Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, December 19


Associated Press
Report: Facebook shared private messages with partners
AP Investigation: Migrant kids held in mass shelters
Investors seeking tax breaks skip poverty-stricken areas
Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation
Crews assess damage from Washington state tornado 
Feds eye move to regulate legal sports betting
Senate Democrats will support GOP spending bill
Senate investigating allegations against Sen. Kevin Ranker (Ranker)
AP analysis: Unemployment, income affect life expectancy
Groups: U.S. must consider how salmon fishing hurts orcas
Power outage causes death of 6.2M chinook salmon fry
Study: Adolescent pot use dropped after Washington legalized
Inslee proposes $30M to address opioid crisis in Washington

Aberdeen Daily World
With layoffs looming, Aberdeen School District offers new buyout incentive
Commissioners vote to end Aberdeen’s syringe exchange
Grant will help GHC Fish Lab prepare women for leadership roles in science careers
Commentary: Choosing a health plan should not be like playing ‘Battleship’

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers would benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas 
Power outage causes death of 6.2 million chinook salmon fry at state-run hatchery 

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Elimination of I-405 toll lanes is up for discussion again (Palumbo, Hobbs)

Kirkland Reporter
Puget Sound prepares for the big one

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Rare tornado destroys homes, property in Port Orchard

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump vets Interior candidates who don’t share his vow to keep federal lands intact
Editorial: Roll back time limits for prosecuting sex crimes in Washington (Pedersen)

New York Times
Trump Has Ordered Full Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Syria, Officials Say
Senate Republicans Introduce Stopgap Bill to Avert Shutdown
Biggest Prison Overhaul in a Generation Passes the Senate

Olympian (subscription required)
‘We need help’ when it comes to funding, school leaders tell lawmakers in ‘historic’ meeting (Wellman)
Changes to dams on Columbia, Snake rivers would benefit salmon, hydropower and orcas

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula gets more than $1.2 million in salmon recovery funds
Tornado causes damage in Port Orchard

Puget Sound Business Journal
The market is worried. The economy is strong. How will the Fed react?
Facebook offered users privacy wall, then let tech giants around it
Boeing and Airbus will continue supply chain squeeze

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Puget Sound school districts are trying to recruit — and keep — more teachers of color. Here’s how
Defending police reforms, Seattle tells federal judge that reinstatement of officer who punched woman is an ‘outlier’
Tornado touches down on Kitsap Peninsula, rips roofs off homes
Burien dentist’s patients should consider getting tested for hepatitis, HIV, health officials say
Mayor Jenny Durkan chooses Sam Zimbabwe, a D.C. transportation official, as new SDOT director
Woman says Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker threatened to cut her agency’s funding after she rebuffed his sexual advances (Ranker, Billig)
Facebook, Google to pay Washington $450,000 to settle lawsuits over political-ad transparency
New York Times: Addicted to vaped nicotine, teenagers have no clear path to quitting
Daily News: A year after deadly Amtrak crash, state says it’s on track for train-safety deadline
Westneat: Even Trump’s supporters seem to realize the dream of the wall is dead
Editorial: Targeting sea lions will help orcas, Columbia River salmon
Opinion: GM layoffs are only the beginning of disruptions in AI revolution

Spokesman Review
Federal rule could jam state plan to buy up illegal bump stocks
Father alleges autistic daughter abused, injured at Shadle Park High School
Column: May you be healthy and covered in 2019

Tri-City Herald
Power outage causes death of 6.2 million chinook salmon fry at state-run hatchery
Opponents call new dam agreement to help salmon ‘worse than useless’

Washington Post
Trump administration plans to pull U.S. troops from Syria immediately, defense official says
Senate to pass bill that would keep government open, deny Trump wall funding
‘I’m not hiding my disgust, my disdain’: Veteran judge upends hopes of Trump allies as he spotlights Flynn’s misdeeds
Congressional report: Drug companies, DEA failed to stop flow of millions of opioid pills
Democrats retrace migrant girl’s journey before her death, denounce conditions at Border Patrol stations 
Williams-Sonoma sues Amazon over knockoffs and ‘strikingly similar’ products
Merger of Sprint and T-Mobile would take a bite out of wireless workers’ paychecks, researchers say

Wenatchee World
Revamped code enforcement cleaning up more neighborhoods

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County investing $400,000 to crack down on code violations
Federal bump stock ban moves up state deadline to get rid of them
Editorial: Cannabis board compromise wisely averts a hue and cry on edibles


Puget Sound resident orcas limited by social behavior
Emergency efforts to save kokanee salmon continue

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation
Patients of Burien dentist warned to consider testing for hepatitis B, C and HIV
Durkan nominates new director of SDOT
Power outages kills salmon destined for struggling orcas

Homeland Security officials open investigation into detainee’s death in Tacoma
In the #MeToo era, teachers tackle the issue of accused authors
Another Amtrak Cascades train derailed almost exactly one year after DuPont wreck; no injuries
Tacoma’s leaders move to send a message to Trump on immigration
Last year’s Amtrak derailment set back regional train service expansion by years
Study: Ocean acidification will interfere with crucial sense of smell in juvenile salmon

Washington’s homelessness outpaces rest of the country, new numbers show

NW Public Radio
Washington Legislature Investigating Sen. Kevin Ranker For Misconduct (Billig, Ranker)
Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries 
After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Bellingham allows temporary homeless camp through winter season


City program moves Seattleites from homelessness to union jobs
Seattle Council accidentally votes down $12M in grant funding
Dodging development pressure, Issaquah expands Cougar Mountain

Durkan Nominates Sam Zimbabwe as New SDOT Leader
Here Are the 10 Affordable Housing Developers That Just Got Funding from Durkan

Seattle P.I.
A painful mistake: Spokane Valley will not vote on 51st state
Zimbabwe: ‘On time, on budget’ promised for troubled SDOT
Google, Facebook to pay state $455,000 in campaign violation suit
NWS team heads to Port Orchard to determine strength of Tuesday tornado, assess damage

Facebook and Google Pay $455K to Settle Political Ad Lawsuits in Washington State