of defeated state senator

New York Times
Wisconsin Republicans Approve Bills Stripping Power From Incoming Democratic Governor
Facebook Gave Some Companies Special Access to Users’ Data, Documents Show
Trump Touts ‘Strong Signals’ from Xi as Trade Fears Return
Saudi Prince ‘Complicit’ in Khashoggi’s Murder, Senators Say After C.I.A. Briefing
Troops to Remain at Border Through New Year

Olympian (subscription required)
Cold weather triggers ‘code blue’ for increased shelter options in Thurston County
Woman suffers medical emergency and dies in homeless camp in downtown Olympia

Puget Sound Business Journal
Beijing says it is ‘confident’ of trade deal with Trump
Teacher pay in Seattle tops national mark but lags other large cities

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Durkan grants longtime associate $720,000 no-bid contract to steer Seattle’s light-rail planning
Seattle’s NHL team will get same favorable expansion draft rules as Vegas Golden Knights. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
How one teen made it from foster-care chaos to a loving family and UW’s halls
Senate investigation into rape allegation against Washington state Sen. Joe Fain suspended (McCoy, Billig, Macri)
NYT: Stocks slide as bond market sounds a recession warning
Westneat: Political trouble was ‘baked into the cake’ of Seattle’s sweeping upzoning plan
Opinion: Seattle’s school-levy request is lawful, necessary
Editorial: Legislature must lower hurdle for passing school bonds (Mullet)

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Area legislators to focus on housing policy, funding in 2019 session (Palumbo, Senn, Mullet, Pedersen)

Spokesman Review
WSU Provost Dan Bernardo, who filled in as president after Elson Floyd’s death, is stepping down
Senate investigation of Fain rape allegation canceled (Billig, McCoy)
Both sides of I-940 campaign to back changes next year (Goodman, Frockt)
Column: Proposed rule changes in immigration policy don’t favor ‘huddled masses’

Washington Post
Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to users’ data and activities, according to documents released by British lawmakers
Mueller seeks no prison time for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, citing his ‘substantial assistance’
Trump administration threatens future of HIV research hub
Treasury suggests review of postal rates – but not just for Amazon
The Finance 202: Stocks tank as ‘Tariff Man’ sows confusion over U.S.-China trade

Wenatchee World
‘It’s the big thing right now:’ Tech boom bringing coworking spaces to Wenatchee

Whidbey News-Times
Navy ends talks on historical impacts

Yakima Herald Republic
Some Yakima Valley school districts may have to begin cuts to make budget


Disturbing opioid trends emerging in rural Washington
Giant Christmas tree moves into Olympia’s capitol rotunda
What’s next for Seattle arena after city awarded NHL team

Washington has some of the least aggressive holiday drivers in the nation: Study
Seattle moves into next phase after NHL expansion approval
Controlling dust, noise priority in Viaduct demolition

Exotic dancers want more on-the-job protections in Washington state
WSDOT holds first open houses this week to prepare community for Viaduct closure
Here a wolf, there a wolf, everywhere a wolf, wolf. Public sightings abound in NW
It’s official: Seattle is home to the NHL’s next hockey franchise

Washington Senate drops investigation into rape accusations against Joe Fain (McCoy)
10 sea lions have been shot to death: What we know and don’t know
Satanic Sculpture Installed At Illinois Statehouse, Just In Time For The Holidays
This little seabird lives in tall trees that Washington state may cut down
Scandal Could Imperil Southwest Washington Youth Treatment Center

NW Public Radio
Washington Legislators Reverse Course, Won’t Investigate Rape Allegation Against Sen. Joe Fain (McCoy)
Northwest Farmers Anxiously Watch Federal Farm Bill, As Time Ticks On End Of Congressional Session
Here A Wolf, There A Wolf, Everywhere A Wolf, Wolf. Public Sightings Abound In The Region

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘It’s going to be messy for a while’: Businesses brace for viaduct demolition
Viaduct demolition will last about 6 months, bringing disruption and noise
Business owners, residents weigh in with KeyArena construction set to start Wednesday


Can gold mining save a fading Washington town?
Sound Transit security pays $3K after ejecting Black woman from light rail station

How Seattle will demolish Alaskan Way Viaduct
Washington Dems suspend probe of Fain allegations (McCoy)

Seattle P.I.
Seattle has 5 companies in Glassdoor’s 100 best places to work; Amazon and Starbucks left out
Lawsuit challenges Seattle rental inspections that defy tenants’ consent

Democrats and Republicans in Olympia Failed Candace Faber