Washington State House Democrats


Friday, December 7


Associated Press
Hate crime charge added to student suspected of vandalism
Everett joins other cities in banning plastic bags
77 years after Pearl Harbor attack, military still identifying the nameless dead,sending them home
Lawsuit aims to shut down city’s tiny home villages
Former state Rep. Schindler dead at 74
Teen in Washington state school shooting plot pleads guilty
Court: Plan to ban injection sites properly kept off ballot
Whales have worse than average year for entanglement in gear
Officials: Fentanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in state
US officials move to ease Obama-era drilling restrictions
Washington state denies Avista’s sale to Canadian utility
Feds approve mining exploration near Mount St. Helens
The Latest: US drops 2020 review of troubled bird’s status
Trump signs waiver for ship idled for violating Jones Act

Aberdeen Daily World
Nearly 1 in 3 U.S. physicians were born abroad

Bainbridge Island Review
Rep. Appleton to chair Council of State Governments’ Public Safety Committee (Appleton)

Bellingham Herald(subscription required)
Who’s a good dog? Washington State Patrol graduates four K-9s

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

The Columbian
In Our View: Ranked-Choice Voting
In Our View: Stop Fighting Obamacare
Vancouver federal legislative agenda: New I-5 bridge top goal
Department of Corrections denies allegations raised by Larch employee
OpioidAction Summit to explore solutions

The Daily News
Wahkiakum sheriff, citing constitution, says he won’t enforce I-1639

Everett Herald(subscription required)
UWBothell pursuing state funds to boost STEM enrollment (Palumbo)
Everett City Council approves ban on single-use plastic bags

The Inlander
Spokane County is suing to block the expansion of its commission; some argue that the move is politically motivated (Riccelli)
Law enforcement and community activists push for revisions to Initiative 940
Some Washington lawmakers plan to give plastic bags the boot in favor of reusables (Peterson, Ranker)
The Washington Cannabis Association hopes to ease restrictions on investors and entrepreneurs with upcoming legislation
Washington awards a Seattle company with a research license 

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Friday Harbor Elementary School fundraises for new playground equipment

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bainbridge eyes new transportation funding through car-tab fee hike

News Tribune (subscription required)
Threats to “shoot up” 3 University Place schools being investigated
What caused ancient mass extinction? Hot ocean water blamed
Detour no more. Temporary bridge coming for state highway in Buckley

New York Times
Trump Rule Would Limit E.P.A.’s Control Over Water Pollution
Trump Plans Major Rollback of Sage Grouse Protections to Spur Oil Exploration
U.S.-China Friction Threatens to Undercut the Fight Against Climate Change
Trump Will Nominate William P. Barr as Attorney General
U.S. Adds 155,000 Jobs in November as Hiring Slows Modestly

Olympian (subscription required)
Trump says he’ll nominate Barr for attorney general
Security company’s patrols in downtown Olympia suspended after run-in with protesters
Opinion: No easy solution to creating affordable housing for people at every income level

Peninsula Daily News
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe seeks to rename clamming beach

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Fraser River chinook critical to orcas are in steep decline, new research shows
I hid my homelessness in high school. My counselor helped me speak out
Seattle School Board extends emergency contract for extra school buses
Washington Supreme Court rules against initiative to block public funding of safe-injection sites
Seattle-area home prices drop again — down 11 percent in last six months
Global warming today mirrors conditions leading to Earth’s largest extinction event, UW study says
Microsoft calls for regulations to control, restrict facial-recognition technology
Bloomberg: ‘Capitalistic’ America faces fight with Canada for cannabis supremacy
Opinion: The Mandatory Housing Affordability program will worsen Seattle’s housing crisis
Editorial: Boosting South Sound manufacturing jobs
Editorial: Promises made, promises kept on I-940

Seattle Weekly
State Supreme Court Strikes Down I-27; King County Will Pursue Safe Consumption Sites

Spokesman Review
Former lawmaker Lynn Schindler remembered for strong values
Pullman police settles lawsuit over alleged excessive force

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Splitting Washington state is a ridiculous idea that needs to quit popping up

USA Today
As major developments loom, President Trump again goes after special counsel Robert Mueller
How new Trump rules could leave tens of thousands of immigrants ineligible for green cards
James Comey to testify privately on Russia, Clinton emails before House committees

Washington Post
Trump confirms he will nominate Barr as attorney general, Nauert as U.N. ambassador
China seen as trying to keep Huawei issue from derailing trade talks with U.S.
EPA announces plan to ease carbon emissions rule for new coal plants
Large cities still segregated even as nation becoming more diverse
Chuck Schumer: No deal on infrastructure without addressing climate change

Whidbey News-Times
Editorial: Hopefully door to crucial agreement isn’t entirely closed


WATCH: Coyote crosses I-90 using new wildlife overpass
Father believes safe injection site may have saved daughter’s life
Everett joins growing list of cities to ban plastic bags
Amazon bans toxic chemicals found in paint strippers

Feds approve mining exploration near Mount St. Helens
Department of Health: Fetanyl overdose deaths up 70 percent in state
New lawsuit aims to close down Seattle’s tiny home villages

Two teens escape juvenile detention center; including 14-year-old convicted of murder
Everett teen accused of plotting mass shooting at high school pleads guilty
King County voters don’t get say in supervised injection sites

Porcupines and hares beware! Weasel-like fishers return to North Cascades
Tacoma moves to continue aid, enforcement around homelessness through 2019

Tenants sue over mandatory Seattle rental inspections
Suspicious fire destroys Jehovah’s Witness hall near Olympia
Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet
This is how Seattle’s new tunnel compares with others, in dollars and delays
Medicare Open Enrollment: What To Know Before Friday’s Deadline

NW Public Radio
Gov. Jay Inslee Calls Presidential Race ‘Wide Open,’ Raises Over $100K To Explore Running
Washington Utility Regulators Deny Acquisition Of Avista By Canadian Firm
Scent Research Could Help More Salmon Find Their Way Home
Exotic Dancers In Washington Want More On-The-Job Protections
Space Needle, Meet Lord Stanley: Seattle Is Getting Its Own NHL Team

Q13 TV (Fox)
Fentanyl-related overdose deaths up 70 percent from last year in Washington


Coming soon for Seattle city workers facing harassment: an advocate
Facing high housing prices, Renton pushes backyard cottages

70 percent increase in fentanyl deaths doesn’t tell whole story

New “public charge” proposal would harm Washington families

Initiative to Ban Safe Consumption Sites Shot Down by Washington Supreme Court