Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, December 13


Associated Press
Washington state builds bridge to keep wildlife off highway
Congress approves $400B for farmers, forests, poor
Health law sign-ups lagging as Saturday deadline is looming
Senate panel hears of Native women’s deaths, disappearances
Amazon CEO giving $2.5M to Minneapolis homeless nonprofit
State combats collisions with new wildlife bridge over I-90
After paying $83 million in fines, Washington settles jail mental-health lawsuit
Judge declines to dismiss challenge to US asylum delays
Congress OKs bill to allow killing sea lions to help salmon
Starting school later helps students get more sleep, Seattle study shows

Aberdeen Daily World
Judge tells Aberdeen to revise its homeless camp policies
Aberdeen school funding panel writes letter asking lawmakers to fix funding model

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge park commissioner is no-show at most meetings

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Camera catches coyote using ‘wildlife bridge’ over I-90
Homeless man who returned $17K he found at food bank hopes to get a home with donations

Washington, Oregon get talking about I-5 Bridge (Cleveland, Wylie, Hobbs, Fey)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Guns, helmets and soju proposals queued up for legislators (Rolfes, Appleton, Ryu)
Parker: Animal rights — and humanity — get a boost in farm bill
Editorial: Think before you toss items into a recycling bin

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way to regulate shopping carts, curb blight with new ordinance

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Vessel exhaust’s impact on Southern resident killer whales

Kirkland Reporter
Mayor Amy Walen announces resignation from Kirkland City Council

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Lost ballot in 26th District Senate race found
Faulty gate the cause of 200,000-gallon sewage spill

Maple Valley Reporter
Vine Maple Place opens new resource center
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy charged with assault to be fired, sheriff says
A Parkland coffee shop owner was targeted by racism. So the community fought back

New York Times
Trump Says Cohen Failed Him as His Lawyer and Blames Him for Campaign Finance Violations
The Oil Industry’s Covert Campaign to Rewrite American Car Emissions Rules

Olympian (subscription required)
Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case
States cite climate worries in push to stop US coal sales
‘Dirty deeds’: Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen gets 3 years in prison

Puget Sound Business Journal
Aerospace group tries to fix Washington’s talent shortage with a new job fair

Redmond Reporter
Elder abuse cases are on the rise in Washington

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Spokane astronaut Anne McClain in space: ‘I am finally where I was born to be’
Join us: Meet the leaders who ended orca captures in Washington state
The orca and the orca catcher: How a generation of killer whales was taken from Puget Sound
No, teenagers are not lazy for sleeping in — and a new Seattle school policy is helping them get the shut-eye they need
Teen in police custody after report of gun at Issaquah High School
Editorial: Invest in programs that boost high school graduation
Opinion: The Burke-Gilman missing link: Real vs. alternative facts

Spokesman Review
Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax
House passes farm bill, sending it to Trump’s desk

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Other elected officials comply with public records laws. Washington state legislators should figure it out

USA Today
Trump’s pledge to make Mexico pay for border wall may cost US taxpayers billions of dollars or cause government shutdown

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Fire commissioners approve $5.4 million budget for 2019

Washington Post
Russian Maria Butina pleads guilty in effort to forge Kremlin bond with U.S. conservatives
Trump’s ultimatum on border wall boxes in fellow Republicans
Trump claims ‘money we save’ from trade deal means ‘Mexico is paying’ for border wall
Publisher of the National Enquirer admits to hush-money payments made on Trump’s behalf
Trump denies directing Michael Cohen to break the law to buy the silence of Playboy playmate and porn star
Why does Trump insult some female journalists? Equality, Sarah Sanders says.
In farewell, Hatch calls on religious conservatives to find common ground with LGBT community
FBI plans ‘Rapid DNA’ network for quick database checks on arrestees
Southern Baptist Convention’s flagship seminary details its racist, slave-owning past in stark report
A man-made war paid for by women and children

Wenatchee World
Confluence boosts minimum wage to $15 an hour
Housing crisis | Wenatchee adds apartments; more on the way

Yakima Herald Republic
Farm Bill should help Yakima Valley’s tree fruit industry
After 2017 jump, new HIV cases in Yakima drop down
Editorial: State funding needed to continue work to contain river flooding


Seattle’s SR 99 tunnel designed to withstand major earthquakes
Fast ferry service between Tacoma and Seattle ‘feasible,’ study says
Allen Institute launches new immunology division with $125M from Paul Allen
Sequim woman using fashion to fight human trafficking

New allegations of sexual abuse at Tacoma boys’ home

Phoenix Suns owner threatens to move NBA team to Seattle
Bellingham expands homeless outreach with portable showers

Gov. Inslee to speak at orca rally in Olympia following budget announcement
Later start time helps Seattle high schoolers sleep more, study shows
‘Convince Us If You’re For Real’: Lawmakers Reopen I-5 Bridge Talks (Cleveland)

In one year, more than a million Washingtonians got unnecessary medical treatment
This pesticide poisons kids, but it’s still sprayed on local orchards — including Christmas trees

NW Public Radio
Judges Ask ICE to Make Courts Off Limits To Immigration Arrests
Arctic Report Card Documents ‘Cascading Effects’ Of Warming Ocean Temperatures

Q13 TV (Fox)
‘It’s either life or death right now:’ Local father educates families on dangers of fentanyl


Biblical war ‘manifesto’ author, lawmaker faces finance trouble
UW testing male birth control on group of Seattle-area couples
New bill makes it easier to kill sea lions, but can it save local orcas?
Fast ferry from Tacoma to Seattle could be reality by 2022

5 Things to Know About the University of Washington Master Plan

Seattle P.I.
‘Year of the Orca’ — Inslee to unveil Orca whale recovery steps

Congress Passes Farm Bill, Including Hemp Legalization Measure
Methane Leaks Plague Natural Gas Facilities—Why Are They So Underreported?