Washington State House Democrats


Monday, January 7


Associated Press
Inslee to pardon marijuana possession convictions
Airports seeing rise in security screeners calling off work
Hundreds of federal scientists miss conferences in shutdown
National parks struggle to stay open, safe during shutdown
Worries grow about impact of a prolonged government shutdown

Aberdeen Daily World
Area legislators see salmon stocks as major regional issue this session (Takko, Van De Wege, Blake, Tharinger, Chapman)
House establishes select committee on modernizing Congress; Kilmer named chairman
Grays Harbor mayors to forecast 2019 plans at luncheon

Battle Ground Reflector
Local lawmakers worry Inslee’s bridge money could lead to light rail (Cleveland)

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
1 in 10 Seattle apartments are empty, and rents are dropping
It’s illegal to sell assault rifles to those under 21 — but this West Richland gun store will

Bothell Reporter
How does the Texas ACA ruling affect Washington

In Our View: Step up Safety of Trains
In Our View: GOP Letter to Inslee Unwise
In Our View: Cheer & Jeers (Orcas, student debt relief)
In Our View: Schools, State Face Big Test

The Daily News
Local lawmakers to consider contract bids, school bond supermajorities (Blake, Takko)
Cash-strapped Drug Task Force looks to state for help (Takko)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Pressure mounting to speed up Highway 522 fixes (Palumbo)
Nine months as a guinea pig for pay-by-the-mile tax study
Wanted: 16 new ferries in the next 20 years
The orca and the orca catcher: How a generation of killer whales was taken from Puget Sound
Snohomish County works to boost development around airports
Singletary: How to deal with the shutdown if you’re a federal employee
McCusker: Minimum wage increase will have unintended consequences
Editorial:  $5,500 and a hashtag might help finish Highway 522
Editorial: State should act to limit teens’ e-cigarette use
Editorial: Cavities to fill in state corporate dentistry law

Federal Way Mirror
Expanding homeless shelters in Federal Way among report recommendations

Highline Times
34th District lawmakers host Town Hall prior to 2019 session (Cody, Fitzgibbon)

Kent Reporter
Lawmakers aim to revisit, scrutinize how Sound Transit works (Palumbo, Conway, Darneille)

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Eastside lawmakers sponsor Attorney General bills (Kuderer, Valdez, Dhingra, Kloba, Goodman)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
State investigates complaints against San Juan Island EMS chief
New state representative meets with San Juan officials (Lekanoff)
Letter: Join Washington State Ferries meeting on Jan. 9

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap woman helped push for new surrogacy law (Pedersen)
WSF: Mystery bacteria caused accelerated corrosion at Colman Dock
Column: Medicaid expansion’s empty promise for children (Stonier, Appleton)

Maple Valley Reporter
It looks a lot like Inslee is running for president
How does Texas ACA ruling affect Washington?

News Tribune (subscription required)
2018 saw Washington as a popular place to move to from other states
Legislature’s return to work presents a challenge for business
‘Blended’ military retirement plans not as popular as projected

New York Times
Trump Offers a ‘Steel Barrier,’ but Democrats Are Unmoved
Government Shutdown Leaves Workers Reeling: ‘We Seem to Be Pawns’
Trump Suggests Government Shutdown Could Last for ‘Months or Even Years’
New E.P.A. Plan Could Free Coal Plants to Release More Mercury Into the Air
Opinion: We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court

Olympian (subscription required)
It’s illegal to sell assault rifles to those under 21 — but this West Richland gun store will
Washington Gov. Inslee to pardon marijuana convictions
Olympia Farmers Market program gives food stamp customers more buying power

Puget Sound Business Journal
The fight to keep teachers in tech hubs from being priced out
Workers sweat out shutdown: ‘The stress level is at 1,000’

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Seattle City Council starts debate on 27 neighborhood upzones
The deed to your house may contain racist covenants. Here’s how to fix it. (Kilduff)
A look back at the Alaskan Way Viaduct as its demise — and the new Highway 99 tunnel — draw near
Power outages linger, close schools after windstorm slams Seattle area
After 10 years, Seattle has changed dramatically but arguments over the tunnel, not so much
Are you ready? Three-week Highway 99 closure downtown will push our patience to the limit
Mount Rainier National Park closes lower-elevation gate amid government shutdown
Seattle City Council members heading to New York City to share Amazon ‘lessons, mistakes’
Tim Eyman says $30 car-tab initiative will be on November ballot
Washington students who attended Career Education Corporation schools will get debt relief
With $900 million price tag, Washington state will soon take over all school employee health care plans (Hobbs)
As a grocery chain is dismantled, investors recover their money while worker pensions are short millions
WaPo: ‘They destroyed me’: Wells Fargo’s mistake forced her to sell her home
FYI Guy: Kitsap County now a top destination for people moving out of Seattle
FYI Guy: ‘Seattle-ization’? American cities fear what’s happened here
Opinion: A Republican agenda for Washington state
Opinion: Invest in proven prevention programs to stem addiction epidemic
Editorial: Cameras to nab bus-lane cheaters are a good idea

Spokesman Review
Keeping watch on the ‘invisible wall’: On the trail with the agents of the northern border
Eyman-Fagan initiative would eliminate many vehicle license fees, including Spokane’s
Spin Control: What’s in store for 2019? Maybe this. Maybe not.
Already affected by shutdown, tribes fear it will get worse

Tri-City Herald
It’s illegal to sell assault rifles to those under 21 — but this West Richland gun store will
A pot shop may be opening near West Richland. There’s little to stop it now
Opinion: Hey state legislators, take a good look at the Tri-Cities
Guest Opinion: Enormous deficits reveal class warfare and ideological deceit
Guest Opinion: Why Go to College? Eastern Alumni Can Tell You
Guest Opinion: Column: There’s no debate: A capital gains tax is an income tax

USA Today
President Trump could declare an ‘immigration emergency.’ But would that get him funds for a wall?

Vancouver Business Journal
Trade war continues to affect Port of Vancouver

Washington Post
Contradicting Trump, Bolton says no withdrawal from Syria until ISIS destroyed, Kurds’ safety guaranteed
As shutdown drags on, Trump officials make new offer, seek novel ways to cope with its impacts
Arguing for emergency powers on wall, Trump selectively quotes a Democrat who actually says it’s a bad idea
U.S. towns with federal workers brace for impact as the shutdown continues
The Health 202: Congress and Trump may actually take action in 2019 to lower drug prices
The Energy 202: Democrats balk at Trump plan to keep parks open with entrance fees
‘Crazed lunatics’: Trump again attacks the news media as ‘the enemy of the people’
Government contractors feel the heat as shutdown enters week three
Experts weigh in on what the 2019 housing market will bring

Whidbey News-Times
Volunteers sought for Point in Time count
Friends of Whidbey State Parks seek more members
Letter: Letter: What’s the real motive behind hospital dropping PEBB?

Yakima Herald Republic
Forum on farm worker housing in Yakima in the works
How much will this cost? Hospitals are supposed to post prices online, but not all made the Jan. 1 deadline
No hurry on hemp: Don’t expect Yakima Valley farmers to jump on bandwagon
Editorial:  Kinship caregivers program deserves more funds


WSP examining cases of missing and murdered Native American women
Seattle council members head to New York City to address ‘impacts’ of Amazon
Motivated by family history, WSP trooper tries to help others

Senator seeks to stop violent offenders from being released into communities

Government shutdown forces closure of Mt. Rainier National Park to vehicles
Seattle waterfront shuttle expands hours ahead of ‘Seattle Squeeze’

Gov. Inslee proposes early learning investments, but child care advocates say more is needed
Gov. Inslee announces sweeping pardons for low-level marijuana convictions
Health database for endangered orcas could help struggling Southern Resident population

What a criminal justice expert saw in the Seattle police shooting footage
Last open Mount Rainier gate closes as government shutdown drags on

NW Public Radio
Following Crater Lake, Mount Rainier National Park Shutters Entrances Due To Government Shutdown
Vancouver Fined $60,000 For 2017 Columbia River Sewage Spills

Q13 TV (Fox)
Controversial plan to bring staff back to national parks


Fatal Seattle police shooting will test new accountability law, Initiative 940
Following lawsuit, Catholic health-care provider changes policy on transgender care
Activists sue after SeaTac slaps them with $37K bill for immigration rally
Seattle’s waterfront overhaul saved by $160M tax deal

Hundreds of federal scientists miss Seattle conference amid shutdown
Viaduct closure will slow buses, make them harder to track
Immigrant rights group suing city of SeaTac over protest bill
$30 car tabs officially on the November ballot
Gov. Inslee announces measure for pardoning marijuana misdemeanors
Family of man shot by Seattle police cites I-940, asks for independent investigation

Queen Anne & Magnolia News
36th District lawmakers provide legislative preview (Carlyle, Tarleton, Frame)

Seattle P.I.
Schools closed, 3,800 Seattle-area customers remain without power Monday after weekend storm
Inslee will pardon thousands of marijuana misdemeanor convictions

For the First Time Ever, Democrats Will Hold Hearings on Medicare for All