Washington State House Democrats


Friday, December 14


Associated Press
Inslee’s $54 billion budget proposal would raise taxes, help struggling orcas
Police investigate bomb threats at schools, businesses across US, including Idaho
Gov. Inslee proposes new capital gains tax, more taxes on some businesses (Ormsby)
Driver for Lakewood cop killer won’t face aggravated murder charge
Settlement approved in Washington state case over delays in mental-competency evaluations
The Latest: Inslee proposes $1.1B to help starving orcas

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
What if dams are torn down to save orcas? Inslee wants to spend $750,000 to find out
You still might be paying for needless medical tests, new statewide review shows

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Letter: Let salmon run
Letter: Poem for the killer whales

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bremerton health center starting behavioral health residency to help meet demand

News Tribune (subscription required)
Burned bear Cinder shot and killed by hunter in Washington
Threat that prompted evacuation of Thurston County courthouse one of hundreds in US, Canada
Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget

New York Times
As Labor Market Tightens, Women Are Moving Into Male-Dominated Jobs
Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ Law Applies to Police, Too, Court Rules
The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.
China’s Economy Slows Sharply, in Challenge for Xi Jinping
Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong

Olympian (subscription required)
Pedestrians beware near Norway maple trees on west Capitol Campus
‘Stuff the Ruck’ collects toys for kids while recognizing vets now in state workforce

Seattle Times (subscription required)
No, teenagers are not lazy for sleeping in — and a new Seattle school policy is helping them get the shut-eye they need
Apple to expand Seattle office to more than 1,000 workers
Costco posts strong results but faces margin scrutiny
Workers start paying for Washington’s new paid-leave law next month. Here’s how it works.
Trump signs bill that likely keeps early earthquake-warning system on track in Northwest
Gov. Inslee proposes $54.4B state budget with new tax on capital gains (Rolfes)
Gov. Jay Inslee wants $1.1 billion to help save Puget Sound’s critically endangered orcas
Sound Transit CEO Rogoff in line for $16,000 performance bonus
Two wins for women: male contraception and a Supreme Court pass
Teacher diversity in Washington state
Students: We want to know how diversity among your teachers has affected your schooling
How we measured the demographic divide between students and teachers in Washington state
Deadline is Saturday for Obamacare sign-ups in Washington state
Sen. Takko: Shellfish farming, the lifeblood of Pacific County, faces extinction
Editorial: A Grinch-worthy shutdown threat

Spokesman Review
Inslee task force would study possible dam breaching to help salmon, orcas
Gov. Inslee proposes major spending boost, new capital gains tax (Ormsby)
Spokane parents can now track their kids on school bus
Column: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

USA Today
After losing court battle, DeVos to cancel $150 million in student loan debt
In rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to halt US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen, names crown prince as responsible for Khashoggi death

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Governor’s zeal to curb climate change is a plus

Washington Post
Trump’s falsehoods on hush-money payments are ‘coming home to roost’
7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion
Lawmakers push review of Harvard conference for new members over lobbyist presence
‘It was way too easy’: Parents call for gun purchase ‘cooling off’ period in son’s obituary
Apple announces major expansion in Austin, other U.S. cities
The reason millennials aren’t spending as much money is they don’t have any


How drones could help get life back on track after an earthquake
$1.1 billion for orca recovery efforts part of Inslee’s budget pitch
Consultant funding approved for Eastside affordable housing program investigation

VIDEO: State takes first step toward launching earthquake early warning system
Gov. Inslee proposes $1.1 billion budget to aid Puget Sound orcas

EPA plan to roll back clean water protections could impact drinking water for WA State
$1.1 billion proposal for efforts to save Southern Resident Orcas
Faulty gate at Bremerton plant causes sewage, runoff spill

Republican lawmaker responds to Gov. Inslee’s $54 billion spending plan
Gov. Inslee proposes big boost in state spending, new taxes over next two years
Gov. Inslee speaks at orca rally in Olympia after unveiling $1.1 billion recovery proposal

WA Gov. Inslee calls for billion-dollar package to save endangered orcas
7-Year-Old Migrant Girl Dies Of Dehydration And Shock In U.S. Border Patrol Custody
Is it OK to ask your employee, ‘How was your weekend?’
Gov. Inslee proposes big boost in state spending, new capital gains tax

NW Public Radio
Jay Inslee Proposes Big Boost In State Spending, New Taxes In Two-Year Washington Budget
Farm Bill Contains Familiar Fight Over Wildfire Management
Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee proposes $1.1 billion plan to save southern resident orcas
Washington governor proposes capital gains tax in new budget
Emotions boil over at council meeting after vote to sell SeaTac Center


UW students demand answers from ICE — the old-fashioned way
With Democrats in control, will Inslee finally get his capital gains tax?

Seattle P.I.
Study breaching Snake River dams for orca survival — Inslee (Ranker)

Get Your Health Care Before It’s Too Late!
Jay Inslee’s Budget Includes New Taxes on the 1%, Baby!

West Seattle Blog
Standing room only as state ferries’ Triangle Route Task Force gets one last say before schedule overhaul (Fitzgibbon)