Washington State House Democrats


Friday, December 21


Associated Press
Report: US fails in funding obligation to Native Americans
Washington minimum wage increases to $12 an hour in January
11th Washington child suspected of having paralyzing illness
Seattle soda-tax collections top $16 million in 9 months
AP: Pushback on Trump’s oil trains rule

Vancouver puts hold on new self-storage facilities

The Daily News
 Lawmakers ask Gov. Inslee to consider alternatives to light rail for I-5 bridge

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Updated flood maps alter insurance requirements for San Juan islanders

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Tornado survivors will likely have to rebuild without federal assistance
House approves $5 billion in border wall funding to avoid government shutdown, forcing another Senate vote
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis leaving his job after clash with Trump over Syria
Cedar Heights student brought gun to middle school

News Tribune (subscription required)
It’s not clear exactly who will be released under Trump’s new prison plan

Peninsula Daily News
Wall battle leaves government funding in doubt; largely non-essential personnel would be affected on Peninsula, agencies say
Sequim School District’s new kitchen set to open January
Sequim, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe approve wastewater agreement

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington native James Mattis foreshadowed resignation as defense secretary in Richland speech
Why are Seattle-area home prices falling now? Sorting out the myths and the facts
Podcast: Minneapolis ends single-family zoning — could Seattle follow suit?
How safe are Seattle’s high-rises? New study predicts stronger earthquake shaking
How do we solve the teacher diversity problem in Washington? For Clark County, the answer may be ‘Grow Your Own’
Seattle EMT strike on hold as ambulance company agrees to continue bargaining
Officials in state Legislature launch workplace review of Rep. Jeff Morris (Morris, Chopp, Ranker)
Opinion: On homelessness, Seattle and King County are united on a hopeful new path forward
Editorial: T-Mobile Park is a hometown win

Spokesman Review
WSU investigation finds Jason Gesser violated sexual harassment policy
Seattle soda-tax collections top $16M in 9 months

Tri-City Herald
Hanford contractor gets $48 million reward for radioactive waste work
What the Tri-Cities gets out of that VW settlement
Trump’s prison plan to release thousands of inmates
Editorial: This new Tri-City legislator already has made a good decision

Vancouver Business Journal
New tax law strategies you can use

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Legislators, like local officials, must follow state Open Records Act (Springer)
Op-ed: Washington families will benefit from state’s paid leave

Washington Post
Mattis resigns after clash with Trump over troop withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan
‘A morning of alarm’: Mattis departure sends shock waves abroad
‘A tailspin’: Under siege, Trump propels the government and markets into crisis
Trump orders major military withdrawal from Afghanistan as Mattis departs
Turkey’s Erdogan delays operation against Kurdish forces in Syria
Trump warns of a ‘very long’ government shutdown if Democrats oppose bill that includes border wall money
With spending bill stalled, federal agencies prepare to cease operations at midnight Friday
Altria, maker of Marlboro cigarettes, invests $12.8 billion in Juul
Trump administration takes another step toward oil drilling in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Opinion: William Barr’s memo on the Mueller probe is baseless and dangerous


Federal assistance not likely for Port Orchard tornado victims
State investigating catastrophic salmon deaths at Pierce County hatchery
Seattle soda-tax collections top $16M in 9 months

King County gets text to 911 service
Federal government signs agreement to supply $1.2B for Lynnwood Light Rail Project

Seattle police arrest 4, remove drugs and weapons from homeless camps

NW Public Radio
Changing Climate, Water Flows Impact Bald Eagles’ Feasts On The Skagit River
Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker Admits Relationship With Former Staffer Accusing Him Of Misconduct (Ranker)

Q13 TV (Fox)
Text-to-911 service launches in King County
Landmark deal between BPA, states and tribes could mean better salmon survival rates


The greenest classroom in the world might be in Seattle
Could Washington state be the next AI frontier? (Morris)

Open Thread 12.21.2018 (Ranker)

My Ballard
36th District Reps to host town hall meeting for constituents (Carlyle, Tarleton, Frame)

Seattle P.I.
Thousands remain in the dark after Thursday’s powerful wind storm
Text-911 comes to King County

Looks Like Trump Will Give America a Government Shutdown for Christmas