Washington State House Democrats


Monday, December 17


Associated Press
Plan to complete Seattle bike trail halted by judge’s ruling
Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus
Vaping rate doubles among high school students
Washington governor proposes plans to fix mental health
Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case

Aberdeen Daily World
Oped: Democracy’s watchdogs face new challenges

Arlington Times
Hammering out RAP’s details (Sells, Hobbs)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
How a generation of killer whales was taken from Puget Sound
Marijuana pesticide contamination worries Oregon farmers

Business groups offer wish list at Legislative Outlook Breakfast (Wylie, Stonier)
Letter: Not hopeful for Interstate 5 Bridge (Stonier, Cleveland)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Drug task force, feds take down large trafficking operation
Port hopes to close deal for Kimberly-Clark site, has plans
Spending and power udergo a generational shift
Commentary: EvCC, colleges preparing path to careers
Muhlstein: Hate’s in the mail, and it’s up to us all to speak against it
Saunders: Farm bill shows parties agree on spending money
Schwab: More than change at top needed to quell racism’s rise
Editorial: How to fill 740,000 job openings in the state

Federal Way Mirror
Why do Washington voters struggle with climate change policies?

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Letter: Quiet, electric boats needed

Kirkland Reporter
State Supreme Court strikes down I-27; King County will pursue safe consumption sites

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Federal judge rules Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, but appeal will leave coverage intact for now

News Tribune (subscription required)
Yet more layoffs at Tacoma schools. District hopes cuts for this school year nearing an end

Olympian (subscription required)
Driving while phoning can equal high car insurance premiums in Washington state
Changes coming to Olympia school buses after preschooler left in bus depot for an hour

Peninsula Daily News
Kilmer blasts agency for lack of answers on reimbursement cuts
Department of Transportation work could delay traffic at Highway 112 bridge near Joyce

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tech workers got paid in company stock. They used it to agitate for change.

Renton Reporter
Senate calls off investigation into rape allegation against Sen. Fain (McCoy, Billig, Das)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Inslee’s big tax plan: Even Democratic lawmakers aren’t all on board (Takko, Mullet, Hobbs, Rolfes, Dhingra, Lytton, Kuderer)
Would a $2 billion gas-to-methanol plant in Washington state help combat climate change?
Viaduct shutdown: Seattle businesses prepare for gridlock as three-week Highway 99 closure looms
Washington cannabis regulator says candy can stay, but tone down the colors
Judge’s order halts long-delayed Burke-Gilman Trail missing link — once again
FYI Guy: Diversity surges on the Eastside, especially in Microsoft’s hometown, but stalls in Seattle
Yakima Herald-Republic: Yakima County strains to pay for $65/hour court interpreters vital for justice
NYT: Minneapolis, tackling housing crisis and inequity, votes to end single-family zoning
Opinion: The Port of Seattle has a strategy for world-class maritime industries
Editorial: Paul Allen’s generosity gives hope for yet more cures
Editorial: Lawmakers, follow transparency law or leave it alone (Springer)

Spokesman Review
Petition for Trump to stop I-1639 runs out of time
Column: Project in Spokane will bail accused low-level offenders out of jail in bid to even the field
Op-ed: Does the government care about your health?

Tri-City Herald
It’s the most congested stretch of Tri-City roadway. What can be done about it?
A way forward without drugs: UW study focusing on lower back pain seeks volunteers
‘Possible quagmire’ awaits new trade deal in Congress; Big Business is nearing panic
Editorial: If Snake River dams are breached, what would happen? We must get our message out
Op-ed: “Is France’s rollback of carbon taxes a major setback for environmentalists?”

Washington Post
New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep
Michael Flynn’s business partner charged with illegally lobbying for Turkey
ACA ruling creates new anxieties for consumers and the health-care industry
The 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody was healthy before she arrived, father says
Dow sweeps downward again, with no sign ahead of a Santa rally
Politicians have caused a pay ‘collapse’ for the bottom 90 percent of workers, researchers say

Whidbey News-Times
‘Expert’ on use of force by police charged in

Yakima Herald Republic
Editorial: State and local officials need to address the homeless crisis — now — with shelters, programs
Editorial: Legislators still don’t grasp the importance of open government (Van De Wege, Springer)


Commute times into Seattle increased significantly during last lengthy viaduct closure
State discusses killing seals and sea lions in Puget Sound
Skagit County Public Health seeks to make opioid overdoses reportable

Pipe pieces at center of Bertha breakdown lawsuit are missing

KOMO Politicast: Get ready for a fight
Seattle’s local market is cooling but everywhere else is just getting started
January closure times set for Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct
Washington cannabis regulator approves new marijuana candy regulations

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus
Survivors still healing, seeking accountability one year after Amtrak Cascades derailment

Here’s What Would Happen If The Government Shuts Down This Week
How the arts can be Seattle schools’ stealth weapons in the fight for racial equity
Sexual assault survivors face a ticking clock to seek justice in WA
As Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional, Democrats Seethe, Republicans Stay Mum
Our economy is based on capitalist ideals. Or is it?

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee’s budget proposal pumps money into education, but is it enough?
Parkland community responds to racial incidents at Black-owned Coffee Shop
Boeing delivers first 737 from Chinese factory


Opinion: Is democracy in the United States salvageable?

Amazon Got the Scrutiny in New York It Never Faced in Seattle

Our 2019 legislative agenda aims to build a better Washington
Governor’s forward-thinking budget plan sets the state up for a healthy future

Seattle P.I.
British Columbia will phase out fish farms to help wild salmon