Washington State House Democrats


Friday, January 11


Associated Press
US approved thousands of child bride requests in last decade

Legislative leaders to outline plans for upcoming session (Dhingra, Billig, Sullivan, Chopp)

Split court: Local initiatives subject to disclosure rule

Schools, mental health system at top of Legislature’s 2019 agenda (Dhingra, Chopp, Billig)

High court declines to review Seattle income tax ruling

Physicians criticize state lawsuits over pelvic mesh

High court declines to review Seattle income tax ruling

Court: Lawsuit in death of Susan Powell’s sons can proceed


Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge Councilwoman Nassar called out for developing her property without permits

Tobacco sales to anyone under 21 could become illegal | 2019 Legislative


Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
A new Western State Hospital could be part of state’s plan to address mental health crisis (Chopp, Jinkins)

Gov. Inslee says he’s focused on the state as speculation swirls about presidential bid


Bothell Reporter
Northshore area lawmakers sponsor attorney general bills (Kuderer, Dhingra, Valdez, Goodman)

Bothell police escort legislators to their cars after Town Hall (Palumbo, Kloba, Stanford)


Inslee: Light rail is a must (Billig, Dhingra,Chopp)

In Our View: ‘Public-Option’ Health Care (Cody)


The Daily News
Unified message from educators: State should fully fund special ed


Everett Herald (subscription required)
Editorial: What we don’t know about finances is costing us


Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Today should be payday for thousands of government workers. But the shutdown means they’re not getting paid


New York Times
White House Considers Using Storm Aid Funds as a Way to Pay for the Border Wall

Farm Country Stood by Trump. But the Shutdown Is Pushing It to Breaking Point.

Shutdown Means E.P.A. Pollution Inspectors Aren’t on the Jo


Peninsula Daily News
Student’s design to become license plate in special series


Puget Sound Business Journal
From food trucks to skyscraper builders, viaduct closure squeezes businesses

Borrowers could face rising interest rates in 2019

Excessive social media use comparable to drug addiction

Oceans temperatures rising faster, as are fears

Powell warns prolonged shutdown could hurt US economy


Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington state Supreme Court declines to review ruling that killed Seattle’s income tax

Following months of bus delays, Seattle Public Schools lays off transportation department leader

The Air Force finally takes ownership of its first Boeing tanker — with serious misgivings

Podcast: can Seattle leaders get us through the ‘Viadoom’?

In new poll on homelessness, Seattle area favors compassion but distrusts politicians

Washington state backers submit signatures for I-1000, to re-legalize affirmative action

Southern resident orcas spotted in Central Puget Sound; no news on pregnancies

Editorial: New health plan is a step toward equity for school employees (Hobbs)


Spokesman Review
Federal workers in Spokane receive help as paychecks held

With events planned across the country, Inslee insists Washington will continue to have his full attention

Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Fewer lunches and coffee breaks by federal workers begin to cut into profits at downtown Spokane eateries


USA Today
‘Not leadership’: Pence in 2014 criticized using presidential powers on immigration reform

Today should be payday for thousands of government workers. But the shutdown means they’re not getting paid

Shutdown nears record: Why these Republicans have crossed party lines to reopen the government

Oceans hottest on record in 2018, warming faster than previously thought


Washington Post
Trump administration lays groundwork to declare national emergency to build wall

Now on Craigslist, Facebook: Household items from furloughed workers trying to make ends meet

‘The story keeps changing’: Trump falsely asserts he never promised Mexico would directly pay for the border wall

To keep a shut down government running, White House ventures into uncharted territory

‘A travesty to this nation’: People are destroying Joshua trees in Joshua Tree National Park


Yakima Herald Republic
Valley Vets: VA health options limited by distance, long waits

Clean air authority bans the use of uncertified heating devices countywide

Editorial: Roundabouts will help reduce crashes on Highway 97



Legislative leaders outline plans for upcoming session (Dhingra, Billig, Sullivan, Chopp)

Federal workers seek loans, second jobs as shutdown lingers

Large pod of resident orcas spotted near West Seattle

Gov. Inslee shrugs off 2020 presidential run speculation

Viaduct closure draws sentimental goodbyes to a Seattle landmark

Transportation leaders brace for the unexpected during Seattle viaduct closure


State Patrol: $6 million needed to process all backlogged rape kits (Orwall)


2019 legislative preview: Mental health top priority (Dhingra, Chopp,)

Traffic data on past choke points during viaduct closure


Seattle Squeeze: KNKX special coverage of the Alaskan Way Viaduct closure

One more headache for teachers: Getting to school during the Seattle Squeeze

Two decades after it was banished, a movement arises to restore affirmative action in Washington (Santos, Hunt)

Federal agency trims timeline for court-ordered review of Columbia River dams


How a smartphone app could save the lives of opioid users

It may soon be legal to turn yourself into a pot plant when you die in Washington state

Report: College Students Are Hungry And Government Programs Could Do More To Help

A Drug That Eases Miscarriages Is Difficult For Women To Get


NW Public Radio
New Map Shows Hotspots Of Environmental Health Hazards For Washington Neighborhoods


Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle is about to change in a big way, are you ready?

Snohomish County Public Transportation prepares for Viaduct closure impact

Individual treatment for ailing orcas? Veterinarians work on medical database

Furloughed federal employee seeks food bank help during government shutdown

New report reveals thousands suffer from opioid use disorder



Washington’s mental health crisis unites the Legislature (Chopp, Sullivan, Dhingra)


Seattle P.I.
How bad will Seattle Squeeze be? Past viaduct closure offers analytical clues

Port of Seattle announces resources fair for federal workers


Washington Wants Climate Policy