Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, December 18


Associated Press
Trump administration moves to ban bump stocks
Oregon lawmakers revisit worker protections for off duty pot use
Inslee proposes $30M to address opioid crisis in Washington
Seattle to spend $75 million to boost affordable housing next year
US homeless count up slightly, but declines in key cities
Complaint filed over Shea’s use of leftover campaign funds
Senate investigating allegations against Sen. Kevin Ranker (Ranker)
Flynn heads to sentencing, with ‘Good luck’ wish from Trump
Settlement approved in Washington state mental health case

Aberdeen Daily World
Oakville School evacuated due to bomb threat
Potash public hearing postponed
Transient turns himself in after breaking Aberdeen City Hall door
Oped: Commentary: Who does America execute? A lot of people with mental illness and brain traumas
Letter: Bright lights on climate change

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Hard to understand documents may be costing sick Hanford workers 
Schools are increasingly worried about drivers who pass school buses 

The Daily News
WSDOT says it’s on track for train safety deadline
Op-Ed by Superintendent Zorn: Longview schools look to the future

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: Study shows later start to school day helps teens

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Commissioners look at San Juan Island EMS and fire merger pros, cons
Inslee calls for $1 billion to save orcas and salmon
Comment on San Juan Islands National Monument

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
America’s dying industries: These businesses lost the most workers in past decade

New York Times
Bump stocks, used to make semi-automatic rifles fire in rapid bursts, are now illegal and owners have 90 days to dispose of them.
Opinion: Cut Carbon Through Innovation, Not Regulation 

Peninsula Daily News
Timber Innovation Act heads to president’s desk

Puget Sound Business Journal
What is a recession, and why are people talking about the next one?
Tech companies dragged feet on Russian interference data, reports say
Five takeaways from new reports on Russia’s social media operations
Wall Street hits new 2018 lows as Fed decision looms over markets
Voter suppression and racial targeting: In Facebook’s and Twitter’s words

Seattle Times (subscription required)
US surgeon general warns of teen risks from e-cigarettes
Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers to benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas
Inslee proposes $30M in budget to address opioid crisis in Washington
Seattle will spend $75M on affordable housing over the next year
Deadline extended: You still have time to sign up for Obamacare in Washington state
Homelessness rose just a bit this year in the U.S. Here’s how Seattle compares.
Editorial: Stick with later start times that boost Seattle high schoolers’ success
Opinion: A solution to the shortage of mental-health providers

Spokesman Review
Local congressional delegation leery of partial federal government shutdown set to begin Friday
Avista, Hydro One say Washington regulators erred in blocking $5.3 billion sale

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities is getting $2 million to fight opioid addiction. Here’s why it’s unusual
Hard to understand documents may be costing sick Hanford workers

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Ferry schedule: Service improvements for some, reductions on Vashon

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: New taxes shouldn’t be first approach to state budget

Washington Post
White House says it wants to avoid government shutdown, will find other ways to fund border wall
Falling out
Trump agrees to shut down his charity amid allegations that he used it for personal and political benefit
Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, scheduled to be sentenced
Social media in crisis: After Senate reports, Facebook apologizes, NAACP leads protest, Trump attacks
The Finance 202: Trump continues to bash Fed as markets dip
Trump administration follows through with second round of promised farm bailout payments

Yakima Herald Republic
Are you prepared? Earthquake threat should not be ignored in Central Washington
Officer-involved shooting to be judged under new standards
Classroom inversion: In Yakima schools, 77 percent of teachers are white, while 78 percent of students are Latino
Editorial: Money should not be a factor in Hanford waste cleanup


Lakewood mayor: Safety concerns regarding train derailment ‘summarily dismissed’
6.2 million young chinook salmon dead after Pierce County power outage
Seattle spending millions to give big boost to affordable housing inventory

Oso community looking to rename stretch of SR 530 ‘Oso Memorial Highway’
Seattle seeks ‘Block the Box’ camera enforcement
Gov. Inslee seeks $30 million for opioid crisis
Viaduct closure: How to prepare, commute alternatives

Deadline extended to enroll in Wash. state health benefits

State legislature investigating Sen. Kevin Ranker for workplace misconduct  (Ranker, Billig, Blake)
Target shooting in Tahuya State Forest upsets nearby residents; DNR struggles to relocate site 

DeVos To Rescind Obama-Era Guidance On School Discipline 
State legislature investigating Sen. Kevin Ranker for workplace misconduct (Ranker, Billig)

NW Public Radio
West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts 

Q13 TV (Fox)
More Snohomish County health professionals ready to offer opioid drug treatment
Power outage kills more than 6 million salmon fry at hatchery


With Democrats in control, will Inslee finally get his capital gains tax? (Ormsby)
The $1.1-billion orca plan could be a gamechanger
Editorial: Washington voters may get final say on safe injection sites

Seattle P.I.
Big Seattle housing investment, but city 3rd nationally in homelessness
Deadline extended to enroll in Washington state health benefits
6.2 million salmon fry in incubators die during power outages

Obamacare Ruling Likely to Be Overturned