Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, January 10


Associated Press
Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016
App developed by UW might spot overdoses in time to help
Sen. Ranker steps down from leadership amid investigation (Ranker, Billig)
Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown spawns hashtags, dread in Seattle
Lawsuit: Bellingham Police tolerates violent officers
Trump vows he’ll ‘definitely’ declare national emergency if Congress doesn’t OK wall money
Legislative leaders to outline plans for upcoming session
Federal shutdown has halted some preparations for wildfires, and it could get worse
Shutdown in the states: ‘We need to start taking this seriously’
Physicians criticize state lawsuits over pelvic mesh
Seattle to ask high court to revive hotel worker law
King County considers building 44,000 affordable housing units by 2024

Aberdeen Daily World
Walsh says he likes his committee assignments for the coming session

Bothell Reporter
Proposed law would raise age limit for tobacco sales in WA

In Our View: Keep a Lid On It (school levies)

The Daily News
Local lawmakers in middle of tourism tax dollars dispute (Takko, Blake, Walsh)
How Gov. Inslee’s marijuana pardon plan measures up

Everett Herald (subscription required)
For 3 weeks, no highway will escape the wrath of ‘viadoom’
Snohomish Health District: Up to 80,000 misusing opioids
Male-only no more: The next House Speaker will be a woman (Chopp, Robinson, Jinkins, Tarleton, Senn, Stonier, Orwall, Kilduff, Kloba)
Shutdown delays final decision on Growlers
Federal shutdown has halted some preparations for wildfires
Urban indigenous communities want violenced addressed
WaPo: Government shutdown means NTSB not investigating some crashes
Editorial: We can pay a little now for care we’ll need later

The Inlander
If the shutdown continues, impacts could mount for Northwest tribes, parks and vulnerable people

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Your guide to riding a ferry during Alaskan Way Viaduct demolition

Maple Valley Reporter
King County considers building 44,000 affordable housing units by 2024

News Tribune (subscription required)
Trump’s border visit comes as shutdown talks fall apart
Alaskan Way Viaduct shutdown spawns hashtags, dread in Seattle
Sen. Ranker steps down from leadership amid investigation

New York Times
Pompeo Calls Obama’s Mideast Policy Misguided
Trump’s Emergency Powers Threat Could End Shutdown Crisis, but at What Cost?
Trump, Heading to the Border, Suggests He Will Declare an Emergency to Fund the Wall

Olympian (subscription required)
Gun rights rally expected to draw people with guns to Capitol Campus
‘Economic sanctions’ in play to spur brewery owner to action, Tumwater mayor says

Puget Sound Business Journal
How about free college for a cut of your income?

San Juan Islander
Inslee announces public option legislation to promote health care for all (Frockt, Cleveland, Cody)

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Questions about the viaduct closure and tunnel opening keep coming in. We have answers.
Reader photos: Views of the Alaskan Way Viaduct
Seattle will ask state Supreme Court to review ruling that nixed rights for hotel workers
State Sen. Kevin Ranker steps down from leadership in Olympia amid investigation (Ranker, Billig)
People keep stealing “69” milepost signs, but Washington state has a quirky solution
Airbus matches Boeing in 2018 jet production, but Boeing pulls in more dollars
Opinion: Opioid deaths are preventable — don’t NIMBY treatment centers
Editorial: Forgive more marijuana offenses statewide (Fitzgibbon)

Seattle Weekly
Proposed Law Would Raise Age Limit For Tobacco Sales

Snoqualmie-Valley Record
Premera awards $3.3 million in community grants focusing on behavioral health
Proposed law would raise age limit for tobacco sales in WA

Spokesman Review
WSU student accepts $500,000 to settle excessive force lawsuit against Pullman Police Department

Tri-City Herald
Guest Opinion: Legislators urged to make higher education a priority

USA Today
‘I live paycheck to paycheck’: Federal workers to rally for their jobs at White House
Trump, heading to border, makes his most explicit threat yet that he may declare a national emergency

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Editorial: Experimenting with ways to fund roads makes sense
Op-Ed: Funding for WWCC and other colleges must be top priority

Washington Post
‘He’s a gut politician’: Trump’s go-to negotiating tactics aren’t working in shutdown standoff
Shutdown showdown: Trump heads to border, says he will ‘probably’ declare national emergency if wall impasse continues
Trump walks out of shutdown negotiations after Democrats reject wall money, calls meeting ‘total waste of time’
Russian firm that was barred from U.S. networks as a spy threat helped NSA nab suspect in massive breach
Despite dozens of fact checks, Kirstjen Nielsen again misstates terrorist-at-the-border data
The Finance 202: Trump can probably stop worrying about Fed hikes for now
Fitch warns an extended shutdown could hurt the U.S. credit rating

Yakima Herald Republic
Initiative by anti-tax crusader could wipe out funding source for Yakima’s North First Street projects


How Seattle emergency crews plan to navigate viaduct shutdown

Des Moines lawmaker seeks to clarify rape in the third degree (Orwall)

UW researchers develop smartphone app to help detect opioid overdoses
Significant reduction in street parking during viaduct closure
Seattle clears Northgate encampment after months of complaints
New housing option for Tacoma homeless college students
E-bikes, bike rentals possible commuting plan during ‘Seattle Squeeze’
New study in Snohomish tracks opioid misuse

State commission to hold hearing over unfair labor practice complaint against KUOW
State releases strategy to make maritime sector the nation’s most sustainable

Seattle Police may be exempt from law requiring independent investigations
Rep. Jayapal on Rosenstein’s exit from the DOJ, continued shutdown
Rep. Smith: ‘No reason on earth’ to keep government closed

KXLY Spokane
Wa. Rep. Marcus Riccelli on goals for the legislature’s new session (Riccelli)

NW Public Radio
Northwest Utilities Plan For Future As Regional Coal-Power Plants Are Phased Out 
Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls

Q13 TV (Fox)
Man, 85, who helped build Alaskan Way Viaduct, travels it one last time
‘Take a deep breath’ — Get ready for the viaduct closure just two days away
First responders believe response times may suffer during viaduct closure
Local new immigrants say government shutdown is targeting them, restricting their legal status
Homeless deaths hit record high in King County


New poll shows mental health, homelessness top list of WA voter concerns

Dispute over missing evidence in Bertha breakdown goes to court
Dave Ross: Does Gov. Inslee’s marijuana pardon measure not go far enough?

Seattle P.I.
As many as 80,000 misuse opioids in Snohomish County, study reports
Seattle hotel workers take fight for worker protections measure to state Supreme Court